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. This term, we have decided to run in even weeks only.
To join us, please subscribe to our mailing list by sending a blank email to mathematrix-discuss-subscribe at maths.ox.ac.uk. We would be very happy to receive your suggestions, which can be left anonymously at www.tiny.cc/mathematrix.
Trinity Term 2021
This term, we are hosting two joint events with the EquiStats Group from the Department of Statistics.
Check out their website for more exciting events: https://tylerkf.github.io/equistats/
Week 3 - Collaborations: Let's work together! - But how?
Panel discussion with Dr. Erik Panzer, Dr. Renyuan Xu and Dr. Vlad Margarint, covering advice on starting collaborations, how to communicate well and manage expectations, working with researchers in non-mathematical fields, and common pitfalls to avoid.
Week 5 - Mind your Mind (joint event with EquiStats), 12.30 -1.30
Sometimes, with all the workload we have, we neglect to take care of our mind. How to combat stress and anxiety in a stressful and anxious work environment.
Get some advice in a discussion with Sarah Dragonetti (St Hughs College Nurse) and Olivier Bazin (Oxford Mindfulness Centre).
Week 9 - How fair is the Internet? (joint event with EquiStats)
With the advance of artificial intelligence techniques that use our presence on the web for various purposes, we started to observe the unexpected yet distressing behaviour of algorithms that perpetrate discrimination against minorities. Together with Dr. Brent Mittelstadt from the Oxford Internet Institute, we are going to analyse the problem of having a fair web by looking at the regulations and research instruments acquired so far and what we can expect from the future.
Also, we are hosting an informal coffee break out session for women and non-binary members of the department (including postgrads, postdocs, lecturers, and support staff alike) to get together. These will happen from 15:00-15:30 on Wednesdays of Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8, as a chance to get to know others in and around the department, who you may not otherwise get the chance to meet. The Teams link is on the poster below our term card.
Previous Term Cards
|Michaelmas 2020||Hilary 2021||Trinity 2021|
|Michaelmas 2018||Hilary 2019||Trinity 2019|