WIMSIG Conference 2017: Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences

September 24-26, 2017
University of South Australia, City West Campus, Adelaide

This conference will showcase the research of women in Australian mathematical sciences — the first such conference in Australia. The conference welcomes people of any gender, but all the research presentations will be given by women.

"Mathematical sciences" is broadly interpreted to include pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical statistics, applied statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, mathematics in industry, etc.

There will be special sessions, plenary speakers, a poster session, a conference dinner, a panel on gender equity in the mathematical sciences and beyond, and a professional development workshop. Childcare will be available.

WIMSIG believes this conference will play a really important role in advancing gender equity in Australian mathematical sciences. Both female researchers and senior leaders (of any gender) in our discipline will find it eye-opening and inspiring to be in a majority-female research environment, even for a few days; not to mention the development of potential research collaborations, networking, exposure to potential candidates for hiring, etc.

Registration is now open!

Photo Request

As part of our efforts to increase the visibility of women in the mathematical sciences, we’d like to display some photos of the female conference participants. We encourage you to upload a photo of yourself through the Profile page of the conference registration system. By doing so, you consent to the use of your photo at the conference, on the conference website, in our reporting, and for other WIMSIG purposes. Thank you.

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird Standard: $220 (after Aug 24: $275)
    (includes workshop, reception & Mon 25 Sept dinner)
  • Early Bird Concession: $165 (after Aug 24: $210)
    (includes workshop, reception & Mon 25 Sept dinner)
    — for students/unemployed/retired
  • PD Workshop: Free for attendees, $11 per guest
  • Conference Reception: Free for attendees, $33 per guest
  • Conference Dinner: Free for attendees, $111 per guest
    — not currently open for guest bookings

Important Dates

  • Early Bird registration deadline: August 24, 2017
  • Abstract submission deadline: August 31, 2017
  • Travel Grant application deadline: 5pm, Fri 25 Aug 2017 (ACST)
  • Conference: September 24-26, 2017


  • Sunday 24 September
    • 3:00pm—7:00pm: Professional development workshop, welcome reception, registration
  • Monday 25 September
    • 8:30am—5:30pm: Registration, opening remarks, plenary talks, special sessions, poster sessions, panel
    • 7:00pm—10:00pm: Conference dinner
  • Tuesday 26 September
    • 9:30am—4:45pm: Plenary talks, special sessions, poster sessions, closing remarks

Note: The registration desk will be in the Hawke Building. A secure storage area for luggage will be available throughout the conference.

Plenary Speakers

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

Special Sessions

There will be special sessions in the following 13 areas.

Professional Development Workshop

On the afternoon of Sunday 24 September, there will be a professional development workshop on shameless self-promotion, facilitated by Dr Maria Gardiner (ThinkWell). More details are here.

Conference Reception

The conference reception will be held on the night of Sunday 24 September in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building.


  • Li Xu — Chinese Typographic Poster Design Playing a Character
  • Travelling through time and space, the 'character' plays a vital role in the dissemination of information and exchange of ideas. This exhibition by Associate Professor Li Xu from the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, is a poster exploration of Chinese characters. It presents a Chinese approach in the use of typography, developed to facilitate understanding of Chinese culture and inspire new typographic approaches through the poster medium.
  • Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and facilitated by UniSA's School of Art, Architecture and Design.


Panel: The Gender Equity Landscape in the Australian Mathematical Sciences

This panel will be held on the Monday afternoon of the conference. The following panellists are confirmed.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on the night of Monday 25 September at the National Wine Centre. The following two speakers are confirmed.

  • A/Prof Sarah Brough (Australian Astronomical Observatory, and past Chair, Women in Astronomy)
  • Prof Ami Radunskaya (Pomona College, USA, and President of the US Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM))

Travel Grants

The AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG) invites applications for the WIMSIG Conference 2017 Travel Grants. For further details, see the online application form.


Accommodation information can be found here.

Organising Committee

Associate Professor Lesley Ward
University of South Australia
Email: Lesley.Ward@unisa.edu.au

Dr Giang Nguyen
University of Adelaide
Email: Giang.Nguyen@adelaide.edu.au

Associate Professor Catherine Greenhill
The University of New South Wales
Email: c.greenhill@unsw.edu.au

Dr Grace Joshy
Australian National University
Email: grace.joshy@anu.edu.au

Associate Professor Ngamta (Natalie) Thamwattana
University of Wollongong
Email: ngamta@uow.edu.au

Former member and advisor
Professor Lynn Batten
Deakin University
Email: Lynn.Batten@deakin.edu.au


Ms Sue Tyerman
University of South Australia
Email: ITEE-OUA.Academic.Services@unisa.edu.au


Thank you to our sponsors:


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Updated: 24 Jul 2017