International Women in Mathematics Day celebrates the achievements of female mathematicians annually on 12 May in honour of mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal for Mathematics.

To celebrate this, the School of Mathematics and Physics will be holding a day-long series of talks in Hawken 50N-201. The first session at 10am-11am is primarily addressed to undergraduate students and will commence with a short presentation on the works of 2022 Fields Medal Winner Maryna Viazovska followed by a panel discussion on the Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Mathematics. Morning Tea will be served at 11am.

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SMP International Women in Mathematics Day

Fri 12 May 2023 10:00am4:30pm


Hawken Engineering Building (50)


10:00-11:00  - Barbara Maenhaut (A/Prof, UQ) - the work of 2022 Fields Medal winner Maryna Viazovska followed by 

 Panel Discussion : Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Maths (Poh Wah Hillock, Senior Lecturer, UQ)   

11:00-11:30     Morning Tea

11:30 - 12:10   Zsuzsi Dancso (A/Prof. Sydney) - Knots, Graphs and Lattices (PDF, 85.1 KB)

12:10-12:30     Madeline Nurcombe (PhD student, UQ) - The Ghost Algebra (PDF, 69.6 KB)

12:30-2:00        Lunch Break                                        

2:00-2:40          Meagan Carney (Lecturer, UQ) - Extremal Modelling in Weather Systems (PDF, 70.6 KB)

2:40-3:00          Inna Lukyanenko (Research Associate, UQ) - Integrable Gaudin Systems (PDF, 84.1 KB)  

3:00-3:30          Afternoon Tea   

3:30-4:10          Sophie Raynor (Lecturer, JCU)  - The Confidence Tightrope (PDF, 83 KB)

4:10-4:30       Tara Kemp (PhD Student, UQ) - Fuch's Problem on Latin Squares and Cubes (PDF, 69.4 KB)



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