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Call for Mittag Leffler summer school

EWM and the EMS Women in Mathematics Committee are pleased to invite proposals for a one week summer school at the Institut Mittag Leffler in Stockholm in summer 2018.

There are places for up to 28 participants. The Institut will cover lodging and a meal allowance for everyone, and there is some travel money available. The school should be on a
focussed topic of current importance and open to PhD students and post-docs of both sexes.

A special feature of the summer school is that there will be a much larger than usual involvement by women. We expect that most or all of the members of the organising committee, at least half the participants, and if possible the lecturers, should be female.

The exact dates will have to be negotiated with the Institut. The EMS is supportive of this project and it is expected that some funding for travel will be available. Help and advice will be available
from the Oversight Committee.

Proposals, which should be framed according to the guidelines (see attached), should be sent electronically as a pdf file to with a copy
to by 30 July 2017. They will be selected on the basis of their scientific merit and the extent to which they fulfill the aims of the guidelines2018.

Ulrike Tillmann
Chair of the Oversight Committee

Congratulations to Claire Voisin

Many congratulations to Claire Voisin who jointly with Janos Kollar has won the 2017 Shaw prize in Mathematics for their remarkable results in many central areas of algebraic geometry, which have transformed the field and led to the solution of long-standing problems that had appeared out of reach.

The Shaw Prize consists of three annual prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, each bearing a monetary award of US$1.2 million. This will be the fourteenth year that the Prize has been awarded and the presentation ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 September 2017.

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 . 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 .

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:

ICMS has copy of the exhibition that will be on display during ICMS events in 2017     contact:

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.