Women at Oxford

Interview with Karyn Cooke

It All Adds Up

Date: January 2022
Audience: Girls in Year 9 (day 1), Years 10-11 (day 2) and Years 12-13 (day 3)

It All Adds Up are three separate one day conferences for girls interested in maths. The days consist of a mix of workshops and lectures, aiming to inspire the attending students to continue with mathematics. The days are free to attend.

Mirzakhani Society

Mirzakhani sip and solve meeting

The Mirzakhani Society is a society for women studying maths at Oxford, named after Maryam Mirzakhani (the first woman to win a Fields Medal). Its aim is to support students through providing a space to discuss issues that women may encounter during their degrees. It holds weekly ‘Sip and Solve’ meetings with tea and cake, and other events such as socials and talks. It is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and has a wide mix of people at its events. You can find out more about the society on their website.


Mathematrix is a student-led group in the Mathematical Institute where postgraduates, postdocs and staff discuss and explore topics related to challenges in academic life and being a minority in the maths community. Mathematrix hosts weekly discussions during term-time. The events are relaxed and informal, and people may come and go as they please.

We usually meet on MS Teams on Mondays 1-2pm, please check our term card below for exceptions.

Women at Oxford

The Mathematical Institute is committed to increasing the proportion of women in mathematics: from outreach to school students, to the Mirzakhani Society for undergraduates, to Mathematrix lunches for female postgraduates and postdocs. Wherever you are in your career in mathematics we hope you can join us in pushing forward the frontiers of mathematics.