All events should be organized virtually or locally. As organizer, please feel free to adapt the event to the context of your work environment. We encourage various forms of events ranging from invidividual or collective film screening, breakfast, lunch, tea, receptions, round-tables,  exhibitions etc. around May 12th.


Several ideas

Here are some ideas for events you might organize.

Because of the Covid 19 crisis, organizing collective events with physical presence might  be difficult this year. But it is also possible to organize events differently and virtually.

Share the word!

Think about sharing your – and others' – events! Don't be afraid to go social. You may use various hashtags: #WomenInMaths #May12 #May12WIM.

You can also use the following image for your social posts (right-click to download):

Social image for May12

Poster of Picture a ScientistPicture a Scientist: screenings and related events

May12 Initiative, in agreement with Roco Films (and France TV Access for the subtitles in french)  is happy to offer individual free screening of the film "Picture a Scientist". The documentary brings three women scientists who lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, facing harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights. More details at .

The screening is offered with subtitles in several languages (english, french, portuguese and spanish).  Each registered person will be able to watch the film free of charge once between May 12 and 14, 2021. To access the film, please register before May 6 ,here.

You will receive the link by email before May 5. This link is only for you to screen the film, once. Anyone who wants to watch the movie for free during this period can register to receive the link themselves.

We also encourage you to organize collective events around Picture a Scientist during or after the screening period and to register it as part of the May12 using the form on our website, so that it appears on the interactive map.

Enjoy this moving and thought-provoking film!

Cover Gender Gap in Science

Disseminate the results of the Gender Gap in Science Project

The project "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?" completed its three years term and the Gender Gap in Science Book is now online here.

An 8 pages summary in English, French, Spanish, German and Chinese and presentation slides are available here. Other promotional material such as a poster, will be available soon.

Feel free  to disseminate them to your contacts or to organize round tables, only for mathematics or associated with other sciences.

Film about women in maths

Journeys of Women in Mathematics.

The short (20 minute) film Journeys of Women in Math has been created by the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics, filmed and edited by Micro-Documentaries, and all made possible by a grant from the Simons Foundation. For more information on the film, please see here. Showing this movie is free.

You could disseminate the link to your contacts or organize a projection of it in your university.


Remember Maryam Mirzakhani exhibition
Curator: Thais Jordao. Designer: Rafael Meireles Barroso.

Remember Maryam Mirzakhani is an exhibition with 18 original posters. This exhibition opened at the (WM)², the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics, and remained open during ICM 2018.

If your institution is interested in hosting the exhibition, you can consult the rules of use and contact CWM at

Remember Maryam Mirzakhani exhibition's illustrative picture

Mathematical fair
Idea: Marie Lhuissier

A mathematical fair is an informal format for a mathematical seminar. It goes as follows: anybody who comes to the seminar can bring with her/him a little mathematical story, an object, a theorem... to share in 5 minutes. All the potential speakers take a card with a number, and the same set of cards is put in a hat. Then the order of speakers is chosen randomly. Every story lasts only 5 minutes (set the alarm!) and then, 1-2 questions follow. In this manner, usually 7-8 speakers can present their mathematical stories in one hour. Doing this is a lot of fun!