WIMSIG NEWSLETTER - June 2017


Careers with Maths

Refraction Media has launched Careers with Maths, the latest in its Careers with STEM series. You might like to suggest your local careers centre has some copies.


Code Like a Girl

Code Like a Girl is a project to provide girls and young women with opportunities to learn coding. Activities currently run in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.


EVENTS

ACE Forum on Women in Research and Higher Degrees in the Mathematical Sciences

Female participation in the mathematical sciences has always been low, but in the last decade the number and proportion of female honours students has declined even further. Even though the number and proportion of female PhD students is holding up, this is only because of increased participation by female international PhD students. So what is causing this decline in interest from Australian female students in pursuing research and higher degrees in mathematics and statistics? This forum aims to start a discussion in the mathematical community about addressing this issue.

Discussion leader: Associate Professor Yvonne Stokes (Chair, Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group, The University of Adelaide)

Confirmed speakers:

  • Professor Peter Bouwknegt (Director Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University)
  • Associate Professor Inge Koch (AMSI CHOOSEMATHS Executive Director, The University of Adelaide)
  • Ms Courtney Darville (Honours student in Pure Mathematics, The University of Sydney)
  • Professor Cheryl Praeger (Professor of Mathematics, The University of Western Australia)


AMSI Winter School 2017

The AMSI Winter School 2017 on Computational Foundations of Data Science is run in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology and is designed for PhD students and researchers in the mathematical sciences and related disciplines.

Female ECRs may be eligible for a Choose Maths travel grant.


SAGE Symposium 2017

The 2017 SAGE Symposium will be held on September 5-6 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Registration is now open.


WIMSIG Conference 2017

Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

If you are considering going to the WIMSIG Conference 2017, then register your interest. This is the first event of its kind in Australia, so we don’t know just how popular the event will be. The expression of interest form also gathers information about potential childcare and lactation space requirements. If there are any other services that may enable your attendance, then please ask Lesley Ward. We want this event to be as inclusive as possible.

Thank you to the 110 people who have already submitted expressions of interest!

Important: We encourage you to book your accommodation early. We’re finding that accommodation costs in Adelaide at the time of our conference are likely to be higher than usual, partly due to a large international conference taking place at the same time. We’ve made a block booking of rooms at the reasonably priced Country Women’s Association: see the conference website for how to reserve. The conference website also lists many other options for accommodation, and we’ll continue to work on this.

We now have seventeen organisers of the 12 Special Sessions — thank you! — and the first few speakers in those sessions have been confirmed.

Current updated list of Special Sessions:

  • Algebra and Discrete Mathematics
  • Analysis and PDEs
  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Cryptography, Coding and Compression
  • Dynamical Systems and Fluid Dynamics
  • Gender Equity and Diversity in Mathematics
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Industrial Mathematics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Statistics
  • Other

Plenary Speakers
Our four plenary speakers span statistics, mathematics in industry, pure mathematics, and applied mathematics.  

Panellists confirmed so far:  

There will also be a Professional Development workshop on the Sunday (Sept 24).

Registration and abstract submission will open soon, via the conference website.


OPPORTUNITIES

RMIT University


University of Wollongong Australia


Satalia

Satalia is a London-based optimisation technology company with teams in Austria, Germany, and Lithuania. Satalia produces tools for clients as well as the optimisation community, and has 5 open positions for Optimisation Scientists and Senior Software Engineers. Remote and flexible work is possible.

See the links below for job descriptions and more details.

Satalia are committed to improving diversity, and will happily provide additional training for applicants who do not meet some criteria, but who can enrich the culture of the company with their diverse background.


Carer’s Travel Grant for Academic Women

Capstone Editing is offering a Carer's Travel Grant for Academic Women to provide financial support for academic women who face additional childcare costs when travelling to conduct research or present a paper at a conference. Applications are open from July 1 to May 30 every year.


MEDIA


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Please send items to WIMSIG-news@women.austms.org.au.

Note: Newsletters are published on the 1st day of each month (or soon after). The deadline for submitted items is the 27th day of each month.

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