Women and Non-Binary People in Mathematics: Opportunities for the Future 2019

5 November 2019, 4.00 PM - 6 November 2019, 5.00 PM

School of Mathematics, The Fry Building

Join us for our annual Women and Non-Binary People in Mathematics event, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th November 2019 - open to female and non-binary students in the UK and Ireland. 

 A PhD in mathematics can offer you independence, challenging problems and an inspiring job, as well as the chance to travel and the opportunity to make a difference. 

This two-day event is aimed at encouraging women and non-binary people to consider continuing their studies to PhD level.  

The event features talks from mathematicians working both in universities and industry, giving insight into their current roles and their careers to date. Even more importantly, there is ample time to talk in small groups to the other participants who are facing the same decisions, and to current PhD students who have recently faced the same questions. It will be an opportunity to discuss your motivations as well as your concerns, and specifically to identify and seek to address any concerns related to gender identity. 

The Wednesday afternoon session is open to all students and will more broadly address the nature of PhD research, the work environment, the application process, and career options. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns around PhD study. 

How to apply 

To register your interest in attending please complete the following application form.

Please note that there are a limited number of places, so early registration is encouraged. 

Applications will be reviewed periodically up until the deadline date of Friday 18th October. Prioritisation will be given to final year students and those who have already completed their undergraduate degree.

A small amount of financial support is available to cover attendees travel expenses, however this is offered on a first come first served basis. We encourage attendees to contact home departments in the first instance to see whether they can provide financial support. 

Please note that the Wednesday afternoon session is open to all students. If you would like to attend this session, please register here.


From 4pm on Tuesday 5th November – 12pm on Wednesday 6th November:  To support women and non-binary undergraduates and masters students across the UK into further study in mathematics. 

From 12pm – 5pm on Wednesday 6th November:  To support all undergraduate and masters students.  

Tuesday 5 November - supporting women and non-binary students in maths: 

4:00pm Welcome and registration    

from    4pm Networking in groups/meeting graduate students 

5:00pm Keynote speaker: Delaram Kahrobaei, University of York

7:00pm Dinner and networking           

 Wednesday 6 November - supporting women and non-binary students in maths: 

10:00am Question and answer session 

10:30am Short talk by current graduate student 

10:45am  Tea and Coffee 

11:00am   Small groups: what is PhD-level maths like? 

Wednesday 6 November - open to all undergraduate and masters students: 

12:00pm Lunch 

12:45pm Panel with graduate students discussing their experiences and how they came to do a PhD 

 1:45pm Short talk by current graduate student 

2:00pm Information from the Post Graduate team 

2:45 pm Tea and Coffee  

Three practitioners of mathematics to speak about what they do and how they got there: 

3:00pm Industry speaker: Katie Russell, OVO Energy

3:30pm Academic speaker: Dr Lynne Walling, Reader in Pure Mathematics, University of Bristol

4:00pm Industry speaker: Jo

4:30pm Informal discusssions

5:00pm Finish  

*Programme may be subject to change 

Organising Commitee

Eleanor Machin, Olly Johnson, Emma Bailey, Louisa Bartoszewicz, Haeran Cho, Jos Gunns, Emilia Alvarez, Jess Jay, Viveka Erlandsson, Charley Cummings, Ayalvadi Ganesh, Ayesha Hussain, Rachel Bennett and Fatemeh Mohammadi.

Contact information

For practical information please email maths-conference-administrator@bristol.ac.uk

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