Women in Maths Career Chats

The University of Melbourne has published some interviews with five women discussing their career paths in the mathematical sciences.

Prof Susan Scott (ANU) Elected as a 2020 Fellow of the American Physical Society

“For groundbreaking discoveries in general relativity and gravitational wave science, advancing our understanding of the singularities and global structure of space-time and the nature of astrophysical signatures in gravitational wave experiments; and for promoting gravitational research worldwide.”

Congratulations Susan!

Sophie Calabretto shortlisted for Eureka Prize

Dr Sophie Calabretto (Macquarie) has been shortlisted for the Celestine Eureka Prize for Promoting the Understanding of Science. Sophie regularly appears in national media, such as the ABC Science show and Cosmos Magazine, promoting the message that maths truly is everywhere.


WIMSIG Virtual Business Meeting and Virtual Forum

The WIMSIG Virtual Business Meeting and Virtual Forum will be held on Monday 7 December 2020 as part of the 64th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society that will be an online conference, hosted by the University of New England.

The event is open to all participants of the AustMS meeting, regardless of gender or membership of WIMSIG. The purpose of the Virtual Forum will be to support women, and particularly early career researchers, to enter and establish careers in mathematics. Come along to hear about the careers of the AustMS 2020 female plenary speakers, to discuss issues concerning women in mathematics in Australia, and to network (virtually) with fellow WIMSIG members and supporters. The annual WIMSIG Business Meeting will also be held on Monday 7 December, just prior to the Women in Mathematical Sciences Forum. As with the Forum, anyone interested in WIMSIG activities is welcome to attend the Business Meeting. 

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF)

The HLF was virtual this year. The following two HLF presentations may be of interest to WIMSIG members.


WIMSIG Executive Committee — Call for Nominations

At the end of 2020, WIMSIG will be electing new members for the Executive Committee, to commence terms in February 2021. The positions that will be open and the length of term are as follows:

  • Student member, 1 year term
  • Secretary, 2 year term
  • Treasurer, 2 year term
  • 2 x ordinary members, 2 year term

If you are interested in the opportunity to lead the drive for gender equity in Australian Mathematics, please consider nominating for a position by November 30.

Please contact the current members to answer any questions you may have about the roles:

The Returning Officer is A/Prof Vanessa Venturi (v.venturi@unsw.edu.au).

Nominations should be emailed to the Returning Officer, and need to include the nominee’s name, the second nominator’s name, the role, and a statement from the nominee on why they would like to take on the role, which will be sent out to the WIMSIG membership list should there be an election.

Graduate Analyst, Novigi Pty Ltd

Novigi is currently looking to recruit 2 graduate-level analysts, starting on a casual basis, with an aim towards full-time employment. Diverse candidates are encouraged! If you don’t meet every criteria in this list, but think you’d be great for the role, please don’t hesitate to apply.

Macquarie University

Victoria University

The University of Adelaide

UNSW Sydney



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