Women in Mathematics Seminar 2

The Department of Mathematics held the second seminar in the ‘Women in Mathematics’ series on Wednesday 1 March 2017. Over 25 students and members of staff attended the event.

"Women in Mathematics" is an academic, professional and personal development seminar series presented by leading female mathematicians to offer support, encouragement and advice to female staff and students.  It also provides an informal networking opportunity.

1st speaker: Professor Julia Black

The first speaker at the event was Professor Julia Black, LSE’s Interim Director and Pro Director for Research who joined the LSE Law Department in 1994.

Recently, Professor Julia Black chaired the LSE’s Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team. Athena SWAN was initially set up to recognise the advancement of gender equality in higher education: representation, progression and success for all. It now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Professor Julia Black spoke about her personal experience of deciding which subject to study at university and the reasons behind this decision. She highlighted the importance of building confidence in girls from a young age and changing their perceptions of women in Maths. She also touched on School’s recently submitted Athena SWAN application and School's work on issues relating to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Presentation, Professor Julia Black Presentation, Professor Julia Black
Presentation, Professor Julia Black

2nd speaker: Dr Luitgard Veraart

The second speaker of the event was Dr Luitgard Veraart, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics who joined LSE in 2010 as a Lecturer in Mathematics.

Dr Lutigard Veraart spoke about her career, in particular focussing on her recent Houblon-Norman/George Fellowship at the Bank of England. She was able to give an insight into the path she has followed to get to her current position and how she has combined full time work with having a young family. She also gave advice and shared tips from her experience on how to successfully manage a job alongside a family.

The open discussion at the end of the session gave the audience an opportunity to have further conversation about areas of Dr Luitgard Veraart’s journey that interested them the most. Topics covered were her experience of how women are treated at the Bank of England, ways in which LSE supports women juggling a family and a career and how this compares with other higher education institutions.

For further information or enquiries about the seminar series please contact: womeninmaths@maths.lse.ac.uk

Acknowledgements: The Women in Mathematics seminars are supported by funding from the LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund.