All events should be organized locally or virtually. As organizer, please feel free to adapt the event to the context of your work environment. We encourage various forms of events ranging from film screening, to breakfast, lunch, tea, receptions, round-tables, exhibitions, etc. around May 12th (between May the 1st and June the 15th).

Do not hesitate to scroll through past years' events to get inspired! You'll find them on the bottom of every page.

Several ideas

Here are some ideas for events you might organize.

If  organizing collective events with physical presence is difficult for you, 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

Portrait of Yulia Zdanovska

Dedicate an event to the memory of Yulia Zdanovska

Yulia was a young ukrainian mathematician who won a silver medal in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in 2017. She was involved in "Teach4Ukraine", and stayed in Kharkiv to work as a volunteer after the 24th of February 2022 — she died in a fire caused by a Russian missile on a residential area.

A possible topic for such an event would be a panel discussion about girls and mathematics in your context (see for example here).

Portrait of Yulia Zdanovska pictured by Constanza Rojas-Molina.

Photo of a screenplay of the movie "Olga Ladyzhenskaya"


This year, courtesy of Ekaterina Eremenko, we offer you the 30 minutes-length movie "Olga Ladyzhenskaya", to be screened between 1st and 20th of May.

This movie was first presented during the World Women in Maths meeting in 2022 and tell the story of Olga Alexandrovna Ladyzhnskaya, whose 100th birthday was in 2022. To honor her memory, a prize has been named after her.

You can discover the trailer on Youtube here, and request a link here (don't forget to register your event if your screening is public!). Note: the movie has English subtitles only.

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!