Women in Mathematics Day 2018

Wednesday 29th August 2018 9AM - 4:30PM

ICON Theatre, O’Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin

The Women in Mathematics Day Ireland (WIMDI) has become an annual conference since its inauguration in 2010. The conference is a multi-faceted event that includes plenary talks, academic and industrial research talks, poster sessions for participants, panel sessions on gender equity, and thematic events.


The aim of the conference is to advance gender equity in the mathematical sciences in Ireland, while also being a forum to encourage, support, and inspire women at all stages of their education and careers. Talks and poster presentations will be given by women and men from both academia and industry.


Invitation to attend the Women in Mathematics Day in Ireland 2018 is extended to all who might be interested in finding out more about mathematics. From the general public to industry, from post-primary students to undergraduates, from PhD students to professors, registration is free and open to all.

Note. Potential attendees to WIMDI18 may also be interested in Irish Mathematical Society 2018 Meeting which takes place on August 30th-31st. 



Celebration of Sheila Tinney :


A centrepiece of this year’s event is the celebration and acknowledgment of Sheila Tinney’s work in the mathematical sciences and marks the centenary of her birth. Sheila was the first Irish woman to receive a PhD in Mathematics, was the first female fellow of DIAS (Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies), was one of the first four women to be admitted to the Royal Irish Academy and also lectured at UCD.


09:00 – 09.30

Registration & Tea/Coffee

09:30 – 09.50

Opening Address

09:50 – 11:00

Celebration of Sheila Tinney

Chair: Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

  • Hugh Tinney and Ethna Tinney

  • Presentation of portrait of Sheila Tinney - Dr Marion Palmer of WITS

  • Dr. Doireann O’Kiely (Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Oxford)

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:30

Keynote lecture

Chair: Gabrielle Kelly

12:30 – 13:50

Lunch & Poster session

13:50 – 15:00

Distinguished Women in the Mathematical Sciences

Chair: Claire Gormley

15.00 – 15:10

Best Poster Award

15.10 – 15:45

Distinguished Women in the Mathematical Sciences

Chair: Mark Dukes

15.45 – 16:10

Girls Mathematics Olympiad

Chair: Pauline Mellon

  • Mayya Golitsyna (Deputy Leader of the Irish team for the 2018 European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad)

  • Anna Mustata (International Mathematical Olympiad & European Girls Mathematical Olympiad 2017 - talk)

  • Laura Cosgrave (European Girls Mathematical Olympiad 2018 - talk)

  • Tianyiwa Xie (European Girls Mathematical Olympiad 2018)

  • Yixin Huang (European Girls Mathematical Olympiad 2018)

16.10 – 16.30

Initiatives on improving gender equality in mathematics and closing remarks

Chair: Isabella Gollini

16.30 – 17.30

Drinks reception


Poster session



Other authors / Supervisors



Nisreen Alokbi

Graham Ellis

NUI Galway

Mapper algorithm and groupoid methods for data analysis

Faiza Alssaedi

Niall Madden

NUI Galway

Numerical solution of a complex-valued singularly perturbed differential equation

Hannah Conroy Broderick

Yipin Su, Weiqiu Chen, Michel Destrade

NUI Galway

Wrinkling in soft dielectric plates

Leanne Durkan

Niels Warburton

Adrian Ottewill


Gravitational Waves

Roisın Hill

Niall Madden

NUI Galway

Balanced norms and mesh generation for singularly perturbed reaction-diffusion problems

Emma Howard

Maria Meehan

Andrew Parnell


Identifying the reasons behind students’ engagement patterns

Jennifer Kelly



Whole school 'Buy in' to numeracy: Developing a new cross curricular DEIS Numeracy policy on L2LP content through lesson study methodology accessible to all.

Samyukta Venkataramanan

Stephen O’Sullivan


Interest Rate Calibration and Parameter Estimation of Affine Term Structure Models

Jinbo Zhao

Michael Salter-Townshend
Adrian O’Hagan


Morbidity Risk Distributions of Common Life-Shortening Conditions Based on Genetic Data



Student Poster session:


During lunchtime there will be a poster session that will showcase research from post-graduate and final year undergraduate students in mathematical sciences and will provide an important opportunity for these students to engage with peers, meet leaders in academia and industry and communicate their work. Furthermore, this poster session will provide insight to post-primary and undergraduate attendees on potential paths for their studies in mathematical sciences.


Poster submission:


We are now accepting submissions for the student poster session. The submission should contain: Poster Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s), Contact email for the corresponding author, Keywords (please supply 3-5 keywords), Abstract (limited to a maximum of 250 words).

Please submit your abstract by sending an email to: wimdi@maths.ucd.ie


The deadline for abstract submission is 15th July 2018.

Late abstract submissions will still be considered. 


Student poster session abstracts will be peer-reviewed by organising committee members and accepted based on merit and availability of space.


Topics of interest include pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical statistics, applied statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, mathematics education and mathematics in industry.



School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin


Co-Chairs: Isabella Gollini, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

Committee members: Michelle Carey, Vasiliki Dimitrakopoulou, Mark Dukes, Claire Gormley, Gabrielle Kelly, Pauline Mellon, Neil O’Connell, Adamaria Perrotta, Michael Salter-Townshend, John Sheekey, Helena Smigoc




This event is free to attend but registration is mandatory as there is a finite capacity. To book online, please register with the event's Eventbrite page here.




Irish Statistical Association


Science Foundation Ireland


Irish Mathematical Society




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