The first meeting of the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics took place in Cortona, Italy, Sept 4-5 2015, immediately following the 17th General Meeting of EWM in the same place. Details about CWM’s future activities plans will appear in due course. In the meantime, here is a photo taken by Alicia Dickenstein, the IMU EC observer present at the meeting (substituting for John Toland).
Left to Right: Sunsook Noh, Neela Nataraj (for Sujatha Ramdorai), Carolina Araujo, Magnhild Lien (for Kristin Lauter), Caroline Series, Marie Françoise Ouedraogo, Marie-Françoise Roy, Bill Barton, Betül Tanbay,
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) has been awarded an ADVANCE grant of $750,000 from the National Science Foundation to support the project Career Advancement for Women Through Research-Focused Networks.
The project is funded for five years and will focus on establishing research networks for women. The Research Collaboration Networks for Women will be modelled on the successful WIN Network, (Women In Numbers) in number theory, which ran several collaboration conferences at Banff International Research Station (BIRS). Networks WiSh, WhAM!, WhAM!2, WINE, WIT, WIG, WINART, Women in Math Biology, and Algebraic Combinatorixx have already been launched.
For more details, see here.
More information about the Career Advancement for Women Through Research-Focused Networks project will be made available on the AWM website.
The first meeting of the Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) will be held in Cortona, Italy September 4-5, 2015.
Topics to be be discussed include how to take forward our remit, our website and communications, and the best use of our budget.
Regional replacements have been appointed for the few committee members who are unable to attend in person. The committee can be contacted by writing to info-for-cwm(at)mathunion.org
The first General Meeting of the African Women in Mathematics Association (AWMA) took place in Naivasha, Kenya from 16-18 July 2015. AWMA is also pleased to announce the launch of its new website.
The meeting attracted 43 participants from 16 African Countries :
Algeria , Burkina Faso , Cameroon , Cote D’Ivoire , DRC
Congo , Gabon , Ghana , Kenya , Morocco , Nigeria ,
Senegal , South Africa , Tanzania , Uganda , Tunisia ,
Zimbabwe  and two french participants.
The report of activities of the period 2013/2015, the logo of AWMA and
the new website of AWMA were approved by the General Assemly.
It was noted that several national associations for Women in
Mathematics have been created since the establishment of AWMA in 2013,
in Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria and Tunisia.
For more information on Women in Mathematics activities in Africa go to the AWMA website.
Following the ICM 2014, and thanks to the encouragement of the ICWM, a new group of women mathematicians Colectivo de mujeres matemáticas has formed in Chile. It meets regularly to speak about the gender gap and the differences of opportunities faced by women in the region.
The group has delivered talks at several high schools, speaking about what being a mathematician is and also addressing the stereotype that mathematics is a men game. It has also participated in some university events speaking about the gender gap in math and science.
Besides the web page, the group also has a facebook group.
The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the BHP Billiton Foundation have launched Choose Maths, a five-year national program that will turn around public perception of mathematics and statistics as a career choice for girls and young women.
Working from the ground up, Choose Maths begins with a focus on mathematics education in primary and secondary schools. The BHP Billiton Foundation has contributed AUD $22 million toward the partnership, which will enable AMSI Schools to expand its outreach capacity across Australia over the next five years.
The program will contribute to the health of the mathematics pipeline in Australia from school through university and out to industry and the workplace by:
providing mathematics-ready teacher professional development in 120 schools across Australia and resources for every school in the country;
developing a national mathematical sciences careers awareness campaign;
establishing an “inspiring women in mathematics network”; and
holding annual BHP Billiton awards for excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Research-based strategies for encouraging girls and young women into mathematics and STEM-related courses will be core to the program. The large-scale careers awareness campaign will be driven by research into community perceptions about mathematics.
Tunisian women mathematicians have recently formed the Association des Femmes Tunisiennes Mathématiciennes (AFTM) aimed at Tunisian women with a doctoral degree in mathematics. The president is Saïma Khenissy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more details (in French) see AFTM présentation.
Susanne Pumpluen and Lisa Mott of the University of Nottingham, UK have recently started a Facebook page profiling women mathematicians and fighting stereotypes in this way.
Well worth taking a look!
At its meeting in March 2015, the Executive Committee (EC) of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) agreed the establishment of a Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM).
The membership of the committee and its terms of reference can be found here.
News from the AWM President Kristin Lauter.
In addition to its presence on Facebook, AWM has recently launched a new Twitter Feed: @AWMmath
The AWM Research Symposium 2015 will be held at University of Maryland, College Park, April 11 -12, 2015. It will showcase the research of women in the mathematical professions, featuring plenary talks, special sessions on a broad range of research in pure and applied mathematics, and poster sessions for graduate students and recent PhDs.
For subject specific conferences, see the new initiative Research Collaboration Conferences for Women.
For more information, see Kristin’s recent interview on Strongly Connected Components in which she talks about AWM and current AWM initiatives.