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Women in Mathematics Exhibition

Women of Mathematics - Cambridge exhibition opening (Tue, 25 Apr 2017 at 15:30)

Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences, the Isaac Newton Institute and the Betty and Gordon Moore library are proud to take part in the 'Women of Mathematics throughout Europe' portrait exhibition. We launch the exhibition with an afternoon event, featuring talks from prominent Mathematicians at Cambridge University, along with a panel discussion on 'Issues affecting women in mathematics'. The event will be followed by a drinks reception, and a chance to network whilst viewing the exhibition. The event is open to all.

15:30 - 16:15 - Registration & coffee (CMS Core)
16:15 - 16:30 - Opening (MR2)
16:30 - 17:30 - Mathematical talks, Prof Anne Davis, Dr Holly Krieger, and Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb (MR2)
17:30 - 18:00 - Panel discussion (MR2)
18:00 - 19:00 - Drinks reception (CMS Core) and poster viewing (CMS Core and Isaac Newton Institute)

The 'Women in Mathematics throughout Europe' exhibition is supplemented with portraits and interviews featuring local female mathematicians from Cambridge University Centre for Mathematical Sciences. The full complement of portraits will be on display in the Isaac Newton Institute and in the Core of the mathematics building from Tuesday 25th April. Following this they will then be on display at the Betty and Gordon Moore library.

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About the Project

Entering the field of mathematics can be tough, and women often encounter specific obstacles. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through photographs (by Noel Tovia Matoff) and excerpts of interviews (by Sylvie Paycha and Sara Azzali) of thirteen women mathematicians throughout Europe. This website provides a platform for contact, exchange and mutual assistance.

This touring exhibition, whose starting point is the 7th ECM held in July 2016 in Berlin, stems from the observation that nowadays, women still find it difficult to embrace a career in the mathematical academic world and the disparity between the proportion of men and that of women among professional mathematicians is still shamefully large.

The thirteen women mathematicians portrayed here share with us their experience, thus serving as role models to stimulate young women scientists to trust their own strength. In presenting mathematics through women mathematicians’ perspectives and samples of their life stories, we hope to highlight the human aspects of producing mathematics, making this discipline more tangible and therefore more accessible to outsiders or newcomers.

Following the opening in Berlin, the exhibit will travel to several other cities in Europe. This touring format is envisaged as a networking opportunity, reinforcing collaborations and exchanges between mathematicians in different European countries, and stimulating dialogue around the themes of the exhibition between the general public and mathematicians.

Bringing this exhibition project to life turned out to be much more difficult than expected, for a project centered around women issues does not find much support in a mathematical world still very much dominated by men. We have learned a lot from overcoming the many obstacles on the path to its realization.

Read the UK interviews

University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons