Asian-Oceanian CWM Ambassador Meeting

The Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) is a committee of the International Mathematics Union (IMU) which aims to promote international contact between national and regional organisations for women in the mathematical sciences.

Cheryl Praeger (UWA) is currently a member of the CWM Committee. There are around 140 CWM Ambassadors world-wide, to facilitate communication between the CWM and women in mathematics globally.

On 24 and 25 June 2021, the first meeting of the CWM Ambassadors from Asia and Oceania took place via Zoom. The meeting, which was attended by some of Australia’s CWM Ambassadors (Amy Glen, Catherine Greenhill, Cheryl Praeger, and Jessica Purcell) involved two academic talks, a panel discussion, and short presentations from CWM Ambassadors from 17 countries across Asia, speaking about the situation for women in mathematics in their country.  

During the meeting, it was proposed that an organisation should be formed for women in mathematics in Asia and Oceania. There was enthusiastic support for this proposal from attendees. Catherine Greenhill (WIMSIG Chair) will represent Oceania on the working group that will set up this organisation. The working group is chaired by Motoko Kotani (Tohuku University, Japan) who is also a member of the current CWM Committee.

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Mirzakhani Awardee invited to speak at the NSW ANZIAM meeting

On 9 July 2021, the inaugural mid-year conference of the NSW branch of ANZIAM was held via Zoom, with invited speaker Dr Hoa Bui (2020 Awardee of the WIMSIG Maryam Mirzakhani Award). Her presentation was entitled ‘Optimisation Methods for Maintenance Scheduling in the Mining Industry’.


WIMSIG Conference 2021

Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

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 conference will have a mixture of local (in-person) activities and joint online activities. Local activities may include the opportunity for participants to present their research.

The COVID situation is ever changing. Contingency plans are in place to ensure an interesting event will take place, whether you are able to attend in person or online. Please register your proposed attendance here.

National Science Week Maths Documentaries

MATRIX is hosting online screenings of four documentaries on August 16–18, during National Science Week 2021.

  • Math Circles Around the World
  • Secrets of the Surface
  • Colors of Math
  • The Discrete Charm of Geometry

Some screenings include Q&A with the film maker, Ekaterina Eremenko.


Macquarie University

The University of Adelaide

CSIRO (Perth)


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