EWM General Meeting 2018

The next EWM General Meeting will take place in Graz, Austria, September 3-7, 2018.

There will be three lectures by the  EMS lecturer Gigliola Staffilani (MIT). Other confirmed plenary speakers: Shiri Artstein-Avidan (Israel), Ilse Fischer (Austria), Alice Guionnet (France), Frances Kirwan (UK), Maryna Viazovska (Switzerland and Ukraine).

There will also be several special sessions. Proposals for such sessions with title, abstract, and list of speakers are welcome and should be submitted by 31 August 2017 to  ewm2018@gmail.com . Please note that EWM cannot financially support the speakers in such sessions, except for situations in which the speakers might qualify for a travel/accommodation grant – see below.  If anyone would like to contribute grant money to financing special sessions within this general meeting, please contact us at ewm2018@gmail.com .

Registration will open in September 2017, with the possibility of expressing the interest in giving a talk or presenting a poster.

As usual, EWM will offer a limited number of travel and/or accommodation grants for female mathematicians from developing countries. Requests for support may be made when registering for the meeting.

Organizing committee:  Karin Baur, Kathryn Hess, Elena Resmerita, Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb

Gender Gap Project update

The 300,000 euro Gender Gap Project announced in January 2017 is underway!

A significant gender gap in science persists at all levels. The project will produce sound data, including trends (since the situation for women continues to change around the world.  It will provide evidence for informed decisions and will provide easy access to materials proven to be useful in encouraging girls and young women to study and work in these fields.

In 2017 the activities are the following:

  • Launch Workshop 1 – 3 June 2017  Paris
  • Three Regional Workshops in Africa, Asia and Latin-America
  • Organization of the Global Survey and the Joint Study on Publication Patterns.

For more details see here.

Cheryl Praeger Retirement Conference

Cheryl Praeger 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 (2017). There will be four plenary lectures devoted to Cheryl’s legacy given by some of her closest colleagues:
– Cai Heng Li (Southern University of Science and Technology China)
– Martin Liebeck (Imperial College, University of London)
– Alice Niemeyer (RWTH Aachen University)
– Jacqui Ramagge (University of Sydney)
More details here.

Women of Mathematics exhibition tours UK

This touring exhibition, created by mathematicians Sylvie Paycha  and Sara Azzali together with photographer Noel Tovia Matoff, started at the 7th European Congress of Mathematics held in July 2016 in Berlin. The thirteen women mathematicians portrayed share their experience. The exhibit hopes to highlight the human aspects of producing mathematics, making this discipline more tangible and therefore more accessible to outsiders or newcomers.

In 2017 the exhibition will be touring the UK.

King’s College London will host the exhibit in early 2017; contact: lucy.ward@kcl.ac.uk

ICMS has copy of the exhibition that will be on display during ICMS events in 2017     contact: madeleine.shepherd@icms.org.uk

CWM grants for 2017 announced

CWM has just announced the twelve successful projects, aimed at forming networks, running workshops or schools, and other projects, which it will be funding in 2017. Events will take place in Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Tunisia, South Africa and Vietnam. Details can be found here. For the call itself see  here.

CWM led proposal wins 300,000 euro grant

CWM has just heard that the IMU  proposal to ICSU for the project “A Global approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences : how to measure it, how to reduce it ?” has been successful.  The award is of 300,000 Euros for the period 2017-2019.  CWM was one of the two lead applicants. The first meeting of the project will be held in Paris in early June. For details see here.

Mary Somerville in the news

Mary Somerville  (1780 – 1872)  was a remarkable self-taught Scottish mathematician and scientist. The famous Oxford women’s college Somerville  was named after her. She has just been selected to have her portrait featured on a new Scottish £10 note, see the  interesting article  on P.22 of the January 2016 LMS newsletter by Brigitte Stenhouse, who has been researching her papers which are deposited in the Somerville college archives.

Elisabetta Strickland has just published a book The ascent of Mary Somerville in 19th century society  and there is another recent book  Mary Somerville and the World of Science by Allan Chapman.

EMS-Simons Africa project funding includes top up grants for women

The European Maths Society -Simons Africa project is a program for fostering opportunities for researchers in Africa.

The African Continent is very diversified and the development of a career in mathematics faces different and sometimes difficult progression. The Committee for Developing Countries (CDC) of the EMS, with the support of the Simons Foundation, is opening a program of research visits to foster research opportunities for young and established researchers.

The aim is to promote individual career possibilities with consequence of an improved global capacity in African academic institutions. The program is open to all areas of pure and applied mathematics and statistics and it is directed to fellows based in Africa.

The program specifically includes Top up grants for women funded by the IMU’s Commission for Developing Countries (CDC).

For more information and the other types of funding available see here.