Community Petition Against University of Newcastle Job Cuts

The University of Newcastle has announced a major restructuring of the university that will affect hundreds of staff. If plans proceed unchanged, Mathematics and Statistics will be severely impacted with a large number of staff losing their position at the university. I call on all members of the Society to support their colleagues at Newcastle and sign the petition here.

S. Ole Warnaar, President of AustMS

Women in Mathematics Day

We are very excited to announce the Women in Mathematics Day to be held on Thursday 13th of May in Western Sydney University starting at 3:30pm both in person and via Zoom. The day is around the Maryam Mirzakhani birthday, who was the first ever woman who won the Fields medal. The event consists of talks by

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

The goal of the day is to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM and to encourage an open, welcoming and inclusive work environment for everybody. Please join us and confirm your attendance here.

Best wishes, Roozbeh Hazrat


The Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Office of the Chief Scientist that aims to grow the diversity of expertise in the Australian Public Service (APS) workforce. It provides a pathway for early- to mid-career scientists to become skilled policy practitioners so they can contribute science to the policy process.

Fellows are employed as policy officers by participating Commonwealth Government host departments for 12 months. The Fellows bring a highly valued skillset, including data and analytical skills, and fresh perspectives on policy work.

“The Program has highlighted the endless opportunities that are available through working in the APS and is a great avenue for gaining meaningful, stable employment. I am excited about where this year will lead me to in the future.”

– Morgan, 2020-21 Science Policy Fellow

The 2021-22 cohort will be the first cohort of the permanent Program, following a successful three‑year pilot. Launched in July 2018, the Program has placed 31 Science Policy Fellows across 10 Commonwealth Government departments. The vast majority of Fellows have subsequently moved into positions within the APS since completing the Fellowship Program.

To be eligible for the Program, the applicant must be an Australian citizen, hold a STEM PhD, be no more than 15 years post PhD completion, and be prepared to relocate to Canberra for the duration of the 12 month Program.

The Program has made a huge difference because it allowed me to take my career in a new direction, while still recognising and valuing the skills I had developed as a research scientist.”

– Kim, 2018-19 Science Policy Fellow

Applications for the 2021-22 cohort are open from 7 April to 26 April 2021. Visit Australia’s Chief Scientist’s website for all the details on how to apply:

Two mathematics PhD scholarships: University of Western Sydney and University of Western Australia

James East is advertising a PhD scholarship on diagram monoids/categories and transformation semigroups.  Applicants with related backgrounds are welcome to apply.  Closing date is 28 Feb.  Please pass this on to any students who might be interested.

John Bamberg, Michael Giudici and Gordon Royle are advertising a PhD scholarship on the “synchronisation hierarchy of permutation groups” – link is below. Applicants with related backgrounds are welcome to apply.  Closing date is 28 Feb.  Please pass this on to any students who might be interested.

Practical Applications of Network Science 2021

We have been successful in obtaining AMSI funding to host the workshop Practical Applications of Network Science 2021, which will be held online.  RMIT University will be hosting this workshop with the aim of developing the skills of HDR students and bringing together researchers in the field. Invited research talks will cover a broad range of topics including the use of network science in transportation, biology and social media. This workshop will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of February in 2021. This workshop will consist of:

  1. Two hands-on tutorial/lab sessions  on network analytics using the R software environment. The sessions will start from an introductory level on the first day and proceed to working with real-world applications on the second day.
  2. Invited research talks showcasing network science and its applications in the afternoons followed by time for networking opportunities. 

This is a free event, but registration is essential. More details at


Arathi Arakala (RMIT University)
Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi (RMIT University)
Maria Prokofieva (Victoria University)

Lecturer, Mathematics and Statistics

The University of Sydney
School of Mathematics and Statistics

Closing date: 30th November 2020

Do you want to be part of a vibrant and collegial community of world-class mathematicians and statisticians? We are currently seeking to appoint an accomplished academic to the position of Lecturer in Mathematics. This position has been made possible by the awarding of a Future Fellowship titled “Unravelling the impact of social dynamics on human evolution through mathematical modelling” to Associate Professor Peter Kim. 

To succeed, you will be a talented and well-qualified mathematical scientist with expertise in any area that  strengthens the School’s profile and/or contributes strategically to university activities, particularly with regard to the research interests of Associate Professor Peter Kim and the details of his current project. This includes but is  not limited to applied mathematics, mathematical biology, and mathematical modelling. 

If appointed, you will be expected to make a significant contribution to teaching and learning practice, design and evaluation within the School/ Faculty while continuing to build up research contribution, expertise and impact.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Departmental Lecturer

University of Oxford
Department of Statistics

Closing Date: 9th November 2020

We are seeking up to two Departmental Lecturers to join the Department of Statistics, a world leader in research including computational statistics and statistical methodology, probability, bioinformatics and mathematical genetics. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in advanced study and primarily teach undergraduate and graduate students. These are temporary appointments until 30 September 2021 to make provision for teaching and allow the post-holders to conduct independent research. The Departmental Lecturers will have the skills and enthusiasm to contribute to teaching and assessment, and they will have the opportunity to carry out and publish original research.

As the successful Departmental Lecturer, you will have, or be close to completing, a PhD in probability, statistics or a related discipline and have an aptitude for teaching and some experience of teaching and research. You will have sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge in the subject to develop course materials and research proposals. You will also have a publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field commensurate with your career stage.

Queries about this post should be addressed to Professor Alison Etheridge and Dr Neil Laws

This post is fixed-term until 30 September 2021.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 9 November 2020 will be considered.

Interviews will be held on 17 November 2020.

Rescheduled: The IMU centennial conference ‘Mathematics without Borders’

16 May 2020

From the AustMS Secretary Deborah Jackson on behalf of the IMU Secretary Helge Holden

Dear colleagues,

I refer to CL 6/2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I regret to announce that the conferenceMathematics without Borders
The Centennial of the International Mathematical Union
Strasbourg, 28–29 September 2020has been rescheduled for

  • Strasbourg, 27–28 September 2021

We will get back to you with further information regarding the program in due time.
We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Helge Holden

Prof. Helge Holden
Secretary General of the International Mathematical Union

“A National Strategy for Mathematical Sciences in Australia”

03 Mar 2009

The Strategy document, written by Hyam Rubinstein in consultation with the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences is available at

Jan Thomas ( writes:

The link for the Strategy document written by Hyam Rubinstein in consultation with the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences is:

It has generated considerable interest especially from local media wanting to know about the local supply of teachers. Please do what you can to publicise the call for a national strategy and, if the media contact you, please give them all the help you can with local contacts.



Science deans urge action to boost enrolments

09 Jul 2007

A new report has been released showing the number of chemistry and maths students at university has stayed the same since 1989, even though overall university enrolments doubled in the same.

The Australian Council of Deans of Science says a new teaching model needs to be devised to be more attractive to students. Find out more.