An online consultation on mathematics was carried out from 29 January to 15 May 2016 by the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT). It seeked to inform the future Horizon2020 Work Programme (2018-19-20) with innovative mathematical content. Two facts motivated this request: today’s digital society depends on mathematics and algorithms; and there is a vast pool of mathematical talent in Europe.
The objective of the consultation was to listen to mathematicians and explore the current and emerging challenges in the field of mathematics. What are the emerging key mathematical areas? What is the potential of mathematics for Horizon2020 and beyond?
The response was overwhelming with over 180 contributions covering a large variety of fields, submitted by an impressive set of mathematicians from Europe and the world.
The results of the consultation confirm that there is enormous variety of mathematical fields and a huge potential for the European mathematical community.