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Through the eyes of a woman

The exhibition “Women of Mathematics throughout Europe” offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through the eyes of female mathematicians. 

  • From October 28 to 30 at the MPI / Inselstrasse 22 / Leipzig
  • From November 4 at the University of Leipzig / Augusteum / Augustusplatz 10
  • Exhibition opening on October 29, 17:45 at the MPI

The exhibition "Women of Mathematics throughout Europe" gives very personal insights into the live and work of high-ranking female mathematicians working at various European research institutions. The public exhibition opening takes place on October 29 at 5:45 pm at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences at Inselstrasse 22. The exhibition will be shown from September 28 to 30 at the Max Planck Institute, and from November 4th to the end of the year at the University of Leipzig on Augustusplatz. Free entry.


Entering the field of mathematics can be tough, and women often encounter specific obstacles. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through the eyes of women and presents personal and very successful career paths of European women mathematicians. In parallel, from October 28 to 30, a conference of the association “European Women in Mathematics” takes place at the Max Planck Institute. This conference, which of course is not limited to women, intends to exchange experiences and serve as a networking platform for mathematicians of various fields of research.


For the touring exhibition, the Potsdam Professor for Mathematics Sylvie Paycha and the Berlin photographer Noel Tovia Matoff portrayed 14 mathematicians. Together with the acting director of the Max Planck Institute Prof. Jürgen Jost, Sylvie Paycha will introduce to the exhibition on the evening of October 29. „You can communicate very efficiently in mathematics which is a language without borders“, so the Ukrainian mathematician Irina Kmit, currently working at the Humboldt University of Berlin, describes her fascination by this research field. She is one of the portrayed protagonists sharing their experience, and thus serving as role models to stimulate young women scientists to trust their own strength. In presenting mathematics through women mathematicians’ perspectives and samples of their life stories, the curators hoped to highlight the human aspects of producing mathematics, making this discipline more tangible and therefore more accessible to outsiders or newcomers.


The format, originally envisaged as a networking opportunity and for which the project was awarded with the Humboldt Alumni Award 2015, has indeed proved to reinforce collaborations and exchanges between mathematicians in different European countries, and stimulate dialogue around the themes of the exhibition between the general public and mathematicians. Following the opening in Berlin 2016, the exhibition has been traveling to more than 80 cities in and out of Europe, including South America, Australia and Africa.


Information about the exhibition and the portrayed women mathematicians:


Exhibition opening:
October 29, 17:45
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Inselstrasse 22
04103 Leipzig

To visit:
October 28 to 30
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Inselstrasse 22
04103 Leipzig

From November 4th
University of Leipzig
Augusteum / Augustusplatz 10
04109 Leipzig

Portraitierte Mathematikerinnen:

  • Nalini Anantharaman (France)
  • Karin Baur (Switzerland and Austria)) 
  • Stefka Bouyuklieva (Bulgaria)
  • Alice Fialowski (Hungary and Germany) 
  • Irina Kmit (Ukraine a and Germany) 
  • Frances Kirwan (England) 
  • Kaisa Matomäki (Finland)
  • Margarida Mendes Lopes (Portugal)
  • Barbara Nelli (Italy) 
  • Oksana Yakimova (Russia and Germany)
  • Dusanka Perisic (Serbia) 
  • Katarzyna Rejzner (Poland and England) 
  • Katrin Wendland (Germany) 
  • Ragni Piene (Norway)

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27.11.2020, 10:22