This May in Oslo

ABEL-prisen 2014 Foto: Cornelius Poppe /NTBscanpix

Russian science journalist will attend an award ceremony of Abel Prize upon the invitation of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters. Hope this will establish a new tradition of collaboration that EUSJA tries to organize with different science institutions. But first about the background of this event.

The NorwegianAcademy of Sciences and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2014 to Yakov G. Sinai of Princeton University, USA, and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, RussianAcademy of Sciences,“for his fundamental contributions to dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and mathematical physics”. This award is one of the most prestigious in the field of mathematics and includes a $1 million prize. According the award citation, the academy describes Sinai as: “One of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century. He has achieved numerous groundbreaking results in the theory of dynamical systems, in mathematical physics and in probability theory. Many mathematical results are named after him, including Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy, Sinai’s billiards, Sinai’s random walk, Sinai-Ruelle-Bowen measures, and Pirogov-Sinai theory.”

The President of the NorwegianAcademy of Sciences and Letters Nils Christian Stenseth announced the winner of the 2014 Abel Prize at the Academy in Oslo. This happened on 26 March – exactly the day promised by the members of Abel Committee on its last meeting that happened to be last January in St-Petersburg  (see the post on this page “Top Secret of Abel Prize” from February 1, 2014).  Professor Nils Stenseth said to the press-conference in St-Petersburg Univercity that Russian science journalist will be invited in Oslo to attend the Abel award ceremony. This journalist was named by the Russian association of science writers and journalists. Now we may announce: Marina Astvatsaturyan, well known science journalist who works as an observer for the radio “Echo of Moscow”, TV channel “Culture” and some other media, was selected to represent Russian science journalists in Oslo.

Russian association was the first who established the collaboration with the NorwegianAcademy of Sciences and Letters. But we already discussed to develop and enlarge this cooperation so that all EUSJA member associations could be involved in.  Significant that the idea was discussed in 2014 – the year when Norwegian science journalists joined EUSJA family, the status of Norwegian association as a member of EUSJA was officially confirmed on 29 March by EUSJA General Assembly (see about the last Assembly “Satu Lipponent New EUSJA President” to this web page).

Marina will post from Oslo in May where Professor Yakov G. Sinai will receive the Abel Prize from His Royal Highness The Crown Prince at an award ceremony on 20 May. More – to web page of the Abel Prize:




About Viola Egikova

Viola Egikova - science journalist based in Moscow, president of Intellect, former Vice-President of the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations, Programme Coordinator of All Russia Science Festival