Get in touch with the two co-leads of the Piscopia Initiative at
Our joint email address: piscopiainitiative_at_gmail.com
Our personal addresses: mary.llewellyn_at_ed.ac.uk and tiffany.vlaar_at_ed.ac.uk
Get in touch with any of our local committee members using the email addresses provided on their committee pages.
You can join our mailing list here: https://forms.gle/r6cR5BSNFZm3MoCR6
Other interesting initiatives/organizations supporting diversity in Mathematics (and STEM) in no particular order:
Women in Mathematics Day – May 12
May 12 was the birthday of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician who was one of the world’s leading experts in geometry and dynamical systems and who was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014 for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. You can learn more about this amazing mathematician in these notices by the American Mathematical Society: https://www.ams.org/journals/notices/201810/rnoti-p1221.pdf
May 12 was also the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is not only considered the founder of modern nursing, but who was also an amazing statistician and the first female Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Last year the IMA wrote this article to celebrate the bicentenary of her birth: https://ima.org.uk/13854/florence-nightingale-200-years-since-her-birth-and-we-are-still-making-the-same-errors-with-data/
Check out all the world-wide events taking place for Women in Mathematics day, on Wednesday 12 May here: https://may12.womeninmaths.org
A description and links to events hosted by ICMS and MSRI are provided below.
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)
ICMS (https://www.icms.org.uk) often hosts interesting events and public lectures. They co-hosted (together with LMS, IMA, and the British Society for the History of Mathematics) a Black Heroes of Mathematics Meeting, for which recordings are available here: https://media.ed.ac.uk/playlist/details/1_5w0hm537
On Wednesday 12 May 2021 ICMS is hosting “Words of Women in Mathematics in the Time of Corona”, a film launch and panel discussion. The film presents words and images of women in mathematics, sharing their experiences during the pandemic. From 16.00-17.00 BST on May 12, there is a panel discussion involving women mathematicians from around the world. You find more info and register on the eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/words-of-women-in-mathematics-in-the-time-of-corona-tickets-153855675467
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)
Is hosting a Celebration of Women in Mathematics on 12 May. MSRI’s event will include a short film about women in mathematics; clips from a film about Maryam Mirzakhani; a panel discussion; breakout rooms on the subjects of Math and Racial Justice, Balancing Family and Work, Imposter Syndrome, and the Impact of COVID-19; and a virtual social tea. Info and sign-up link can be found here: https://www.msri.org/general_events/25991
The London Mathematical Society (LMS)
- Organises the annual Mary Cartwright Lecture. This years edition takes place on 24 May, has speakers: Claudia de Rham and supporting lecturer Ruth Durrer, and is hosted by ICMS. More details can be found here: https://www.lms.ac.uk/node/1679
- Organises the annual Women in Mathematics Day. The upcoming one is taking place on 16 June and is hosted by the University of Strathclyde. More info at: https://www.strath.ac.uk/science/mathematicsstatistics/womeninmathsday/
- The LMS Committee for Women and Diversity in Mathematics (https://www.lms.ac.uk/about/committees/women-mathematics-committee) organises a wide range of events. You can check out their “Success Stories” page featuring profiles of diverse mathematicians here: https://www.lms.ac.uk/careers/success-stories
Update: they are currently looking for a student to maintain and add to their Success Stories project, more info and how to apply: https://www.lms.ac.uk/careers/jobs-lms
This is a network of female African mathematicians, led by Dr Angela Tabiri. At Femafricmaths they interview female African mathematicians to highlight the different career options available when you study mathematics. More information + links to the videos can be found on their website: https://femafricmaths.github.io or check out their Twitter page: https://twitter.com/femafricmaths
LGBTQ+ STEM aims to showcase LGBTQ+ people in STEM. You can find interviews with LGBTQ+ people working in diverse areas of STEM (both in industry and academia) on their website: https://lgbtstem.wordpress.com and sign up for their mailing list. They also have an annual conference, which unfortunately already took place in January 2021, but you can find an interview with one of the keynote speakers Professor Marina Logares, who works in Algebraic Geometry, on the IMA website: https://ima.org.uk/about-us/diversity-statements/lgbtq/
- European Women in Mathematics: https://www.europeanwomeninmaths.org
- African Women in Mathematics Association: http://africanwomeninmath.org
- Association for Women in Mathematics: https://awm-math.org – 2021 is their 50th anniversary, so they’ll be hosting quite some events this year. Also check out the Women in Math Playing Cards they’re developing: https://awm-math.org/publications/playing-cards/
- Lauryn Mwale, a Mathematics students at the University of Edinburgh is publishing a book called “The Shuri Effect” about the experience of black women in STEM. It should come out this summer and looks like it will be really interesting, so keep an eye out for that one!
Are you aware of any other initiatives or events that promote diversity in STEM? Get in touch, so we can list them on our website and advertise them to our mailing list!