The May12 initiative is an opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The initiative is supported by several organisations for women in mathematics. The day is chosen because it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician at Stanford University, expert in geometry and dynamical systems and Fields Medal awardee. She died from cancer in 2017 with 40 years old. A the ICMAB we want to join this celebration that aims to inspires women and men to pursue their dreams in science and mathematics.
May 12, 2020
The goal of the day is to inspire women everywhere to celebrate their achievements in mathematics, and to encourage an open, welcoming and inclusive work environment for everybody.
This year, because of the Covid-19 crisis, the events and activities are virtual, but worldwide! The website may12.womeninmaths.org coordinates the activities and proposes some activities that we would like to share with you.
Secrets of the Surface, the Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani
We recommend you to watch the film Secrets of the surface, the Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani, which is a film of George Csicsery. Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, the film examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani.
Secrets of the Surface introduces Maryam Mirzakhani to a wider public, telling the story of her life as recounted by friends and colleagues, looking at her mathematical work through the words of collaborators, and gauging her impact on future generations. You can read more about the film synopsis here.
The project A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It? completed its three years term and the Gender Gap in Science Book is now online. An 8 pages summary in English, French, Spanish and Chinese and presentation slides is also available online.
Inspiraciencia, the short stories contest of CSIC, which brings together science and literature, is back once again. The stories can be submitted from 9 April until 13 June in Spanish, Catalan, Galician or Basque.
Do you know who is known as the "Queen of carbon", or who was the first woman to receive a salary as a scientist? Do you know since when we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, or when did the CSIC launch the "Women and Science Committee"?
The radio programme "Les dones i els dies" in Catalunya Radio, led by Montse Virgili, talked about the Matilda Effect with three scientists: Maria José Yzuel (UAB), Sònia Estradé (UB) and Arancha González (ICMAB).