ANU advertises a women-only mathematics position

The Australian National University has advertised an academic position in the Mathematical Sciences Institute as “Female Only”. This is an equal employment opportunity measure aiming to increase the representation of women in the mathematical sciences. It comes a few months after
The University of Melbourne advertised three positions for women only.

See the Opportunities section below for more details.


Ada Lovelace Day – Tuesday 11 October 2016

This is an annual celebration of Women in STEM on the second Tuesday in October.

Consider celebrating Ada Lovelace Day at your workplace.

Choose Maths: An Australian Approach Towards Increasing the Participation of Women in Mathematics

  • Speaker: Inge Koch, Executive Director, Choose Maths (AMSI)
  • Date: Thursday 20 October 2016 at 11:00am-12:00pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Red Centre Theatre (K-H13-G001), The Red Centre (west wing), UNSW
  • More details

This talk will be followed by a Women in Mathematics and Statistics Lunch at UNSW. RSVP for the lunch.

Women in Mathematics Dinner at the 2016 AustMS Meeting

The 60th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society will be held at Australian National University from December 5-8, 2016.

There will again be a Women in Mathematics Dinner.

Register for the dinner via a check box on the last page of the conference registration form.

WIMSIG General Meeting

At the 2016 AustMS meeting in Canberra, WIMSIG will have a general business meeting before the Women in Mathematics dinner.

This meeting is a chance for members and friends of WIMSIG to meet the Executive Committee and discuss things of interest.

If there is an item you would like put on the agenda, please contact the WIMSIG Secretary.

WIMSIG Conference 2017

Celebration of Women in Mathematics

Call for Expressions of Interest


WIMSIG Executive Committee

At the end of the year, all positions on the WIMSIG Executive Committee will be declared vacant, and an election will be held for office bearers. The positions that will be open are:  

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Ordinary Member (two positions)

The Executive Committee consists of the elected committee members and the Immediate Past Chair.

Members of WIMSIG who intend to nominate for Chair, Secretary or Treasurer must also be members of the Australian Mathematical Society.  Only members of WIMSIG who are also members of the Australian Mathematical Society have voting rights.   

The Returning Officer is Birgit Loch

Nominations for any or all of the Offices and Seats to be filled may be made by any two Members who are entitled to vote at the ensuing election, provided that the persons nominated are entitled to vote at the ensuing election and that the nominations are received by the Returning Officer no later than November 30.

Please consider nominating. Several members of the current Executive Committee, including the Chair and Secretary, are stepping down, so there is a real opportunity to support and strengthen the Australian mathematical community.

People considering nomination are welcome to discuss the committee roles with current members of the Executive Committee.

The University of Sydney

The University of Queensland

The Australian National University

Mathematical Sciences Institute

Postdoctoral Scholars, Trinity College Dublin (71 positions)

EDGE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action for research into materials and ICT. EDGE will offer 71 prestigious Fellowships for experienced researchers (post-doctoral or equivalent) relocating to Ireland.

Fellowships are for researchers in the areas of Materials and ICT and will be awarded following two open calls for proposals. The first call has just opened and will close at midnight on December 1, 2016.

This opportunity would suit early career mathematicians with interests/experience in applied mathematics in materials science or ICT.

More details


  • Peg + Cat
    • A preschool television show focusing on mathematical concepts such as size, shape and number. The protagonist of the show is Peg, a small girl, and her sidekick cat.
    • Currently showing on ABC4KIDS at 5:25pm on weekdays, or watch it on ABC iView.
  • Removing Gender Bias From Algorithms
    – James Zou, The Conversation, Sept 26, 2016
  • Cultural Bias in Teaching Materials
    You may have had a conversation where a colleague argues that mathematics is ‘pure’ or ‘free’ from human culture. Below are some examples of cultural bias in mathematics teaching.
  • School says ‘sorry’ for homophobic maths test
    – metro.co.uk, September 16, 2016
  • Textbook Reds
    – John Rodden, Penn State University Press, 2005
  • The Male Gaze in a Math Book
    – Evelyn Lamb, Scientific American, May 30, 2016

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

Please send items to the WIMSIG Secretary.

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