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May 12 is Women in Mathematics Day


The birthday of Maryam Mirzakhani will now be celebrated around the world as Women in Mathematics Day. There are lots of events happening all around the country and all around the world.


Macquarie University

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Macquarie University invites you to attend an event celebrating “Women of Mathematics: A Gallery of Portraits” Exhibition Opening and Public Lecture.

The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney will be celebrating Women in Mathematics Day with a morning tea, panel discussion, and luncheon on Monday 13 May.

For more information and to register, please go to http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/s/scnitm/de-WomenInMathematicsPanelDi.

University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is hosting an event in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics on Tuesday 14 May to celebrate the first Women in Mathematics Day. The event will consist of a number of presentations, including talks from our newest DECRA recipient Valentina-Mira Wheeler and our newest professor Marijka Batterham. These will be followed by a networking lunch and discussion.

  • Presentations: Building 35-G20, UOW Campus, from 11:30am—12:30pm
  • Networking Lunch: SMART Building Foyer, UOW Campus, from 12:30—2:30pm

Organisers: Maureen Edwards, Angelina Lonard, Aidan Sims, Glen Wheeler

Please use the register button on the Eventbrite website if you intend to join us for the lunch. If you have any special dietary requirements, please email Glen Wheeler at glenw@uow.edu.au.

The UOW Maths and Stats Society will also be holding a talk to celebrate Women in Mathematics Day.

Title: My Life in Maths
Speaker: Prof Jacqui Ramagge
Abstract: The reading of a play in three acts outlining my life as a mathematician. It will be the story of my life since I started studying mathematics at university punctuated by the statement of some theorems related to the mathematics I was doing at various times.

UNSW Sydney

UNSW Sydney will be hosting a Women in Mathematics Day Lunch on Thursday 16 May at 12:30—2:00pm. All welcome and RSVPs are essential.

A short film will also be screened highlighting the journeys of some women in mathematics. For more information, and to register, please see https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/events/2019-05/celebrating-women-in-maths-lunch

Western Sydney University

To celebrate Women in Mathematics Day, Western Sydney University will be hosting invited talks from Adelle Howse, Catherine Greenhill, Leanne Rylands and Huanhuan Li on Thursday 16 May at 3:30pm. For more information, please contact r.hazrat@westernsydney.edu.au.



At QUT in Brisbane, ACEMS will host a lunch on Monday 13 May.

A selection of successful and inspiring female mathematicians and statisticians from both QUT and surrounds will talk about what mathematics means to them and why it’s important more girls and women consider careers in the mathematical sciences. Their talks will be followed by a panel discussion, led by QUT Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, who is also a Deputy Director and Chief Investigator for ACEMS.

The event is free and is brought to you by ACEMS and the QUT School of Mathematics. Numbers are limited, so please ensure you register if you wish to attend and please do get in touch if you wish to cancel your spot so it can be offered to someone else.

To register please go to the ACEMS website event listing.


This is a networking event with invitations being extended to industry representatives, providing attendees with the opportunity to network and maybe develop some new collaborations. The event is open to all interested members of the mathematics community, including males and females, staff and students, academics and non-academics.

A light lunch will be provided. 

In addition, this event will be followed by a Special Colloquium celebrating women in mathematics, where four presenters will give non-specialist talks about female mathematicians. 

The Special Colloquium details are as follows.

  • Monday 13 May at 2:00pm—3:00pm (talks followed by afternoon tea)
  • Parnell building (7), Room 326
  • RSVP: http://ems.gs/3iGO0iaboBT

More details will follow, but you are also welcome to contact Diane Donovan (dmd@maths.uq.edu.au) or Poh Hillock (p.hillock@uq.edu.au) re the lunch or Romina Arroyo (r.arroyo@uq.edu.au) or Cecilia Gonzalez Tokman (cecilia.gt@uq.edu.au) re the Colloquium.


To celebrate International Women in Mathematics Day, Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia will be holding a Women in Maths Day SA Conference on Monday 13 May. 

The careers-focused conference will run from 9:30am—3:30pm at The University of Adelaide and will include perspectives from both industry and academia on the role of women in mathematics, an interactive networking workshop, and panel discussions. The day will also include a keynote address from leading mathematician, and co-founder and co-chair of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Prof Nalini Joshi (AO). 

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, and a full event program will be released soon. 

Registration is FREE and is now open at SA-WOMEN-IN-MATHS-2019.EVENTBRITE.COM.AU.


The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne will be hosting a panel discussion on Monday 13 May at 5:30—6:30pm in the Evan Williams lecture room, Peter Hall Building.

Panelists include Prof Kate Smith-Miles, Prof Antoinette Tordesillas and Prof Malwina Luczak.

For more information, and to RSVP, go to https://acems.org.au/events/melbourne-women-maths-day.

Monash University

To mark the occasion of the first Women in Mathematics Day, Monash University will host a special colloquium by Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen on Thursday 9 May at 2:30—3:30pm, followed by a forum consisting of Prof Kerrie Mengersen, Prof Jessica Purcell, Prof Di Cook and nominated actuary at EBS, Julie Cook, at 3:40—4:30pm, with a reception afterwards.

Contact: Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi (sevvandi.kandanaarachchi@monash.edu).


  • Wednesday 15 May at 2:30—3:30pm
  • Room 03, Level 9, Building 8, RMIT University
  • RSVP: Eventbrite

There will be a panel discussion with Prof Belinda Tynan, Prof Asha Rao, and Prof Irene Hudson.

Swinburne University

Swinburne University of Technology presents two seminars to celebrate Women in Mathematics Day.

  • Tuesday 14 May at 10:30—11.30am
  • EN103, Engineering Building, Swinburne University of Technology


  • Ms Fatima Ansari: Less is more in the chemotherapy of breast cancer
  • Dr Pinkee Dey: Thermomagnetic convection in ferromagnetic nanofluids

  Light refreshments will be provided.

Please register your Women in Mathematics Day event at https://may12.womeninmaths.org. Registering will increase the visibility of people around the world celebrating Women in Mathematics.

To all organisers of Women in Mathematics Day events — please send in some photos from your event, and we will publish a selection in the next WIMSIG newsletter. Submit to Kim Becker at kimberly.becker@adelaide.edu.au by May 27.

WIMSIG Mentoring Survey Results

As requested by WIMSIG members at the WIMSIG General Meeting in December 2018, the results of the 2017 mentoring survey have been made available on the AustMS website at https://austms.org.au/WIMSIG-mentoring-program.

We are aiming to start a mentoring program this year (2019).


Women in Mathematics Day events are listed above (also see https://may12.womeninmaths.org/).

Challenges in High Performance Computing

The focus of this interdisciplinary workshop is on bringing together techniques that are at the forefront of mathematics and computer science for solving large scale problems motivated by applications on high performance computers. The main aim is to foster cooperation and communication between the fields of Algorithms, Resilience, Middleware, Software and Applications.

Part of the Special Year 2019: Computational Mathematics

AMSI Optimise 2019

Optimisation is an increasingly crucial field for industry to drive growth and profitability. Now in its third year, AMSI Optimise moves to Perth, bringing together industry leaders from the natural resources sector, academic experts and the nation’s current postgraduate talent. The event provides a platform to understand industry drivers and foster research collaborations, connecting business with Australia’s future workforce.

The themes of the 2019 conference are Mining, Oil & Gas, Agriculture & Water.

Choose Maths grants are available to assist female students and early career researchers with travel, accommodation and/or carer costs to attend the conference in Perth.

Share your research — submit an abstract for the poster session on Day 1 or workshop talks on Days 4 and 5. Up to $500 in prizes will be awarded for the best posters.


Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biosciences


Applications close May 31.

Alf van der Poorten Travelling Fellowship


Applications close May 16.

APR Internships for Doctoral Students

APR Intern is a project of AMSI. A variety of internships are now available in most states and territories, with new internship positions available regularly.

If you are a PhD student, or supervise a PhD student, then consider an industry internship.


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