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"description": "The Slovak Mathematical Society (SMS) is a small society with about\n150 members. Among our members, there are university staff, academicians from\nthe Slovak Academy of Sciences, researchers from other research institutes, and\nalso teachers at primary and secondary schools. Our programme is focussed on\nscience, education, and young talents in mathematics.",
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"Our roots"
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"The Slovak Mathematical Society was officially founded on January 1, 1969, as\nthe mathematical branch of the Union of Slovak Mathematicians and Physicists.\nHowever, the real root of the organisation of scientific life of Slovak\nmathematicians lies in the Union of Czechoslovak Mathematicians and Physicists,\nor, more precisely, in the Union of Czech Mathematicians which was renamed\nUnion of Czechoslovak Mathematicians and Physicists in 1921. The year 1929 saw\nthe beginning of the first regular seminar for mathematics and physics, at the\nFaculty of Medicine of the Comenius University in Bratislava. The year 1951 was\nalso important, marking the decision to create the Slovak Committee of the\nUnion of Czechoslovak Mathematicians and Physicists. The Mathematical Olympiad\nhas been organized in Slovakia since that time."
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"František Kosper, high school teacher, the winner of the Bartoš Prize in\n2013, giving his talk"
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"What we do"
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"discrete mathematics: graph theory, combinatorics, …;"
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"algebra: semigroups, set theory, quantum structures (i.e., ortho-modular\nlattices and Hilbert spaces as the most important representatives of\northomodular lattices);"
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"theory of chaos;\n"
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"applications of PDE in engineering and in some other areas (e.g.,\nmedicine);"
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"uncertainty modelling: time series, fuzzy logic, aggregation of\ninformation, generalised measure theory (capacities, i.e., monotone\nset-functions) and integrals with respect to capacities."
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"The SMS organizes various series of regular seminars, each of them devoted to a\ndifferent field of mathematics, corresponding to the research groups listed in\nthe previous section. Among these, the seminar on “Mathematics and Music” is\nparticularly worth mentioning. In this seminar, which originated in the 1970s\nand lasted, with some breaks, till the 1990s, mathematicians whose hobby was\nmusic met with musicians – professional composers and interpreters. One of the\nmain organisers of the seminar was late Professor Riečan (1936–2018). Music\nwas his great passion. Whenever he organised a mathematical conference, there\nwould be one evening session devoted to a concert by the participants. The\nfirst of the three photos shows Professor Riečan performing with a Ph.D. student during one of\nthese concerts.\n"
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"Another event that I would like to mention is the annual conference of Slovak\nmathematicians. This is a conference where university staff members and\nacademicians meet teachers. In other words, it is not a high-level scientific\nconference where the participants present their latest results; rather, there\nare overview talks on a level that is understandable even for primary school\nteachers. There is a competition of young mathematicians (under 30 years of\nage) who compete by submitting series of papers. The winner is awarded the\nAcademician Schwarz Prize (named for Štefan Schwarz 1914–1996, whose main area\nof interest was the theory of semi-groups). Apart from this, there is also the\nPeter Pavol Bartoš Prize for teachers and university staff dealing with\ndidactics of mathematics. The prize is awarded for a nice textbook or for\nlong-lasting excellent results in teaching mathematics (Peter Pavol Bartoš\n1901–1975 was a high school teacher known for his textbooks and the problems\nhe set for the Mathematical Olympiad)."
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"Czech-Slovak student conferences"
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"A long-standing tradition was the organisation of student scientific\nconferences in Czecho-slovakia as competitions. Nowadays, we still have such a\nconference-competition, organized in cooperation with the Czech Mathematical\nSociety in mathematics and informatics, and another one in didactics of\nmathematics organized in cooperation with SUMA (Society of Teachers of\nMathematics of the Czech Republic). These events have a three years period –\nthey always take place twice at universities in the Czech Republic and once in\nSlovakia. Only in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conference in\ndidactics of mathematics was taken online and the conference in mathematics and\ninformatics was cancelled altogether."
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"Some other scientific events"
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"Cooperation with mathematical societies of other European countries is pursued\nthanks to the organisation of several conference series. Let us name a few."
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"Equadiff is a series of biannual conferences. Its scope is mathematical\nanalysis, numerical mathematics and applications of differential equations. The\nhistory of this series is quite long. It rotates between the Czech Republic,\nSlovakia, and Western Europe. It has already taken place 14 times in the Czech\nRepublic and Slovakia. In 2017, Equadiff was hosted by the SMS."
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"In cooperation with the Czech, Slovenian, Austrian and Catalan Mathematical\nSocieties, a series of CSASC conferences was organized. In 2018, CSASC was\nhosted by the SMS. The CSASC conference consists of several mini-symposia. The\n1",
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" EUROCOMB was held in Barcelona, Spain\nin 2001. In 2019, this conference was hosted by the SMS."
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"Martin Kalina is a professor of applied\nmathematics at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava,\nSlovakia. Since 2017 he is the president of the Dlovak Mathematical\nSociety and since 2008 the president of the Union of Slovak\nMathematicians and Physicists.\n\n",
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