We at Her Maths Story believe in encouraging and empowering self-identifying women to pursue careers in mathematics and beyond. Historically, representation of women in STEM and particularly mathematics has been quite poor, recently more so due to the lack of a multitude of women role models. We want to showcase the variety of careers, non-linear paths and individual decision-making processes to inspire women in different stages of their lives.

We are three women mathematicians that want to empower young women through stories and blog entries to pursue studies and careers in maths, spark their curiosity and transmit enthusiasm for technical subjects. The idea to create a platform like Her Maths Story developed steadily by swapping ideas among a group of friends & colleagues working in the field of applied mathematics. Most of us studied together in Germany or got to know each other later on during the PhD. We spread all over the world and each one of us made her own unique experiences, where we found that we faced common challenges and identified similar problems and opportunities.

Our aim is to provide a platform that is informative, non-judgemental, honest, motivating and enjoyable. We hope you’ll learn about women in STEM in a way that we would have loved to when we were in school or at the beginning of our studies. Last but not least, we’d love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact section.

Joana Grah
PhD Applied Maths

– Scientific Associate in Düsseldorf, Germany
– PostDoc positions in Graz, Austria, and London, UK
– PhD in Applied Maths in Cambridge, UK
– MSc and BSc in Maths in Münster, Germany

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Joana is currently working as a scientific associate at the Heine Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (HeiCAD), University of Düsseldorf, Germany, and responsible for continuing education programmes for all departments on the subject of AI and data science, internal and external interdisciplinary networking and public outreach. Previously, she has been working as a research associate at the Graz University in Technology, Austria, for 2.5 years and at The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK, for 6 months. She received her PhD degree in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2018. Her research interests include mathematical imaging, variational methods, sparse regularisation and machine learning as well as applications in the biomedical sciences.

Tamara Grossmann
PhD Student Applied Maths

– PhD candidate in Applied Maths in Cambridge, UK
– MSc and BSc in Maths in Münster, Germany


Tamara is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics as part of the Cambridge Image Analysis research group and the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information. Her latest research has been on the development of faster methods for non-linear spectral decomposition of images using deep learning. In general, her research interests include inverse problems, image reconstruction, registration and spectral decomposition as well as deep learning.

Julia Kroos
PhD Mathematics and Statistics

– Applied Mathematician at Bayer in Leverkusen, Germany
– PostDoc position in Linz, Austria and in Bilbao, Spain
– PhD in Mathematics and Statistics in Bilbao, Spain
– MSc and BSc in Maths in Münster, Germany

Julia is working as an Applied Mathematician at Bayer in Leverkusen, Germany. Previously, she was a PostDoc at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria and at the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics in Bilbao, Spain. She received her PhD degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain and her research interests include mathematical and statistical methods, data analysis and machine learning techniques with applications in medicine and bioinformatics.


Theresa Stocks for being one of the initiators of this project and developing the main ideas for Her Maths Story together with us.

EWM – European Women in Mathematics for your continued support from the beginning when Her Maths Story was only an idea and in its infancy. We believe it is important to be connected to other women in mathematics organisations, so check out their website for more content on women and maths and so much more.

Jakob Wrobel for helping us set up this website and answering all our wordpress questions patiently.

Photo credits for our cover picture go to Raúl Nistal Riobello.