WIN4: Women in Numbers 4 (17w5083)

Arriving in Banff, Alberta Sunday, August 13 and departing Friday August 18, 2017


(Concordia University)

(University of Hawaii at Manoa)

(Boston University)

(University of Washington)


The first Women in Numbers workshop was held at BIRS in 2008, with the explicit goals of highlighting the research of female number theorists and increasing the participation of women in number theory research. Since that first proposal, 84 different women have participated in three WIN conferences at BIRS, with an additional 40 participants at the Women in Numbers -- Europe conference held at CIRM in Luminy. The number of female number theorists is steadily growing. The visibility of the WIN conferences --- due both to the community that has developed and the high quality of research output from these workshops --- has helped to raise awareness in the broader community of the important contributions made by these researchers.

The proposed workshop aims to continue this important work, promoting research and leadership among female number theorists within a supportive environment. The specific goals of the workshop are:

- to generate research in significant topics in number theory;
- to broaden the research programs of female number theorists, especially pre-tenure;
- to train female graduate students and postdocs in number theory, by providing experience with collaborative research and the publication process;
- to strengthen and extend a research network of potential collaborators in number theory and related fields;
- to enable female faculty at small colleges to participate actively in research activities including mentoring graduate students and postdocs; and to highlight research activities of women in number theory.

The focus of the workshop is on supporting new research collaborations within small groups. Before the workshop, each participant will be assigned to a working group according to her research interests. Each group will have one or two leaders chosen for their skill in both research and communication. Prior to the
conference, these leaders will design projects and provide background reading and references for their groups. At the conference, there will be some talks, but ample time will be dedicated to working groups, particularly in the afternoons and evenings. Project leaders will direct their group's research effort and provide mentorship. At the end of the week, members of each research group will describe their group's progress on the research problems as well as future directions for the work.

Organized with a contribution from the Clay Mathematics Institute for travel support.