A pictorial history of EWM was prepared for EWM 25 years. A presentation of EWM and AWMA (African Women in Mathematics Association) appears here. Several texts about the history of EWM also appear in EWM Newsletter 18 (2011/1).


EWM was created in december 1986, after the participation of several european mathematicians to a roundtable organized at the International Congress of Mathematics in Berkeley by the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Biennal meetings

Every other year, meetings have been organized in various european countries.
Paris, France 1986
Copenhagen, Denmark 1987
Warwick, UK 1988
Lisbon, Portugal 1990
Marseille,France 1991
Warsaw, Poland 1993
Madrid, Spain 1995
Trieste, Italy 1997
Loccum, Germany 1999
Malta 2001
Luminy, France 2003
Volgograd, Russia 2005
Cambridge, UK 2007
Novi Sad, Serbia 2009
Barcelona, Spain 2011
Bonn, Germany, 2013
Cortona , Italy,  2015

For example in ICTP Trieste in 1997, there were 98 participants from 30 different countries.

Women in Mathematics committee of the EMS

In 1991  the European Mathematical Society set up a Women in Maths committee. With EWM's help, they collected statistics about women mathematicians across Europe. The WiM committee organised a round table discussion at the first European Congress of Mathematics in Paris 1992.


Between 1987 and 1991 we set up our basic structure of convenor, standing committee and coordinators. By 1993 we had established an office in Helsinki and were registered as a legal organisation in Finland ... as the EMS had been in 1990. In 1994 EWM set up an email net and in 1997  announced a web page!

Scientific committee

Fol lowing the Cambridge meeting EWM worked with the EMS Women in Maths committee to set up a group of leading women mathematicians to advise  on scientific programmes and speakers for EWM meet ings and other related events.