Virtual Events for ’International Women in Maths Day’

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The "International Women in Maths Day" on 12 May is a great opportunity to celebrate women in mathematics and make their achievements more visible. At Mathematics Münster, we are celebrating digitally with several virtual events in the days leading up to 12 May: scientific talks, social events, workshops for young female researchers and more.

On this webpage, we will also feature various female mathematical researchers in order to gain interesting and inspiring insights into the work of female professors, postdocs and PhD students.



Annalisa Massaccesi (Università Degli Studi Di Padova): Multi-material transport problems

Thursday, 6 May 2021, 4:30 pm, via Zoom
Virtual tea time starts at 4:15 pm.

Abstract: In this seminar I will review the theory of flat G-chains, as they were introduced by H. W. Fleming in 1966, and currents with coefficients in groups. More




The Ada Lovelace Seminar is a celebration of the PhD researchers who have won one of the competitive Ada Lovelace Fellowships. The seminar will consist of short presentations by the fellows on their research interests as well as welcoming remarks from Caterina Zeppieri.

Friday, 7 May 2021, 3 - 4:30 pm, via Zoom


The seminar is organised by the MMGS and the Women in Maths committee. The invitation and Zoom details will be sent by e-mail.





The biographical documentary Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem tells the story of an important American mathematician. Julia Robinson, a pioneer among American women in mathematics, rose to prominence in a field where often she was the only woman. Her work, and the exciting story of the path that led to the solution of Hilbert’s tenth problem in 1970, produced an unusual friendship between Russian and American colleagues at the height of the cold war.

How to watch it:
A link for individual screening will be published here between 7 May and 14 May 2021 . During this period, you can watch the film free of charge at any time.

In normal times, after a cinema evening we would talk about the film over a drink. Despite the pandemic, we would like to create the opportunity to do this digitally: We will meet on 11 May 2021 from 9 pm in a virtual room to exchange thoughts in a relaxed atmosphere. The access data will be published here.





Thanks to the official May12 initiative we can offer a free screening of the new film Picture a Scientist. The documentary chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

How to watch it: everybody who is interested must register on the May12 webpage by 6 May 2021 . You will receive a personal link for a free streaming. The link is valid from 12 to 14 May 2021 .





At "MM Connect", Anna Siffert will provide insights into her path to professorship.

Afterwards, Urs Hartl, Equal Opportunities representative of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, will describe why equality and the advancement of women are still important topics in mathematics.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 1:15 - 2:15 pm, via Zoom






Students and researchers at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science are cordially invited to meet via the online platform discord for a Game Night featuring various games, such as Codenames, Montagsmaler (Drawing Game), Stille Post (Telephone Game), Kartenspiele (Card Games), Taboo und Dominion.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, from 8 pm to ?

The link will be sent by e-mail to all Faculty members and can also be found in the internal section of the Cluster website ("Members only").





Modern Leadership is Female! 21st Century-Leadership for Post-Doctoral Women in Mathematics & the Natural Sciences

Wednesday, 26 May 2021, 9 am - 5 pm
For female Junior Scientists, PhDs, Postdocs, Junior Professors in "DFG Verbundprojekten" (Trainer: Dr. Imke Lode)

Invitation and registration by e-mail.




"’The little behind-the-scenes power games in the sciences"(in German)

Friday, 11 June 2021, 9am - 5 pm

Only for women - doctoral and postdoctoral researchers (Trainer: Doris Cornils)

The workshop will be held in German. Invitation and registration by e-mail.

There will be an impulse talk on micopolitics from 9-9:45am open to all members!




Meet Mathematics Münster’s female professors! Through short texts and interviews, you will learn more about their research, their careers and which aspects of being a mathematician they find particularly beautiful.



About the International Women in Maths Day

The day is a great opportunity for the mathematical community around the world to celebrate women in mathematics and make their achievements more visible. The aim is to inspire people and promote an open, welcoming and inclusive working environment for all.

May 12th is the date of birth of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and so far only female winner of the Fields Medal. She died from cancer in 2017 at the early age of 40. Her beautiful and astonishing results and her life and career are an inspiration for everyone, women and men, to pursue their dreams in science. Her birthday was chosen to celebrate Women in Mathematics in her memory.

"12 May" group 2021 at University of Münster: Kristin Courtney, Imke Franzmeier, Urs Hartl, Victoria Liesche and Farmer Schlutzenberg.


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