WIMSIG Supported Events

Advice Sheet for Event Organisers (PDF, 63KB)



International Women in Mathematics Day — May 12

May 12 is International Women in Mathematics Day. Keep your eye out for events to be announced in our next newsletter. Also, please consider organising an event locally, and advertising your event in our next WIMSIG newsletter.  

If you applied for and were awarded ACEMS funding for a May 12 event in 2020, you may be able to re-apply this year. Please contact the WIMSIG Treasurer, Valentina Wheeler (WIMSIG-treasurer@women.austms.org.au) if you haven’t already heard from her.


Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 1st October, 2021

The WIMSIG Conference 2021 (postponed from 2020) will now be taking place at a range of “local hubs” on Friday 1st October this year. There will be events in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, and Perth.

This one-day event will have a mixture of local activities and joined activities. To help us plan, we’d love an indication of your intent to attend one of the event venues. Please complete the following survey to assist the event planning team.


PAST EVENTS (2020 — 2021)


Panel discussion on gender balance in mathematics — March 11, 2021

The following event is being held in Europe, organised by the European Women in Mathematics (EWM), which means the timing is not great in Australia. However, some of you may still be interested.

EWM and MATH+ are organising a panel discussion on gender balance in mathematics in connection with the movie “Picture a Scientist“. The panel discussion will take place on March 11 from 19:30–21:00 CET (i.e., starting at 5:30am on March 12 in Melbourne/Sydney). The panel will start with a 30-min talk by K. Clancy on sexual harassment (and more generally, gender gap). The talk will be followed by a panel discussion involving her as well as Ingrid Daubechies, Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, Bernd Sturmfels, and Andrea Walther.

Registration for the discussion panel is open at https://www.europeanwomeninmaths.org/picture-a-scientist-panel-registration/. The link to the panel will be emailed to everyone who registers by March 9 at the latest.

CRM Workshop — “Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID” — March 8, 2021

The Centre de Recherches Mathématiques will be hosting the virtual workshop “Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID” on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 1pm-8pm EST, aiming to raise awareness of the career challenges experienced by women mathematicians during the pandemic.

Four outstanding mathematicians will highlight their recent work, as well as the unusual circumstances that either led to it or challenged it. These talks will be followed by an informal panel discussion held in the evening, with a focus on the perspective of junior women mathematicians. All members of the mathematical community are welcome. Please register in advance at http://www.crm.umontreal.ca/2021/WomenMath21/index_e.php.

See more on the website for the Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) of the International Mathematics Union at https://www.mathunion.org/cwm/news. If you organise other initiatives for Women in Mathematics on March 8, the CWM would like to know. Please email them at cwm.info@mathunion.org.

2020 AustMS Meeting

The 64th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society will be an online conference, hosted by the University of New England, from December 8–10.

Registration is free for AustMS members and closes on 16 November 2020. (The fee for non-members is $50, and can be put towards AustMS membership.). 

Special Session on ‘Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) in Mathematics

Presentations are invited on the following three themes:

  • Structural impediments to academic careers,
  • Good Allyship,
  • Broadening mathematics for everyone.

However, we welcome your contributions on any IDE topic that you would like to share with the mathematics community.

Talks in this session may span a wide range of topics relating to mathematics and inclusivity, diversity and equity in: the professional community (e.g. academia, industry, government), the higher-education student body (under- and post-graduate students), and more broadly in society. 

Examples of under-represented and under-included groups and knowledges are: women mathematicians; Indigenous mathematicians; LGBTQIA+ and gender-diverse mathematicians; mathematicians with disabilities; mathematicians from non-dominant cultural backgrounds; mathematicians with physical or mental health challenges; mathematicians from low SES or other non-traditional educational background — and there are many more.

WoMBaT 2020

Started in 2016, the Workshop on Metric Bounds and Transversality (WoMBaT) is one of the key research events for optimisation and nonsmooth analysis community in Australia. The fifth WoMBaT workshop will be held on Geelong Campus of Deakin University on 2-4 December, 2020.

Online Conferences in 2020

With the COVID shutdown of many campuses around the world, some events are going online. There are many downsides to this, as there is no substitute for talking to an interesting speaker over a cup of tea. However, one of the upsides is the ability to still attend conferences and present your research without the financial, time and personal costs of travelling.

The following upcoming conferences will be online.

Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) 2020

2020 Women in Mathematics Day Event at Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is running an event for Women in Mathematics Day.

  • Thursday 14 May 2020 at 4:00pm–7:30pm
  • Female Orphan School, Parramatta Campus

Program: Screening of the new film “Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani” – http://www.zalafilms.com/secrets/.

Invited Speakers:

  • Luci Ellis  (Reserve Bank of Australia)
  • Julia Collins (Edith Cowan University)
  • Mary Myerscough (University of Sydney)
  • Rosalind Wang (Western Sydney University)

Catalysing Gender Equity

The Australian Academy of Science, in collaboration with Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), invites you to join us at Catalysing Gender Equity 2020, a two-day outcome-driven conference guided by the Women in STEM Decadal Plan.

MISG 2020

The  2020 Mathematics in Industry Study Group (MISG) will be held at NewSpace, University of Newcastle’s City Campus from Tuesday 28 January to Saturday 1 February 2020. For details of industry projects, see https://mathsinindustry.com/. Registration is free for participants and is now open. Please feel free to pass on this information to others who may not be members of ANZIAM or AustMS.  Enquiries about MISG 2020, contact misg@newcastle.edu.au.  


WIMSIG Virtual Business Meeting 2020

The WIMSIG Virtual Business Meeting will be held on Monday 7 December 2020 as part of the 64th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society that will be an online conference, hosted by the University of New England. Anyone interested in WIMSIG activities is welcome to attend the Business Meeting.  

WIMSIG Virtual Forum 2020

The WIMSIG Virtual Forum will be held on Monday 7 December 2020 as part of the 64th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society. The purpose of the Virtual Forum will be to support women, and particularly early career researchers, to enter and establish careers in mathematics. Come along to hear about the careers of four AustMS 2020 female plenary speakers, to discuss issues concerning women in mathematics in Australia, and to network (virtually) with fellow WIMSIG members and supporters.

After the forum, we will meet in the bar: https://gather.town/app/LoDU11kvpvSwY30D/bigbar 

WIMSIG Conference 2020 … postponed until 2021

The WIMSIG Conference 2020 is a Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, showcasing the research of women. Research presentations will be given across several topics in the mathematical and statistical sciences. We are seeking expressions of interest to help organise special sessions. We are also seeking expressions of interest to present in the special sessions. Please complete the form below to register your interest.