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||<tablewidth="200px">9h || ||Introduction to SageMath ||Talk by Tania Allard ||Talk by Jennifer Balakrishnan ||Talk by Emily Gunawan ||Open presentations ||
||9h || ||Introduction to SageMath ||Talk by Tania Allard ||Talk by Jennifer Balakrishnan ||Talk by Emily Gunawan ||Open presentations ||

Sage Days 95: Women In Sage

July 9-13, 2018, Montréal, Canada

Target Audience

The Women in SageMath Days aim to initiate women from various backgrounds to SageMath use and development, as well as to build networks between established users of mathematical software and mathematicians with potential to use such software. We do not focus on any specific area of mathematics and want to involve women at all career stages, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and faculty members. Women working in industry are also welcome to apply.

The choice to aim this event only at women was made because most developers are men, but also because we noticed intimidating attitudes from experienced men in other workshops. Even though these behaviours were probably unconscious, they have an impact on the confidence of female mathematicians when come the time of coding. To create a friendly environment, we plan to host the workshop in a rented house. Such circumstances foster longstanding connections between the participants. Because women form a minority of mathematicians, building broad and strong networks helps them to overcome the obstacles typically occurring on their career path.

Invited speakers

  • Tania Allard is a research software engineer at the University of Sheffield (UK). She works with researchers to improve their code and to communicate them the general carpentry of a software. She knows well the infrastructure behind SageMath and is a partner of the European OpenDreamKit project, that aims to develop open-source pieces of software for research in mathematics.

  • Jennifer Balakrishnan is a number theorist and Assistant Professor at Boston University (MA) and has organized several SageMath Days. She gives good talks about the use of SageMath for number theorists, and is also knowledgeable about the use of SageMath for other parts of mathematics.

  • Emily Gunawan is a postdoctoral researcher in algebra and combinatorics at University of Connecticut (CT) and is deeply involved in the Sage-Combinat development. She will talk about the implementation of frieze patterns in SageMath.


  • TBD


  • The workshop will be held in a rented house in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré near Montreal (not in town). The precise location will be announced later. All participants will be accommodated in the house.

Tentative schedule:

The workshop will last five days and will focus on software development.








Introduction to SageMath

Talk by Tania Allard

Talk by Jennifer Balakrishnan

Talk by Emily Gunawan

Open presentations












Definition of the projects and teams

Coding sprints

Exercises and coding sprints

Coding sprints and team challenges



Status Reports

Status Reports

Status Reports

Status Reports

The schedule includes three plenary talks:

  • Best practices for computational science and research, given by Tania Allard (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • SageMath for number theory (even for non-number theorists), given by Jennifer Balakrishnan (Boston University, MA)

  • Implementation of Conway-Coxeter frieze patterns and related topics, given by Emily Gunawan (University of Connecticut, CT)

Since one of the goal is to develop the abilities of the participants, there will be every day coding sprints on elaborated projects. Participants will work in teams created according to their interests. We also plan some time for tutorials and proposed presentations in function of the needs. Each day will end with a status report session. Finally, we want to organize during the week a challenge where teams will compete to conquer coding exercises. Since the workshop will be held in a rented house, the activities will be both during the days and evenings. Therefore, some time will also be dedicated to team-building activities.

A more precise schedule will be announced later.

How to participate:

If you are interested in attending the SageMath Days, please fill out this form BY MAY 20th : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xjq7BPhFSo7K5zIPumwxJDULpDpsIcBd_Lo01T49pZk/ According to the number of persons interested, we will offer the places and all candidates will be inform at the end of May.

All local expenses will be covered for participants, and candidates will be informed of the traveling support they receive with their invitation. As we could probably fund in totality the transportation expenses of some candidates, we encourage you to apply independently of the funding you have access to.


  • Nadia Lafrenière (PhD student at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
  • Élise Vandomme (Postdoc at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)


  • Laboratoire de Combinatoire et d'Informatique Mathématique, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Canada Research Chair in algebra, combinatorics and discrete mathematics
  • Science Faculty of Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Mathematics Department of Université du Québec à Montréal
  • NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Quebec)
  • Europeqn OpenDreamKit project

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