Careers in Mathematics: They're Everywhere and for Everyone!

Date &Time


Thursday, September 22 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Online: Attendees must pre-register for the event to receive a Teams link.

Mathematics is woven into the fabric of our everyday life, often hiding in plain sight. Whether it be in our cell phones, tik tok videos, rubix cube solutions, public health policies, climate modelling, or clean energy solutions - mathematics is everywhere!

Yet, many of us have trouble picturing ourselves in mathematics and are unsure whether a career in mathematics is really for us. This uncertainty is especially acute in under-represented and minoritized groups, including women and Indigenous people. This event aims to raise awareness of the various opportunities for everyone considering a career in mathematics. The lecture and panel are open to and intended for anyone who is interested in learning more about the types of careers that exist for mathematicians. Lecturers and panelists will share their experiences with the audience and the floor will be opened to attendees for questions at the end.

This event is free and all are welcome. Please register to receive an email with the Zoom link.

Speakers and Panelists

Anne Broadbent

Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

Maria Klawe

President, Harvey Mudd College

Shelley Wu

Applied Research Scientist, Facebook

Elissa Ross

CEO and Co-Founder, METAFOLD

Leila Sloman

Math and Science Writer, Freelance

Mathematics is woven into the fabric of our everyday life, often hiding in plain sight.

Science Literacy Week: M is for Mathematics

This year’s theme is mathematics. NSERC is partnering with organizations from across Canada.

Mathematics is the language in which science is written. In its oldest forms, mathematics studies trajectories in space, solves equations, calculates probabilities, generates statistics, and much, much more. Today, mathematics is being used to power the next giant leaps in science and technology: we use algebra and number theory to secure the internet and protect confidential information. We use statistics, geometry, and optimization to produce artificial intelligence, and advances in probability and analysis are being used to create revolutionary quantum computers—just like we used logic and discrete mathematics to develop our earliest computers a century ago. We’re encouraging Canadians to explore mathematics, its modern applications and how this ancient science is the origin of all the technology we know and use today.

Learn more about Science Literacy Week here:

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