MI SANU and the Center for Science Promotion of the Republic of Serbia jointly organized the May Month of Mathematics (M3), a national mathematics promotion program, for the ninth time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the M3 was organized online.

For the first time this year, the event marked also the celebration of May 12 as the International Day of Women in Mathematics in Serbia. The date was selected in memory of the late Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female winner of the Field’s Medal for achievements in mathematics, born on that day. The goal of this Day is to inspire people all over the world to celebrate women achievements in mathematics, and to encourage an open, welcoming and inclusive work environment for everybody. This year, the event was celebrated through several local events held in various countries around the planet.

During the M3, MI SANU has organized several activities dedicated to women in mathematics:

• May 11, 2020 – The signs of women in mathematics, an online lecture by prof. Vesna Todorcevic (MI SANU);
• May 12, 2020 – Scientific café – Mathematics is also a feminine word I, with Dragana Cvetkovic-Ilic (University of Nis), Natasa Krejic (University of Novi Sad), Marija Stanic (University of Kragujevac) and Tatjana Davidovic (MI SANU);
• May 13, 2020 – Secrets of the surface, the mathematical vision of Maryam Mirzakhani, an online streaming of a movie about the life of Maryam Mirzakhani;
• May 26, 2020 Scientific café – Mathematics is also a feminine word II, with Dusanka Perisic (University of Novi Sad), Neda Bokan (University of Belgrade), Vedrana Mikulic Crnovic (University of Rijeka, Croatia), Mirjana Katic and Jelena Ivancic (Mathematical Grammar School, Belgrade).

These virtual events were highly successful and well attended not only from public from Serbia, but also from neighboring Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro. MI SANU, as a pioneer in acknowledging the importance of the role of women in mathematics, will organize further activities to encourage female researchers to continue their career in mathematics, computer science and the related fields, and will work towards raising public awareness of the challenges facing women in science.