Latest AustMS WIMSIG Awardees

Congratulations to the following awardees of the October 2015 round of the Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Awards and Anne Penfold Street Awards. The Praeger Awards are for travel funding (open to all female members of the AustMS) and the Street Awards are for caring expenses incurred whilst travelling (open to all members of the AustMS).

  • Emma Carberry (The University of Sydney) has been awarded a Praeger Award to host a research visitor from the University of Mannheim, Germany. Dr Carberry has also been awarded a Street Award to cover caring expenses that will allow her to make the most of this research visit. 
  • Deborah Cromer (The University of New South Wales) has been awarded a Praeger Award to attend a Welcome Trust conference on Infectious Disease Genomics, and for a research visit to the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Public Health, England. Dr Cromer has also been awarded a Street Award to cover caring expenses whilst on this trip.
  • Chaitanya Oehmigara (The Australian National University) has been awarded a Praeger Award to attend the MODSIM 2015 conference, Gold Coast.
  • Melissa Tacy (The University of Adelaide) has been awarded a Praeger Award to attend a conference on Evolution in Singular Spaces at the Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques (CIRM) in Luminy (France), and for a research visit to Paris.
  • Elena Tartaglia (The University of Melbourne) has been awarded a Praeger Award to attend the ANZAMP 2015 conference, Newcastle.

We look forward to hearing more about their experiences. The next round of award applications closes on April 1, 2016.

Congratulations to Prof Nalini Joshi

Prof Nalini Joshi has been selected as one of Daily Life’s Women of the Year Finalists for 2015. Daily Life is an online news and lifestyle magazine. Its Women of the Year recognises and celebrates women who have taken a bold, public stand on the issues that matter most to Australian women.

Homeward Bound

Recent QUT PhD graduate Dr Ruth Luscombe has been accepted into the Homeward Bound project. This project takes 78 female scientists from around the world on a 3 week trip to the Antarctic.

The major aims of Homeward Bound are to elevate each participant’s leadership capabilities, to refine their skills to design and execute strategy, and devise plans for future collaborations as women working towards a sustainable future.

Dr Luscombe first read about this project in the August WIMSIG Newsletter. She spoke about preparations for the project at the Brisbane Women in Maths Gathering hosted by QUT in November. “There is a real difference that the project is being led by a woman. For instance, the issue of participants withdrawing from the project due to pregnancy is acknowledged, but not regarded as a threat to the project.”  We look forward to hearing more from Dr Luscombe as the project progresses.


Thanks to Hang Wang, Catherine Penington, Sara Boghesi, Claire Embregts, Jacqui Ramagge, and Julie Clutterbuck for hosting Women in Maths gatherings at Adelaide Uni, QUT, AMSI, Sydney Uni, and Monash.

Discussions included societal privilege, international equity initiatives and retention of undergraduate students.

The next round of informal gatherings will be in May/June 2016. Please consider hosting a gathering


The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

The following three positions are currently available in the School of Mathematics & Statistics at UNSW.

Closing date for all positions: January 15, 2016

AMSI-BHP Billiton Foundation Choose Maths Grants

Building professional networks and research collaborations are vital for an academic career. The Choose Maths Grants are designed to provide full or partial support for Australian female mathematical sciences students and early career researchers to participate in the AMSI Flagship programs.

The grants support women to build and extend their skills and professional networks by providing financial support for:

  • Participation in AMSI Summer School, Winter School, BioInfoSummer, and Vacation Research Scholarships (including support for second time attendees)
  • Partner & child travel and/or accommodation support
  • Caring responsibility support (e.g., childcare or temporary respite)

Funding of up to $3,000 is available per application, in addition to the costs of participating in the program. Find out more on the AMSI website.

Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Applications are now invited from undergraduates, postgraduates, and postdoctoral researchers to attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) to be held from September 18-23, 2016.

At the Forum, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M.Turing Award, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany. Although there are only 200 forum places worldwide for mathematical and computer scientists, last year 5 Australian mathematical scientists were selected (see http://research.amsi.org.au/hlf).

Those selected to attend the Forum will be eligible to apply for travel support, provided jointly by the AustMS and AMSI.

There are two ways of applying to attend the Forum and applicants can use either or both.

  1. Applications directly to the HLF must be made by February 3, 2016 (but HLF reserves the right to close applications earlier). Details of the process can be found at http://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org.
  2. The Australian Academy of Science, as Australia’s IMU Adhering Organization, can nominate young researchers for priority treatment by the HLF selection committee. Applications via the Academy must be made by January 8, 2016. Details of the process can be found at https://aas.eventsair.com/2015-heidelberg-laureate-forum-nominations/2016hlf/Site/Register.


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