The Impact of COVID-19

On March 18th 2021, the Australian Mathematical Society and the Statistical Society of Australia released a joint statement on the unequal impacts of COVID-19 on the mathematical community: “This is a time to redouble our efforts towards inclusion and diversity across the mathematical sciences, and across academia, industry, and government.”


The statement is worth reading in full, and several useful links can be found at the end of the page.

Decadal Plan for the Mathematical Sciences — Mid Term Review

The National Committee for the Mathematical Sciences (NCMS) is undertaking a mid-term review of the decadal plan “The Mathematical Sciences in Australia: a vision for 2025”, which was launched in 2016. Members of the Australian mathematical sciences community are invited to provided input into the mid-term review, through an online form. The original decadal plan, and a consultation document, can also be found there. We encourage members of WIMSIG to provide input. The consultation period is open until May 31, 2021.

Queers in Science

Queers in Science (@QueersInScience on Twitter, @Queersinscienceau on Facebook) is an initiative that is building community and improving support for LGBTQIA+ people in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia. Since 2019, Queers in Science have held an annual LGBTQIA+ STEMM Day Symposium. Each state has a local Queers in Science chapter. For more information, see https://queersinscience.org.au.

International Congress of Mathematicians 2022

There are concerns regarding whether the upcoming 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), to be held in St Petersburg (Russia), will be safe for members of the LGBTQI+ community to attend. See, for example, the letter written to the ICM Organising Committee by the President of the Association for Women in Mathematics (USA), Ami Radunskaya, in 2018: https://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/news-and-media-releases/nominate-now-academys-2022-awards.


International Women in Mathematics Day — May 12

May 12 is International Women in Mathematics Day. Keep your eye out for events to be announced in our next newsletter. Also, please consider organising an event locally, and advertising your event in our next WIMSIG newsletter.  

If you applied for and were awarded ACEMS funding for a May 12 event in 2020, you may be able to re-apply this year. Please contact the WIMSIG Treasurer, Valentina Wheeler (WIMSIG-treasurer@women.austms.org.au) if you haven’t already heard from her.

Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 1st October, 2021

The WIMSIG Conference 2021 (postponed from 2020) will now be taking place at a range of “local hubs” on Friday 1st October this year. There will be events in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, and Perth.

This one-day event will have a mixture of local activities and joined activities. To help us plan, we’d love an indication of your intent to attend one of the event venues. Please complete the following survey to assist the event planning team.


Collaborative workshop for women in analysis and geometry — September 2021

Julie Clutterbuck (Monash) and Melissa Tacy (Auckland) are seeking expressions of interest from women who are interested in leading a research group as part of a week-long workshop.  For more info, contact Julie at julie.clutterbuck@monash.edu.


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