WIMSIG Supported Events

Advice Sheet for Event Organisers (PDF, 62KB)



Recent developments in the statistical inference from partially observed data

Friday 10 December at 9:00am-12:30pm (AEDT)

This online workshop will be hosted by The University of Melbourne. For more details and (free) registration, see Eventbrite.

MATRIX November Seminar

MATRIX Invites you to join us for our November online seminar with A/Prof Jessica Kasza (Monash University).

Stepping up and crossing over: designing efficient cluster randomised trials

Abstract: Although individually randomised trials are the gold standard for assessing the impact of new treatments on the outcomes of individuals, they aren’t always possible. In many situations, including when treatments are applied at the group (or “cluster”) level, cluster randomised trials must instead be conducted. Such designs are less efficient than individually randomised trials: larger numbers of participants are required than for equivalent individually randomised trials. Longitudinal cluster randomised trials can claw back some lost efficiency, by instructing clusters to switch between treatments during the trial. Stepped wedge trials are a particular type of longitudinal cluster randomised trial design that has seen a rapid rise in popularity in recent years. In this talk I’ll discuss work investigating the statistical aspects of stepped wedge trials that points the way towards less burdensome and more efficient “incomplete” variants. This work highlights the fact that in stepped wedge designs, not all observations are created equal.

Date and Time: Tuesday 9 November at 10:00-11:00 (AEDT)

Register once for the seminar series at https://www.matrix-inst.org.au/events-01/online-seminars/. You’ll be emailed the Zoom link within 24 hours prior to the commencement of the seminar.

Women in Geometry, Analysis and Topology at MATRIX

The MATRIX meeting Women in Analysis Geometry and Topology has been postponed until November. Please contact Julie.Clutterbuck@monash.edu if you are interested in attending.


WIMSIG Business Meeting, Forum, and Dinner

There are a few WIMSIG events taking place before the start of this year’s AustMS meeting.

The annual WIMSIG Business Meeting will be held online via Zoom at 4:30pm AEDT on Monday 6 December. Anyone interested in WIMSIG activities is welcome to attend the Business Meeting, where the Executive Committee will report on what we’ve been up to during the year.

The WIMSIG Forum will be held at 6pm AEDT on Monday 6 December. This will be an online event via Zoom. The Forum will feature talks from the AustMS 2021 women plenary speakers — Robryn Araujo, Jennifer Flegg, and Susan Scott — followed by a panel discussion. The Zoom links for the WIMSIG Business Meeting and Forum will be available closer to date.

AustMS participants who are in Newcastle are invited to attend the WIMSIG Dinner, which will be take place after the WIMSIG Forum. The dinner will be at Noah’s on the Beach (29 Zaara St, Newcastle East) at 7:30pm AEDT on Monday 6 December. If you are planning to attend the WIMSIG Dinner, please contact Natalie Thamwattana if you haven’t already.

The WIMSIG Dinner is free to all participants of the AustMS meeting, regardless of gender or membership of WIMSIG. The purpose of the dinner is to support women, trans and gender diverse people, and particularly early career researchers, to enter and establish careers in mathematics. Come along (in person or virtually) to hear about the careers of the AustMS 2021 women plenary speakers, to discuss issues concerning women, trans and gender diverse people in mathematics in Australia, and to network with fellow WIMSIG members and supporters.

PAST EVENTS (2020 — 2021)


ACEMS Public Lecture

Tuesday 12 October at 11am (AEDT)

Optimal decision making: a tribute to female ingenuity
Prof Kate Smith-Miles & Alison Harcourt AO

Rare Bites: Enchantress of Numbers

Thursday 7 October at 4-5pm (AEDT)

Prof Nalini Joshi will introduce us to Ada Lovelace and discuss Ada’s algorithm to calculate the Bernoulli numbers, considered to be the first computer program. Charles Babbage acknowledged Ada Lovelace’s mathematical ability, calling her the “Enchantress of Number”.

The 30-minute talk will be followed with a 25-minute Q&A session with Nalini.

Register at https://usyd.libcal.com/event/5401065.

National Science Week Maths Documentaries

MATRIX is hosting online screenings of four documentaries on August 16–18, during National Science Week 2021.

  • Math Circles Around the World
  • Secrets of the Surface
  • Colors of Math
  • The Discrete Charm of Geometry

Some screenings include Q&A with the film maker, Ekaterina Eremenko.

Knot Theory Mini-Winter School

Join HDR students from across Australia for a three-day workshop on knot theory to be held at The Australian National University on June 23–25, 2021. Students from all disciplines are welcome! Financial support is available, but the applications close soon. Please email Joan Licata (joan.licata@anu.edu.au) with any questions. For more details, including registration, see https://maths.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/knot-days-mini-winter-school-anu.

International Women in Mathematics Day 2021

May 12 is Women in Mathematics Day! There are lots of events happening around Australia during the month of May. For a complete list of events, see https://may12.womeninmaths.org/2021-list. If you are organising an event, then please register it at https://may12.womeninmaths.org/node/add/event.

Our friends at ACEMS are hosting some events and putting together some videos and posters for sharing. We would love for many people (women and men) to send in messages. Those messages will then be shared on ACEMS social media. For more information, see https://acems.org.au/women-maths-day-campaign.

Here are some highlighted events.

Wednesday 5 May

Online at 12pm – 1pm AEST: Virtual public lecture with mathematician and author Dr Eugenia Cheng

  • Dr Cheng has given TED Talks, written books, and even appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. Her lecture will focus on how we can make mathematics more inclusive.
  • REGISTER for your free zoom link.

Wednesday 12 May

Online at 12pm – 1pm AEST:  Virtual panel discussion on “The Road Ahead for Women in STEM”

  • The panellists will be Prof Ana Deletic (Executive Dean, QUT Faculty of Engineering), Prof Moira O’Bryan (Dean of Science, The University of Melbourne), and Prof Asha Rao (Associate Dean, RMIT Mathematical Sciences). The aim of the discussion is to be forward-looking and to explore how we can get more women in higher-level positions in universities, as well as more women in STEM, and specifically, the mathematical sciences.
  • REGISTER for your free zoom link.

Online at 7pm – 8pm AEST: Ruby Payne-Scott Lecture by Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger


  • All day at QUT’s “The Cube”: ACEMS is proud to present a digital display of the exhibit “Remember Maryam Mirzakhani”. The digital exhibition will feature 18 original posters celebrating the life of Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to ever win the top award in mathematics, the Fields Medal. Registration is not necessary.


  • 10am – 3pm AEST: This year Deakin University will be celebrating Women in Mathematics Day by promoting the collaboration of female mathematicians and celebrating women’s achievements in mathematics. There will be presentations from female academics, industry professionals, and postgraduate students about their research areas and experience of working in mathematics. A movie about the lives of women working in science, including the challenges they face, will also be shown. For more details, contact kerri.morgan@deakin.edu.au.


  • 10am – 12pm AEST: The University of Sydney will host a free screening of the documentary “Secrets of the Surface: the Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani”. This will be followed by a discussion with two mathematicians featured in the film — Izzet Coskun (University Of Illinois at Chicago) and Alex Wright (University of Michigan). The discussion will be facilitated by Dr Emma Carberry (Associate Head of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/international-womans-mathematics-day-usyd-tickets-151589404991.


  • 5pm – 7:30pm AWST: The University of Western Australia will host a viewing of Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger’s Ruby Payne-Scott Medal Lecture and Q&A from the Australian Academy of Science in Mathematics Lecture Room 3. From 6pm, attendees will have a chance to get to know each other, and if interested, go for a meal later or have food at UWA in the Cheryl Praeger Lecture Room.

Monday 31 May


  • 10am – 2pm AEST: The Melbourne Mathematical Biology Group is proud to host an event at The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne. The day will include lunch, a panel discussion with Prof Jessica Purcell, Dr Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi, A/Prof Hamideh Anjomshoa, and Punya Alahakoon, as well as a series of short talks by Dr Norm Do, Dr Rebecca Chisholm, and Prof Asha Rao. To register for your free attendance, please visit the eventbrite page.

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 Conference 2021

Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

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 conference will have a mixture of local (in-person) activities and joint online activities. Local activities may include the opportunity for participants to present their research.

The COVID situation is ever changing. Contingency plans are in place to ensure an interesting event will take place, whether you are able to attend in person or online. Please register your proposed attendance here. All welcome!

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.