Friends of IHES Gala 2021

Women in Fundamental Research

Women in Fundamental Research

November 16, 2021 from 6 – 10 PM at the Lotte New York Palace

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 will take 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 will be hybrid. For those who cannot attend in person, we are offering 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. To RSVP for the virtual event, please click here. We will be sharing exclusive video content through our website and offering our virtual guests the ability to participate live in our Fund a Need. Guests who wish to do so can also take part to the auction in advance. For more information about our auction and how to place your bids, please click here.

During this event, we will celebrate women at IHES as well as prominent female figures in tech, finance and science. While paying homage to their achievements, we will learn from their experiences and insight as to how to make the technology, science and business sectors more inclusive. Through this gala, IHES intends to implement actions that will improve and foster a better representation of women at the Institute. 

This event will take place under the high patronage of Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States and Jérémie Robert, Consul General of France in New York.

For more information on our speakers and the 2021 program, please click here.

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is excited to be associated with the gala.

Friends of IHES 2019 Gala Photo Gallery


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