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ICMS is excited to be hosting an online screening of Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani. This one-hour documentary examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the US, who in 2014 became the first woman and first Iranian to be honoured with the Fields Medal: mathematics’ highest prize. Mirzakhani sadly died of breast cancer in 2017, at the age of 40.

In the film, interviews with colleagues, collaborators and students are shown alongside animated sequences outlining Mirzakhani’s contributions and the deep impact of her achievements.

Find out more about the film here


The film will be followed by a discussion and open Q&A with our panel:

Chair: Eugenie Hunsicker, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Director of Equality and Diversity (Loughborough University)

Tara Brendle, Professor of Mathematics (University of Glasgow)

Caroline Series, Professor of Mathematics (University of Warwick)

John Smillie, Professor of Mathematics (University of Warwick)


Running order (all times BST):

Introductions: 6pm

Film Screening: 6.05pm

Refreshment break: 7.05pm

Panel Discussion / Q&A: 7.15pm


Ticket holders will receive an email on the day of the event, with instructions on how to join the screening and subsequent panel discussion.

If you are unable to join the screening at 6pm, please contact us ( and we will advise on how to arrange for a viewing at a convenient time in advance of the Q&A session.



Many thanks to  Zala Films for making this film available. Zala Films is supporting the May 12th initiative of the International Mathematical Union’s Committee for Women in Mathematics, which each year brings together virtual or local events celebrating women in mathematics. 


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United Kingdom

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International Centre for Mathematical Sciences