Gender Gap in Science: Global Survey

A major global survey is aiming to answer a big question: How can we measure and reduce the gender gap in science?

The Global Survey of Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Scientists is being run by the International Council for Science and is open until October 31, 2018. The survey is targeting 45,000 respondents in multiple languages to develop a better knowledge of the gender gap in global science.

Further information and the survey itself may be accessed via the following link:


Please contribute by completing the survey; it only takes around 10 minutes.

Latest AustMS WIMSIG Awardees

Congratulations to the following 7 awardees of the April 2018 round (Round 8) 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).

  • Zahra Afsar (The University of Sydney) has been awarded a Praeger Award to attend the Women in Operator Algebras workshop, Banff, Canada, November 2018.
  • Narjess Afzaly (Australian National University) has been awarded a Praeger Award for a visit to Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
  • Amy Glen (Murdoch University) has been awarded a Praeger Award to attend the 41st Australasian Conference on Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing (41ACCMCC), Rotorua, New Zealand, December 2018.
  • Maria Kleshnina (The University of Queensland) has been awarded a Praeger Award to attend the GTM 2018 (Russia) and ISDG2018 (France), June—July 2018.
  • Mythreye Krishnan (The University of Western Australia) has been awarded both a Praeger Award and a Street Award for ANZIAM 2018, Hobart, February 2018.
  • Tianshu Liu (The University of Melbourne) has been awarded a Praeger Award to attend XIX ICMP, Canada, July 2018.
  • Melanie Roberts (IBM Research Australia) has been awarded a Praeger Award for ANZIAM 2018, Hobart, February 2018.

A big thank-you to the Selection Committee, comprised of Jessica Kasza (Monash University), Cecilia Gonzalez Tokman (The University of Queensland) and Valentina Wheeler (University of Wollongong), for their work in assessing the applications.

Round 9 of the travel awards is now open and closes on October 1, 2018.

If you are interested to serve on a future selection committee, please register your interest by emailing Giang Nguyen. A term on the Selection Committee is for 3 rounds, hence about 1.5 years.

New Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science

Prof Kerrie Mengersen (QUT) was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2018. This recognises her important contribution to Bayesian Statistics in Australia.

Prof Ruth Williams (University of California, San Diego) is an Australian-born mathematician. She has been appointed a corresponding member of the Australian Academy of Science.


The <CAREERSwithSTEM> website now features two female mathematicians: Amy Shi-Nash (Commonwealth Bank) and Lily Serna (Atlassian).

AustMS Teaching Awards

Have you ever had the feeling that only your students care about your great teaching? Now the AustMS has a fabulous new award to highlight great tertiary maths teaching.

Nominations for this year’s inaugural round of awards will close on July 31.

WIMSIG members doing amazing things …

Robyn Araujo (QUT) has developed mathematical models for how living cells adapt to stimulus.


AMSI Optimise 2018 – Decision Making Under Uncertainty and Humanitarian Applications

ChooseMATHS grants are available for female students and early career researchers.

AMSI Winter School 2018 on Curvature

ChooseMaths grants are available for female students and early career researchers.


Monash University

Women in STEM Internships

The APR Internship program, administered by AMSI, is encouraging female PhD students to apply for industry internships.


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.