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12 May 2020: Celebrating Women in Mathematics

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.

To watch the film during the Covid 19 crisis, you can apply for a free individual or collective screening only once, in the period 1 April – 15 May 2020, taking advantage of the special agreement between Zalafilms and May12 Initiative.

Journeys of Women in Mathematics

The short film Journeys of Women in Math has been created by the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics, filmed and edited by Micro-Documentaries, and all made possible by a grant from the Simons Foundation. You can watch the movie for free and in YouTube.

Gender Gap in Science Project

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.

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