pictorial history of EWM was prepared for EWM 25 years. A presentation of EWM and AWMA (African Women in Mathematics Association) appears here. Several texts about the history of EWM also appear in EWM Newsletter 18 (2011/1).


EWM was created in december 1986, after the participation of several european mathematicians to a roundtable organized at the International Congress of Mathematics in Berkeley by the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Biennal meetings

Every other year, meetings have been organized in various European countries.

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  • Paris, France 1986
  • Copenhagen, Denmark 1987
  • Warwick, UK 1988
  • Lisbon, Portugal 1990
  • Marseille, France 1991
  • Warsaw, Poland 1993
  • Madrid, Spain 1995
  • Trieste, Italy 1997
  • Loccum, Germany 1999
  • Malta 2001
  • Luminy, France 2003
  • Volgograd, Russia 2005
  • Cambridge, UK 2007
  • Novi Sad, Serbia 2009
  • Barcelona, Spain 2011
  • Bonn, Germany, 2013
  • Cortona, Italy, 2015
  • Graz, Austria, 2018

For example in ICTP Trieste in 1997, there were 98 participants from 30 different countries.

Convenors and deputies

1993-1994: Anna Romanowska

1996-1997: Sylvie Paycha // Capi Corrales

1998-1999: Laura Fainsilber // Irene Sciriha, Inna Yemelyanova

2000- 2001: Irene Sciriha // Christine Bessenrodt, Laura Fainsilber

2002-2003: Ljudmila Bordag // Irene Sciriha, Francine Diener

2004-2005: Laura Tedeschini-Lalli // Marjo Lipponen, Marie Demlova

2006-2007: Marjo Lipponen // Karma Dajani, Laura Tedeschini-Lalli

2008-2009: Frances Kirwan // Marjo Lipponen

2010-2011: Marie-Francoise Roy // Frances Kirwan

2011-2013: Marie-Francoise Roy // Lisbeth Fajstrup

2013-2016: Susanna Terracini // Angela Pistoia

2016-2020: Carola Bibiane-Schönlieb // Elena Resmerita

2020-2022: Andrea Walther // Kaie Kubjas


Women in Mathematics Committee of the EMS

In 1991  the European Mathematical Society set up a Women in Maths committee. With EWM’s help, they collected statistics about women mathematicians across Europe. The WiM committee organised a round table discussion at the first European Congress of Mathematics in Paris 1992.


Between 1987 and 1991 we set up our basic structure of convenor, standing committee, and coordinators. By 1993 we had established an office in Helsinki and were registered as a legal organisation in Finland as the EMS had been in 1990. In 1994 EWM set up an email net and in 1997  announced a web page!

EMS/EWM Scientific Panel

Following the Cambridge meeting, EWM worked with the EMS Women in Maths committee to set up a group of leading women mathematicians to advise on scientific programs and speakers for EWM meetings and other related events. For more information and the membership list see here.

Find more information on EWM today here.