WIMSIG Supported Events

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Online Conferences

With the COVID shutdown of many campuses around the world, some events are going online. There are many downsides to this, as there is no substitute for talking to an interesting speaker over a cup of tea. However, one of the upsides is the ability to still attend conferences and present your research without the financial, time and personal costs of travelling.

The following upcoming conferences will be online.

WoMBaT 2020

Started in 2016, the Workshop on Metric Bounds and Transversality (WoMBaT) is one of the key research events for optimisation and nonsmooth analysis community in Australia. The fifth WoMBaT workshop will be held on Geelong Campus of Deakin University on 2-4 December, 2020.


WIMSIG Conference 2020 … postponed until 2021

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.

PAST EVENTS (2019—2020)


Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) 2020

Women in Mathematics Day Event at Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is running an event for Women in Mathematics Day.

  • Thursday 14 May at 4:00pm–7:30pm
  • Female Orphan School, Parramatta Campus

Program: Screening of the new film “Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani” – http://www.zalafilms.com/secrets/.

Invited Speakers:

  • Luci Ellis  (Reserve Bank of Australia)
  • Julia Collins (Edith Cowan University)
  • Mary Myerscough (University of Sydney)
  • Rosalind Wang (Western Sydney University)

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.

MISG 2020

The  2020 Mathematics in Industry Study Group (MISG) will be held at NewSpace, University of Newcastle’s City Campus from Tuesday 28 January to Saturday 1 February 2020. For details of industry projects, see https://mathsinindustry.com/. Registration is free for participants and is now open. Please feel free to pass on this information to others who may not be members of ANZIAM or AustMS.  Enquiries about MISG 2020, contact misg@newcastle.edu.au.  

Data Science Down Under

This year’s workshop is lucky to have an excellent line-up of national and international speakers on a variety of topics related to Data Science and Machine Learning.   The workshop consists of two integral parts: (i) Boot camp: Sunday 8 December to Tuesday 10 December (ii) Recent advances:Wednesday 11 December to Thursday 12 December   This year, the theme of the boot camp is ‘Randomised Numerical Linear Algebra‘, which is a subject of ongoing intense study. Recent advances will include a diverse range of cutting edge research results on theory and application of Machine Learning.   For further details, please see the workshop website at https://carma.newcastle.edu.au/meetings/dsdu/.

AustMS Session on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

For the first time, a session on ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’ will be held at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society, hosted by Monash University (Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th December). We invite you to participate in the special session, and consider submitting a talk (20 minutes, plus 5 minutes break between talks).

Talks in this session may span a wide range of topics relating to mathematics and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in: the professional community (e.g. academia, industry, government), the higher-education student body (under- and post-graduate students), and more broadly in society.

Examples of underrepresented and under-included groups and knowledges are: women mathematicians; Indigenous mathematicians; LGBTIQ and gender-diverse mathematicians; mathematicians with disabilities; mathematicians from non-dominant cultural backgrounds — and there are many more.

The conference website is here: https://staging.austms.org.au/annualmeeting/2019/. Early bird registration closes on October 31, 2019. Abstracts must be submitted by November 8.

MAGIC Workshop

Applications are open for the Mentoring and Guidance in Careers(MAGIC) workshop for early-career women or gender-diverse researchers with a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences, awarded within the past 7 years.

Successful applicants will receive financial support for airfare and accommodation costs to attend the workshop. Our workshops receive an enthusiastic welcome and are normally oversubscribed, with many interested people turned away due to restricted capacity.

Applications will close midnight August 16, 2019.

The 2019 workshop is organised by Professors Michelle Coote (ANU), Mahananda Dasgupta (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney). The organising committee includes Dr Merryn McKinnon from the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU.

Her Story: Inspiring Women in Science

  • 10am — 5pm daily (until November 15)
  • Main Foyer, South Australian Museum
  • More information

International School on Dynamical Systems and Applications

The third meeting of the Tunisian Women Mathematicians’ Association (TWMA) will take place in Monastir (Tunisia) from September 5-10, 2019. More details can be found here.

Challenges in High Performance Computing

The focus of this interdisciplinary workshop is on bringing together techniques that are at the forefront of mathematics and computer science for solving large scale problems motivated by applications on high performance computers. The main aim is to foster cooperation and communication between the fields of Algorithms, Resilience, Middleware, Software and Applications.

Part of the Special Year 2019: Computational Mathematics

Women in Mathematics in Australia Panel Discussion and Round Table

  • Monday 26 August, 2019
  • 6:00pm for 6:30–7:30pm
  • Auditorium 1 (Level 1), Administrative Building (F23)
  • The University of Sydney

Convenor: Prof Jacqui Ramagge (The University of Sydney)


  • Dr Sophie Calabretto (Macquarie University)
  • Prof Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney)
  • Prof Kerrie Mengersen (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Dr Giang Nguyen (The University of Adelaide)
  • Prof Sylvie Paycha (University of Potsdam)
  • Prof Natalie Thamwattana (University of Newcastle)

The event is free. However, audience places are limited by the size of the auditorium. Please register for this event by emailing David Easdown (david.easdown@sydney.edu.au) by Monday 19 August, with your name and affiliation, and also including any dietary requirements. Refreshments will be served from 6:00–6:30pm and canapes from 7:30–8:00pm in the foyer outside the auditorium.

The following webpage has a link to a map, for locating the venue, for people not familiar with The University of Sydney, and also lists some potential questions for the panelists (updated until the event):


Women in Mathematics Meeting

  • July 22-24, 2019
  • FCT-NOVA, Caparica, Portugal

Early registration is open until June 10. For further information, see eventos.fct.unl.pt/women-in-mathematics-meeting.

Sponsors: Foundation Compositio Mathematica, CMA – FCT – NOVA (Center of Mathematics and Applications), EWM, National Committe of UNESCO, CIM, UNINOVA, SPM, Almada City Hall.

Organisers: Ana Cristina Casimiro, Magda Rebelo, Manuel Silva, Marta Faias (FCT-NOVA)

Invited speakers:

  • Sílvia Barbeiro (Universidade de Coimbra)
  • Fernanda Cipriano (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Patrícia Gonçalves (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Margarida Melo (CMUC, Universidade de Coimbra and Roma Tre)
  • Teresa Monteiro Fernandes (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Maria Rosário Pinho (Universidade do Porto)
  • Lucile Vandembroucq (Universidade do Minho)

Special Contribution:

  • Elena Resmerita (University of Klagenfurt, Austria) – EWM rep.

AMSI Winter School

The AMSI Winter School is hosting A Celebration of Mathematics: Diversity in STEM on Wednesday 3 July at 5pm in the Gardens Theatre Foyer, X Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane.

The event welcomes all students, researchers and professionals with an interest in STEM to join for a relaxed evening of talks and lively discussions. The event is free, with light refreshments provided.

Find out more and register to attend at http://ws.amsi.org.au/diversity-in-stem.

African Women in Mathematics Conference

  • July 2-5, 2019
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa

This four-day conference is aimed at African-famed mathematicians (both pure and applied) and will be focused around the theme of Women in Mathematical Communities.

For further enquiries, please email Karin-Therese Howell (kthowell@sun.ac.za). You may have met Karin at the inaugural WIMSIG Conference in 2017.

Women in Computational Topology: 1-Day Workshop

The primary goal of the workshop is to facilitate the formation of new and lasting research collaborations between junior and senior researchers working in the field of computational topology. The talks will be presented in colloquium style and will be followed by a poster session. All participants are encouraged to submit a poster. 

This event is open to all genders. Student participation is highly encouraged.

Invited Speakers

  • Carina Curto (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Kathryn Hess (EPFL)
  • Claudia Landi (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
  • Vanessa Robins (Australian National University)

  Part of the Special Year 2019: Computational Mathematics

3-Day Workshop on Applications of Nonlinear Diffusion Equations

This workshop will focus on two aspects of nonlinear diffusion equations: first, the use of nonlinear equations in modelling various physical problems, in particular in the areas of ground water flow, math biology, and math physics; and second, the use of symmetry techniques to find useful analytic solutions to these types of models.

A retirement dinner for Prof Philip Broadbridge will be held on the evening of Thursday 20 June. Dinner registration is available under the “Events” tab when registering for the workshop. There is a “Retirement Dinner Only” registration category for those who would like to attend the dinner but not the workshop.

For enquiries, please contact Bronwyn Hajek or Dimetre Triadis.

AMSI Optimise 2019

Optimisation is an increasingly crucial field for industry to drive growth and profitability. Now in its third year, AMSI Optimise moves to Perth, bringing together industry leaders from the natural resources sector, academic experts and the nation’s current postgraduate talent. The event provides a platform to understand industry drivers and foster research collaborations, connecting business with Australia’s future workforce.

The themes of the 2019 conference are Mining, Oil & Gas, Agriculture & Water.

Choose Maths grants are available to assist female students and early career researchers with travel, accommodation and/or carer costs to attend the conference in Perth.

Share your research — submit an abstract for the poster session on Day 1 or workshop talks on Days 4 and 5. Up to $500 in prizes will be awarded for the best posters.

Summer School at Institut Mittag Leffler (Stockholm)

“Modern theory of group actions and the special role of finite simple groups”

The main speakers are:

  • Alice Niemeyer (RWTH Aachen University)
  • Cheryl Praeger (The University of Western Australia)
  • Colva Roney-Dougal (University of St Andrews)

who will each be teaching a 4-hr lecture course. There will be additional short spotlight lectures too.

There are 21 places available with funding, i.e., accommodation and meal allowance. Up to 13 additional participants are possible, provided they find (and pay for) their own accommodation.

Even before official registration at the IML is open, we invite applications!

Please include:

  • A short CV and informal statement on why you wish to attend and what you hope to get out of the school.
  • A short recommendation from a supervisor.

Potential participants who wish to apply for financial support are asked to outline their needs in their application letter. Our resources are however quite limited. As part of this summer school format we particularly encourage female candidates to apply!

Please email Rebecca Waldecker if you want to apply or in case of any questions.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2019.


WIMSIG Business Meeting and Dinner

The WIMSIG Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner will be held on Monday 2 December as part of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society at Monash University.

The event is free to all participants of the AustMS meeting, regardless of gender or membership of WIMSIG. 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 2019 female plenary speakers, to discuss issues concerning women in mathematics in Australia, and to network with fellow WIMSIG members and supporters.

The annual WIMSIG Business Meeting will also be held on Monday 2 December, just prior to the Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner. As with the Dinner, anyone interested in WIMSIG activities is welcome to attend. 

WIMSIG Business Meeting

  • 5–6pm, Monday 2 December
  • Lecture Theatre S1, located at 16 Rainforest Walk, Clayton campus, Monash University


  • 6:15pm, Monday 2 December
  • Monash Campus Centre Banquet Hall
  • Drinks will run from 6:15pm to 6:45pm. Dinner will start at 6:45pm.

Please register your attendance for the dinner when you register for the AustMS meeting. There is no need to register for the business meeting.

May 12 is Women in Mathematics Day


The birthday of Maryam Mirzakhani will now be celebrated around the world as Women in Mathematics Day. There are lots of events happening all around the country and all around the world.


Macquarie University

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Macquarie University invites you to attend an event celebrating “Women of Mathematics: A Gallery of Portraits” Exhibition Opening and Public Lecture.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney will be celebrating Women in Mathematics Day with a morning tea, panel discussion, and luncheon on Monday 13 May.

For more information and to register, please go to http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/s/scnitm/de-WomenInMathematicsPanelDi.

University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is hosting an event in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics on Tuesday 14 May to celebrate the first Women in Mathematics Day. The event will consist of a number of presentations, including talks from our newest DECRA recipient Valentina-Mira Wheeler and our newest professor Marijka Batterham. These will be followed by a networking lunch and discussion.

  • Presentations: Building 35-G20, UOW Campus, from 11:30am—12:30pm
  • Networking Lunch: SMART Building Foyer, UOW Campus, from 12:30—2:30pm

Organisers: Maureen Edwards, Angelina Lonard, Aidan Sims, Glen Wheeler

Please use the register button on the Eventbrite website if you intend to join us for the lunch. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email Glen Wheeler at glenw@uow.edu.au.

The UOW Maths and Stats Society will also be holding a talk to celebrate Women in Mathematics Day.

Title: My Life in Maths 
Speaker: Prof Jacqui Ramagge 
Abstract: The reading of a play in three acts outlining my life as a mathematician. It will be the story of my life since I started studying mathematics at university punctuated by the statement of some theorems related to the mathematics I was doing at various times.

UNSW Sydney

UNSW Sydney will be hosting a Women in Mathematics Day Lunch on Thursday 16 May at 12:30—2:00pm. All welcome and RSVPs are essential.

A short film will also be screened highlighting the journeys of some women in mathematics. For more information, and to register, please see https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/events/2019-05/celebrating-women-in-maths-lunch

Western Sydney University

To celebrate Women in Mathematics Day, Western Sydney University will be hosting invited talks from Adelle Howse, Catherine Greenhill, Leanne Rylands and Huanhuan Li on Thursday 16 May at 3:30pm. For more information, please contact r.hazrat@westernsydney.edu.au.



At QUT in Brisbane, ACEMS will host a lunch on Monday 13 May.

A selection of successful and inspiring female mathematicians and statisticians from both QUT and surrounds will talk about what mathematics means to them and why it’s important more girls and women consider careers in the mathematical sciences. Their talks will be followed by a panel discussion, led by QUT Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, who is also a Deputy Director and Chief Investigator for ACEMS.

The event is free and is brought to you by ACEMS and the QUT School of Mathematics. Numbers are limited, so please ensure you register if you wish to attend and please do get in touch if you wish to cancel your spot so it can be offered to someone else.

To register please go to the ACEMS website event listing.


This is a networking event with invitations being extended to industry representatives, providing attendees with the opportunity to network and maybe develop some new collaborations. The event is open to all interested members of the mathematics community, including males and females, staff and students, academics and non-academics.

A light lunch will be provided. 

In addition, this event will be followed by a Special Colloquium celebrating women in mathematics, where four presenters will give non-specialist talks about female mathematicians. 

The Special Colloquium details are as follows.

  • Monday 13 May at 2:00pm—3:00pm (talks followed by afternoon tea)
  • Parnell building (7), Room 326
  • RSVP: http://ems.gs/3iGO0iaboBT

More details will follow, but you are also welcome to contact Diane Donovan (dmd@maths.uq.edu.au) or Poh Hillock (p.hillock@uq.edu.au) re the lunch or Romina Arroyo (r.arroyo@uq.edu.au) or Cecilia Gonzalez Tokman (cecilia.gt@uq.edu.au) re the Colloquium.


To celebrate International Women in Mathematics Day, Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia will be holding a Women in Maths Day SA Conference on Monday 13 May. 

The careers-focused conference will run from 9:30am—3:30pm at The University of Adelaide and will include perspectives from both industry and academia on the role of women in mathematics, an interactive networking workshop, and panel discussions. The day will also include a keynote address from leading mathematician, and co-founder and co-chair of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Prof Nalini Joshi (AO). 

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, and a full event program will be released soon. 

Registration is FREE and is now open at SA-WOMEN-IN-MATHS-2019.EVENTBRITE.COM.AU.


The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne will be hosting a panel discussion on Monday 13 May at 5:30—6:30pm in the Evan Williams lecture room, Peter Hall Building.

Panelists include Prof Kate Smith-Miles, Prof Antoinette Tordesillas and Prof Malwina Luczak.

For more information, and to RSVP, go to https://acems.org.au/events/melbourne-women-maths-day.

Monash University

To mark the occasion of the first Women in Mathematics Day, Monash University will host a special colloquium by Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen on Thursday 9 May at 2:30—3:30pm, followed by a forum consisting of Prof Kerrie Mengersen, Prof Jessica Purcell, Prof Di Cook and nominated actuary at EBS, Julie Cook, at 3:40—4:30pm, with a reception afterwards.

Contact: Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi (sevvandi.kandanaarachchi@monash.edu).


  • Wednesday 15 May at 2:30—3:30pm
  • Room 03, Level 9, Building 8, RMIT University
  • RSVP: Eventbrite

There will be a panel discussion with Prof Belinda Tynan, Prof Asha Rao, and Prof Irene Hudson.

Swinburne University

Swinburne University of Technology presents two seminars to celebrate Women in Mathematics Day.

  • Tuesday 14 May at 10:30—11.30am
  • EN103, Engineering Building, Swinburne University of Technology


  • Ms Fatima Ansari: Less is more in the chemotherapy of breast cancer
  • Dr Pinkee Dey: Thermomagnetic convection in ferromagnetic nanofluids

  Light refreshments will be provided.

Please register your Women in Mathematics Day event at https://may12.womeninmaths.org. Registering will increase the visibility of people around the world celebrating Women in Mathematics.

To all organisers of Women in Mathematics Day events — please send in some photos from your event, and we will publish a selection in the next WIMSIG newsletter. Submit to Kim Becker at kimberly.becker@adelaide.edu.au by May 27.

Women of Mathematics: A One-Day Meeting at ANU

This event will celebrate Women of Mathematics through a range of activities, including a networking lunch, a panel discussion, long (1 hour) and short (20 minutes) research talks, and an official opening (with cocktail reception) of the exhibit “Women of Mathematics” at ANU.

Some of these activities will be aimed at the general public, some at undergraduate students, and some at research mathematicians. Everybody is most welcome.

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Anita Liebenau (UNSW Sydney) 
    First organiser of the exhibit Women of Mathematics in Australia (Monash 2017).
  • Prof Sylvie Paycha (Universität Potsdam) 
    Curator (together with the photographer Noel Matoff) of the exhibit Women of Mathematics (since 2016), Chair of the European Mathematical Society committee Women and Mathematics (2006–2009), and Convenor of the organisation European Women in Mathematics (1995–1997).
  • Prof Cheryl Praeger AM FAA (The University of Western Australia) 
    Australian Research Council Federation Fellow (2009–2013), Member of the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union(2007–2014), and Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science (2014–2018).
  • Prof Jacquie Ramagge (The University of Sydney) 
    Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney and President of the Australian Mathematical Society .
  • Prof Kate Smith-Miles (The University of Melbourne) 
    Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and President of the Australian Mathematical Society (2016–2018).
  • Prof Yvonne Stokes (The University of Adelaide) 
    Immediate Past Chair of the Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group of the Australian Mathematical Society.

International Day for Women and Girls in Science

The UN has declared February 11 to be the International Day for Women and Girls in Science. Perhaps you could grab some STEM colleagues and have an impromptu celebration.

ANZIAM Conference 2019

The conference will feature a Women in Mathematical Sciences Lunch, to be (provisionally) held on Tuesday 5 February. This event is free and open to all delegates regardless of gender, although registration is required for catering purposes. You can register for this event by ticking the relevant box on the registration form.