Celebrating women in maths: past, present and future

Despite an improvement in equality over recent years, many women still face difficulties pursuing a career in mathematics. A new portrait exhibition at the University of Melbourne hopes to inspire more women to join the profession.

"Women in Mathematics Throughout Europe" is a project by photographer Noel Tovia with excerpts of interviews from thirteen women across Europe. Tovia's portraits, first displayed in 2016 in Berlin, are presented alongside interviews by Sylvie Paycha and Sara Azzali.

The exhibition opening is just one part of 'Women in Maths Day' that will also include research presentations, a panel discussion and an exploration of the famous women of mathematics. Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell will open the proceedings.

Attendees will also hear about famous female mathematicians such as Michele Vergne, Florence Nightingale and Hertha Ayrton. Their achievements and difficulties will be explored by Professor Arun Ram, Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao and Dr Anja Slim.

The research presentations of Dr Amie Albrecht (University of South Australia), Professor Inge Koch (University of Western Australia) and Professor Aurore Delaigle (University of Melbourne) will also be delivered in both the morning and afternoon.

The full-day event is open to all, and both members of the public and University staff are encouraged to register their attendance.