Friends of IHES Gala 2021

Women in Fundamental Research

Women in Fundamental Research

November 16, 2021

Important strides have been made in the field of women’s empowerment but women still remain largely underrepresented in science and mathematics, male-dominated domains. Much more must be done to ensure that female mathematicians and scientists are equally represented, not least at IHES, where 2021 marks the arrival of Laure Saint-Raymond as the first female permanent professor.

This edition of the Friends of IHES gala took place on November 16, 2021 at the Lotte New York Palace from 6 – 10 PM. In addition, for the first time ever, the Friends of IHES Gala was hybrid. For those who could not attend in person, we offered our supporters the opportunity to join us virtually for an hour-long exclusive event including a livestream from the gala room with honoree Marilyn Simons.

During this event, we celebrated women at IHES as well as prominent female figures in tech, finance and science. Through this gala, IHES intends to implement actions that will improve and foster a better representation of women at the Institute. 

Friends of IHES 2021 Gala Photo Gallery


  • Today, more Americans visit IHES for research than any other nationality.
  • The Institute offers its researchers an exceptional work environment and total freedom of research.
  • Basic research often leads to essential breakthroughs and IHES exists to keep it alive and thriving.
  • Theoretical sciences are a powerful tool to understanding the fundamental laws of the Universe. 
  • Genius belongs to no single nation. Be part of the international chain of knowledge and join the IHES network of donors.