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EDI Matters

"If you think that diversity does not matter in mathematics because algebra, number theory and geometry do not depend on gender or skin colour, think again. On the one hand, there are formal proofs that diversity of orientations (including gender and ethnic diversity) can trump ability in problem solving (Scott E. Page, The Difference, 2007 and Nature, June 2018); on the other, mathematicians teach undergraduates, supervise graduate students and postdocs, perform administrative functions and participate in committees. In all of these, diversity does matter. Women and minority students benefit from having women and minority professors. An administrator who is a woman or a person of colour is more likely to be aware of the sexism and racism in the faculty ranks."

Please see below for a list of upcoming and recent events organised wholly or in part by the EDI committee.


Upcoming Events:

Femafricmaths : Documenting the stories of female African mathematicians

Dr. Angela Tabiri 

13th October 2021, 2:00pm (TBC), online


The Black History Month, also initially known as the African American History Month, is a month-long tradition of celebrating the achievements of the black community. It began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. The event is celebrated every year in October in the UK.


To celebrate the contributions of black role models to the field of Mathematical Sciences, the department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University is pleased to have Dr Angela Tabiri as our guest speaker.


Dr. Angela Tabiri is at present a Google AI postdoctoral fellow in the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Ghana. Prior to this she completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2019 and a Postgraduate Diploma from ICTP, Trieste in 2015. Her research interests are in noncommutative algebra, Hopf algebra, quantum groups and quantum homogenous spaces. She teaches postgraduate courses in Mathematics for Machine Learning and Linear Algebra at AIMS, and is the lead for the Girls in Mathematical Sciences Program (GMSP), which nurtures girls from senior secondary schools in Ghana to unlock their potential in the mathematical sciences. She is also leading a unique initiative called Femafricmaths, which promotes STEM education among African females.



Recent Events:

The 2020 Pascal Lecture - "The Black Heroes of Mathematics"

Dr. Nira Chamberlain (President of the IMA)

4th November 2020, 3:00pm, online


To celebrate Black History Month, and the contributions of black role models to the field of mathematical sciences, the department is pleased to have Dr Nira Chamberlain as our guest speaker delivering the annual Pascal lecture 2020. Please click here to watch a recording of Dr Chamberlain's talk.