WIMSIG Supported Events

Advice Sheet for Event Organisers (PDF, 63KB)



AMSI Summer School 2018

Interesting Courses for Honours and PhD Students

The upcoming AMSI Summer School will be held at Monash University's Clayton campus. There will be 8 different courses on offer, which may be able to be credited against the coursework component of your degree.

ChooseMaths grants support participation by female students and early career researchers. Applications for travel funding close on Sunday 29 October 2017.

World Meeting for Women in Mathematics — (WM)²

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 2017)

A list of past events (held prior to 2017) can be found at http://www.austms.org.au/WIMSIG-Past-Events.



61st Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society

Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference 2017

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference is returning this year, and we would like to extend a warm invitation to any and all interested honours and postgraduate level students in the areas of Mathematics and Statistics.   The AMSSC is an annual conference run by students, for students. It aims to offer a friendly and relaxed environment in which to build and maintain connections, encourage collaboration, and present research.   This event will be held from the 6th to the 8th of December 2017, at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. Attending students are encouraged to present a short talk, with cash prizes being awarded to the best in each of several categories. Travel support will be available through AMSI and AustMS. 

Please note that registration for the event closed on the 6th of November, and applications for financial support closed on the 22nd of September.   For more information, please visit the following webpages, which will be updated frequently as more details are confirmed:  

MAGIC 2017

  • November 13-17, 2017
  • University House, Canberra

The inaugural Mentoring and Guidance in Careers Workshop (MAGIC Workshop) will present an opportunity to explore the many facets of forging a career, in academic, government or industry settings, and to discuss how to create building blocks for success and resilience in careers.

Participation is limited to a maximum of 35 early career researchers (0-7 years post PhD) who are female or of diverse gender identity, who have a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences and are based in Australia. Interested researchers should submit an application, which is available at the MAGIC workshop website at http://wp.maths.usyd.edu.au/MAGIC.

The application is simple — the applicants need to answer three questions and supply a two-page CV. Successful applicants will receive financial support for basic round-trip travel (economy) from their home institution to the workshop and will be provided accommodation from 12-16 November 2017 at University House, Australian National University, Canberra. A preliminary program is available on the website.

The workshop is organised by Professors Mahananda Dasgupta (ANU) and Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney) and is supported through the Australian Research Council’s Georgina Sweet Award as part of their Australian Laureate Fellowships. The organising committee members include Dr Merryn McKinnon from the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science, ANU.

Please send any direct questions to maths.joshiera@sydney.edu.au.

PhD Open Days at The University of Adelaide

  • September 18-20, 2017

The School of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide is holding an event for students interested in studying a PhD in the Mathematical Sciences starting in 2018. The purpose of this event is to give potential students the opportunity to see our facilities, experience our research environment/culture, and meet our students and staff. A limited number of travel support packages are available on a competitive basis.

For further details, see the documents below.

School of Mathematical Sciences 2017 PhD Open Days
Higher Degree Prospectus

Please pass this information on to any potentially interested persons and others that may know of such. It is a great opportunity for a funded exploratory trip to Adelaide.

Note that the closing date for applications is Friday 18 August.

SAGE Symposium 2017

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

Maths Craft event: looking for volunteers

Here at Maths Craft Australia we believe that there is maths in craft and craft in maths. We are always on the lookout for new examples of the intersection between the disciplines, be that in knitting, crochet, origami, needlework, drawing or sculpture.

On the afternoon of Saturday 26 August, we will hold an event at La Trobe University city campus (360 Collins St) focusing on crochet, knitting and origami.    

We are looking for volunteers who are comfortable talking about the mathematics or can show basic knitting/crochet/origami techniques. We will hold a training session in the morning.  

If you can help out, please RSVP to julia.collins@amsi.org.au.

More info will be available at https://www.mathscraftaus.org/events/.

Colloquium and Morning Tea at Macquarie University

  • Friday 28 July
  • Colloquium: 9:00-10:00am
    Room E7B 263 (a.k.a. 14 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Ave, Room 263)
  • Morning Tea: 10:00-11:00am
    Room E7A 801 (also called 16 Wally's Walk, Room 801)

Speaker: Dr Emily Riehl (John Hopkins University)
Title: On women in topology and abelian functor calculus
Abstract: Over the past several years, a cohort of senior algebraic topologists have organized "women in topology" workshops to foster vertically-integrated research collaborations between women in algebraic topology and homotopy theory from around the work. In the first part of this talk, I’ll report on the structure and composition of these workshops, which just since 2013 have lead to around a dozen publications involving over 40 women. In the second part of this talk, I’ll describe a few of the theorems proven at the 2016 workshop, which develop a calculus of directional derivatives and higher order chain rules in the setting of homological algebra. This is joint work with Kristine Bauer, Brenda Johnson, Christina Osborne, and Amelia Tebbe.

Contact: Carolyn Kennett


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.

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)

Meeting of the Statistical Society of Australia (Vic branch)

Tuesday 23 May at The University of Melbourne

Women in statistics and mathematics: repairing the leaky pipeline

The way in which girls and women disappear from the fields of STEM disciplines - Science, technology, engineering and mathematics - of which statistics is part - has been likened to a "leaky pipeline". Many studies have shown that girls and women discontinue the study of these disciplines at greater rates than their male peers, and the problem becomes more pronounced the higher up the career ladder women progress. In this seminar we will hear from people engaged in initiatives for the improvement of the representation of women in STEM fields, from the CHOOSE MATHS initiative to encourage girls an young women to study mathematics, to the Athena SWAN charter to create gender inclusive workplaces in universities. Why are such initiatives necessary? How will they help improve gender equity in statistics and mathematics?

We will start the evening with some short talks from people engaged in these initiatives, before moving to a panel discussion.

Contributors to the evening (more to be announced) include:

Inge Koch is Associate Professor in Statistics at Adelaide University and the Executive Director of CHOOSEMATHS, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). CHOOSEMATHS aims to increase the participation of girls and young women in mathematics and STEM disciplines throughout their school and university education and in the workforce, and to change behaviour and perception of women in mathematics.

Marilys Guillemin is the Project Lead for the University of Melbourne pilot of the SAGE Athena SWAN gender equity initiative. She is also Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), and Professor in the Centre for Health Equity, School of Population and Global Health.

Leon di Stefano is a Research Assistant in bioinformatics in the Papenfuss laboratory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), and has an MSc in statistics from the University of Melbourne. He will speak a little about WEHI's gender equality initiatives, including its Athena SWAN implementation.

Getting to and from the venue:

Parking near the University of Melbourne is limited, so travel by public transport is advised. Lost on Campus is a great tool for finding your way around.

WEBINAR: Gender Bias in Academic Publishing

  • Thursday 11 May, 2017 at 2-3pm BST, 3-4pm CEST, 9-10am EDT (USA)
  • More details

Unconscious gender bias in academia can have a real impact on women’s careers. Whether it’s obtaining a job or publishing a paper, quick judgments made subconsciously by reviewers can have very tangible consequences. In this webinar, you’ll learn the ins and outs of identifying and avoiding the pitfalls of gender bias. You’ll come away with clear evidence of the influence of unconscious bias in peer review, and hear about some of the recent efforts by publishers to reduce it, making the publishing process fairer and more equitable for all.

First Biennial Conference of Nigerian Women in Mathematics (NWM)

  • Date: May 8-9, 2017
  • Venue: Department of Mathematics,  Federal University of Agriculture, Markurdi., Benue State, Nigeria
  • Flyer (JPG, 236 KB)

The conference will be followed by the Nigerian Mathematical Society (NMS) conference on May 9 -12, 2017.

Colloquium by Prof Cheryl Praeger at Monash University

  • Date: Friday 28 April at 3:00pm AEST
  • Title: Breaking down barriers in Mathematics

On the occasion of opening the exhibition "Women in mathematics throughout Europe" at Monash University. The colloquium will be followed by refreshments.


Cheryl Praeger Retirement Mini-symposium - April 13, 2017

Cheryl began her career at The University of Western Australia in 1976, and has recently retired after 40 years of service. To celebrate her amazing and influential career, there will be a mini-symposium hosted by The University of Western Australia on April 13. There will be four plenary lectures devoted to Cheryl’s legacy given by some of her closest colleagues:

The programme and the venue will be advised. There is no registration fee, but you should let the organisers (below) know if you are attending.

A/Prof John Bamberg
A/Prof Michael Giudici

AWM Research Symposium 2017

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

ChooseMaths screenings of the film Hidden Figures in March

AMSI is excited to invite talented and passionate female maths students and their teachers to attend a private screening of the new release blockbuster ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’. Be inspired by the incredible story of the women who crossed all gender and race lines to serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.

As our special guests there will be an opportunity to hear about the CHOOSEMATHS Program, listen to inspiring women working in maths careers and learn why studying maths can open doors for the future.

The movie is suitable for Year 10–12 female maths students and their teachers.

For screening times in Vic, NSW, QLD, and SA, see http://teachers.choosemaths.org.au/hiddenfigures/ where you can also book tickets.

WIMSIG Presentation at the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences Meeting - Feb 21, 2017

Yvonne Stokes (Chair of the WIMSIG Executive Committee) presented a talk "WIMSIG Report" at the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences Meeting on February 21, 2017.

The slides for Yvonne's presentation can be downloaded here (PDF, 6.8 MB).

International Day of Women & Girls in Science - February 11

From Marie-Francoise Roy, Chair of the Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) of the International Mathematical Union (IMU):

Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science.

According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probabilities for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in a science-related field are 18%, 8%, and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18%, and 6%.

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 (draft A/70/474/Add.2) declaring February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.


WIMSIG General Meeting

At the 2017 AustMS meeting in Sydney, WIMSIG will have a general business meeting.

  • Time: 5-6pm, Monday 11 December 2017
  • Venue: E7B 263, Macquarie University (a short walk from the 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.


  • Presentations from nominees for the Incoming Chair position
  • Presentation from Birgit Loch (La Trobe) on the peer-support promotion scheme
  • Presentation on our plans for the WIMSIG Mentoring Scheme, with results from the survey
  • Discussion about introducing a Student Representative to the WIMSIG Executive Committee

The General Meeting will be followed by the Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner.

Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner

  • Time: 6:45pm-9:00pm, Monday 11 December 2017
  • Place: MGSM Macquarie Room, Macquarie University

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

Please note that registrations for the dinner have now closed.

Women in Mathematics Get-Togethers

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


The University of Sydney

  • Wednesday 11 October at 1:00pm (AEDT)
  • Meet on 2nd floor of Carslaw building and walk from there down to the grandstand for lunch
  • Host: Emma Carberry

The discussion topic for this lunch is advice and questions around applying for jobs/promotions. For example, how to choose referees, points to keep in mind when explaining one's research to someone outside the field and things that it's good to have thought of well before the application process. Just for practice (and to get to know better what we all do) let's all come prepared with a one-minute research spiel that is easily digestible by a non-expert.


RMIT University

  • Thursday 9 November at 10:30-11:30am (AEDT)
  • RMIT CBD campus, room B008-04-011-Megaflex 
  • Host: Joanne Hall

Please bring along an object or picture related to yourresearch. This may include:

  • beautifully drawn graphs
  • visual data representations
  • 3D models
  • images that demonstrate the impact of your research
  • crafty creations

Download poster (PDF, 461 KB).


University of South Australia (UniSA)

  • Thursday 9 November at 3:30pm (ACDT)
  • UniSA Mawson Lakes campus, room MC1-21 
  • Host: Elizabeth Bradford

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

WIMSIG Conference 2017: 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, mathematical physics, 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.

Women in Mathematics Get-Togethers

The following get-togethers were held in May 2017.


Monash University

  • Monday 8 May at 11am (AEST)
  • Mathematics Tea Room (3rd floor, 9 Rainforest Walk)  
  • Host: Julie Clutterbuck

This morning tea is being held to mark the visit of Prof Ruth Williams (UCSD). 


The University of Queensland (UQ)

  • Friday 12 May at 1-2pm (AEST), followed by a talk by Birgit Loch
  • Alumni Gardens at UQ — between the Maths Building and the Great Court (outside Mathematics Building #67), followed by Birgit's talk in room 7-222 at 2pm.
  • Hosts:

Bio: Professor Birgit Loch is the inaugural Chair, Teaching and Learning in the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University. Before joining La Trobe, she was the Academic Director Digital Learning and Technologies in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (2014-2016), and the Director of the Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre (2010-2015), both at Swinburne University of Technology. From 2005-2010 she worked at the University of Southern Queensland, and in 2004-2005 in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Queensland.

Title: A peer-mentoring program towards female academic promotion

Abstract: In this presentation, I will introduce the peer-mentoring program towards promotion for female academics that Professor Virginia Kilborn (Astronomy), Associate Professor Helana Scheepers (Information Systems) and I established at Swinburne University in early 2015. The aim of this program was to address the gender imbalance at senior academic levels, by providing a supportive environment to guide female academics through the promotions process – and in many cases, to encourage them to even consider applying. This grassroots program in its first two years has already led to a record number of female academics applying for promotion, and a record number who were promoted. An overview of the program may be found in an article on The Conversation, published before the outcomes of the promotions round in the first year were announced.

At the end of 2015, our program won a Vice-Chancellor’s Culture & Values award following nomination by more than 40 academics. This peer-support program has now developed into SWAN (the Swinburne Women’s Academic Network), and an off-shoot was founded by professional staff in 2016, also honoured by a 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award. SWAN will be one of the key submissions for Swinburne University’s application for a SAGE/Athena SWAN Bronze Award.



  • Maths in the Built Environment
  • Wednesday 17 May at 2-3pm (AEST)
  • Front door of the Coombs Building (#9 on the ANU campus map, on Fellows Road)
  • Host: Alice Richardson


Macquarie University


There will also be a "Crafty Mathematics" event held at UNSW on Saturday 20 May from 10am to 1pm in room RC-3082 on Level 3 of the Centre Wing of the Red Centre building.

Experience mathematics coming alive in your hands through the power of craft! Crochet a piece of coral or knit a chanterelle mushroom to reveal the intricacies of hyperbolic geometry. Fold paper to create origami exploring the different Platonic solids - highly symmetric 3D shapes revered by the ancient Greeks. Registration required.

Further details at http://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/events/2017-05/crafty-maths-workshop.

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

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.

Updated: 31 Jan 2018