WIMSIG Supported Events

Advice Sheet for Event Organisers (PDF, 63KB)



MAGIC Workshop

Applications are open for the Mentoring and Guidance in Careers (MAGIC) workshop for women and diverse gender researchers with a PhD in mathematical or physical sciences, awarded within the past 7 years.

The 2017 workshop received an enthusiastic welcome and was oversubscribed, with many interested people turned away due to restricted capacity. The closing date for applications is August 6, 2018.  

Authentication for the Future Internet of Things

Description: AustMS members Prof Lynn Batten (Deakin) and Dr Leonie Simpson (QUT) are jointly organising this free workshop. Space is limited to 50 people, so please register (for free) early. Forms are available on the website.

In addition to attending plenary sessions with speakers or demonstrations, each participant will belong to a work-stream listed on the registration form. The purpose of the work-streams is to identify problems on which the corresponding team will continue to work, resulting in journal publications over the months and years following. Doctoral research students and others with little knowledge of cryptography will be asked to participate in the 'Introduction to Cryptography' stream where the focus will be on developing skills in this area.

The workshop will focus on identifying low-resource methods for authentication of communications between the devices in current use in the IoT. At the end of the three days, the most feasible ideas for this will be allocated to groups of people to take away for testing, implementation and publishing beyond the workshop dates. The workshop has acquired special issues of the journals CRYPTOGRAPHY and SENSORS.

Keynote speakers:

  • Hugh Williams — Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Bart Preneel — Professor and Director of the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography group (COSIC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium

Funding Opportunities: PhD students in STEM areas are particularly welcomed. In particular, research students studying full-time in AMSI member institutions may approach their AMSI representative about providing support to attend this AMSI-sponsored workshop. PhD Students enrolled in a STEM discipline at a New Zealand or Australian university outside the state of Victoria may apply to lynn.batten@deakin.edu.au for up to $300 towards support for housing during the period of the workshop. For academics, there are also funding opportunities. For more information see http://www.authiot2018.conferences.academy/funding.html.

AMSI BioInfo Summer 2018

The University of Western Australia, December 3—7

Summer School at Institut Mittag Leffler (Stockholm)

"Modern theory of group actions and the special role of finite simple groups"

The main speakers are:

  • Alice Niemeyer (RWTH Aachen University)
  • Cheryl Praeger (The University of Western Australia)
  • Colva Roney-Dougal (University of St Andrews)

who will each be teaching a 4-hr lecture course. There will be additional short spotlight lectures too.

There are 21 places available with funding, i.e., accommodation and meal allowance. Up to 13 additional participants are possible, provided they find (and pay for) their own accommodation.

Even before official registration at the IML is open, we invite applications!

Please include:

  • A short CV and informal statement on why you wish to attend and what you hope to get out of the school.
  • A short recommendation from a supervisor.

Potential participants who wish to apply for financial support are asked to outline their needs in their application letter. Our resources are however quite limited. As part of this summer school format we particularly encourage female candidates to apply!

Please email Rebecca Waldecker if you want to apply or in case of any questions.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2019.

62nd Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society

A WIMSIG Business Meeting and Dinner will be held on Monday 3 December, prior to the beginning of the conference. For more details, see the WIMSIG Embedded Events section below.

ANZIAM Conference 2019

The conference will feature a Women in Mathematical Sciences Lunch, to be (provisionally) held on Tuesday 5 February. This event is free and open to all delegates regardless of gender, although registration is required for catering purposes. You can register for this event by ticking the relevant box on the registration form.

Flags, Galleries and Reflection Groups


WIMSIG Gathering at The University of Newcastle

  • Thursday 15 November, 2018

This WIMSIG Gathering will be held at lunchtime (with lunch provided) on Thursday 15 November as part of the AMSI/AustMS Workshop on Mathematical Thinking, which will be held on November 14-16. This workshop, together with the workshop on Diagrammatic Reasoning in Higher Education and EViMS 3, are part of the Special Semester on Mathematical Thinking hosted by UON's Priority Research Centre: Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and Its Applications (CARMA).

These three workshops bring together international experts across neuroscience/psychology, mathematics, education and philosophy, who will all bring to bear their own lenses on Mathematics, Mathematics Education and Mathematical Thinking. Speakers include psychologist Rafael Núñez, mathematical communicator Keith Devlin, dancer Erik Stern and educator Kaye Stacey.

A small number of speaking slots are still available, so if interested please follow the links above and submit an abstract at your earliest convenience.

Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner at AustMS 2018

  • Time: 6:45pm, Monday 3 December 2018
  • Place: Playford, 120 North Tce, Adelaide

This WIMSIG Dinner is being held just prior to the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society at The University of Adelaide.

The Dinner is free to all participants, regardless of gender or membership of WIMSIG. Due to space restrictions there are only a limited number of tickets available, so make sure to register early if you wish to attend, and please only register for the Dinner if you are planning to attend.

The WIMSIG Dinner is sponsored by ACEMS and the ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowship, held by Prof Kate Smith-Miles (The University of Melbourne).

The purpose of the Dinner is to support women, and particularly early career researchers, to enter and establish careers in mathematics. Come along to hear about the careers of the AustMS 2018 female plenary speakers, to discuss issues concerning women in mathematics in Australia, and to network with fellow WIMSIG members and supporters. Check out the WIMSIG website for information on and advice from the female plenary speakers at this and past AustMS and ANZIAM conferences.

If you have any questions, please contact the organisers, Melissa Humphries (melissa.humphries@adelaide.edua.au) and Judith Bunder (judith.bunder@adelaid.edu.au).

WIMSIG General Meeting at AustMS 2018

WIMSIG will have a general business meeting just prior to the Women in Mathematical Sciences Dinner (see above for details) as part of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society.

  • Time: 5-6pm, Monday 3 December 2018
  • Venue: H6-03 on Level 6 of the Hawke Building, City West Campus, University of South Australia, 55 North Tce, Adelaide

As with the WIMSIG Dinner, anyone interested in WIMSIG activities is welcome to attend.

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.

PAST EVENTS (prior to 2018)

A list of past events (held prior to 2018) can be found at http://www.austms.org.au/WIMSIG-Past-Events.



Life, work and legacy of Maryam Mirzakhani

  • Monday 20 August at 6pm (AEST)
  • Queensland Terrace, Level 2 State Library of Queensland, Southbank
  • Poster (PDF, 613 KB)

Please join us to celebrate the life and achievements of the brilliant Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female recipient of the most prestigious award in mathematics. Professor Mirzakhani was awarded the Fields Medal for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. Maryam is gone far too soon, but her legacy will live on for the thousands of women she has inspired to pursue science and mathematics.


  • Prof Nalini Joshi (The University of Sydney)
  • Prof Cheryl Praeger (The University of Western Australia)
  • Dr Cecilia González Tokman (The University of Queensland)
  • Dr Azam Asanjarani (The University of Auckland)

Contact: science.events@uq.edu.au

Please register your attendance at https://bit.ly/mirzakhani18.

World Meeting for Women in Mathematics — (WM)²

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.

2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology

The Society for Mathematical Biology has set up a Twitter account specifically to discuss information for parents at the conference.

Call for volunteers
There are now over 500 registrants for SMB2018. With so many attendees, some more volunteers are needed to make sure the conference runs smoothly. A volunteer with a first aid certificate is especially needed.

All volunteers will receive: 

  • a free breakfast on the days they are working,
  • a special thank you dinner at the end of the conference,
  • a specially designed rugby jumper.

Student volunteers will receive a free ticket to the conference dinner.

Please contact Mary Myerscough (mary.myerscough@sydney.edu.au) for further details.

AMSI Winter School 2018 on Curvature

ChooseMaths grants are available for female students and early career researchers.

AMSI Winter School 2018: WINE — CHEESE — MATHS!

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

  • Wednesday 4 July at 5:30pm
  • The University of Queensland
  • Science Learning Centre, Level 2 Priestley Building 67
  • Flyer (PDF, 413 KB)

Everyone welcome! Please register.

AMSI Optimise 2018 – Decision Making Under Uncertainty and Humanitarian Applications

ChooseMATHS grants are available for female students and early career researchers.

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.

Updated: 12 Nov 2018