EMS Handbook: Standing Committees

2.3.11 Women in Mathematics

The remit of Women in Mathematics (WIM) committee is to address issues relating to the involvement, retention and progression of women in mathematics. It also actively supports and promotes the recognition of the achievements of women mathematicians. The WiM Committee discusses and supports appropriate initiatives to this end coming from either groups or individuals. The committee acts as the coordinating body for the committees for women in mathematics of EMS member societies, and it cooperates with other associations for women in mathematics at national, European and international level.

The committee members are frequently interacting via e-mail, web conferences and direct contacts. They discuss together actions and projects, eventually in agreement with the European Women in Mathematics association. Support from the EMS/EWM Scientific Panel is possibly given for the selection of candidates for prizes, invited talks, etc. The decisions of the Committee are taken upon the majority of the votes.

The chair of the committee writes periodic updates about the activities of the committee for the editor of EMS-Digest.

Invitation of the new chair of the EMS/EWM Scientific Panel

The EMS/EWM Scientific Panel (EESP) is an independent self-standing panel of twelve prominent women mathematicians, chosen on the basis of scientific excellence and judgment, and based in, or having strong ties with, Europe. It is independent of, but works in collaboration with:

  • the European Mathematical Society (EMS), especially with the Women in Mathematics Committee of the EMS (EMS WiM);
  • the association European Women in Mathematics (EWM).

Its purpose is to provide advice when requested on scientific topics and speakers for events aimed at highlighting women’s contributions to mathematics, in particular those organized separately or jointly by EWM and the EMS. It may also be consulted about women speakers for other mathematical meetings or scientific activities, and other similar matters such as nominations for prizes or membership of editorial boards, although these are secondary roles. The panel works mainly reactively, when consulted about specific issues by one of the above bodies. The panel is not involved in any activity other than giving scientific advice.