International Women’s Day — March 8, 2021

The global UN Women theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. This theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future.

If you don’t have a local International Women’s Day Event to attend, consider setting aside some time on Monday 8th March to talk to a woman you know and congratulate her on something she has done.

Mathematics for a Better World — March 14, 2021

The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration. Each year on March 14 all countries will be invited to participate through activities for both students and the general public in schools, museums, libraries, and other spaces. The International Day of Mathematics is also an opportunity for making more visible the love of girls and women for mathematics worldwide.

Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 1st October, 2021

A one-day event with locations in many cities will be held on Friday 1st October to celebrate women in Australian Mathematical Sciences. Details are still being decided, with all sorts of contingency plans. We will gather, we will celebrate!

Code of Conduct

Most workplaces have a Code of Conduct to which all staff must follow. In research institutions, the Code of Conduct covers conduct in respect to staff, students, and external parties. The Code of Conduct also states the potential consequence for breaching the code of conduct. A case of serious misconduct was recently reported in the news: https://anuobserver.org/2020/12/08/serious-misconduct-mathematics-professor-issues-unfair-dismissal-claim/.

WIMSIG encourages all members to read the Australian Mathematical Society’s code of conduct and that of their own organisation.

Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Academy of Science’s 2022 Honorific Awards nominations are now open. Which fabulous women in mathematics would you like to nominate?


Simon Marais Mathematics Competition Problem Committee — Call for Expressions of Interest

Simon Marais Mathematics Competition (SMMC) is looking for new members of the Problem Committee, and encourage women, or members of other underrepresented groups, in mathematics to get involved.

The SMMC is a mathematical problem-solving competition for undergraduate students in time zones from India to New Zealand, taking place in early October each year. The Problem Committee is responsible for setting the question papers, and is active over April/May to October. Further information about the competition and past papers can be found at www.simonmarais.org.

To find out more or express your interest, please contact Chris Tuffley (c.tuffley@massey.ac.nz), the SMMC Problem Committee Chair.


CRM Workshop — “Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID” — March 8

The Centre de Recherches Mathématiques will be hosting the virtual workshop “Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID” on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 1pm-8pm EST, aiming to raise awareness of the career challenges experienced by women mathematicians during the pandemic.

Four outstanding mathematicians will highlight their recent work, as well as the unusual circumstances that either led to it or challenged it. These talks will be followed by an informal panel discussion held in the evening, with a focus on the perspective of junior women mathematicians. All members of the mathematical community are welcome. Please register in advance at http://www.crm.umontreal.ca/2021/WomenMath21/index_e.php.

See more on the website for the Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) of the International Mathematics Union at https://www.mathunion.org/cwm/news. If you organise other initiatives for Women in Mathematics on March 8, the CWM would like to know. Please email them at cwm.info@mathunion.org.

Panel discussion on gender balance in mathematics — March 11

The following event is being held in Europe, organised by the European Women in Mathematics (EWM), which means the timing is not great in Australia. However, some of you may still be interested.

EWM and MATH+ are organising a panel discussion on gender balance in mathematics in connection with the movie “Picture a Scientist“. The panel discussion will take place on March 11 from 19:30–21:00 CET (i.e., starting at 5:30am on March 12 in Melbourne/Sydney). The panel will start with a 30-min talk by K. Clancy on sexual harassment (and more generally, gender gap). The talk will be followed by a panel discussion involving her as well as Ingrid Daubechies, Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, Bernd Sturmfels, and Andrea Walther.

Registration for the discussion panel is open at https://www.europeanwomeninmaths.org/picture-a-scientist-panel-registration. The link to the panel will be emailed to everyone who registers by March 9 at the latest.


UNSW Sydney

Five positions: https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/news/2021-02/positions-available
(all 5-year terms, convertible tenure track) — Closing date: Monday 8 March, 2021

3 x Research Associate in Data Science (fixed term, 2.5yrs)
— Closing date: Tuesday 16 March, 2021

University of Tasmania

The University of Queensland

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