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Royal Society Athena Prize

Women in Mathematics Committee, London Mathematical Society

The Award

The Royal Society Athena Prize is awarded biennially (in even years) for individuals and teams, working in UK academic and research communities, who have contributed most to the advancement of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within their communities. The recipients of the prize receive a medal and a gift of £5,000.

The Royal Society is committed to promoting and increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A diverse and inclusive scientific workforce draws from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences thereby maximising innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity. Our work on diversity in science includes addressing barriers to participation and success and actions to support and inspire change. This prize aims to inspire innovation and leadership in STEM diversity issues.

The Royal Society Athena Prize was established in 2016 and is provided by a gift to the Society.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2018. 

Past winners 

The London Mathematical Society was awarded the Royal Society Athena Prize in 2016 for their Women in Mathematics Committee in 2016 . Introducing a broad range of initiatives in the field of mathematics resulted in a change of culture that has happened nationwide, leading the way in increasing the number of women in mathematics.

Read more about the initiative from the women who led it on our In Verba blog.