11 Feb 2022

Foreword

This issue focuses on engagement in various forms, including mentoring and other initiatives.

We start with a double interview with our ConvenorsKaie Kubjas and Andrea Walther, who tell us about their engagement in EWM.

For this issue, we have interviewed Sylvie Benzoni, Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré, and Petra Rudolf, Professor at University of Groningen, one of the forces behind the Rosalind Franklin Program.

Rebecca Waldecker and Maria Westdickenberg write about the impact of the pandemic on researchers, which affected women much more than men, and the actions they implemented to try to mitigate the effects.

Mentoring also plays a central role in this issue: Carla CedenbaumSophia Jahns and Anna Wienhard report their handbook for organising mentoring programs, discussing their experiences in Tübingen and Heidelberg. Readers can find more on the topic of mentoring in the article by Anna Duwenig, Kari Eifler, Priyanga Ganesan, Lara Ismert, Sarah Plosker, and Karen Strung on the operator algebras mentor network.

Joana Grah, Tamara Grossmann and Julia Kroos, founders of the web page Her Maths Story, explained the vision behind their platform. Mira-Cristiana Anisiu writes about the fight to overcome the gender gap in retiring age in Romania.

Elisabetta Strickland shares her thoughts about the Gender Gap Report and the crucial role of mathematics in reducing the gap. Inge Koch writes about the program ChooseMaths, organised in Australian universities to fight math anxiety.

We also asked one of our industrial sponsors, the Smith Institute, to tell us about their mission and gender policies. Please have a look at our interview with their CEO Heather Tewkesbury.

Finally, Sylvie Paycha reported on some of the celebrations for women in mathematics that took place on February 11th and May 12th 2021.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue and wish you all the best for the new year.

Anna Maria Cherubini

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