2017 Miriam Dell Awardee - Vivien Kirk

Vivien Kirk

Vivien Kirk is Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Associate Dean Postgraduate for the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland. Her research is in the field of applied mathematics, developing mathematical methods that can be used to explain and predict the complex behaviour of physical and biological systems.

In 2007, Vivien helped found the Vaughan Park Maths & Physics Retreat, an annual residential workshop that focuses on mentoring, career advice and networking for female scientists. These retreats provide a valuable opportunity for women at any stage in their career to develop their careers.

“For decades, Vivien has underpinned her students’ and colleagues’ successes with wisdom and compassion,” says Professor Cather Simpson, who nominated her for the Award. “Transcending her individual mentoring is her leadership in establishing and fostering a culture of support for female mathematicians and physicists across New Zealand through the establishment of annual retreats for women mathematicians and physicists. This has extended her reach to empower women in science far beyond her office walls.”