USyd now has 4 female Professors of Mathematics

As of November, Mary Myerscough and Jean Yang now hold Level E positions in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney. Together with Nalini Joshi and Jacqui Ramagge, this brings that School to a total of four women at Level E.

A recent article in The Australian provides some background data and mentions WIMSIG.

Heads of Schools of Mathematical Sciences Meeting

On February 17, Chair of WIMSIG — A/Prof Lesley Ward (UniSA) — addressed the Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Mathematical Sciences Meeting. The slides from her presentation are available at https://www.austms.org.au/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=391 (PDF, 6.1 MB).

As part of her presentation, Lesley discussed the Harvard Implicit Association Test. This test highlights our own biases. The website makes for interesting reading, and you may like to do the test yourself to help understand your own biases and decisions.

Science Meets Parliament

Each year Science and Technology Australia hosts Science Meets Parliament — a 2-day event in Canberra, including professional development in science communication and networking opportunities with a variety of scientists, politicians and public servants.

Lesley Ward (Chair of WIMSIG) and Giang Nguyen (Treasurer of WIMSIG) are going to Science Meets Parliament 2016 to be held March 1-2. We look forward to hearing of their experiences.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science — Feb 11

The United Nations declared February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Please let us know if you did anything to celebrate.

ANZIAM Women in Maths Lunch

The ANZIAM Women in Mathematics Lunch was held on Tuesday 8 February as part of the annual ANZIAM conference. The lunch was chaired by Adelle Coster (UNSW) and the speakers at the lunch were the female plenaries from the conference, namely: Vivien Kirk (Auckland), Petra Kuhnert (CSIRO) and Karen Wilcox (MIT).

Many thanks to the ANZIAM2016 organising team, the fabulous speakers and MC, the 58 participants and Prof Nalini Joshi for funding through her ARC Georgina Sweet Fellowship.

AMSI, AustMS and ANZIAM supported workshops

AMSI, AustMS and ANZIAM have funding available for workshops. There is great encouragement from AMSI to increase participation of women at these events. One of the best ways of increasing female participation is to have some women leading the organising committee.

Have you considered organising a workshop? Start thinking now — the next funding round deadline is June 20.


Women of Science at the National Press Club

  • Date: Wednesday 30 March at 11:30am-1:30pm (includes lunch)
  • Webpage: https://npc.org.au/speakers/women-of-science/
  • Speakers:
    • Prof Emma Johnston, Marine Ecology (UNSW)
    • Prof Nalini Joshi, Mathematics (USyd)
    • Prof Tanya Monro, DVC Research (UniSA)


Postdoctoral Position at The University of New South Wales

A 1-year research associate position is available at UNSW in the areas of exact algorithms, parameterised complexity, approximation algorithms, computational social choice, and/or algorithmic game theory.

Closing date: March 14, 2016

Embroiderers Wanted

Have you every embroidered a biscornu? An embroiderer/mathematician is required for a research collaboration.

Contact Dr Katherine Seaton (La Trobe University).

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships

These fellowships are worth $25,000 for a 1-year project and can be spent on any research related expenses including childcare. For more details see http://www.forwomeninscience.com.au.

Applications are due by April 12, 2016.

Australian Academy of Science 2017 Awards Nominations


Nominations are due by April 30, 2016.

AustMS WIMSIG Street and Praeger Travel Awards

  • The AustMS WIMSIG Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Awards are designed to provide full or partial support for female members of the AustMS to attend conferences or to visit collaborators. Under certain circumstances the funding may also be used to invite a research collaborator.
  • The AustMS WIMSIG Anne Penfold Street Awards provide additional financial support to AustMS members of any gender to offset caring expenses while on research related adventures. This may include the travel costs for children accompanying the researcher, the cost of babysitting, or professional care for elderly relatives.

Applications for the next round of Awards are due by April 1.

For more information about other awards and prizes of AustMS and ANZIAM see https://www.austms.org.au/awards.


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