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.

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         jafarirahele@gmail.com

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.