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.

Iranian Women Mathematicians

The Iranian Mathematical Society (IMS) is going to establish a section for Iranian Women Mathematicians. The first gathering of female representatives from all Mathematics Departments in Iran will be held in Shahid Beheshti University on November 17th, 2016.

For more information contact Raheleh Jafari

Claire Voisin wins CNRS Gold medal

Congratulations to Claire Voisin, Professor at Collège de France, Paris, on her award of the 2016 CNRS Gold Medal; France’s highest scientific distinction. Professor Voisin is a specialist in the field of algebraic geometry. Since it was created in 1954, the CNRS Gold Medal is awarded annually to scientific figures who have made an exceptional contribution to ‘the innovation and influence of French research’. Professor Voisin is only the fourth woman, and first female mathematician, to receive the honour. Fore more information, see here.

CWM Ambassadors

CWM has recently established about 120 special correspondents worldwide, each of whom has the job of disseminating information such as CWM funding calls in her geographical or mathematical neighbourhood, and also of keeping CWM informed about activities or initiatives to be announced on this website. The list of ambassadors is here.

If you want information about activities in a particular country, please first go to the country flag which you can find here, and if there is no flag make contact with the appropriate ambassador.

News from Australia

The WIMSIG Conference

The WIMSIG Conference: Celebration of Women in Mathematics is scheduled to be held on September 25-26, 2017 at the University of South Australia.  The Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG)  of the Australian Mathematical Society is organizing the first such conference in Australia to promote gender equity in Australian mathematics.


Science Australia Gender Equity: SAGE

On 24 June 2016, eight new institutions joined the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN at the SAGE Symposium in Sydney, bringing the total number of participating institutions to 40.  SAGE is an Australian pilot of the Uk’s Athena SWAN program . It covers STEMM fields, and almost all Australian universities have signed up for the first two pilot cohorts.

CWM announces 2017 funding call

CWM CALL 2017.

CWM invites proposals for funding of up to €3000 for activities or initiatives taking place in 2017, aimed at either: (a) Establishing or supporting networks for women in mathematics, preferably at the continental or regional level, and with priority given to networks in developing or emerging countries; or (b) Organizing a mathematical school open to all with all women speakers and mainly women organisers; or (c) Other ideas for researching and/or addressing issues encountered by women in mathematics. Application deadline 15 December, 2016. For more details see here.

Gender representation on Maths editorial boards

Just appeared: An interesting article

Gender Representation on Journal Editorial Boards in the Mathematical Sciences by Chad M. Topaz and Shilad Sen. PLOS ONE August 18, 2016

From the abstract: Women are known to comprise approximately 15% of tenure-stream faculty positions in doctoral-granting mathematical sciences departments in the United States. Compared to this group, we find that 8.9% of the 13067 editorships in our study are held by women ……  Our findings provide the first measure of gender distribution on editorial boards in the mathematical sciences, offer insights that suggest future studies in the mathematical sciences, and introduce new methods that enable large-scale studies of gender distribution in other fields.