Nowadays, mathematics often plays the decisive role in finding solutions to numerous technical, economical and organizational problems. In order to encourage such solutions and to reward exceptional research in the area of applied mathematics the EMS decided, in October 1999, to establish the Felix Klein Prize. The mathematician Felix Klein (1849–1925) is generally acknowledged as a pioneer with regard to the close connection between mathematics and applications, which lead to solutions to technical problems.
The Prize is to be awarded to a scientist, or a group of at most three scientists, under the age of 38 for using sophisticated methods to give an outstanding solution, which meets with the complete satisfaction of industry, to a concrete and difficult industrial problem.
The Prize Committee is responsible for solicitation and the evaluation of nominations. Nominations can be made by anyone, including members of the Prize Committee but only before the deadline; the Prize Committee chair will reveal the list to the committee only after the nominations are closed. It is the responsibility of the nominator to provide all relevant information to the Prize Committee, including a résumé and documentation of the benefit to industry and the mathematical method used. The nomination for the award must be accompanied by a written justification and a citation of about 100 words that can be read at the award date. The prize is awarded to a single person or to a small group and cannot be split.
The award comprises a certificate including the citation and a cash prize of €5000.
The Prize will be presented at the Ninth European Congress of Mathematics in Seville, July 15–19, 2024, by a representative of the endowing Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern and/or by the President of the European Mathematical Society. The recipients will be invited to present their work at the congress.
The money for the Prize fund is offered by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Kaiserslautern.
Nominations for the prize should be submitted electronically to the chair of the Prize Committee, Professor Peregrina Quintela Estévez (University of Santiago de Compostela)