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Karen Uhlenbeck First Woman to Receive the Abel Prize

"For her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics" Karen Uhlenbeck (University of Texas at Austin, USA) will be awarded the Abel Prize for 2019 on May 21 in Oslo.

The Abel Prize recognizes mathematicians who have greatly influenced their field and is awarded by the King of Norway. The prize was first awarded in 2003.

A short movie on Karen Uhlenbeck

The Abel Prize Award Ceremony, with Karen Uhlenbeck's speech starting at 33:00 minutes.

Success of May 12, a Celebration for Women in Mathematics

There were more than 100 events, announced here , taking place in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA. Local events were varied : films, exhibitions, panel discussions, lectures, lunches, dinners, ...

The film Journeys of Mathematics and the exhibition Remember Maryam Mirzakhani, both created by CWM were used in several local events.

The May 12 initiative is supported by several organisations for women in mathematics worldwide (European Women in Mathematics, Association for Women in Mathematics, African Women in Mathematics Association, Indian Women and Mathematics, Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile and the Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society).


Sylvia Serfaty elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS)

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) announced its new class of more than 200 members for the year 2019, amongst them Sylvia Serfaty, a professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Sylvia Serfaty's work focusses on the calculus of variations, nonlinear partial differential equations, and mathematical physics. 

May 12, a Celebration for Women in Mathematics

May 12 was chosen for the Celebration of Women in Mathematics because it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani. The initiative was  proposed by the Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society and voted by a vast majority of attendees to (WM)², the World Meeting for Women on Mathematics on last July 31 in Rio.

Several suggestions for local activities around May 12 are listed here.Please feel free to organize one and mention it on May 12 website.

The initiative is  supported by several organisations for women in mathematics worldwide (European Women in Mathematics, Association for Women in Mathematics, African Women in Mathematics Association, Indian Women and Mathematics, Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile andthe Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society).

The initiative is welcoming  the support of more organizations, the conditions are as follows

- accepting to put the name of their organization on the website
- sending a contact name
- disseminating the initiative through their channels
- post the information of their activities around May 12 on the May 12 website.

Organizations are invited to contact the coordination group of May 12  through the website.

More information here.

OWSD PhD and Early Career Fellowships

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is still accepting applications for PhD Fellowships and Early Career Fellowships

The PhD 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 another developing country 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. The program is administered with funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world.

For more information on Early Career Fellowships, see here.

Application deadline is April 30, 2019 for Early Career Fellowships and May 30, 2019 for PhD Fellowships.

A data analysis of women’s trails among ICM speakers

A paper by Helena Mihaljević and Marie-Françoise Roy (here)

The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), inaugurated in 1897, is the greatest effort of the mathematical community to strengthen international communication and connections across all mathematical fields. Meetings of the ICM have historically hosted some of the most prominent mathematicians of their time. Receiving an invitation to present a talk at an ICM signals the high international reputation of the recipient, and is akin to entering a ‘hall of fame for mathematics’. Women mathematicians attended the ICMs from the start. With the invitation of Laura Pisati to present a lecture in 1908 in Rome and the plenary talk of Emmy Noether in 1932 in Zurich, they entered the grand international stage of their field. The second plenary lecture was given in 1990 by Karen Uhlenbeck.

The authors dive into assorted data sources to follow the footprints of women among the ICM invited speakers, analyzing their demographics and topic distributions, and providing glimpses into their diverse biographies

Gender Gap in Science Project Final Meeting (4 to 8 november 2019


The registration is now open here. Registration will be closed on August 2.

The first aim of the meeting  is to report on the methodology, tools produced and results of the project and formulate recommendations and open questions based on its results. All talks will be informed by the results of the survey, data analysis of publications, and compilation of good practices.  The second aim  is to present the tools  of our project in an interactice way and make it possible for attendees to learn ow to use them and  answer their own questions.

The program of the meeting will include computer activities and discussions in little groups.

There will be a selection process due to budget limitation and the wish to ensure a geographical and thematical balance. More here.


OWSD Early Career Fellowship Open for Applications (Deadline: April 30, 2019)

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is now accepting applications for Early Career Fellowships. The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs). The OWSD Early Career fellows will be supported to establish an environment at their institution where they can maintain an international standard of research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate. For more information, see here.

Application deadline is April 30, 2019.