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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.


UMALCA (Unión Matemática de América Latina y el Caribe) recentey launched its Commission on Gender and Diversity (Comisión de Género y Diversidad de Umalca, CGD-Umalca.

GD-Umalca was created to promote equity and respect in Umalca related events and activities. In particular, one of its  missions is to seek the appropriate mechanisms for the resolution of complaints in accordance with the guidelines of the “Protocol for the attention of situations of violence and gender discrimination or by sexual orientation, identity and gender expression to be applied in all Umalca events ”, created by Umalca in 2017. The members of the commission are committed to these objectives, understanding that their main action must be preventive and educational.

Its members are

  • Carolina Araujo, Impa, Brasil
  • Gabriela Araujo, UNAM, México
  • Eugenia Ellis, UdeLAR – Uruguay
  • Gabriela Ovando, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina
  • Eddy Pariguan, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
  • Andrea Vera-Gajardo, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile

See more information here. Face book page here.

Joint CWM-EWM meeting on the Gender Gap in Mathematics in Europe

CWM and EWM are organizing a joint meeting on Gender Gap in Science Project that will take place on 16 March 2021, 16:00-18:00 CET. In the meeting, Colette Guillopé, Helena Mihaljević, Rachel Ivie and>Marie-Françoise Roy will present various chapters from the final report of the Gender Gap in Science Project.

The registration for the event is open here . The registration deadline is March 14 and the link to the event will be emailed to registered participants on March 15.

The Gender Gap in Science Projec is a multidisciplinary project in which eleven organisations contributed to the analysis of the gender gap in science from three complementary perspectives:

  • The Global Survey of Scientists addresses issues related to the absence of role models, feelings of exclusion, harassment, low participation, and retention rates.
  • The Study of Publication Patterns provides insights on the proportion of women as research authors or the presence of women publishing in top scientific journals.
  • The Database of Good Practices introduces a conceptual framework to analyse good practices, in order to provide evidence of effectiveness and impact.

Further information about the project can be found here.

Panel discussion on gender balance in mathematics


EWM and MATH+ are organizing a panel discussion on gender balance in mathematics in connection with the movie "Picture a Scientist".
The panel discussion will take place on March 11 from 19:30-21:00 CET. The panel will start by a 30-min talk by K. Clancy on sexual harassment (and more generally gender gap). The talk will be followed by a panel discussion involving her as well as Ingrid Daubechies, Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, Bernd Sturmfels, and Andrea Walther.
Register for the discussion panel here.
The link to the panel will be emailed to everyone who registers latest on March 9.

Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID

Centre de recherches mathématiques

The Centre de recherches mathématiques will be hosting the virtual workshop "Women in Mathematics during the time of COVID" on International Women's Day, March 8th, 1PM-8PM EST, aiming to raise awareness of the career challenges experienced by women mathematicians during the pandemic. <

Four outstanding mathematicians will highlight their recent work, as well as the unusual circumstances that either led to it or challenged it. These talks will be followed by an informal panel discussion held in the evening, with a focus on the perspective of junior women mathematicians.

All members of the mathematical community are welcome. Please register in advance here.

OWSD PhD Fellowships Call for Application 2021

Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

The OWSD Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries to undertake PhD research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences at a host institute in the South.
Costs covered include travel to the host country, tuition fees, board, accommodation and living expenses, and a special allowance for travel to international conferences.
Two types of fellowship are available: A full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), or a sandwich fellowship (minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute).

All information regarding the OWSD PhD Fellowship application are available on the OWSD website. There are all application materials also available in French and Spanish.
Find here the list of eligible countries.
The deadline for applications for this fellowship is April 15, 2021.


Marianna Csörnyei Named AWM-AMS 2022 Noether Lecturer

The Association for Women in Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society are pleased to announce that Marianna Csörnyei, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, will deliver the Noether Lecture at the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings to take place January 5 - 8 in Seattle, Washington.

The lectures honor Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935), one of the great mathematicians of her time. She worked and struggled for what she loved and believed in. Her life and work remain a tremendous inspiration. AWM established the Emmy Noether Lectures in 1980 to honor women who have made fundamental and sustained contributions to the mathematical sciences.  In April 2013 the lecture was renamed “AWM-AMS Noether Lecture” and in 2015 was jointly sponsored by AWM and AMS. These one-hour expository lectures are presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings each January.

Please join at JMM 2022
Press release

Vivette Girault Named 2021 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer

The Association for Women in Mathematics and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics are pleased to announce that Vivette Girault, Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne Université, CNRS, Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Paris, France, has been named the 2021 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer. Professor Girault will be honored for the award at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Spokane, WA, to be held in hybrid or virtual format, July 19 - 23, 2021, where she will deliver the lecture “From linear poroelasticity to nonlinear implicit elastic and related models.''

Sonia Kovalevsky (1850-1891) was the most widely known Russian mathematician of the late 19th century. In 1874, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Gottingen and was appointed lecturer at the University of Stockholm in 1883. Kovalevsky did her most important work in the theory of differential equations. AWM and SIAM established the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.

Please join us at SIAM AN21 to honor Vivette Girault.
Press release


Aline Bonami awarded 2020 Bergman prize

Aline Bonami receives the Bergman Prize for her highly influential contributions to several complex variables and analytic spaces. She is being especially recognized for her fundamental work on the Bergman and Szegö projections and their corresponding spaces of holomorphic functions. Bonami’s work has had long-lasting impact on the theory of several complex variables, operator theory, and harmonic analysis, and it continues to be a strong influence on present-day research in all these fields.

Bonami is an emeritus professor at Université d’Orléans in France, where she has been a professor since 1973. Originally specializing in harmonic analysis, she received her PhD in 1970 at Université Paris-Sud in Orsay under the direction of Yves Meyer. During the first years of her career, she was a full-time researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Orsay.

Bonami has received the Prix Petit d’Ormoy, Carrière, Thébault from the French Academy of Sciences (2001), the Prize of the Polish Ministry of National Education for Research in Collaboration (2005), the Commandeur des Palmes Académiques (2005), and the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2010). She has served as coordinator of the IHP network of the European Commission on Harmonic Analysis and Related Problems (2002–2006), scientific director for mathematics in charge of evaluation in the French Ministry of Research (2003–2006), and president of the French Mathematical Society (2012–2013). She was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Simons Foundation for its African program (2012) and of the Scientific Committee for European Prizes for Young Researchers (2016), and she co-organized CIMPA schools in Argentina (2008) and Cameroon (2011). She has served in editorial positions of several mathematics journals.

The other recipient is Peter Ebenfelt from the University of California, San Diego.

Alicia Dickenstein and Shafi Goldwasser receive the L'Oréal-Unesco International Awards For Women in Science

Every year, the Fondation L'Oréal and UNESCO celebrate the scientific excellence of five eminent women scientists, each from a major region of the world. In 2021, the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards honors Laureates in the field of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science. See  here.


Professor Alicia DICKENSTEIN – Mathematics Professor of Mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Awarded for her outstanding contributions at the forefront of mathematical innovation by leveraging algebraic geometry in the field of molecular biology. Her research enables scientists to understand the precise structures and behavior of cells and molecules, even at a microscopic scale. Operating at the frontier between pure and applied mathematics, she has forged important links to physics and chemistry, and enabled biologists to gain an in-depth structural understanding of biochemical reactions and enzymatic networks.

Alicia has been vice-president of IMU in 2015-2018 and remains a CWM ambassador.


Professor Shafi GOLDWASSER – Computer Science
Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, professor in electrical engineering and computer sciences at University of California Berkeley, RSA professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, United States of America and professor of computer science and applied mathematics at Weizmann Institute, Israel.
Awarded for her pioneering and fundamental work in computer science and cryptography, essential for secure communication over the internet as well as for shared computation on private data. Her research has a significant impact on our understanding of large classes of problems for which computers cannot efficiently find approximate solutions.

Shafi has been invited speaker at  ICM Kyoto 1990 in the section Mathematical aspects of computer science and plenary speaker at ICM Beijing 2002.

Other awardees are

Françoise COMBES, Astrophysics, France

Catherine NGILA, Chemistry, South Africa

Kyoko NOZAKI, Chemistry, Japan.