Women in Math

Introduction of the Iris Runge Program

Women in Math

Introduction of the Iris Runge Program

March 18th, 2024

Under the umbrella of the Iris Runge Program, various gender equality measures at WIAS are bundled to promote the career development of female scientists and to enable them to remain in science. The Iris Runge Postdoc Program aims to promote women in math after their doctorate by serving as a stepping stone in fostering their scientific career. Its goal is to support female scientists in their early postdoc phase in developing their individual research profile on their career path towards renowned scientists. It is intended for postdocs in the early stage up to three years after completing their doctorate. WIAS offers a two plus one year postdoctoral position in one of its research groups. The program started in September, 2023 with its first call for applications. In January 2024, the first two postdocs in the program, Anieza Maltsi (Research Group Partial Differential Equations) and Jin Yan (Research Group Laser Dynamics), started their work at WIAS.

On March 18th, 2024 we celebrate women in math: Along with the introduction of our first two program participants Anieza Maltsi and Jin Yan, the program features a talk by Renate Tobies on Iris Runge and the opening of the touring exhibition Women of Mathematics from around the world - a gallery of portraits . The exhibition, proudly hosted by WIAS in its library, offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through photographs of female mathematicians by Noel Tovia Matoff and excerpts of interviews by Sylvie Paycha and Sara Azzali.

The event takes place at the Erhard Schmidt Lecture Room, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin. For the reception and opening of the exhibition we will move to the Library, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, next door.

Preliminary Program

3 p.m. Welcoming address
3.15 p.m. Renate Tobies:
Iris Runge. A life at the Crossroads of Mathematics, Science, and Industry.

Renate Tobies is a historian of mathematics and science at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany). She had completed her academic degrees at the University of Leipzig. Throughout her career, she has held visiting professorships in Kaiserslautern, Braunschweig, Saarbrücken, Jena, Linz, and Graz, and an interim professor of the history of science and technology at the University of Stuttgart. In parallel, she served as the managing editor of NTM: Journal for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine for twenty years. Her main research fields are the history of mathematics and its applications, and women in mathematics, science, and technology. She has published more than ten books and hundreds of articles. She is a full member of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences (Paris) and a foreign member of the Agder Academy of Sciences and Letters (Kristiansand, Norway).

4 p.m. Jin Yan:
From deterministic to random dynamical systems

Many complex systems are a combination of deterministic and stochastic dynamics. In this talk I will first introduce typical deterministic chaotic behaviour and then focus on a classical system of randomly kicked rotors, and illustrate how correlated random kicks can elongate the prethermalisation stage (that is, a stage before the system energy diverges). This leads to many interesting ongoing and future works.

4.15 p.m. Anieza Maltsi:
Introduction to photoacoustic imaging

Photoacoustic imaging is a biomedical imaging technique that combines the power of both optics and acoustics to visualize structures within biological tissues. It involves the generation of acoustic waves through the absorption of pulsed laser light by tissue chromophores. Central to understanding this technology is grasping the mathematics behind it. In this talk we will see what are the principles behind photoacoustic imaging and what could be interesting mathematical research topics.

4.30 p.m. Reception and opening of the exhibition
Women of Mathematics from around the World - A gallery of portraits


The event is free of charge. However, we kindly ask all participants to register here until March 13th, 2024.


Dr. Johanna Wiehe
WIAS, Scientific Assistant
Mohrenstraße 39, 10117 Berlin,
Phone: +49-30 20372-588