Women of Mathematics throughout Europe



A gallery of portraits

The exhibition "Women of Mathematics throughout Europe" is based on an idea by Prof. Dr. Sylvie Paycha, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Potsdam. It was on display during the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) from September 23 to 27, 2018 in the Senate Hall of the Old University of Heidelberg. "Women of Mathematics" will also be shown at regular intervals at the MAINS and is expected to return in the fall of 2021.

Entering the field of mathematics can be difficult, and women often face specific obstacles. Even today, it’s challeging to make a career in the world of mathematical science, and the proportion of male and female professional mathematicians remains substantial.

Prompted by this underrepresentation of women, Prof. Dr. Sylvie Paycha launched the project "Women of Mathematics" and together with Sara Azzali, she interviewed 13 female mathematicians from all over Europe. In the interviews, the female scientists provided insight into "their" world of mathematics, their journeys through life, and shared their prospects for the future. As role models for young female scientists, they provide encouragement for others to make their own path.

The exhibition is composed of panels with portraits of the women taken by the Berlin photographer Noel Matoff. Biographical data, a short list of research topics, some excerpts from the interviews, and the "favorite formula" supplement the portraits.

"Women of Mathematics throughout Europe", September 23–27, 2018, Old University of Heidelberg (Senate Hall) and also at regular intervals in the MAINS, initiated by Prof. Dr. Sylvie Paycha.