Call for more women in mathematics

An industry initiative to attract more women to mathematics at lecturer level has been announced

After receiving an Innovative and Collaborative Grant from the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC), LMS and INI have set up a two-day Women in Mathematics event on 15-16 April featuring a range of female role models and workshops on topics such as work-life balance.  The demand for places has surprised the organisers.

The event is part of the INI’s ambitious Gender Balance Action Plan, which focuses on ways in which the Institute can support gender balance throughout the discipline.

Ben Mestel, Deputy Director of the INI said: “We want to encourage more women to come to the Institute and to participate in our research programmes, which attract first class mathematicians from around the world.  We hope that the women that attend the Women in Mathematics Meeting will feel welcome and come back to other events both here and at the LMS.   Our wide-ranging programme offers career support in a variety of areas.’

Gwyneth Stallard, Chair of the LMS Women in Mathematics Committee said: “Although 40% of mathematics undergraduates are women, only 4% of mathematics professors are women. We were delighted to receive the grant from the UKRC which has enabled us to organise an event that should inspire talented women mathematicians at an early stage of their careers and also provide a number of practical ways in which they can take greater charge of their own careers and so achieve their true potential.”

Rachel Tobbell, Services for Women Manager at the UKRC said: “It has been wonderful to see the grant put to such good use and to see women responding so positively.”

For further information about the grants scheme email info@ukrc4setwomen.org

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