Alicia Dickenstein wins TWAS prize

Congratulations to Alicia Dickenstein who has won the 2015  Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) Prize in Mathematics
“for her outstanding contribution to the understanding of discriminants”

Alicia is a  vice-chair of IMU and was the IMU observer at the first CWM meeting in Cortona.

Since its creation, there have been 33 winners of this Prize:  31 male and 2 female — Parimala Raman won it in 2005.  The names of all previous prizewinners can be found here.

CWM Funding Call

The Committee for Women in Mathematics invites proposals for funding of up to €3000 for activities or initiatives  taking place in 2016, and aimed at establishing or supporting networks  for women in mathematics, preferably at the continental or regional level, and with priority given to networks and individuals in developing or emerging countries. CWM’s help could include, for example, funding meetings, travel for individuals for consultation purposes, or advice and support in creating websites. Other ideas for researching and/or addressing problems encountered by women in mathematics may also be considered.

Proposers should write a short account (no more than two pages) explaining the nature of their activity and how it fulfills the above aims, as well as indications on how CWM money would be spent and other funding which may be available. There will be one call for applications regarding activities in 2016 with deadline of 15th January 2016. It is anticipated that further calls will be made in subsequent years.
Applications should be sent to

Successful applications will be informed no later than February 29, 2016. Depending on demand, successful applications may not be funded in full. Successful applicants will be asked to send before the end of 2016 a short report of the activity with details of how the budget was spent.

A pdf version of the call can be found here.

CWM has first meeting

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. Members presented reports of activities for women in mathematics from various parts of the world. In the last two years, women mathematicians have come together to launch meetings and networks in many countries. Helping to establish and support such networks at the continental or subcontinental level, especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa, is the CWM’s most important goal from now until ICM Rio 2018 and its budget will be used mainly for this purpose. CWM will shortly be launching a call for proposals for actions to support this aim. It also plans to organize a pre-ICM 2018 event called (WM)² : World Meeting for Women in Mathematics.  A detailed report of the meeting can be found here.


CWM’s first meeting. 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.  Photo by Alicia Dickenstein, the IMU EC observer present at the meeting (substituting for John Toland).


AWM awarded $750,000 by NSF

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.

CWM to hold first meeting

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)

African Women in Maths have first General Meeting

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 [1], Burkina Faso [1], Cameroon [2], Cote D’Ivoire [3], DRC 
Congo [1], Gabon [1], Ghana [1], Kenya [11], Morocco [3], Nigeria [5], 
Senegal [3], South Africa [5], Tanzania [1], Uganda [1], Tunisia [1], 
Zimbabwe [1] 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.

New women in maths group in Chile

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.

Australian Math Sciences Institute launches AUD$22 million programme

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.