Past WIMSIG Supported Events
2018 – WIMSIG ENDORSED EVENTS
62nd Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society
- December 4-7, 2018
- The University of Adelaide
- Conference website
A WIMSIG Business Meeting and Dinner will be held on Monday 3 December, prior to the beginning of the conference. For more details, see the WIMSIG Embedded Events section below.
AMSI BioInfo Summer 2018
The University of Western Australia, December 3—7
- Website: https://bis.amsi.org.au/
- Early bird registration is available until October 1.
- Choose Maths Grants to support the cost of travel, accommodation and/or caring responsibilities are available for Australian female mathematical sciences students and early career researchers from AMSI member institutions.
- Read the profiles of previous Choose Maths Grant recipients at https://research.amsi.org.au/choosemaths-grant-recipients.
Authentication for the Future Internet of Things
- November 28–30, 2018
- Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne
Description: AustMS members Prof Lynn Batten (Deakin) and Dr Leonie Simpson (QUT) are jointly organising this free workshop. Space is limited to 50 people, so please register (for free) early. Forms are available on the website.
In addition to attending plenary sessions with speakers or demonstrations, each participant will belong to a work-stream listed on the registration form. The purpose of the work-streams is to identify problems on which the corresponding team will continue to work, resulting in journal publications over the months and years following. Doctoral research students and others with little knowledge of cryptography will be asked to participate in the ‘Introduction to Cryptography‘ stream where the focus will be on developing skills in this area.
The workshop will focus on identifying low-resource methods for authentication of communications between the devices in current use in the IoT. At the end of the three days, the most feasible ideas for this will be allocated to groups of people to take away for testing, implementation and publishing beyond the workshop dates. The workshop has acquired special issues of the journals CRYPTOGRAPHY and SENSORS.
- Hugh Williams — Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary, Canada
- Bart Preneel — Professor and Director of the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography group (COSIC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium
Funding Opportunities: PhD students in STEM areas are particularly welcomed. In particular, research students studying full-time in AMSI member institutions may approach their AMSI representative about providing support to attend this AMSI-sponsored workshop. PhD Students enrolled in a STEM discipline at a New Zealand or Australian university outside the state of Victoria may apply to firstname.lastname@example.org for up to $300 towards support for housing during the period of the workshop. For academics, there are also funding opportunities. For more information see http://www.authiot2018.conferences.academy/funding.html.
- October 29 – November 2, 2018
- University House, ANU, Canberra
Applications are open for the Mentoring and Guidance in Careers(MAGIC) workshop for women and diverse gender researchers with a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences, awarded within the past 7 years.
The 2017 workshop received an enthusiastic welcome and was oversubscribed, with many interested people turned away due to restricted capacity. The closing date for applications is August 6, 2018.
Life, work and legacy of Maryam Mirzakhani
- Monday 20 August at 6pm (AEST)
- Queensland Terrace, Level 2 State Library of Queensland, Southbank
- Poster (PDF, 613 KB)
Please join us to celebrate the life and achievements of the brilliant Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female recipient of the most prestigious award in mathematics. Professor Mirzakhani was awarded the Fields Medal for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. Maryam is gone far too soon, but her legacy will live on for the thousands of women she has inspired to pursue science and mathematics.
- Prof Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney)
- Prof Cheryl Praeger (The University of Western Australia)
- Dr Cecilia González Tokman (The University of Queensland)
- Dr Azam Asanjarani (The University of Auckland)
Please register your attendance at https://bit.ly/mirzakhani18.
Flags, Galleries and Reflection Groups
- August 5–9, 2019
- The University of Sydney
World Meeting for Women in Mathematics — (WM)²
- July 31, 2018 (prior to ICM: August 1-9, 2018)
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The (WM)² is a satellite event of the ICM 2018, organised by the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics. It will bring together mathematicians from all over the world to think about and discuss the gender issue in mathematics and its challenges, initiatives, and perspectives for the future, with a strong focus on Latin America.
2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology
- July 8-12, 2018
- The University of Sydney, Camperdown campus
The Society for Mathematical Biology has set up a Twitter accountspecifically to discuss information for parents at the conference.
Call for volunteers
There are now over 500 registrants for SMB2018. With so many attendees, some more volunteers are needed to make sure the conference runs smoothly. A volunteer with a first aid certificate is especially needed.
All volunteers will receive:
- a free breakfast on the days they are working,
- a special thank you dinner at the end of the conference,
- a specially designed rugby jumper.
Student volunteers will receive a free ticket to the conference dinner.
Please contact Mary Myerscough (email@example.com) for further details.
AMSI Winter School 2018 on Curvature
- The University of Queensland
- July 2—13, 2018
ChooseMaths grants are available for female students and early career researchers.
AMSI Winter School 2018: WINE — CHEESE — MATHS!
Please join us for an evening of talks and lively discussions. This event is designed to highlight the contribution of women in mathematics and provide a forum for discussion of career paths.
- Wednesday 4 July at 5:30pm
- The University of Queensland
- Science Learning Centre, Level 2 Priestley Building 67
- Flyer (PDF, 413 KB)
Everyone welcome! Please register.
AMSI Optimise 2018 – Decision Making Under Uncertainty and Humanitarian Applications
- The University of Melbourne
- June 18—22, 2018
ChooseMATHS grants are available for female students and early career researchers.
AMSI Summer School 2018
Interesting Courses for Honours and PhD Students
- January 8 — February 2, 2018
- Monash University
The upcoming AMSI Summer School will be held at Monash University’s Clayton campus. There will be 8 different courses on offer, which may be able to be credited against the coursework component of your degree.
ChooseMaths grants support participation by female students and early career researchers. Applications for travel funding close on Sunday 29 October 2017.
2018 – WIMSIG EMBEDDED EVENTS
Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner at AustMS 2018
- Time: 6:45pm, Monday 3 December 2018
- Place: Playford, 120 North Tce, Adelaide
This WIMSIG Dinner is being held just prior to the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society at The University of Adelaide.
The Dinner is free to all participants, regardless of gender or membership of WIMSIG. Due to space restrictions there are only a limited number of tickets available, so make sure to register early if you wish to attend, and please only register for the Dinner if you are planning to attend.
The purpose of the Dinner is to support women, and particularly early career researchers, to enter and establish careers in mathematics. Come along to hear about the careers of the AustMS 2018 female plenary speakers, to discuss issues concerning women in mathematics in Australia, and to network with fellow WIMSIG members and supporters. Check out the WIMSIG website for information on and advice from the female plenary speakers at this and past AustMS and ANZIAM conferences.
WIMSIG General Meeting at AustMS 2018
WIMSIG will have a general business meeting just prior to the Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner (see above for details) as part of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society.
- Time: 5-6pm, Monday 3 December 2018
- Venue: H6-03 on Level 6 of the Hawke Building, City West Campus, University of South Australia, 55 North Tce, Adelaide
As with the WIMSIG Dinner, anyone interested in WIMSIG activities is welcome to attend.
This meeting is a chance for members and friends of WIMSIG to meet the Executive Committee and discuss things of interest. If there is an item you would like put on the agenda, please contact the WIMSIG Secretary.
WIMSIG Gathering at The University of Newcastle
- Thursday 15 November, 2018
This WIMSIG Gathering will be held at lunchtime (with lunch provided) on Thursday 15 November as part of the AMSI/AustMS Workshop on Mathematical Thinking, which will be held on November 14-16. This workshop, together with the workshop on Diagrammatic Reasoning in Higher Education and EViMS 3, are part of the Special Semester on Mathematical Thinking hosted by UON’s Priority Research Centre: Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and Its Applications (CARMA).
These three workshops bring together international experts across neuroscience/psychology, mathematics, education and philosophy, who will all bring to bear their own lenses on Mathematics, Mathematics Education and Mathematical Thinking. Speakers include psychologist Rafael Núñez, mathematical communicator Keith Devlin, dancer Erik Stern and educator Kaye Stacey.
A small number of speaking slots are still available, so if interested please follow the links above and submit an abstract at your earliest convenience.
2017 – WIMSIG ENDORSED EVENTS
61st Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society
- December 12-15, 2017
- Macquarie University, Sydney
- Conference website
Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference 2017
The Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference is returning this year, and we would like to extend a warm invitation to any and all interested honours and postgraduate level students in the areas of Mathematics and Statistics. The AMSSC is an annual conference run by students, for students. It aims to offer a friendly and relaxed environment in which to build and maintain connections, encourage collaboration, and present research. This event will be held from the 6th to the 8th of December 2017, at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. Attending students are encouraged to present a short talk, with cash prizes being awarded to the best in each of several categories. Travel support will be available through AMSI and AustMS.
Please note that registration for the event closed on the 6th of November, and applications for financial support closed on the 22nd of September. For more information, please visit the following webpages, which will be updated frequently as more details are confirmed:
- November 13-17, 2017
- University House, Canberra
The inaugural Mentoring and Guidance in Careers Workshop (MAGIC Workshop) will present an opportunity to explore the many facets of forging a career, in academic, government or industry settings, and to discuss how to create building blocks for success and resilience in careers.
Participation is limited to a maximum of 35 early career researchers (0-7 years post PhD) who are female or of diverse gender identity, who have a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences and are based in Australia. Interested researchers should submit an application, which is available at the MAGIC workshop website at http://wp.maths.usyd.edu.au/MAGIC.
The application is simple — the applicants need to answer three questions and supply a two-page CV. Successful applicants will receive financial support for basic round-trip travel (economy) from their home institution to the workshop and will be provided accommodation from 12-16 November 2017 at University House, Australian National University, Canberra. A preliminary program is available on the website.
The workshop is organised by Professors Mahananda Dasgupta (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney) and is supported through the Australian Research Council’s Georgina Sweet Award as part of their Australian Laureate Fellowships. The organising committee members include Dr Merryn McKinnon from the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU.
Please send any direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PhD Open Days at The University of Adelaide
- September 18-20, 2017
The School of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide is holding an event for students interested in studying a PhD in the Mathematical Sciences starting in 2018. The purpose of this event is to give potential students the opportunity to see our facilities, experience our research environment/culture, and meet our students and staff. A limited number of travel support packages are available on a competitive basis.
For further details, see the documents below.
Please pass this information on to any potentially interested persons and others that may know of such. It is a great opportunity for a funded exploratory trip to Adelaide.
Note that the closing date for applications is Friday 18 August.
SAGE Symposium 2017
The 2017 SAGE Symposium will be held on September 5-6 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Maths Craft event: looking for volunteers
Here at Maths Craft Australia we believe that there is maths in craft and craft in maths. We are always on the lookout for new examples of the intersection between the disciplines, be that in knitting, crochet, origami, needlework, drawing or sculpture.
On the afternoon of Saturday 26 August, we will hold an event at La Trobe University city campus (360 Collins St) focusing on crochet, knitting and origami.
We are looking for volunteers who are comfortable talking about the mathematics or can show basic knitting/crochet/origami techniques. We will hold a training session in the morning.
If you can help out, please RSVP to email@example.com.
More info will be available at https://www.mathscraftaus.org/events/.
Colloquium and Morning Tea at Macquarie University
- Friday 28 July
- Colloquium: 9:00-10:00am
Room E7B 263 (a.k.a. 14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Ave, Room 263)
- Morning Tea: 10:00-11:00am
Room E7A 801 (also called 16 Wally’s Walk, Room 801)
Speaker: Dr Emily Riehl (John Hopkins University)
Title: On women in topology and abelian functor calculus
Abstract: Over the past several years, a cohort of senior algebraic topologists have organized “women in topology” workshops to foster vertically-integrated research collaborations between women in algebraic topology and homotopy theory from around the work. In the first part of this talk, I’ll report on the structure and composition of these workshops, which just since 2013 have lead to around a dozen publications involving over 40 women. In the second part of this talk, I’ll describe a few of the theorems proven at the 2016 workshop, which develop a calculus of directional derivatives and higher order chain rules in the setting of homological algebra. This is joint work with Kristine Bauer, Brenda Johnson, Christina Osborne, and Amelia Tebbe.
Contact: Carolyn Kennett
AMSI Winter School 2017
- Queensland University of Technology, June 26 – July 7, 2017
- Website: http://ws17.amsi.org.au/
The AMSI Winter School 2017 on Computational Foundations of Data Science is run in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology and is designed for PhD students and researchers in the mathematical sciences and related disciplines.
Female ECRs may be eligible for a Choose Maths travel grant.
ACE Forum on Women in Research and Higher Degrees in the Mathematical Sciences
Female participation in the mathematical sciences has always been low, but in the last decade the number and proportion of female honours students has declined even further. Even though the number and proportion of female PhD students is holding up, this is only because of increased participation by female international PhD students. So what is causing this decline in interest from Australian female students in pursuing research and higher degrees in mathematics and statistics? This forum aims to start a discussion in the mathematical community about addressing this issue.
Discussion leader: Associate Professor Yvonne Stokes (Chair, Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group, The University of Adelaide)
- Professor Peter Bouwknegt (Director Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University)
- Associate Professor Inge Koch (AMSI CHOOSEMATHS Executive Director, The University of Adelaide)
- Ms Courtney Darville (Honours student in Pure Mathematics, The University of Sydney)
- Professor Cheryl Praeger (Professor of Mathematics, The University of Western Australia)
Meeting of the Statistical Society of Australia (Vic branch)
Tuesday 23 May at The University of Melbourne
- 5:45-6:15pm Refreshments, staff tea room, Peter Hall building
- 6:15-7:15pm Seminar, Old Geology Theatre 1
- 7:30pm Dinner at Cafe Italia
Women in statistics and mathematics: repairing the leaky pipeline
The way in which girls and women disappear from the fields of STEM disciplines – Science, technology, engineering and mathematics – of which statistics is part – has been likened to a “leaky pipeline”. Many studies have shown that girls and women discontinue the study of these disciplines at greater rates than their male peers, and the problem becomes more pronounced the higher up the career ladder women progress. In this seminar we will hear from people engaged in initiatives for the improvement of the representation of women in STEM fields, from the CHOOSE MATHS initiative to encourage girls an young women to study mathematics, to the Athena SWAN charter to create gender inclusive workplaces in universities. Why are such initiatives necessary? How will they help improve gender equity in statistics and mathematics?
We will start the evening with some short talks from people engaged in these initiatives, before moving to a panel discussion.
Contributors to the evening (more to be announced) include:
Inge Koch is Associate Professor in Statistics at Adelaide University and the Executive Director of CHOOSEMATHS, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). CHOOSEMATHS aims to increase the participation of girls and young women in mathematics and STEM disciplines throughout their school and university education and in the workforce, and to change behaviour and perception of women in mathematics.
Marilys Guillemin is the Project Lead for the University of Melbourne pilot of the SAGE Athena SWAN gender equity initiative. She is also Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), and Professor in the Centre for Health Equity, School of Population and Global Health.
Leon di Stefano is a Research Assistant in bioinformatics in the Papenfuss laboratory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), and has an MSc in statistics from the University of Melbourne. He will speak a little about WEHI’s gender equality initiatives, including its Athena SWAN implementation.
Getting to and from the venue:
WEBINAR: Gender Bias in Academic Publishing
- Thursday 11 May, 2017 at 2-3pm BST, 3-4pm CEST, 9-10am EDT (USA)
- More details
Unconscious gender bias in academia can have a real impact on women’s careers. Whether it’s obtaining a job or publishing a paper, quick judgments made subconsciously by reviewers can have very tangible consequences. In this webinar, you’ll learn the ins and outs of identifying and avoiding the pitfalls of gender bias. You’ll come away with clear evidence of the influence of unconscious bias in peer review, and hear about some of the recent efforts by publishers to reduce it, making the publishing process fairer and more equitable for all.
First Biennial Conference of Nigerian Women in Mathematics (NWM)
- Date: May 8-9, 2017
- Venue: Department of Mathematics, Federal University of Agriculture, Markurdi., Benue State, Nigeria
- Flyer (JPG, 236 KB)
The conference will be followed by the Nigerian Mathematical Society (NMS) conference on May 9 -12, 2017.
Colloquium by Prof Cheryl Praeger at Monash University
- Date: Friday 28 April at 3:00pm AEST
- Title: Breaking down barriers in Mathematics
On the occasion of opening the exhibition “Women in mathematics throughout Europe” at Monash University. The colloquium will be followed by refreshments.
Cheryl Praeger Retirement Mini-symposium – April 13, 2017
Cheryl began her career at The University of Western Australia in 1976, and has recently retired after 40 years of service. To celebrate her amazing and influential career, there will be a mini-symposium hosted by The University of Western Australia on April 13. There will be four plenary lectures devoted to Cheryl’s legacy given by some of her closest colleagues:
- Cai Heng Li (Southern University of Science and Technology China)
- Martin Liebeck (Imperial College, University of London)
- Alice Niemeyer (RWTH Aachen University)
- Jacqui Ramagge (University of Sydney)
The programme and the venue will be advised. There is no registration fee, but you should let the organisers (below) know if you are attending.
AWM Research Symposium 2017
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is hosting its fourth research symposium at UCLA on April 8-9, 2017.
ChooseMaths screenings of the film Hidden Figures in March
AMSI is excited to invite talented and passionate female maths students and their teachers to attend a private screening of the new release blockbuster ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’. Be inspired by the incredible story of the women who crossed all gender and race lines to serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.
As our special guests there will be an opportunity to hear about the CHOOSEMATHS Program, listen to inspiring women working in maths careers and learn why studying maths can open doors for the future.
The movie is suitable for Year 10–12 female maths students and their teachers.
For screening times in Vic, NSW, QLD, and SA, see http://teachers.choosemaths.org.au/hiddenfigures/ where you can also book tickets.
WIMSIG Presentation at the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences Meeting – Feb 21, 2017
Yvonne Stokes (Chair of the WIMSIG Executive Committee) presented a talk “WIMSIG Report” at the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences Meeting on February 21, 2017.
The slides for Yvonne’s presentation can be downloaded here (PDF, 6.8 MB).
International Day of Women & Girls in Science – February 11
From Marie-Francoise Roy, Chair of the Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) of the International Mathematical Union (IMU):
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science.
According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probabilities for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in a science-related field are 18%, 8%, and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18%, and 6%.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 (draft A/70/474/Add.2) declaring February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
2017 – WIMSIG ORGANISED EVENTS
WIMSIG General Meeting
At the 2017 AustMS meeting in Sydney, WIMSIG will have a general business meeting.
- Time: 5-6pm, Monday 11 December 2017
- Venue: E7B 263, Macquarie University (a short walk from the dinner)
This meeting is a chance for members and friends of WIMSIG to meet the Executive Committee and discuss things of interest. If there is an item you would like put on the agenda, please contact the WIMSIG Secretary.
- Presentations from nominees for the Incoming Chair position
- Presentation from Birgit Loch (La Trobe) on the peer-support promotion scheme
- Presentation on our plans for the WIMSIG Mentoring Scheme, with results from the survey
- Discussion about introducing a Student Representative to the WIMSIG Executive Committee
The General Meeting will be followed by the Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner.
Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner
- Time: 6:45pm-9:00pm, Monday 11 December 2017
- Place: MGSM Macquarie Room, Macquarie University
The dinner will feature speeches and Q&A from some prominent women, including plenary speakers.
Please note that registrations for the dinner have now closed.
Women in Mathematics Get-Togethers
The following get-togethers are confirmed for October and November (with some details yet to be finalised).
The University of Sydney
- Wednesday 11 October at 1:00pm (AEDT)
- Meet on 2nd floor of Carslaw building and walk from there down to the grandstand for lunch
- Host: Emma Carberry
The discussion topic for this lunch is advice and questions around applying for jobs/promotions. For example, how to choose referees, points to keep in mind when explaining one’s research to someone outside the field and things that it’s good to have thought of well before the application process. Just for practice (and to get to know better what we all do) let’s all come prepared with a one-minute research spiel that is easily digestible by a non-expert.
- Thursday 9 November at 10:30-11:30am (AEDT)
- RMIT CBD campus, room B008-04-011-Megaflex
- Host: Joanne Hall
Please bring along an object or picture related to yourresearch. This may include:
- beautifully drawn graphs
- visual data representations
- 3D models
- images that demonstrate the impact of your research
- crafty creations
Download poster (PDF, 461 KB).
University of South Australia (UniSA)
- Thursday 9 November at 3:30pm (ACDT)
- UniSA Mawson Lakes campus, room MC1-21
- Host: Elizabeth Bradford
If you’re interested in hosting a Women in Maths get-together in October/November (or some future date), please contact WIMSIGfirstname.lastname@example.org.
WIMSIG Conference 2017: Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences
- 24—26 September 2017
- University of South Australia, Adelaide
This conference is designed to be a celebration of women in Australian mathematical sciences. It will be the first such conference in Australia. “Mathematical sciences” will be broadly interpreted to include pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical statistics, applied statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, mathematics in industry, etc.
WIMSIG believes that this conference will play an important role in advancing gender equity in Australian mathematical sciences. Female researchers in the mathematical sciences, as well as leaders (of any gender), will be inspired by being in a majority-female research environment such as this. In addition, we expect the conference to help develop research collaborations and networking, as well as to provide exposure to senior department staff of potential candidates for hiring. We are very enthusiastic about the conference and we expect it to be productive, inspiring and enjoyable.
Women in Mathematics Get-Togethers
The following get-togethers were held in May 2017.
- Monday 8 May at 11am (AEST)
- Mathematics Tea Room (3rd floor, 9 Rainforest Walk)
- Host: Julie Clutterbuck
This morning tea is being held to mark the visit of Prof Ruth Williams (UCSD).
The University of Queensland (UQ)
- Friday 12 May at 1-2pm (AEST), followed by a talk by Birgit Loch
- Alumni Gardens at UQ — between the Maths Building and the Great Court (outside Mathematics Building #67), followed by Birgit’s talk in room 7-222 at 2pm.
Bio: Professor Birgit Loch is the inaugural Chair, Teaching and Learning in the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University. Before joining La Trobe, she was the Academic Director Digital Learning and Technologies in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (2014-2016), and the Director of the Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre (2010-2015), both at Swinburne University of Technology. From 2005-2010 she worked at the University of Southern Queensland, and in 2004-2005 in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Queensland.
Title: A peer-mentoring program towards female academic promotion
Abstract: In this presentation, I will introduce the peer-mentoring program towards promotion for female academics that Professor Virginia Kilborn (Astronomy), Associate Professor Helana Scheepers (Information Systems) and I established at Swinburne University in early 2015. The aim of this program was to address the gender imbalance at senior academic levels, by providing a supportive environment to guide female academics through the promotions process – and in many cases, to encourage them to even consider applying. This grassroots program in its first two years has already led to a record number of female academics applying for promotion, and a record number who were promoted. An overview of the program may be found in an article on The Conversation, published before the outcomes of the promotions round in the first year were announced.
At the end of 2015, our program won a Vice-Chancellor’s Culture & Values award following nomination by more than 40 academics. This peer-support program has now developed into SWAN (the Swinburne Women’s Academic Network), and an off-shoot was founded by professional staff in 2016, also honoured by a 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award. SWAN will be one of the key submissions for Swinburne University’s application for a SAGE/Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
- Maths in the Built Environment
- Wednesday 17 May at 2-3pm (AEST)
- Front door of the Coombs Building (#9 on the ANU campus map, on Fellows Road)
- Host: Alice Richardson
- Details TBA
- Host: Carolyn Kennett
- Thursday 18 May at 12pm (AEST)
- Red Centre, Room 3082
- Host: Diana Combe
There will also be a “Crafty Mathematics” event held at UNSW on Saturday 20 May from 10am to 1pm in room RC-3082 on Level 3 of the Centre Wing of the Red Centre building.
Experience mathematics coming alive in your hands through the power of craft! Crochet a piece of coral or knit a chanterelle mushroom to reveal the intricacies of hyperbolic geometry. Fold paper to create origami exploring the different Platonic solids – highly symmetric 3D shapes revered by the ancient Greeks. Registration required.
Further details at http://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/events/2017-05/crafty-maths-workshop.
If you’re interested in hosting a Women in Maths get-together in May/June (or some future date), please contact WIMSIGemail@example.com.
ANZIAM 2017 Women in Mathematical Sciences Lunch
- Date: Tuesday 7 February, 2017
- Website: http://www.maths.adelaide.edu.au/anziam2017/events/
The Women in Mathematical Sciences Lunch is held at national ANZIAM conferences to promote and celebrate the contribution of women to the mathematical sciences.
In 2017 the event will feature the female invited speakers at ANZIAM 2017: Dr Claire Postlethwaite, Associate Professor Maria Vlasiou, and Dr Martine Woolf. For information on (and some advice from) these speakers, please see the question-and-answer interviews on the AustMS website.
Conference delegates of any gender are welcome to attend the Lunch, which will be chaired by Associate Professor Lesley Ward.
The Lunch will be held in parallel to the main conference lunch on Tuesday 7 February. Tickets are free but must be booked through the conference registration system.
The 2017 Lunch has been organised by Gobert Lee, Giang Nguyen, and Yvonne Stokes on behalf of the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG). Information on WIMSIG is available from the WIMSIG website. The Lunch is supported by ANZIAM, WIMSIG, and the Australian Research Council through Professor Nalini Joshi’s Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship.