Social Media and News Co-ordinator position

With the exciting opportunities our new website brings, the Society has created the position of ‘Social Media and News Coordinator’.

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, Geoff Prince

Applications by email to Geoff closing on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

MATRIX — Mathematical Research Institute

ANU joins MATRIX Partnership

MATRIX is delighted to announce that the Australian National University (ANU) has joined Monash University and The University of Melbourne in a three-way partnership.

Access the news release at

Call for Research Program Proposals and Expressions of Interest (EOI)

The next deadline for research program proposals in 2022-2023 is Friday, 6 November 2020.

Expressions of interest may be submitted at any time.

Guidelines can be found at

The MATRIX Family Fund provides additional support to participants with families. Please contact the MATRIX office for further information.

MATRIX held two successful research programs in the beginning of this year

Early Career Researchers Workshop on Geometric Analysis and PDEs (13 – 24 January 2020)

Harmonic Analysis and Dispersive PDEs: Problems and Progress (3 – 7 February 2020)

Eight other programs scheduled for 2020 have been postponed due to Covid-19 and will be rescheduled for 2021 and 2022.

Inaugural Research Program Online

MATRIX hosted its first online research program Operad – Pop Up on 11-12 August 2020.

Online Seminar Series

MATRIX hosts a series of monthly online seminars. You are invited to join us. You only need to register once for the whole series here.

Our upcoming seminar speakers include:

Miranda Cheng, University of Amsterdam (3 September)

Akshay Venkatesh, Institute of Advanced Study (October)

   Peter Bühlmann, ETH Zürich (November)

For information on future seminars and access to recordings of past seminars, visit:

MATRIX is pleased to have already hosted the following online seminars in 2020:

Geordie Williamson, Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) / University of Sydney (6 August 2020)
Modular Representation Theory and Geometry

Michael I. Jordan, University of California Berkeley (UCB) (3 July 2020)
Optimization with Momentum

Maria Chudnovsky, Princeton University (2 June 2020)
Holes with Hats and the Erdös-Hajnal conjecture

James McCaw, University of Melbourne (1 May 2020)
Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Terry Tao, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) (15 April 2020)
The Collatz Conjecture

Jan de Gier, Director
David Wood, Deputy Director
Peter Bouwknegt, Deputy Director

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Accreditation of Mathematics Programs

08 Jun 2020

The AustMS Accreditation Program is under review and a working party is being set up to revise documentation and procedures.

If you are interested in being on the working party to review the AustMS Accreditation of Mathematics Programs please email me on:

Your Diane

Diane Donovan
University of Queensland
T: +61 7 33651354

Award for Teaching Excellence and the annual Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career)

08 Jun 2020

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 or email for clarification.

Nominations for these awards will close on 31 August 2020.

Diane Donovan
University of Queensland
T: +61 7 33651354

Announcement of SMRI Domestic Visitor Program

05 Jun 2020

From the AustMS Secretary Deborah Jackson on behalf of Anthony Henderson, SMRI Executive Director, (

Applications are now open for the new Domestic Visitor Program of the University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI). Complementing our flagship International Visitor Program, this scheme is for researchers in the mathematical sciences from other Australian universities who wish to do research at SMRI, either individually or as part of a group of collaborators. Funding is available for successful applicants who are not based in Sydney.

This application round is for visits of at least 2 weeks within the period 24 August – 18 December 2020. Applications close on Sunday 5 July 2020 and should be sent by email to with the information requested in the terms and conditions on the SMRI website:

Applications from female and gender-diverse researchers, and from researchers belonging to other groups which are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, are particularly encouraged. Please direct questions about the conditions to the Institute’s Executive Director Anthony Henderson at

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.