Celebrating Women in Mathematics at the University of Reading

6th May 2020, 11.30-13.15 hours : Online meeting – An event to celebrate Women in Mathematics as part of the International Celebration of Women in Mathematics. This online event will be hosted by Professor Jennifer Scott, Professor of Mathematics, University of Reading and Director at Reading of the Mathematics of Planet Earth CDT.  Please register by 5 May, in order to join this zoom meeting. Information on how to do this are given at https://www.icms.org.uk/V_WOMENINMATHS.php.


We would like to invite you to join us for an informal event on 6 May that is part of the 2020 International Celebration of Women in Mathematics (ICMS) https://may12.womeninmaths.org/.  This is a great chance to hear from women with a mathematical background who are at different stages of their careers. The talks will NOT be detailed technical talks but will, we hope, inspire you through hearing about different women’s journeys in mathematics.

We are delighted that the speakers include Katharine Stevens, Assistant Vice President of Air Worldwide  https://www.air-worldwide.com/ in addition to senior and more junior researchers who are at (or have a strong link with) the University of Reading. We also have an Equality and Diversity talk from Professor Simon Chandler-Wilde.

All are very welcome to attend (and it is definitely not restricted to the University of Reading).   Please forward this invitation to your colleagues, students (undergrads are most welcome), postdocs, friends, etc and encourage them to attend.

To register:

The event is being run using zoom with the assistance of the ICMS.  To attend, you will need to register by 5 May. Details of how to do this are given at https://www.icms.org.uk/V_WOMENINMATHS.php.  Those who register will be sent the zoom joining details on the morning of 6 May.


Chair: Jennifer Scott, Professor of Mathematics, University of Reading and Director at Reading of the Mathematics of Planet Earth CDT

11.30:              Welcome and introduction by Jennifer Scott


11.35:              “Finding my way from University into the, somewhat niche, catastrophe modelling industry”, Katharine Stevens, Assistant Vice President, Client and Consulting Group, AIR Worldwide

11.55:              “My Journey in Statistics: Random Walks and Significant Events”, Sue Todd, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Reading

12.05:              “Stormy Maths”, Suzanne Gray, Professor of Meteorology, University of Reading

12.15:              “Working towards gender equality at the University of Reading”, Simon Chandler-Wilde, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Former Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Reading

12.30:              “How I stopped being afraid of Maths and learned a new language”, Agnieszka Faulkner, Department of Meteorology PhD Student, University of Reading

12.35:              “Maths: the secret behind Data Science and AI”, Huizhi Liang, Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Reading

12.45:              “Maths, maps and me”, Tasmin Symons, Maths of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training Graduate, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford Big Data Institute

12.55:              “Discovering new worlds while at my desk”, Ieva Dauzickaite, Maths of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training PhD Student, University of Reading

13.00:              Closing summary and online networking, Jennifer Scott

13.15:              Meeting closes