Congratulations to Prof Nalini Joshi (USyd)

Nalini has been elevated to the position of Vice President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), commencing in 2019. She is the first Australian to be elected to such a leadership role in the IMU.

Athena SWAN Awards

Institutions in the first wave of the Athena SWAN pilot project are now busy polishing off their award submissions. The first round of Athena SWAN awards will be announced at the 2018 SAGE Symposium to be held in Canberra in December. We wish organisations all the best as they document their efforts to improve gender equity. We look forward to celebrating their achievements and supporting them to make further progress towards becoming equitable organisations.


MAGIC Workshop

Applications are open for the Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop for women and diverse gender researchers with a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences, awarded within the past 7 years.

The 2017 workshop received an enthusiastic welcome and was oversubscribed, with many interested people turned away due to restricted capacity. The closing date for applications is August 6, 2018.  

Authentication for the Future Internet of Things

Description: AustMS members Prof Lynn Batten (Deakin) and Dr Leonie Simpson (QUT) are jointly organising this free workshop. Space is limited to 50 people, so please register (for free) early. Forms are available on the website.

In addition to attending plenary sessions with speakers or demonstrations, each participant will belong to a work-stream listed on the registration form. The purpose of the work-streams is to identify problems on which the corresponding team will continue to work, resulting in journal publications over the months and years following. Doctoral research students and others with little knowledge of cryptography will be asked to participate in the ‘Introduction to Cryptography‘ stream where the focus will be on developing skills in this area.

The workshop will focus on identifying low-resource methods for authentication of communications between the devices in current use in the IoT. At the end of the three days, the most feasible ideas for this will be allocated to groups of people to take away for testing, implementation and publishing beyond the workshop dates. The workshop has acquired special issues of the journals CRYPTOGRAPHY and SENSORS.

Keynote speakers:

  • Hugh Williams — Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Bart Preneel — Professor and Director of the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography group (COSIC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium

Funding Opportunities: PhD students in STEM areas are particularly welcomed. In particular, research students studying full-time in AMSI member institutions may approach their AMSI representative about providing support to attend this AMSI-sponsored workshop. PhD Students enrolled in a STEM discipline at a New Zealand or Australian university outside the state of Victoria may apply to lynn.batten@deakin.edu.au for up to $300 towards support for housing during the period of the workshop. For academics, there are also funding opportunities. For more information see http://www.authiot2018.conferences.academy/funding.html.


Superstars of STEM

Applications for the next round of Superstars of STEM will open on
August 15, 2018.

Eligibility requirements, application guidelines, expectations for participants and much more information is available on the website.

The deadline for submission will be September 23, and the next 60 Superstars of STEM will be announced at the end of the year — ready to begin their training for superstardom in 2019.


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