Women in OR & Analytics Network Launch Event

15 October 2019
Royal Society, London

Calling all women in OR and analytics: support the launch of a network created for you

Come to the Royal Society in London on 15 October 2019 for the launch event of the Women in OR and Analytics Network (WORAN) – and let's make a party of it!

Women from all sectors and career stages are gathering to hear stories of overcoming professional hurdles in a gender-biased industry, and we have a place reserved for you.

As well as hearing from some great speakers about hot-topic issues in the profession, you'll be building a better work environment for all women whilst widening your own professional circle.

Organising committee

Kathy Kotiadia

Kathy Kotiadis

Frances O'Brien

Frances O'Brien

Nadia Papamichail

Nadia Papamichail

Gillian Groom

Gillian Groom


Annunziata Esposito-Amideo

Meet the Speakers:

Professor June Barrow-Green

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History of the “gender gap” in mathematics

Throughout history there have been women who have loved mathematics and, often in defiance of the social and intellectual mores of the day, have proved themselves to be extremely good at it. This talk shall introduce a number of these women, describe some of the difficulties they encountered and the reactions they generated, as well as highlighting what they achieved. We shall also look at the situation for women mathematicians post-1970, both the problems and the initiatives developed to tackle them.


June Barrow-Green is Professor of the History of Mathematics at the Open University, Visiting Professor at the LSE, and Chair of the International Commission on the History of Mathematics.  Having been born into a rather Victorian family who didn’t believe in education for girls, Professor Barrow-Green has a particular interest in the history of women in mathematics. 

June started her working life in a Bond Street art gallery and eventually went to university when she was 30. She studied mathematics at Kings College London, then spent a couple of years in the City before returning to Kings to do an MSc in mathematical physics. This was followed by a PhD at the Open University on the 19th century origins of chaos theory, and has been at the Open University ever since. 

Professor Barrow-Green's research centres on 19th/20th century mathematics and she has recently completed a study on the role of British mathematicians during WW1. When not burrowing in archives, June can often be found on a bicycle or running marathons.

Dr Eugénie Hunsicker

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Diversity: What is it, why do we care and what can we do?

The first half of this talk will give some background on Dr Hunsicker’s life, career and experiences working in STEM diversity. The second half will talk about what research in business, philosophy, cognitive science and information science tell us about the benefits of diversity and the mechanisms of inequality. The third half (!) of the talk will lay out some proposal for and challenges to the community to improve both our work and our culture.


Dr Eugenie Hunsicker is a mathematician and applied statistician at Loughborough University. Her research interests include topology, high dimensional statistics, partial differential equations, systems engineering, chemometrics and machine learning.  

Dr Hunsicker is a UK leader in diversity in STEMM. Her roles include Director for Equality and Diversity for the School of Science at Loughborough University, Chair of the London Mathematical Society Women in Mathematics Committee, Deputy Chair of the Athena Forum, Member of the STEMM-Disability Advisory Committee and a committee member for the new Women in Data Science and Statistics SIG at the RSS. This year, she was the research lead for the recent external analysis of the AdvanceHE Athena Swan framework. In 2018, she was awarded a Suffrage Science award for her work on gender diversity in mathematics.

In her spare time, when she is not hanging out with her husband and three hungry teenage sons as well as her pet chihuahua and continental giant rabbit, she plays bluegrass fiddle.


What to expect

This FREE event included a short talk which gave an overview of the current picture of women in OR and analytics, including a recent study’s findings on a range of aspects that directly impact their careers. This session attracted membership to the network, but also mapped out the key targets for the network to address in the future.

  • 13:00 Welcome tea & coffee in Marble Hall
  • 13:30 Welcome from The OR Society President, John Hopes
  • 13:45 First speaker, Professor June Barrow-Green
  • 14:45 Second speaker, Dr Eugenie Hunsicker
  • 15:45 Networking session led by Nicola Morrill, The OR Society Diversity Champion and drinks reception in Marble Hall  
  • 17:00 Close

Everyone is welcome – including men

Men are welcome because everyone is welcome. Whilst the event is primarily targeted at women in OR, we welcome everyone to join us and support the ORS Women in OR and Analytics Network!

The best solution to one gender imbalance may not come from a forum which creates a different gender imbalance. Including men's perspectives and experiences can add to the conversation, widen awareness and create allies.



Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for their commitment and active contribution.


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Royal Society
6-9 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Closest tube: Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus
Bus routes: 12, 13, 15 and 453
On-street parking available Sat Nav: SW1Y 5AG


This is your network

This network brings women together to share the knowledge and experience that is organic to this group, to widen networks and opportunities and to amplify members' voices.

We need your voice, your knowledge and your experience in this group. Help us to build a strong, self-supporting network and to set better conditions for each new generation of young women launching into their OR and analytics careers.

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