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Happy International women's day 2023!

To celebrate this year's International Women's Day on March 8, 2023, we revisit some of the articles and podcasts we have produced with women mathematicians over the last year. We've really enjoyed learning about these women's fascinating work and we hope that you will too!

Health and medicine

Can game theory help vaccinate the world? — Petra Klepac tells us how game theory meets epidemiology in an attempt to find an optimal vaccination strategy.

On the mathematical frontline: Francesca Scarabel — Francesca Scarabel may be early on in her research career, but she has already been part of the UK's emergency mathematical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She tells us about her experience in this podcast.

Living Proof: Anita Layton — Anita Layton is a mathematical biologist and in 2021 she was voted one of the top 100 "Canada's most powerful women". Meet her in this episode of the INI's Living Proof podcast!

Tracing monkeypox — Jessica Enright tells us about her work on understanding the spread of monkeypox using an epidemiological model of many layers.

New artificial intelligence tool for diagnosing Alzheimer's — Angelica Aviles-Rivero talks about a new tool that is being developed to diagnose Alzheimer's disease using machine learning.

Can AI help with breast cancer screening — Thousands of women come forward for breast cancer screening every year. Can artificial intelligence help with the resulting workload for the NHS? Fiona Gilbert explains.

When being wrong is right — Epidemiologist Julia Gog, a long-term friend of Plus, tells us why letting others dissect your work is a great way of finding consensus in a crisis.

Visit the mathematical frontiers!

The Fields Medals 2022: Maryna Viazovska — Maryna Viazovska is only the second woman to have won a Fields Medal, one of the highest orders in maths. Find out about more her work on stacking spheres in many dimensions - in our short introduction, in-depth article or podcast!

The calculus of the complex — Calculus has long been key to describing the world. Eulalia Nualart and her co-organisers of a research programme at the Isaac Newton Institute explain how fractional calculus is providing new ways of describing complex systems.

From rainbows to rogue waves — Discover the fascinating maths behind rainbows, rogue waves and many more applications that was explored by researchers at the Isaac Newton Institute, in a programme co-organised by Barbara Prinari.

Mathematical snapshots: Tamara Grossmann — Tamara Grossmann tells us about her work in image analysis, a typical day as a researcher, and her role in encouraging more women and non-binary people into the field.

Mathematical snapshots: Emma Beniston — PhD student Emma Beniston tells us about what drew her to maths, an exciting summer internship which allowed her to experience life as a maths researcher, and what she is planning for the future.

About this content

Many of these articles were produced as part of our collaborations with JUNIPER, the Joint UNIversity Pandemic and Epidemic Response modelling consortium, and the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI).

JUNIPER comprises academics from the universities of Cambridge, Warwick, Bristol, Exeter, Oxford, Manchester, and Lancaster, who are using a range of mathematical and statistical techniques to address pressing question about the control of COVID-19. You can see more content produced with JUNIPER here.

The INI is an international research centre and our neighbour here on the University of Cambridge's maths campus. It attracts leading mathematical scientists from all over the world, and is open to all. Visit to find out more.

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