About 8ECM

Council Meeting



(Updated on May 7, 2020)


Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID - 19), the 8ECM organizers and the European Mathematical Society – EMS announced a new date for the 8ECM, which is June 20 – 26, 2021 in Portorož, Slovenia. 

Consequently, the EMS Council Meeting will take place as a virtual meeting on Saturday July 4, 9.00-13.00 CET with the main decisions (budget, elections, choice of 9ECM venue) being made by an electronic voting process.

For the remainder of the council business, we will schedule a personal council meeting on the occasion of the meeting for the 30th anniversary of the EMS, which is planned to take place in Edinburgh from 29-30 of October 2020. More information will follow in due course.



The Council meeting will be held 4 – 5 July, 2020 in Bled, Slovenia and will precede the 8th European Congress of Mathematics.
The meeting will start at 2 pm on July 4 and end after lunch on July 5th. The organizers will provide transportation from Bled to Portoroz, the venue of the 8ECM congress.



The Meeting

We will welcome guests in the early hours on 4 July 2020. After lunch, the meeting will commence in the Hotel Kompas Bled. Meeting facilities will be available for 4 and 5 July, while a full board will be organized at the hotel for all meeting participants. 

On the next day, 5th July 2020, a coach will be organized to transport participants to Portorož, where the congress is held.

We expect somewhere around 70 guests will attend the council meeting. 



The meeting will be organized in Hotel Kompas Bled, which is distinguished by its broad offering of meeting rooms and business services. There are five halls in the hotel, which can suit many, various business meetings and the organizing committee believes the Council Meeting will fit nicely into the area. 





Bled – the romantic Alpine soul tucked away amidst picturesque mountains – holds an ancient treasure: an island in the middle of an Alpine lake.  Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries and guests from all over the world love to return. On the island in the middle of the lake, the ancient Slavs worshipped Živa, goddess of love and fertility. Pilgrims later came to the church of St Mary on the island. A thousand years ago, on 10 April 1004, the town of Bled was mentioned for the first time.


At that distant time, a Roman tower already stood at the top of the cliff rising 100 m vertically above the lake, and it still forms part of the mighty castle that now houses a museum collection. The town flourished in the Middle Ages due to pilgrims, and these were replaced in the 19th century by the first tourists. The Swiss hydropathist, Arnold Rikli, discovered that the gentle climate and the lake and thermal waters are a source of good health and well-being. The local people supplemented the health spa offering with guest houses and hotels.


The town, already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health spa of the then Austrian empire, attracted the European aristocratic elite. After WWII, one of the most attractive state residences of the former regime was located in Bled. Many of the world’s most important people thus enjoyed the beauties of Bled. And now, already for decades, pilgrims of a new age have been discovering this town.


Cosmopolitan seekers of diversity and beauty, of relaxation and inspiration, tranquillity, and the challenges of sport will find here a multitude of opportunities. Walking and coaching trails around the lake, traditional boats, ringing the island’s wishing bell, the castle treasures, the nearby ski pistes, mountain trails, golf courses, hunting, fishing, the casino, congress facilities – all these are but fragments of Bled’s attraction. And those who experience it, long for it again and again….