Work of women mathematicians at the University to be celebrated

The rise in female actuaries, soap films, Brexit voting patterns and stick man drawings are the very diverse subjects under scrutiny in a series of talks by women mathematicians at our University.

As part of International Women’s Day the Department of Mathematics has organised the talks to celebrate the wide range of mathematical work done by women at the University.

  • In ‘Soap films, quaternions and geometry’ Dr Leschke will explore the link between physical objects and mathematical tools to get a glimpse of modern questions and results in surface theory.
  • Dr Aihua Zhang will present an ‘Analysis on Brexit voting pattern’ and consider the connection between voting patterns and access to higher education.
  • Mrs Leena Sodha will be discussing the increase in female actuaries and the wide range of work that they are involved in.
  • Dr Sibylle Schroll will illustrate one aspect of her research by showing how simple drawings such as stick man pictures, encode many different and complicated mathematical structures.

'Women in Mathematics' takes place from 3pm to 5pm on Wednesday 8 March in the Belvoir Park Lounge in the Charles Wilson Building at the University of Leicester. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The talks are being held in conjunction with an exhibition ‘Women of Mathematics Throughout Europe: A Gallery of Portraits’ also being organised by the Department of Mathematics.

This exhibition will showcase portraits offering an unusual insight into mathematics and will be on show from Wednesday 8 March to Wednesday 15 March in the David Wilson Library Reading Room. A launch event lunch will take place between 12pm to 1pm in the Library Reading Room.