Women in Mathematics

Running parallel to the 6th HLF, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) presents the exhibition “Women of Mathematics throughout Europe” in Heidelberg.
The exhibition is open to the public daily from Sunday, September 23 to Thursday, September 27 in the Senatssaal of Heidelberg University, Old University, Grabengasse 1, Heidelberg, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.


About the Project

Entering the field of mathematics can be tough, and women often encounter specific obstacles. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through photographs (by Noel Tovia Matoff) and excerpts of interviews (by Sylvie Paycha and Sara Azzali) of thirteen women mathematicians throughout Europe. The website http://womeninmath.net/ provides a platform for contact, exchange and mutual assistance. This touring exhibition, whose starting point was the 7th ECM held in July 2016 in Berlin, stems from the observation that nowadays, women still find it difficult to embrace a career in the mathematical academic world and the disparity between the proportion of men and women among professional mathematicians is still shamefully large.

The thirteen women mathematicians portrayed here share their experience, thus serving as role models to encourage young women scientists to trust their own strength. In presenting mathematics through women’s perspectives and excerpts of their life stories, we hope to highlight the human aspects of producing mathematics, making this discipline more tangible and therefore more accessible to outsiders and newcomers.

Following the opening in Berlin, the exhibit has been traveling to more than sixty cities in and out of Europe, including South America, Australia and Africa. This touring format originally was envisioned as a networking opportunity and is why the project was awarded the Humboldt Alumni Award 2015. The exhibition has enabled collaborations and exchanges between mathematicians in different European countries, and stimulated dialogue between the general public and mathematicians. The present exhibition has triggered other similar projects leading to extended versions of the exhibition in various cities (Cambridge, Aachen, Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg and even on other continents, in Chile) where Portraits of Mathematicians (and computer scientists in the case of Heidelberg) will be added to the existing panels.

More details about the exhibition and the complete interviews can be found in the catalogue “Women of Mathematics throughout Europe. A gallery of portraits” from the publishing house Verlag am Fluss. This exhibition and the catalogue are the result of the joint efforts of the photographer Noel Tovia Matoff and the four mathematicians Sylvie Paycha, Sara Azzali, Alexandra Antoniouk, Magdalena Georgescu, with the precious help of Maria Hoffmann-Dartevelle, who translated into German and Sara Munday, who proofread the interviews and, last but not least, two graphic designers Wenke Neunast/eckedesign (exhibition) and Gesine Krüger (catalogue).

Text from Women of Mathematics website

For more Information to the exhibition, check out http://womeninmath.net//

Venue: Senatssaal der Universität
Alte Universität
Grabengasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Date: 23 to 27 September 2018
Opening hours: von 8:30 bis 19 Uhr
Admission: free
Organizer: Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33
69118 Heidelberg
Telefon: +49 6221 533-382



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