Registrations for WIMSIG Conference 2024 open 

WIMSIG Conference 2024 will be held at SMRI/University of Sydney on 1 – 2 October 2024. Early-bird registrations opened on 1 May. 

Thanks to all our special session organisers! Visit the conference website to see the full list.   

https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au/events/wimsig2024

Here are some ways you could get involved with WIMSIG Conference 2024 and add a line to your CV! 

Do you have any great suggestions for topics for a panel discussion?  We are planning to hold a couple of panels simultaneously so that people can attend the discussion which interests them the most.  If you have any ideas for topics that would interest you, or would like to organise a panel, please let us know! 

We will run a travel grant scheme for ECRs. Would you like to join the travel grant committee and evaluate these applications? 

Would you like to organise the LGBTQI+ lunch which will be held on Wednesday 2 October? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please contact Catherine Greenhill (mailto:c.greenhill@unsw.edu.au

WIMSIG Conference 2024 – Travel Awards for Early Career Researchers 

Applications for WIMSIG Conference 2024 Travel Awards are now open!  We invite applications from women, trans and gender diverse people who (a) wish to attend the WIMSIG Conference 2024 and (b) are early-career researchers, or Honours, Masters or PhD students.  

Funding is available to provide partial support towards purposes such as travel, accommodation and carer expenses (not the conference registration fee). Selection will be based on (a) need and (b) the benefit to the applicant of attending the conference. Giving a presentation at the conference is not a prerequisite for funding, but preference may be given to those who are presenting (if funding is limited).  

For sustainability reasons, we will only consider flights as a reasonable expense for applicants who are not based in NSW or the ACT.  

All applications received by the closing date (Friday 16 August) will be considered. Late applications may be considered, subject to availability of funding. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions no later than 26 August 2024. 

For more information and the application form, please visit the conference website. 

https://mathematical-research-institute.sydney.edu.au/events/wimsig2024

We need your help! Donations to support the Maryam Mirzakhani Award   

Before the end of the financial year, please consider donating to support the AMSI/AustMS WIMSIG Maryam Mirzakhani Award . We rely on your generous donations to be able to fund this award each year.  Donations are made via AMSI https://amsi.org.au/donate-mirzakhani-award/.  Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Note that donations are now collected via the AMSI Foundation and donors can select to support the Maryam Mirzakhani Award.    

May 12 Events  

Western Sydney 

Women in Maths at Western Sydney took place on 2ed of May with two speakers: Nalini Joshi from Sydney University and Elizabeth Pacheco from Western Sydney University.  
 
Nalini gave a very heartfelt talk about “Life and Mathematics” her journey as a small kid in Burma, to Sydney University, Princeton and her passion for Maths and Physics and how that opened doors for her.  
 
Elizabeth talked about what research says about the differences between men and women in STEM/ Maths as well as statistics about the rates of women participating at different levels of STEM/maths. Elizabeth mentioned why having more women participate in math is important. She then closed with some advice intended for undergraduate women in mathematics.   

It was a wonderful gathering. The talks were so prepared to be accessible to undergraduates, as well as be interesting for staff. Indeed both talks were very engaging and many follow up questions raised. 

University of Queensland 

At UQ, the School of Mathematics and Physics held a half-day event to celebrate Women in Mathematics Day with the aim of creating a valuable, educational, and inclusive experience for all our colleagues and students (including men). The event was advertised to staff and students and was well attended. We had two invited speakers, Dr Vivien Challis (QUT) and Dr Courtney Quinn (University of Tasmania), who spoke about their career paths and their research.  We held a screening of the short film Kovaleskaya’ Spinning Top film from the May12 Initiative, enjoyed an afternoon tea, and ran an interactive trivia quiz where the winners received mugs with prints of famous female mathematicians. We held a panel discussion with 3 women academics and 3 women students (Honours and HDR) on ways to improve gender equity in mathematics – we then broke up into groups and wrote down specific suggestions that will be brought back to our EDI committee for action items.   

The University of Melbourne 

A student-led team at The University of Melbourne had a multi-faceted approach to celebrating International Women in Maths Day. The first component was a ‘Wall of Support’. Members of the School were invited to submit messages of encouragement and support for women, nonbinary, transgender and gender diverse people studying or working in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The notes included poetry, messages to specific people, anecdotes and general affirmations and were displayed for a week in the School.  

The second element was mentor-mentee coffee catch-ups for students and staff. This was a highly subscribed part of the celebration involving 31 pairs meeting up for coffee over a week-long period. The final dimension was an autonomous discussion session hosted off-campus as a safe space for people to discuss issues facing women, nonbinary, transgender and gender diverse people studying mathematics and statistics. Attendees felt that the discussion was productive and would like to see further discussions of this variety occur within the School. Overall, our International Women in Maths Day events were well-received and have generated useful ideas about how our School can better support women, trans and gender diverse students. 

Women and gender diverse people in maths: the card game 
On her blog page (here), Lucy Harrison introduces the Women and gender diverse people in maths: the card game! This “card game” was created for the Women In Maths Special Interest Group’s annual ANZIAM lunch in Hahndorf, South Australia, in February 2024. The aim was to start a conversation about the women and non-binary people who have contributed to mathematics from ancient and more recent history – including some well-known people and some mathematicians who are much less well-recognised. The cards in the deck are like Christmas cracker activities – read out the hints to your friends and see if you can guess who the card is describing! Scan the QR code on each card for the answer. If the mathematician is someone you’ve never heard about before, read on about their life, career and influence on maths as we know it! 

Download the deck of cards here

News 

  1. Congratulations to Connie (Onyu Hui) for winning the AMSI/AustMS-WIMSIG Maryam Mirzakhani Award.  Connie’s interview is at https://austms.org.au/awards-grants/awards/maryam-mirzakhani-award/ 
  1. Congratulations to the following recipients of the Cheryl Praeger Award: 
  1. Xiaoping Lu  
  1. Eva-Maria Hekkelman  
  1. Chiara Bellotti 
  1. Courtney Quinn  
  1. Congratulations to the following recepients of the Anne Penfold-Street Award: 
  1. Catherine Penington   
  1. Neda Khodabakhsh 
  1. Po Lam Yung 

Events 

OPTIMA-CON 2024 – Early bird tickets on sale till 16 June 2024 
 
The inaugural OPTIMA-CON 2024 is hosted by the ARC Training Centre in Optimisation Technologies, Integrated Methodologies, and Applications (OPTIMA). The event is scheduled to take place from July 10-12, 2024, in Melbourne, Australia. OPTIMA-CON 2024 is offering FREE childcare at the conference. 
 
OPTIMA-CON 2024 aims to bring together a diverse community of industry professionals, researchers, and students from various national and international institutions. The conference will feature a strong career and industry focus, fostering collaborations between academia and the private sector. With workshops, presentations, and discussion groups, OPTIMA-CON 2024 provides a platform to explore real industry problems and create meaningful connections. 
 
Early bird prices on sale now till the 16 June 2024 (or until sold out), get your tickets at: https://events.humanitix.com/optima-con-24/tickets  

Conference Highlights: 
>Over thirty industry and research presentations delivered in a non-technical format 
>Industry breakfast panel briefing with Gurobi 
>Industry case study sessions 
>Brainstorming sessions 
>Networking opportunities for academics, students and industry 
>Industry and careers meet and greet 
>Poster session 
 
We look forward to you joining us at OPTIMA-CON 2024! 

AMSI Winter School 2024 

Join AMSI Winter School 2024 for a public lecture by Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Kerrie Mengersen (Queensland University of Technology) on dealing with sensitive data. 

Attend in-person at The University of Queensland or online at 6pm AEST on Monday 24 June. Refreshments will be provided from 5pm AEST for those attending in person. 

Register here: https://ws.amsi.org.au/public-lecture/ 

Asian-Oceanic Women in Mathematics (AOWM) Workshop 
 

The Asian-Oceanic Women in Mathematics (AOWM) Workshop will be held 6th to 9th December 2024 at the University of Auckland.  The joint meeting of the New Zealand, Australian and American Mathematical Societies will be held immediately afterwards, and we encourage all to attend both events.  

Registration available on: https://forms.gle/3sLWjutspnPwQEWr5 

Jobs 

2 x Lecturer (B) / Senior Lecturer (C) – Stochastics / Statistics / Data Science, University of Adelaide 

The School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences is expanding its team and have 2 unique opportunities available for continuing Lecturer/Senior Lecturer roles in Stochastics, Statistics and Data Science. The University believes strongly in equal opportunity for women and gender diverse people and have a long history of championing the rights of these groups in higher education. Women and gender diverse candidates are encouraged to apply for these positions as the University continues to diversify the culture and build on the existing inclusive environment. In demonstrating this commitment to increase participation of women in the field of Mathematical Sciences, one of these positions will be for women or gender diverse applicants. You can visit more information in relation to Gender Equity on The University of Adelaide’s website via this link: Gender Equity.Further information can be found at: https://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/513793/2-x-lecturer-b-senior-lecturer-c-stochastics-statistics-data-science 

Lecturer (B) / Senior Lecturer (C) – Pure Mathematics, University of Adelaide 

The School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences is looking for a continuing Lecturer (B) or Senior Lecturer (C) in pure mathematics.  We seek a strong researcher and committed educator to join our team of active researchers in differential, noncommutative, and complex geometry and related areas. 

The School is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and warmly welcomes applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the School community.  The University offers various professional development opportunities to its staff, including its own Women’s Professional Development Network to support women to navigate their career. Further information can be found at: https://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/513792/lecturer-b-senior-lecturer-c-pure-mathematics 

Lecturer (B) / Senior Lecturer (C) – Dynamic Modelling, University of Adelaide 

The School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences is looking for a continuing Lecturer (B) or Senior Lecturer (C) in applied mathematics.  We seek a strong researcher and committed educator to join our team of active researchers in dynamics, modelling and computation, and related areas.  Our research is highly interdisciplinary and involves collaboration with scientists, engineers, and industry. 

The School is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and warmly welcomes applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of the School community.  The University offers various professional development opportunities to its staff, including its own Women’s Professional Development Network to support women to navigate their career. Further information can be found at: https://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/514069/lecturer-b-senior-lecturer-c-dynamic-modelling 
 

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