African Women in Mathematics Conferences & Seminars

Women in Mathematical Communities

Though I see nothing but vague and cloudy uncertainty in the foreground of our being, yet I fancy I discern a very bright light a good way further on and this makes me care much less about the cloudiness and indistinctness which is near.
Ada Lovelace

AWiM Virtual Seminar 2022

Leading up to a celebration of the international day of mathematics on 12 May 2022.

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Angela Tabiri

Cerene Rathilal

Maria Vlasiou

Oghenetega Ighedo

In each of the talks the speaker will also share insights from their mathematical journey.

AWiM Symposium 12 May 2021

In celebration of the international day of mathematics.

Featuring snapshot plenary talks (15 minutes each), panel discussions relating to being a productive woman mathematician during the pandemic, and screening a movie about the life of Miryam Mirzakhani - the first woman to win a Fields Medal.

Please register here.

AWiM Symposium 2021

AWiM Virtual Seminars 2020

The AWiM Seminars are open to all nationalities and genders. Our aim is to showcase African women mathematicians as well as feature international speakers of interest. They provide a forum for women mathematicians across Africa to meet regularly, to be inspired, and to meet mathematicians from across the world.

Seventh Seminar 19 October 2020

Sarah Nakato is a promising young Ugandan mathematician working in commutative algebra. She completed her PhD in 2020 at Graz University of Technology in Austria and now has a Postdoctoral position there. Additionally, she gives back to the mathematics community by running Facebook groups for mathematics job announcements and stipends.

In this talk she gives an overview of her research on factorization theory in rings of integer-valued polynomials.

Sarah Nakato

Sixth Seminar 12 October 2020

Professor Nalini Joshi, born in Myanmar, was the first woman to become a professor of mathematics at the University of Sydney, Australia. She develops mathematical methods to study solutions of integrable systems, which arise as universal models in physics. Professor Joshi was elected Vice-President of the International Mathematical Union in 2018. She is also a founder of Science in Australia Gender Equity, a program working to retain women in STEM.

Dr Karin-Therese Howell will conduct an interview with Professor Joshi about her career as a woman mathematician, as well as the initiatives that she has been involved in to encourage women mathematicians.

Nalini Joshi

Fifth Seminar 5 October 2020

Federico Ardila is a Colombian combinatorialist. He received his Ph.D. from MIT, and is a professor at San Francisco State University. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and a recipient of the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Federico leads various initiatives in the US and Colombia to help build an increasingly diverse, equitable, and human mathematical community. He has advised 50 thesis students, half of whom are women. Federico is also a DJ and percussionist, celebrating the musical dialogue between Latin America and Africa. He is very excited to initiate a mathematical dialogue as well. His talk will be about Geometry, Robots, and Society.

Federico Ardila

Fourth Seminar 21 September 2020

Marni Mishna is a professor of mathematics at Simon Fraser University near Vancouver, Canada. She is also currently the deputy director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. She did her degrees at the University of Waterloo, Simon Fraser, and the University of Quebec in Montreal. Her book, Analytic Combinatorics: A Multidimensional Approach was published last year. Aside from her technical pursuits, she is interested the role of art and design in mathematical communication, and the question of how to diversify the collection of voices and narratives in pure mathematics. She will speak about Analytic Combinatorics.

Marni Mishna

Third Seminar 14 September 2020

Carolina Araujo is a Brazilian mathematician working in the field of complex algebraic geometry. She obtained her Ph.D in mathematics from Princeton University in 2004, and has been a researcher at IMPA (Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) since 2006. She has been appointed Simons Associate at ICTP from 2015 to 2020, and was an invited speaker at the ICM 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. She is vice-chair of the Committee for Women in Mathematics of the International Mathematical Union, and coordinated the organization of the first World Meeting for Women in Mathematics - (WM)² - in 2018. She will speak about Algebraic Geometry.

Carolina Araujo

Second Seminar 25 August 2020

Aissa Wade, a professor from Penn State University in the USA, will speak to us about manifolds. Professor Wade is the first female Presdent of the Centre for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)-NEI and AIMS Senegal. She has had visiting positions in Africa, America and Europe.

Aissa Wade

First Seminar 10 August 2020

We are very excited to open our seminar series by hosting Eugenia Cheng. She is an accomplished mathematician, pianist and writer and will be sharing key points from her new book about gender, A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender.

Eugenia Cheng

AWiM Conference 2020

It is with great regret that we must inform you that the AWiM 2020 conference scheduled for March 25-27, 2020 is hereby postponed until 2021. This follows an announcement from the Rector of Stellenbosch University that all conferences to be held on SU campuses must be cancelled until further notice as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please invite all the women mathematicians you know!

The three-day conference aimed at African female mathematicians (both pure and applied) will be focused around the theme of Women in Mathematical Communities.

Activities will include:

Plenary speakers:

An accredited short course in Matroid Theory

The course will be presented by Prof Nancy Neudauer (Pacific State University, USA) with a focus on how to apply matroid theory in your research. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate.

As a bonus, the SANUM conference follows immediately after AWiM 2020.

Why not consider attending both? For more information please download the poster or click here.


Registration fee: R 2000 per person Please note that there is a discount for delegates who attend both AWiM 2020 and SANUM 2020. The conference is limited to 70 participants. To register click here.

Important Dates:

28 February 2020 - Registration, abstract submission closes.


Here is a template for your abstract:

Please send you abstract in TeX format to Riana Roux

Local Organising Committee:

R Benjamin R Heymann KT Howell S Marques L Wessels R Roux H Ranaivonamanana SJ Selkirk
Dr Ronalda Benjamin Dr Retha Heymann Prof Karin-Therese Howell Dr Sophie Marques Dr Lesley Wessels Dr Riana Roux Ms Hosana Ranaivonamanana Ms Sarah Jane Selkirk

Location and accommodation:

The conference will take place at the Mathematics Division of Stellenbosch University.

Maths Division Map

For some accommodation ideas please contact:

Nickey Cronje


Jenna Moses
Manager: Visitor Services
Stellenbosch 360
Tel: + 27 (0)21 883 3584
Cell: +27 (0)73 226 9095

There are also several options available on Air BnB.

For any further enquiries, please email