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Better proportion of women lecturers at ICM 2022

The list of the mathematicians who will give the invited lectures during the ICM2022 program was officially published. CWM is happy to report that the proportion of women (plenary and sectional) lecturers has reached a little more than 20%. For the previous ICMs (Rio 2018, Seoul 2014, Hyderabad 2010) the proportion had stabilized around 15 %, after a period of growth starting in the 1990s.


Prix Junior Maryam Mirzakhani to Bertille Follain and Blandine Galiay

Fondation Jacques Hadamard

This prize rewards two very junior female students (last year of bachelor's degree or first year of master's degree) for a first research work or bibliographic study in mathematics. A prize is awarded for work in fundamental mathematics and another for work in mathematics at interfaces.

The first prize was awarded in september 2021 by a jury chaired by Amandine Veber. There were 23 canddates. The awardees are  Bertille Follain for her work on  High dimensional change point estimation with missing data via sparse projection and Blandine Galiay for her work on Lattices of the oscillator group of signature (2,2) .

See the video here (in french).

2022 Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize

Breakthrough Prize Foundation

Three Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prizes were awarded to early-career women mathematicians:

Sarah Peluse, Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University (PhD Stanford University 2019)
For contributions to arithmetic combinatorics and analytic number theory, particularly with regards to polynomial patterns in dense sets.

Hong Wang, University of California, Los Angeles (PhD MIT 2019)
For advances on the restriction conjecture, the local smoothing conjecture, and related problems.

Yilin Wang, MIT (PhD ETH Zürich 2019)
For innovative and far-reaching work on the Loewner energy of planar curves.

The Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize was established in 2019 and named for the famed Iranian mathematician, Fields Medalist and Stanford professor who passed away in 2017.

In 2021 for its first year, the  Prize was awarded to

Nina Holden – "For work in random geometry, particularly on Liouville quantum gravity as a scaling limit of random triangulations.".

Urmila Mahadev – "For work that addresses the fundamental question of verifying the output of a quantum computation.".

Lisa Piccirillo – "For resolving the classic problem that the Conway knot is not smoothly slice."

See more here.

Yaiza Canzani receives the 2022 AWM-Sadosky Research Prize

United States

The Association for Women in Mathematics is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2022 AWM-Sadosky Research Prize in Analysis will be Yaiza Canzani, Associate Professor of Mathematics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Canzani is honored for outstanding contributions in spectral geometry and microlocal analysis. The award will be presented at the Joint Prize Session of the JMM in Seattle from 4:25 - 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, January 5. A full press release is attached.

Established in 2012, the AWM Sadosky Research Prize recognizes exceptional research in analysis by a woman early in her career. The award is named for Cora Sadosky, a former president of AWM, and is made possible by generous contributions from Cora’s husband Daniel J. Goldstein, daughter Cora Sol Goldstein, and friends Judy and Paul S. Green and Concepción Ballester.

More here.

Promoting women in mathematics

Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES)

A panel discussion on questions of diversity and inclusion that will help identify relevant initiatives to attract women to research in the mathematical sciences, and more particularly at IHES.

Panelists will be:
Eva Bayer-Fluckiger, Professor Emeritus at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne,
Kathryn Leonard, president of the Association of Women in Mathematics, and
Andrea Walther, convenor of the European Women in Mathematics.

Michael R. Douglas, President and Chairman of Friends of IHES, will conclude this discussion.

The event will take place on Monday, October 4, 2021, from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm both online and at Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Marilyn and James Simons Conference Center, 35 route de Chartres, 91440 Bures-sur-Yvette.

For those attending in person,
masks are mandatory and sanitary pass will be required.

Learn more about this event

Film Screening “Secrets of the Surface – The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani” for undergraduate students of the University of Tokyo

Go Global Gateway and Kavli IPMU

On August 6th 2021 19:00-21:00, there was an online Film Screening Event of “Secret of the Surface”, with Japanese subtitles at the University of Tokyo. Iorganized by Go Global Gateway and Kavli IPMU. The audience were undergraduate students in several departments. Yukari Ito (Kavli IPMU) introduced the film and gave a lecture on the mathematics and her experience abroad too. It was a good occasion for the students to know about mathematicians, more specifically women in mathematics, and studying abroad.

More on the event here.

МАТЕМАТИКА, through a land of mathematics


The project МАТЕМАТИКА, through a land of mathematics tells stories of ten Russian women from nine different cities who contribute, directly or indirectly, to the research in mathematics. Each one of them, in her unique way, is engaged into mathematics.

Russia is a very special place for mathematics, and this project is an attempt to sketch an impression of modern Russian mathematics in many of its different aspects.

The choice of the 10  heroines reflects the will to learn and share the stories of women, their fights and their dreams, to celebrate them, be impressed and inspired.

In order to put this project in place,  a Russian mathematician (and interviewer) and a French photographer, Olga and Bertrand, are travelling through Russia from Khabarovsk to Saint Petersburg, in order to meet the heroines of МАТЕМАТИКА. From their discussions and impressions, an exhibition and a book will be created.

The exhibition will be premiered at the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics, (WM)² on the 5th July 2022. This meeting is a satellite event of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM2022) that will take place in Saint Petersburg.

Tatiana Toro Named Next MSRI Director, 2022-2027


Distinguished University of Washington mathematician will lead international math institute

The Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) announced on June 15, 2021 the appointment of Tatiana Toro to the position of Director of MSRI. Toro is the Craig McKibben & Sarah Merner Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle. MSRI is one of the world’s leading centers for collaborative research in mathematics, overlooking the campus of the University of California, Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay. Read more about the announcement here.

Shabnam Akhtari receives the 2021–2022 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize

United States
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Cornell University are pleased to announce that Shabnam Akhtari (University of Oregon) has been awarded the 2021–2022 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize. Shabnam Akhtari was selected to receive the Michler Prize to pursue her proposed research on classical Diophantine equations, in particular to study index form equations and their applications to understanding the structure of rings in algebraic number fields. A full press release is attached. 
The Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize was established through a generous donation from Ruth’s parents Gerhard and Waltraud Michler of Essen, Germany. The award grants a mid-career mathematician a residential fellowship in the Cornell University Mathematics Department without teaching obligations. 
See more here.