We are launching a monthly seminar series featuring female & non-binary mathematics researchers from UK universities working in diverse research areas. The aim of PiWORKS (Piscopia Initiative – Women and Other Researchers Keynote Series) is threefold; we want to
- Showcase the work of female and non-binary mathematics researchers.
- Provide a taste of different areas of mathematics research to undergraduate and MSc students.
- Build an UK-wide community of female and non-binary researchers and mathematics students.
The target audience for the talks are final year undergraduate and MSc students, but PhD students or academic staff are very welcome to attend.
Title of the talk by Dr. Ciobanu: A career in mathematics: where, how, why?
Abstract: The talk will be a story about my research in algebra and combinatorics, my travel around the world to get to where I am, and my experience in academia as a woman. I will also address questions that students may have about how to apply for or choose a PhD programme, what it means to do a PhD in mathematics, and what choices one needs to make along the way.
Tuesday, 27 April, Dr Angela Tabiri (AIMS-Google AI postdoctoral fellow at AIMS Ghana, Lead of Femafricmaths, obtained her PhD at the University of Glasgow)
In February 2021 Dr Martine Barons, director of the Applied Statistics and Risk Unit in the Statistics department of the University of Warwick, gave a talk on “Probability models for food security”.
Our PiWORKS speaker for January 2021 was Professor Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, head of the Cambridge Image Analysis group at the University of Cambridge on “From differential equations to deep learning for image processing”.
In November 2020 we enjoyed a wonderful talk by Professor Karen Page, a Professor of Mathematical Biology at UCL, on “Mathematics applied to Embryo Development”.
Our PiWORKS speaker for October, was Professor Maggie Chen from Cardiff University on Financial Mathematics and the journey that led her to where she is today. This event was jointly hosted with Cardiff’s Women In Math Society (find them on twitter @WiMCardiff) and was chaired by their lead, PhD student Tasarla Deadman, who has also founded the Cardiff node of the Piscopia Society.