Tehran University to Hold 2nd Women, Science Festival

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 13:10

University of Tehran will hold the Second National Women in Science Award in commemoration of Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician and professor of mathematics at Stanford University, in February.

According to Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the event aims at exalting elite and active women in academic, cultural and social areas. Volunteering women can attend the festival in three age groups: under 40, 40-65 and over 65.

The festival centers on the role of women in entrepreneurship, charity events, poverty eradication, the environment, expanding Iranian civilization and promoting Persian, IRNA reports.

In 2017, the Iranian winner of Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, Mirzakhani, succumbed to breast cancer at 40.

In 1994, Mirzakhani won a gold medal in the Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad, to be the first female Iranian student to have snatched a gold medal.

In the 1995 Toronto International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to win two gold medals.

She obtained her BSc in mathematics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, in 1999. Mirzakhani then moved to the US and finished a PhD from Harvard University in 2004.

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