WIMSIG Supported Events

Advice Sheet for Event Organisers (PDF, 63KB)



ANZIAM 2017 Women in Mathematical Sciences Lunch

The Women in Mathematical Sciences Lunch is held at national ANZIAM conferences to promote and celebrate the contribution of women to the mathematical sciences.

In 2017 the event will feature the female invited speakers at ANZIAM 2017: Dr Claire Postlethwaite, Associate Professor Maria Vlasiou, and Dr Martine Woolf. For information on (and some advice from) these speakers, please see the question-and-answer interviews on the AustMS website.

Conference delegates of any gender are welcome to attend the Lunch, which will be chaired by Associate Professor Lesley Ward.

The Lunch will be held in parallel to the main conference lunch on Tuesday 7 February. Tickets are free but must be booked through the conference registration system.

The 2017 Lunch has been organised by Gobert Lee, Giang Nguyen, and Yvonne Stokes on behalf of the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG). Information on WIMSIG is available from the WIMSIG website. The Lunch is supported by ANZIAM, WIMSIG, and the Australian Research Council through Professor Nalini Joshi's Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship.

WIMSIG Conference: Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

This conference is designed to be a celebration of women in Australian mathematical sciences. It will be the first such conference in Australia. “Mathematical sciences” will be broadly interpreted to include pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical statistics, applied statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, mathematical biology, mathematics in industry, etc.

WIMSIG believes that this conference will play an important role in advancing gender equity in Australian mathematical sciences. Female researchers in the mathematical sciences, as well as leaders (of any gender), will be inspired by being in a majority-female research environment such as this. In addition, we expect the conference to help develop research collaborations and networking, as well as to provide exposure to senior department staff of potential candidates for hiring. We are very enthusiastic about the conference and we expect it to be productive, inspiring and enjoyable.


AWM Research Symposium 2017

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is hosting its fourth research symposium at UCLA on April 8-9, 2017.

ICM 2018: World Meeting for Women in Mathematics

The World Meeting for Women in Mathematics - (WM)2 - will take place in Riocentro, the same venue as the ICM 2018, on the day preceding the Congress. The (WM)2 is a satellite event of the ICM 2018, organised by the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics. It will bring together mathematicians from all over the world to think about and discuss the gender issue in mathematics and its challenges, initiatives, and perspectives for the future, with a strong focus on Latin America.

PAST EVENTS (prior to 2016)

A list of past events (held prior to 2016) can be found at http://www.austms.org.au/WIMSIG-Past-Events.



60th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society

Women in Mathematics Gathering in Brisbane

  • Friday 18 November 2016 @ 10:30am (AEST)
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Room Q228, QUT Gardens Point Campus
  • Topic: "Overcoming an obstacle in my mathematical career"
  • RSVP to Catherine Penington

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.

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.

National Symposium: Connecting Women in STEMM

This event is hosted by Women in Science Australia. There will be a variety of wonderful speakers, including WIMSIG Member Assoc. Prof. Birgit Loch.

Registration is open until Monday 5 September, 2016.

The Innovators' Tea Party

This free event aims to inspire high school aged girls to consider a career in STEM by allowing them to interact with a diverse range of mentors. It is also a wonderful volunteering opportunity for any woman in STEM who is interested in giving back to the community.

AWM Workshop & Poster Session at SIAM 2016

  • The next AWM Workshop & Poster Session will be held in conjunction with the 2016 SIAM Annual Meeting in Boston (USA) from July 11-14, 2016.
  • The talks will focus on Dynamical Systems with Applications to Biology and Medicine and the Poster Session will be open to all fields.
  • Deadline for Applications has been extended to November 15, 2015.
  • See the MathPrograms.Org website for more details.

AMSI Winter School 2016 - WINE! CHEESE! MATHS!

Please join us for an evening of wine and cheese.This event is designed to highlight the contribution of women in mathematics and provide a forum for discussion of career paths.

  • Wednesday 6 July at 5-7pm
  • The University of Queensland
  • Science Learning Centre, Level 2 Priestley Building 67
  • Flyer (PDF, 304 KB)

Everyone welcome! Please register.

AMSI Winter School 2016

The AMSI Winter School 2016 on Biological and Environmental Modelling is run in collaboration with The University of Queensland and is designed for PhD students and researchers in the mathematical sciences and related disciplines.

AMSI travel grants provide full or partial support for students and early career researchers. Applications for travel grants close on June 5.

Choose Maths grants are also available for women to attend AMSI flagship events such as the Winter School. Choose Maths grants may include support for children related travel expenses.

IWM Annual Conference

This conference is in continuation of a successful series of events, beginning in 2012, organised by the Indian Women and Mathematics (IWM).

The conference aims to bring together women students, college and university teachers and early-career researchers with mathematicians, especially women mathematicians, working at the frontiers of Mathematics, to exchange mathematical ideas and share their views.

A major goal of this event is to enable junior women mathematicians to interact with their senior colleagues, both individually and in small groups, as well as to present their work.

Diversity in Astronomy Workshop - June 2016

Many of the topics at the Diversity in Astronomy Workshop are relevant to anyone in the sciences. This 2-day workshop (June 28-29, 2016) will be held in the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne and will focus on the topics of unconscious bias, institutional change, diversity via gender, cultural and sexual identity and mindfulness.

Registration closes June 10.


This is a one day festival of education for the future.

  • Date: Sunday 29 May 2016
  • Venue: Royal International Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
  • Website: http://www.stemedfest.com

Public Lecture by Prof Lynne Billard (University of Georgia)

Join us for this public lecture on "The Role of Mathematics and Statistics in Science & Society" by eminent statistician, University of Georgia professor and UNSW alumnus, Lynne Billard.

  • Thursday 19 May 2016 at 6:00-7:00pm (AEST)
  • The University of New South Wales
  • Room RC-4082, Red Centre (Centre Wing) or Live on YouTube
  • More details

rOpenSci Hackathon

The rOpenSci Hackathon will bring together researchers, developers, data scientists and open data enthusiasts from industry, government and university to develop R-based tools that address current challenges in data science, open science and reproducibility.

Women of Science at the National Press Club

  • Date: Wednesday 30 March at 11:30am-1:30pm (includes lunch)
  • Webpage: https://npc.org.au/speakers/women-of-science/
  • Speakers:
    • Prof Emma Johnston, Marine Ecology (UNSW)
    • Prof Nalini Joshi, Mathematics (USyd)
    • Prof Tanya Monro, DVC Research (UniSA)

Talk by Nalini Joshi at Monash University

  • Thursday 18 February 2016 at 10:30am
  • Room 340, 9 Rainforest Walk, Clayton Campus

Nalini Joshi (University of Sydney) is one of the instigators of the SAGE initiative, run by the Australian Academy of Science with the aim of improving gender equity in the STEMM sector.

The talk will be at 10:30am, followed by informal chat over morning tea at 11:00am.

WIMSIG Presentation at the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences Meeting - Feb 17, 2016

Lesley Ward (Chair of the WIMSIG Executive Committee) presented a talk "WIMSIG Report, and Hot Topic: Gender Equity" at the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences Meeting on February 17, 2016.

The slides for Lesley's presentation can be downloaded here (PDF, 6.1 MB).

Women in Mathematics Lunch at ANZIAM 2016

  • Date: Tuesday 9 February, 2016
  • Venue: QT Hotel, Canberra
  • Poster (PDF, 171 KB)

The Women in Mathematics Lunch is held to showcase the prominent female mathematicians at ANZIAM 2016. The lunch provides an opportunity to learn about the careers of the female plenary speakers, as well as to delve into discussions on topics affecting all mathematical careers worldwide.

This year, we'll be hearing from a diverse group of speakers: Vivien Kirk, Petra Kuhnert and Karen Willcox. For a prelude into what's in store, see the ANZIAM 2016 Q&A page.

Lunch (including tea/coffee and cake) is free to all registered ANZIAM 2016 attendees, and people of any gender are welcome.

This event is supported by ANZIAM, the Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG) of the AustMS, and the Australian Research Council (ARC) through Nalini Joshi’s Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship.

Please RSVP by 12 noon on the 8th February 2016 to ensure that you have a seat for lunch. RSVP using Google Docs or register at the ANZIAM 2016 Registration Desk.

AMSI Summer School Women in Maths Morning Tea 2016

AMSI Summer School is hosting a panel discussion gender inequality in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers.

Refreshments will be provided.

  • Date & Time: Monday 11 January 2016, 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Venue: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT
  • Poster (PDF, 199 KB)


Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner

This is joint event of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) and the Australian Statistical Conference 2016, organised by the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG). It is the largest dinner yet!

The dinner will feature speeches and Q&A from some prominent women, including plenary speakers.

The sponsors are: Professor Nalini Joshi through her ARC Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship; ACEMS; ANU; and the Australian Signals Directorate.

WIMSIG General Meeting

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

This meeting is a chance for members and friends of WIMSIG to meet the Executive Committee and discuss things of interest. We will have reports from Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Award recipients, Melissa Tacy and Chaitanya Oehmigara. Guest speakers include Inge Koch with an update on the AMSI Choose Maths project, Birgit Loch with a story of success at Swinburne, and Sally Zanic leading a discussion about the opportunities presented by MATRiX.

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

Women in Mathematics Get-Togethers in June

Every year in June and November WIMSIG holds informal gatherings in cities around Australia.

The following get-togethers are confirmed for June (with some details yet to be finalised).


  • Tuesday 2 June, 4-5pm (ACST)
  • Flinders University
  • Room 5.29, Level 5, Flinders University Building, Tonsley Campus
  • Host: Gobert Lee

Sydney (Statistics in Stilettos)

  • Friday 17 June at 8:00 - 9:30am (AEST)
  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Oval Classroom, Chau Chak Wing Building (Building 8, Level 2, Room 002)
  • Host: Louise Ryan (Ph: (02) 9514 2275)
  • This breakfast event, co-hosted by the NSW Branch of the Statistics Society of Australia and University of Technology Sydney, will provide a valuable networking opportunity for women interested in careers in statistics and related fields.
  • Poster (PDF, 279 KB)


  • Wednesday 22 June, 10:30am - 12:00pm (AEST)
  • The University of Queensland
  • Room 442, Building 67, St Lucia Campus
  • Host: Cecilia González Tokman


  • Thursday 30 June, 11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST)
  • University of Canberra
  • Bruce Campus, Building 25 Level B Room 4 (25B4)
  • Host: Joanne Thandrayen


If you're interested in hosting a Women in Maths get-together in June (or some future date), please contact WIMSIG-events@women.austms.org.au.

Updated: 03 Jan 2017