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Could you design the new AustMS logo?

The leading society representing the mathematics profession in Australia is about to undergo a rebrand – and we need your help! 

Mathematics is an incredibly broad topic to cover and we are having difficulty refining exactly what symbols and design elements represent the AustMS’s member base (i.e. you) and mathematics in general. So we’re asking for your help to come up with some ideas to use as a starting point to develop a new visual identity for AustMS.

You can submit a polished design with beautiful colours, or simply describe your idea with a quick sketch and some dot points – we don’t mind. All we ask is something that embodies what the AustMS and mathematics represent to you.

The winner will have the opportunity to work with us here at Miscible to develop, refine and transform their idea into a brand rollout for the AustMS and its members.

Please submit all designs/docs via email to molly@miscible.co and office@austms.org.au.

Entries close on September 15, 2022.

Good luck!

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Asian-Oceanian Women in Mathematics

The Foundational Meeting of the Asian-Oceanian Women in Mathematics was held on 1st of August 2022. We publish the statement of the President Prof. Ole Warnaar supporting the initiative on behalf of AustMS.

Download the statement in a PDF file

1 August 2022

Re: Asian-Oceanian Women in Mathematics

On behalf of the members of the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS), I would like to congratulate you all on the establishment of Asian-Oceanian Women in Mathematics and thank the many CWM Ambassadors who have worked hard to make today’s foundational meeting a reality.

Almost 10 years ago, an active group of members of AustMS founded WIMSIG (Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group) which, through its many activities, has had a significant positive impact on the position of women and other underrepresented groups in AustMS. It has been a driving force for cultural change within the discipline of mathematics in Australia and made the Society more inclusive and welcoming to all.

I have little doubt that over time AOWM will do the same for mathematics in our broader region to the benefit of not only women, but everyone who wishes to see
mathematics thrive.
AustMS looks forward to working with AOWM in the coming years and to supporting its agenda for change.


Once again, congratulations.

S. Ole Warnaar
President of AustMS

Australian Mathematical Society’s  Teaching Excellence Awards

Members are encouraged to nominate for the Australian Mathematical Society’s  Teaching Excellence Awards.

The AustMS annual Award for Teaching Excellence and the annual Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) have been established to encourage excellence in mathematics teaching in higher education.

The AustMS Award for Teaching Excellence and Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career) aim to recognise and reward outstanding contribution to teaching and student learning in the mathematical sciences at the tertiary level.

With these awards the AustMS recognises the importance of quality of mathematics teaching and the impact it has on the training of a future mathematics workforce. Progressive teaching is essential to maintaining high standards across service courses for other disciplines, where  high-quality mathematics teaching is of key importance.

Each year a Teaching Excellence Award and a Teaching Excellence Award (Early Career) will be presented at the Annual Meeting, with the prize money for each award set at $1000 per annum. Awardees will be invited to give a presentation on their work at the Annual Meeting and write a short classroom note for the Gazette. 

For more details see https://austms.org.au/awards-grants/awards/the-teaching-excellence-awards/  or email Chris Tisdell  cct@unsw.edu.au for clarification.

Nominations for these awards will close on 31 August 2022.

WIMSIG is calling for applications for the Maryam Mirzakhani Award (closing date 1st of April)

Maryam Mirzakhani (1977–2017) was an Iranian mathematician and a professor at Stanford University. In 2014 she became the first female recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal. She passed away much too soon but her achievements live on and continue to inspire many.

The Maryam Mirzakhani Award has been established to honour her work as well as her role in breaking the glass ceiling for women in mathematics.     

The Maryam Mirzakhani Award is designed to support international female students pursuing a postgraduate degree in mathematics in Australia. Each year the award will be made on a competitive basis by a selection committee of distinguished mathematicians, appointed by the executive committee of WIMSIG.

There is one round of the Maryam Mirzakhani Award per year, with the closing date each year being the 1st of April. Applications, using the form overleaf and accompanied by a CV and other supporting documentation (link bellow with more information) must be sent to the Selection Committee via the email address mirzakhaniaward@austms.org.au.

For more: https://austms.org.au/awards-grants/awards/maryam-mirzakhani-award/

WIMSIG is calling for applications for AustMS ​Cheryl E. Praeger Travel and Anne Penfold Street Awards (first round 2022 closing 1st of April)

The AustMS WIMSIG Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Awards are designed to provide full or partial support for Australian women, trans and gender-diverse mathematicians to attend conferences or to visit collaborators.  The Awards are named after Professor Cheryl E. Praeger AM FAA, in recognition of her contributions to supporting and encouraging women in mathematics.

The Awards are funded by the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) and are an initiative of the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG), which administers them. Awards are determined on a competitive basis by a selection committee of distinguished mathematicians, appointed by the Executive Committee of WIMSIG. 

There are two rounds of the Travel Awards per year, with closing dates on April 1 and on October 1 each year. Applications, using the application form and accompanied by a CV and other supporting documentation as detailed in the rules (link bellow), should be sent to the Selection Committee via the email address praegertravelawards@austms.org.au

For more: https://austms.org.au/awards-grants/awards/praeger-travel-awards/


The AustMS WIMSIG Anne Penfold Street Awards provide additional financial support to Australian mathematicians for their caring responsibilities, while they travel for conferences or research visits to collaborators. The Awards are named after Professor Anne Penfold Street AM, in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of knowledge across the broader mathematical community where she promoted the intellectual development of secondary and tertiary students, and actively supported the advancement of her peers. 

The potential uses of these Awards include, but are not limited to, short-term childcare or professional carers for elderly relatives. These Awards are open to: individuals studying/working/living in Australia, regardless of gender, or members of organising committees for mathematics/statistics conferences to be held in Australia. 

The Awards are funded by the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) and are an initiative of the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG), which administers them. Awards are determined on a competitive basis by a selection committee of distinguished mathematicians, appointed by the Executive Committee of WIMSIG.
There are two rounds of the Street Awards per year, with closing dates on April 1 and on October 1 each year. Applications, using the application form and accompanied by a CV and other supporting documentation as detailed in the rules (link bellow), should be sent to the Selection Committee via the email address streetawards@austms.org.au.

For more: https://austms.org.au/awards-grants/awards/penfold-street-awards/

Social Media and News Co-ordinator, Applications due 22 February

We seek a person with a PhD in mathematics, web and social media skills, and preferably also with experience in news curation.

Firstly the role services the Society’s social media stakeholders, the new website content management group, conference, workshop and event organisers. Secondly, it curates national and international news feeds for the website, and for social media.

A brief position description is available here. Remuneration offered.

Contact person: AustMS vice-president, Aidan Sims vice-president@austms.org.au

Applications by email to Aidan closing on Wednesday 22 February 2022.

New Incoming President, and Vice-President

The AustMS welcomes its new members of Council, and is particularly pleased to announce its new Incoming President, Professor Jessica Purcell, and Vice-President, Professor Aidan Sims.


Jessica Purcell: I am a Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at Monash University. I am also Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Science at Monash University. I was Chair of WIMSIG from 2019 to 2020, and I’m currently finishing up my term as Immediate Past Chair of WIMSIG. My research is in geometry and topology. In research, I work on problems in the overlap of hyperbolic geometry, 3-manifolds, and knot theory. I obtained my PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University, and held positions in the US (a postdoc at University of Texas at Austin, a continuing position at Brigham Young University) and the UK (postdoc at Oxford University). A sabbatical at the University of Melbourne in 2014 helped convince me to move to Australia long term, and I joined Monash in 2015. I seek to make mathematics open and welcoming, and I want to see the support and opportunities to ensure its healthy future.


Aidan Sims: I’m Aidan Sims, currently in the School of Maths and Applied Stats at the University of Wollongong, which stands in Yuin Country. I was born on Anēwan Country (in Armidale), and completed my undergrad degree and PhD (2004) at the University of Newcastle on Awabakal Country. I came to UOW in 2007. My research is focussed on functional analysis and operator algebras, with a few forays into algebra and topology. Personally, I’m especially enthusiastic about promoting equity, diversity and inclusivity in the AustMS and in mathematics more generally.


You can read a short interview with Prof. Purcell here, and Prof. Sims here.

Algy Howe

It is with great sadness that we bring to you the news of the sudden passing of Algy Howe, at the age of 79.

Algy was the Society’s Treasurer between 1994 and 2019, and an Honorary Member of AustMS in recognition of his many years of exceptional service.

Algy was born on the third of August 1942, and grew up in Guyra, NSW. He attended Armidale High School, before commencing his undergraduate studies at the University of New England in 1960. Algy completed his BSc Honours degree at UNE in 1963 and moved to the ANU in 1964 to undertake his doctoral degree in mathematics under the supervision of Andrew Coppel.

Following the successful completion of his PhD, specialising in differential equations, he took up a temporary lectureship at the University of Queensland in early 1967. Later in the year he commenced a two-year postdoctoral position at Brown University in the United States. In August 1969, Algy commenced his appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics, in the Faculty of Arts at ANU, under the Headship of Hanna Neumann. He subsequently remained at ANU throughout the rest of his career.

Algy unexpectedly passed away on 21 December, and will be deeply missed by all of those in our community who have had the pleasure of knowing him.

The Society wishes to expresses its condolences to his wife Maisie and children Marc and Melissa.

The family will hold a private farewell with just the immediate family prior to the New Year.

They will be holding a memorial event at the ANU mid to late January. Details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Please note, the family are also gathering personal messages for Algy that they will place with him on the day of his cremation before the New Year.  

If you would like to convey a personal message to Algy, please email it to melissahowe10@gmail.com prior to 30 December.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to https://www.marineconservation.org.au/actions/donate-sustainable-fisheries/ .

Deborah Jackson

Neil Trudinger

Ole Warnaar

Australian mathematicians recognised for contributions to research, teaching and the discipline

This week the Australian Mathematical Society recognises the work of leading Australian mathematicians at its 65th Annual Meeting.

The hybrid event, hosted by the University of Newcastle, started today and saw the award of the AustMS Medal, the George Szekeres Medal, the Society’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Gavin Brown Prize. These prizes cover the breadth of contributions of mathematicians—from distinguished research of a mid-career researcher to sustained outstanding contributions; from teaching to specific outstanding publications in the last decade.


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