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CWM Newsletter, Issue 3, May 2020 can be found here.

Content: Editorial by Ekin Ozman, Interview of Cheryk Praeger, News from CWM, Other News and Announcements, COVID-19 Testimonies from CWM Ambassadors and an article by Christiane Roussseau about the International Day of Mathematics.

CWM Newsletter, Issue 2, November 2019 can be found here.

CWM Newsletter, Issue 1, May 2019 can be found here (black and white version here).

Remember Maryam Mirzakhani

Remember Maryam Mirzakhani is an exhibition with 18 original posters. Institutions interested in hosting the exhibition can consult the rules of use and contact CWM at The exhibition opened at the (WM)², the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics, and remained open during ICM 2018. It contained also a book of condolences, and volumes with Maryam Mirzakhani's mathematical papers as well as a book with papers about her. Curator: Thais Jordao. Designer: Rafael Meireles Barroso. A poster and flyer describing the exhibition are available in english.

In 2020, CWM has an agreement with the following institutions:

- Dipartimento di Matematica 'Levi-Civita' Padova, Italy, 10- 25 May 2020

- Arizona State University, Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Statistics event March 26-27, 2020

- Maison Internationale de Rennes, France, from 10 to 17 march, with a roundtable about women in mathematics on March 11 from 18 H to 19  30 at MIR – 7 quai Châteaubriand - Rennes .

- Department of Mathematics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. 6-13 March 2020. The posters will be introduced by Prof Sara Maloni (Virginia), whose presentation will be the first annual Distinguished Women in Mathematics Colloquium at the University of Ottawa.

Federal Paraná University (Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil), starting February 11th to celebrate the International Women and Girls in Science Day, in the framework of the "Meninas na Matemática: Procuram-se Arletes" project. Form 11th February to 31 March.

- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain, 10th February till 24th April 2020. Several activities will be orgganized around this exhibition, taking advantage of the celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February), the International Women’s Day (8 March) and the International Day of Mathematics (14 March).

- Joint Mathematics Meeting in Denver, USA, January 15-18, 2020, organized by The National Academy of Sciences’ U.S. National Committee for Mathematics.

In 2019, CWM has an agreement with the following institutions:

- Canadian Mathematics Society's Winter Meeting hosted by York University, held from December 6 to 9, 2019 at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.

- Fields Day @ Queen's, Canada, on November 19, 2019.

- INMOST, a science museum affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in Iran, opened in 2010 and working to for developing scientific and technological literacy. INMOST will run a permanent exhibition on the scientific achievements of Maryam Mirzakhani at the beginning of September 2019 for about 5 years, including  the exhibition "Remember Maryam Mirzakhani".

- University of Rennes, France, at Diapason from 14 to 25 October as part of the annual "Festival des Sciences" and at the University Library on Beaulieu Campus from 18 November to 15 December. On October 15 the amphitheater Maryam Mirzakhani wias inaugurated  with two mathematical talks from Elise Goujard and Olga Romaskevich.

- At the II Festival da Matemática (II Mathematics Festival) in Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, in Brasil, from August 7 th to 10 th 2019,together with an exhibition entitled "Mulheres na Matemática" (“Women in Mathematics”), organized by Adriana Neumann and Cydara Cavedon Ripoll, professors at UFRGS and members of the Comissão de Gênero da SBM/SBMAC (SBM/ SBMAC Gender Commission). This exhibition will be composed by a collection of many pictures about women in mathematics (including past and present mathematicians, and gold medalist female students in the Brazilian Mathematics Olympics for Public Schools and some data on female participation in mathematics.

- The Stanford Mathematics Department, USA, where Maryam Mirzakhani held a professor position, May 13 to end of august. The exhibition is taking place on May 13-May 24, 2019, in connection with an event and reception planned for the afternoon of Monday, May 13 celebrating Maryam Mirzakhani's birthday (May 12), and announcing the recipient of the inaugural Maryam Mirzakhani graduate student fellowship at Stanford. It is extended till August 2019.

- MSRI, Berkeley, USA, May 12 to end of august. The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is organizing a Celebration of Women in Mathematics on May 13, as part of the May 12th international initiative. The event aims to gather in community women mathematicians in the Bay Area, and will include a lecture about Maryam Mirzakhani's work, a preview of the film about her life, which is being created by MSRI, group discussions on topics of common interest, and time to connect with each other in celebration. The “Remember Maryam Mirzakhani” photographic exhibition will be displayed during the event and  will continue to be displayed through August 2019, as MSRI hosts a series of Summer Graduate Schools, a National Science Foundation-supported Research Experience for Undergraduates (MSRI-UP), and the Summer Research for Women in Mathematics (SWiM) program. The visitors for these programs will also be able to view the photo exhibition, as well as members of the general public and the researchers participating in the scientific programs.

- The Fields Institute, Canada, May 10-17, 2019, as the Fields institute s hosting a special Celebration of Women in Mathematics on May 13.

- Nesin Mathematical College, Turkey. The exhibition will start during the Antalya Algebra Days Conference at the Mathematics Village (15-19 May 2019)  and continue during the Turkish Mathematics Society Undergraduate and Graduate Summer School. (15 July- 29 september)

- Istanbul Mathematics Festival, Turkey, on 4-5 May 2019  on Galatasaray University Ortaköy campus. The festival is a city wide celebration of mathematics event which aims to promote the public awareness, open to the public and free of charge.

- University of L'Aquila & Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila,Italy, May 9 to May 23.

- Lund University, Sweden around May 12

- University of Sao Paolo, Brasil, May 1 to May 31.

-  The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), USA. The exhibition will take place during the AWM Research Symposium held on April 6-7, 2019 at Rice University in Houston Texas.

In 2018, CWM had an agreement with the following institutions:

- The III Brazilian Congress of Young Research in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Statistics (III CBJME) taking place in Curitiba, Brazil, from 12th to 14nd December 2018.
Dates and Locations:
11/12 to 11/23 Technological Federal University of Paraná (UTFPR)
11/26 to 12/07 Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) - campus Politécnico
12/12 to 12/14 Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) - campus Botânico

- The Fields Institute during the Fields Medal Symposium 2018 which honours Maryam Mirzakhani and the current and future impact of her work. The exhibition will take place from 5 to 9 November at the Fields Institute and on 5 November at the MaRS Discovery Center during the Symposium Public Opening.

Journeys of Women in Mathematics

A 20-min film created by the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics, filmed and edited by Micro-Documentaries, made possible by a grant from the Simons Foundation. 

The film brings together and documents both the successes and barriers for women in mathematics from an international perspective, told in the words of the women themselves. It profiles women mathematicians from around the world, speaking about their research, the mathematical aspirations of women in their region and how the international mathematics community could support these. In the first part of the film Neela Nataraj from India, Aminatou Pecha from Cameroon and Carolina Araujo from Brazil, are featured at their home institutions in their respective countries. The second part of the film was shot at (WM)^2 where Carolina, Neela and Amina attended. It  gives a lively presentation of the atmosphere at (WM)2 and features interviews of six women in mathematics from Latin America: Salome Martinez (Chile), Alicia Dickenstein (Argentina), Maria Eulalia Vares (Brazil) as well as Natalia Garcia (Mexico), Jaqueline Godoy Mesquita (Brazil) and Carolina Neira Jiménez (Colombia).

To open the film in a new browser window, click here. To see the film on YouTube, click here. To see the film on IMAGINARY, see here.

Its first version was premiered at (WM)².

The Gender Gap in Science

IMU CWM is leading the project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical and Natural Sciences:
How to Measure It, How to Reduce It ?
" funded by the International Council for Science (ICSU).

The project website, with a summary, up to date news and information, is here.

Contact : Marie-Francoise Roy

(WM)², the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics

(WM)², the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics July 31, 201, Riocentro convention center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a satellite event of the ICM 2018 organized and partially funded by CWM. A meeting report summarizes the main activities.


The main initial goal set by CWM was to help establish and foster networks  of women mathematicians especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa. To this end, it has made four calls offering sponsorship, in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The multi-country or multi-regional networks which have been fostered or initiated  with CWM's help are  include:

  • AWMA   African Women in Mathematics Association
  • CAWMA Central Asian Women in Mathematics Association  (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan)
  • IWM Indian Women in Mathematics

Organisation for women in Latin America and East Asia are ongoing. Associations in individual countries have also been sponsored.

In 2015-16 CWM sponsored events took place in Colombia (Latin America), India, Indonesia (S. and E. Asia), Kazakhstan (Central Asia), Mexico (Latin America), Senegal (West Africa), Tunisia (North  Africa), Kenya (Africa) and Brazil (Latin America). See report here.

In 2017,  events took place in Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Tunisia, South Africa and Vietnam. See report here.

In 2018, events are taking place in Austria, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Italy (ICTP), Macedonia, Nigeria, Uruguay, Uzbekistan and a booklet project on women role models in Africa is being supported as well as a video Faces of Women in Mathematics. See here.

In 2019, CWM supported events  in Cameroon, Argentina, Domicican Republic, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Tunisia.. See here.

In 2020, CWM call  received 35 applications of which CWM decided to support 8 projects. Six  of them are meetings taking place in Chile, Colombia, India, Senegal, Turkey and Vietnam. The May 12 th initiative and an exhibition project for (WM)² in Saint Petersbourg are also supported. See here.

CWM Posters and Flyers

CWM printers and flyers are available. Here are low resolution versions which you can use for screen display: Poster Flyer

The flyer is two sided and is designed to be folded along vertical lines into three.

If you want to get a few copies to distribute at a mathematical event or for other display purposes, please contact your country's ambassador (see below).

If you want to print them yourself we recommend using the white and black versions here:  BW Poster BW Flyer

If you would like to organise getting some colour ones printed professionnally, please contact


CWM Ambassadors

CWM has established about 140 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