Australia finishes 3rd in the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad

The Australian team for the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad consists of four amazing young women, selected and mentored by the Australian Mathematics Trust. Australia finished in 3rd place out of 57 countries, with our girls all achieving individual gold medals.

Australia was the only country where all team members achieved gold medals. Individually, all of the Australian team members placed in the top 10 percent — Grace Chang Yuan ranked 6th, Cloris Xu ranked 12th, Eunsu Choi ranked 15th, and Iris Xu ranked 20th, out of 222 contestants.

This is the fifth year that Australia has participated in the EGMO. The future is bright!

Prof Susan Scott (ANU) appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Classical and Quantum Gravity journal

Distinguished Professor Susan Scott is the first Australian to be appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. Congratulations Susan!

Sexual harassment at academic conferences

Giang Nguyen (Adelaide, WIMSIG Treasurer 2013–2018) has brought a court case against The University of Adelaide for failing to investigate her complaint of sexual harassment.

WIMSIG supports all women who choose to report unsafe situations and behaviours. WIMSIG also supports all measures that increase the safety of women in all aspects of their work, including networking events.

The Adelaide Advertiser has been following this story closely — see if your library has a subscription.

Asian and Oceanian Women in Mathematics

A new group, Asian and Oceanian Women in Mathematics (AOWM), will be officially founded later this year. Interested WIMSIG members are invited to join as Founding Members. To apply for membership of AOWM, please fill in the membership form which can be found here and email it to WIMSIG-chair@austms.org.au together with (a) your CV and (b) a brief statement in the body of the email, explaining why you would like to join AOWM. The deadline for Founding Member applications is June 15.

We have also been asked to nominate one or two AOWM Coordinators for Australia. Coordinators will facilitate communication between the AOWM Executive Committee and members of AOWM in Australia.  If you would like to be nominated as AOWM Coordinator for Australia, please email Catherine Greenhill (WIMSIG Chair) by June 15.

Simon Marais Mathematics Competition Problem Committee

Do you enjoy coming up with challenging mathematical problems? The 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 the UK 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 to express your interest, please contact Chris Tuffley (SMMC Problem Committee Chair).


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