PiWORKS Seminar

Our monthly seminar series features women and 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

  1. Showcase the work of female and non-binary mathematics researchers.
  2. Provide a taste of different areas of mathematics research to undergraduate and MSc students.
  3. 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.

Upcoming Speaker

28 September 2021, 1-2pm, Dr Sophie Huczynska, Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews.
Sign up here: https://piworks_september2021.eventbrite.com

Title of talk by Dr Huczynska: Combinatorics in Information Security
Abstract: Various situations in information security, involving the safe and private transmission of data, may be expressed as problems in combinatorics.  Some classical combinatorial structures such as designs, difference sets and difference families, and generalisations of these in various groups and fields, can be applied to solve these problems.  Furthermore, the needs of information security can lead to the development of new mathematical objects, designed to possess the necessary properties for applications.  In this talk, I will explore the interplay between combinatorics and problems in information security, with particular reference to recent results by myself and my collaborators on external difference families and AMD codes.

Past Speakers

In our last talk of the academic year 2020-2021 Dr Olga Maleva, Reader in Pure Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, gave a talk on “Lipschitz functions: from Newton’s apple to fractals“.

Dr Heather Battey, lecturer in Statistics at Imperial College London, spoke in May 2021 about statistical theory and its role in scientific inference.

Our PiWORKS speaker for April 2021 was Dr Angela Tabiri, who obtained her PhD at the University of Glasgow and is currently an AIMS-Google AI postdoctoral fellow at AIMS Ghana. She is also lead of Femafricmaths, which is a wonderful initiative about which you can find out more here: https://femafricmaths.github.io or by following their Twitter account: https://twitter.com/femafricmaths
Dr Tabiri spoke about her journey from Accra, to Glasgow and back to Accra and how the skills she acquired during her PhD studies in Glasgow became useful in her current role as a postdoc at AIMS Ghana.

In March 2021 Dr Laura Ciobanu from Heriot-Watt University spoke about her research in algebra and combinatorics and her academic journey.

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.