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2007 meeting of European Women in Mathematics

The 13th general meeting of European Women in Mathematics, held in Cambridge in 2007

Women in Mathematics

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Welcome to the webpages for all female Mathematicians studying or working in Cambridge. Whether you’re inspired by pure or applied maths, theoretical physics, or statistics, you will find here other women who share your interests.

The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge Sciences is a supporter of the Good Practice Scheme co-ordinated by the London Mathematical Society, and holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are keen to attract the best talent from all backgrounds and genders, and therefore strongly encourage women to apply to join us, whether as students or staff.

Professor Anne Davis, Professor of Mathematical Physics and chair of the Faculty Athena SWAN committee,  is pictured right, holding the Faculty Athena SWAN award, with the Heads of Department in 2014, Professor Peter Haynes and Professor Gabriel Paternain.



Athena SWAN Bronze Award LMS Good Practice Scheme logo
January 2018
  • Carola–Bibiane Schönlieb has been announced as the 2018 LMS Mary Cartwright Lecturer. This year’s Mary Cartwright Lecture will take place on Friday 2 March, and Carola will be talking on ‘Model-based learning in imaging’
  • Amalia Thomas' and Nathalie Vriend’s Public Engagement with Research case study on ‘Interactive Experiment Exhibition and Photoelastic Toys’ is now available on the Public Engagement website
  • The Royal Astronomical Society has announced that Helen Mason has been awarded the 2018 RAS Annie Maunder Medal for Outreach. The RAS citation for this medal can be read here

    November 2017
    • Carola–Bibiane Schönlieb has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Mathematics and Statistics
    • Holly Krieger, while recently visiting The John Adams Institute, was interviewed by Ellen de Bruin of NRC Handelsblad about her way of teaching mathematics. This interview is now available to read (in Dutch) and includes video clips in English.
    • Check out Dr Holly Krieger’s new Numberphile video, Fibonacci Numbers hidden in the Mandelbrot Set!
    • Ems Lord, NRICH Programme Director, has been elected President of the Mathematical Association for 2019/2020. The Mathematical Association is the oldest established teachers' subject association in the UK.
    • Megan Davies-Wykes has won the first UK Fluids Network photo competition. Her photo ‘(Accidental) double diffusive instability’ can be viewed on the UK Fluids Network webpage.
    • The winners have been announced for the Faculty of Mathematics photography competition. Johannes Hjorth, Joana Grah and Veronica Corona won in both the categories 'Life at CMS' and 'Maths at Cambridge', while the category of 'Mobile Maths' was won by Julia Goedecke.
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Athena Swan Bronze Award


The Faculty received a Bronze Athena SWAN Department Award in April 2014 and is currently implementing a wide-ranging Action Plan to ensure equal opportunities for advancing women's careers in mathematics. The aim of this process is to implement good practice that benefits all, men and women, equally. This award is recognition that the Faculty as a whole has a solid foundation of policies and practices to eliminate gender bias and an inclusive culture that values female staff.

Dr Orsola Rath Spivack is the Athena SWAN Coordinator and is working with the Faculty Athena SWAN panel on the implementation of our action plan.


Women's Advisers

The Faculty has three Women's Advisers - academics who are available to help female students and academic staff with any issues they may have.


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