Congratulations to Kim-Anh Le Cao, Sue Finch, and Jennifer Flegg on their promotions to Associate Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Melbourne.

WIMSIG Executive Committee

Thanks to all who nominated and voted in the recent election for the WIMSIG Executive Committee. As of February 1, we welcome two new members to the Executive Committee:

  • Catherine Greenhill (UNSW Sydney) — Incoming Chair (2020)
  • Rose Crocker (The University of Adelaide) — Student Member (2020)

In addition, Joanne Hall (RMIT) will continue as the Newsletter Editor and Amy Glen (Murdoch) will continue as the Website Editor. Both Joanne and Amy have served WIMSIG since its formation in 2013 and we are very thankful for their continued service.

On January 31, the terms of the following people came to a conclusion.

  • Yvonne Stokes (The University of Adelaide) — Immediate Past Chair (2019)
  • Kimberly Becker (The University of Adelaide) — Student Member (2019)

A big thank you to Yvonne and Kim for their time and effort in service to WIMSIG and best wishes for your future endeavours.

Q&A with female plenary speakers at AustMS 2019

Check out the WIMSIG Q&A with the female plenary speakers at the recent Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society: Astrid an Huef, Nalini Joshi, Leanne Rylands, Joanna Sikora, and Corinna Ulcigrai.

May 12 is Women in Mathematics Day

This article from the American Mathematical Society reports on events held all around the world. Note the picture from an event at Deakin University on page 1885.

Let us know if you are planning to hold an event to celebrate women in mathematics. We would love to support and promote your event. Contact WIMSIG-secretary@women.austms.org.au.

On the Yin and Yang of Determination

Kate Smith-Miles (Melbourne) recently gave a talk at a Women in Science Network event at The University of Melbourne. The talk was titled “On the Yin and Yang of Determination”.  It was recorded and is available at https://vimeo.com/376933264.

2019 Heidelburg Laureate Forum

At the 2019 Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Charles Gray (La Trobe) spoke about algebraic structures in music and performed a piano piece that she had composed for the event. Start watching at 35mins to see Charles’ presentation and performance.


WIMSIG Conference 2020

The WIMSIG Conference 2020 is a Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, showcasing the research of women. Research presentations will be given across several topics in the mathematical and statistical sciences. We are seeking expressions of interest to help organise special sessions. We are also seeking expressions of interest to present in the special sessions. Please complete the form below to register your interest.

  • SAVE THE DATE: September 30 – October 2, 2020
  • Monash University, Clayton Campus, Melbourne, Australia
  • Call for Expressions of Interest: https://forms.gle/55dhKJ2r79Sq3C2XA (open until Friday 13 March 2020)

Catalysing Gender Equity

The Australian Academy of Science, in collaboration with Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), invites you to join us at Catalysing Gender Equity 2020, a two-day outcome-driven conference guided by the Women in STEM Decadal Plan.


Cheryl E. Praeger Travel and Anne Penfold Street Awards

The 12th round of the AustMS WIMSIG Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Awards and Anne Penfold Street Awards is now open and will close on April 1, 2020. The Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Awards are designed to provide full or partial support for Australian female mathematicians to attend conferences or to visit collaborators. The Anne Penfold Street Awards provide additional financial support to Australian mathematicians, regardless of gender, for their caring responsibilities while they travel for conferences or research visits to collaborators. Also note that conference organisers may apply for Anne Penfold Street Awards.

Further information and application forms are available at  http://staging.austms.org.au/about-us/wimsig/austms-wimsig-cheryl-e-praeger-travel-awards/ and http://staging.austms.org.au/about-us/wimsig/austms-wimsig-anne-penfold-street-awards/.

Maryam Mirzakhani Award

The 2nd round of the Maryam Mirzakhani Award is now open and will close on April 1, 2020. This award honours the late Prof Maryam Mirzakhani (Fields Medallist) and is designed to support international female students pursuing a postgraduate degree in mathematics in Australia. An application form and further information is available on the Awards page.


You may be aware of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Australian & New Zealand Fellowships. The FWIS program was founded in 1998 with a simple aim; to ensure that women are fairly represented at all levels in science. This year, the program will be supporting solely women researchers tackling issues around climate change.

The application form and more information can be found at https://www.forwomeninscience.com.au/.

Applications close Monday 2 March 2020.


Have you read an interesting article? Have some news? Have an opportunity available?

Please send items to WIMSIG-news@women.austms.org.au.

Note: Newsletters are published on the 1st day of each month (or soon after). The deadline for submitted items is the 27th day of each month.

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