New WIMSIG Executive Committee

Following an election held in December, the 2017-2018 WIMSIG Executive Committee is as follows.

We congratulate the new committee on their election. We also thank the Returning Officer, Birgit Loch (La Trobe University), for overseeing the election, and everybody for voting. WIMSIG is stronger for all of your support.

Amendments to the WIMSIG Rules of Procedure

The new WIMSIG Executive Committee role of Incoming Chair will begin from 2018 following a ballot held in December. There were 50 votes in favour of this rule change and 1 vote opposing it. The amended Rules of Procedure are available to download from the WIMSIG website at https://austms.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Women_In_Mathematics_Rules_of_Procedure_Amendments_Jan2017.pdf (PDF, 48 KB).

WIMSIG Newsletter and Website

We have had comments from many of you saying that you like receiving the monthly newsletter and the resources available on the WIMSIG website. These great projects will continue.

Amy Glen (Murdoch University) is continuing in the role of WIMSIG Webmaster. Please send website comments and content to
WIMSIG-webmaster@women.austms.org.au. Amy will also be involved in an overhaul of the AustMS website that will be happening in the near future.

Joanne Hall (RMIT University) is continuing in the role of Newsletter Editor. Please send newsletter articles, comments and media links to
WIMSIG-news@women.austms.org.au. The Newsletter deadline is the 27th day of each month.


ANZIAM 2017 Women in Mathematical Sciences Lunch

The Women in Mathematical Sciences Lunch is held at national ANZIAM conferences to promote and celebrate the contribution of women to the mathematical sciences.

In 2017 the event will feature the female invited speakers at ANZIAM 2017: Dr Claire Postlethwaite, Associate Professor Maria Vlasiou, and Dr Martine Woolf. For information on (and some advice from) these speakers, please see the question-and-answer interviews on the AustMS website.

Conference delegates of any gender are welcome to attend the Lunch, which will be chaired by Associate Professor Lesley Ward.

The Lunch will be held in parallel to the main conference lunch on Tuesday 7 February. Tickets are free but must be booked through the conference registration system.

The 2017 Lunch has been organised by Gobert Lee, Giang Nguyen, and Yvonne Stokes on behalf of the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG). Information on WIMSIG is available from the WIMSIG website. The Lunch is supported by ANZIAM, WIMSIG, and the Australian Research Council through Professor Nalini Joshi’s Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship.

WIMSIG Conference 2017

Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

If you are considering going to the WIMSIG Conference 2017, then register your interest. This is the first event of its kind in Australia, so we don’t know just how popular the event will be. The expression of interest form also gathers information about potential childcare and lactation space requirements. If there are any other services that may enable your attendance, then please ask Lesley Ward. We want this event to be as inclusive as possible.


Macquarie University

Closing date for applications: 11:55pm AEDST on Sunday 12 February, 2017

The University of Melbourne

Flinders University

Homeward Bound

In December 2016, the Homeward Bound project sent 76 female scientists on an adventure to Antarctica. The aims of the project include developing leadership skills in female scientists.

An interview with one of the participants is available here.

The project will have its second voyage in 2018. To apply, go to https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/application/.

Applications close on Monday 20 February, 2017.

The University of Adelaide


Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests

Barbie STEM Kit

A recent launch of the Barbie STEM Kit has led to some discussion about the limited range engineering projects included – all are related to fashion or domestic chores. What STEM project would you like Barbie to undertake?

Other articles of interest in the past month

Have you read an interesting article? Have some news? Have an opportunity available?

Please send items to WIMSIG-news@women.austms.org.au.

Note: Newsletters are published on the 1st day of each month (or soon after). The deadline for submitted items is the 27th day of each month.