Women into Maths PhDs!

Upcoming Events

Don’t worry, we have moved online and we are still here for you to answer any questions you may have!

… and we are very keen to hear them. This can take any shape or form: email us, get in touch via our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pages, use our anonymous Gradcafe forum. You can also arrange an one-on-one remote Skype (or Google Hangout) meeting by emailing us (see below for our addresses). We know from our past events and our own experiences how important hearing from others is when considering your next steps, and we still want to give you a platform to do so, so please get in touch!

07/09/2020 – 11/09/2020: Online Conference

For previous events see our blog!


  • January 2020 – July 2020: University Visits (campus and online)

    We visit Scottish Universities and hold online events to encourage female maths students (third and fourth year undergrads, MSc) to consider a PhD application to continue their academic career.

  • 7th – 11th of September 2020: Conference (online)

    A conference to facilitate a network among female maths students in Scotland and the rest of the UK and to support them in their application process through an “Application Boot Camp”.

  • November 2020: Applications

    The participants receive support from the team and the members of the Piscopia network to submit competitive PhD applications.

  • September – October 2021: New Cohorts

    New Maths PhD Cohorts in Scotland and the rest of the UK have higher number of female students.

  • Further: Gender-Split Legacy & Continuation of the Piscopia Society


In 2019, we committed to develop an outreach scheme to encourage female* participation in postgraduate research programmes in the mathematical sciences across universities in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Through awareness schemes, information events, and application support and mentoring, we aim to empower capable women in the early stages of their mathematical careers to believe in academia as a viable option, and bring their aspirations to fruition.  Partnerships with universities and the Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre will provide the connections necessary to implement and expand the scheme. Success is measurable by monitoring the number of successful applications to postgraduate research schemes for the 2021 cohorts, attainment of the expansion of the scheme to at least 4 Scottish universities and the implementation of a gender-split improvement legacy.
*Our initiative is open to anyone identifying as female or non-binary.

Why “Piscopia” Initiative?

Elena Cornaro Piscopia is the first women ever to be awarded a PhD.


Mary Llewellyn
(current co-lead)

Second Year PhD in Mathematics
University of Edinburgh

Tiffany Vlaar
(current co-lead)

Fourth Year PhD in Mathematics
University of Edinburgh &
Heriot Watt University
tiffany.vlaar _at_ ed.ac.uk

Isabella Deutsch

Second Year PhD in Mathematics
University of Edinburgh

Only about 6% of professors in mathematics in the UK are female.

LMS Report 2013

This is opposed to about 30% of female students in PGR maths programs and 40% in maths undergrads. We want to encourage female students to consider an academic career.

We thank our partners

The Clinton Global Initiative

Get In Touch



tiffany.vlaar _at_ ed.ac.uk

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Arrange a meeting at the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh with us.