Marta Macho

Biography of Marta Macho Stadler, Spanish mathematician and science communicator. She is a professor of Geometry and Topology at the University of the Basque Country.

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She is also the editor of the digital space Mujeres con Ciencia, of the Chair of Scientific Culture.

This is one of many examples of your generous commitment to mathematics and women.

Prestigious doctor in Mathematics, Marta Macho shares academic and social recognition in Spain with  María Blasco and Margarita Salas.

Two famous mathematical women are also mentioned on this website: Mary Somerville (1780) and Ada Lovelace (1815).

First steps of this remarkable Spanish mathematician

Marta Macho Stadler was born in Bilbao in 1962.

Bilbao
Bilbao is a port city in the north of Spain. Credit: web centraldereservas.com

In 1985, she graduated in “Mathematics” at the University of the Basque Country.

Three years later, she obtained the “Diplôme d’Études Approfondies” in Pure Mathematics, at the Claude Bernard University, in Lyon, France.

Not content with this, in 1996, she obtained a doctorate in Mathematics at the Claude Bernard University in Lyon.

Teaching works of mathematics Marta Macho

In 1985, she was hired as a part-time professor in the Department of Mathematics of the University of the Basque Country.

Universidad
The University of the Basque Country is divided into three campuses, one in each of the provinces: Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa and Álava. Credit: web deia.eus

In 1986, she got a contract as a “Collaborating Professor” in the Department of Mathematics at the University of the Basque Country.

Starting in 1987, she began to work with Dr. Gilbert Hector, at the Claude Bernard University in Lyon.

She knew how to reconcile her teaching activity at the University of the Basque Country with stays in Lyon, until 1996.

Since 1985, Dr. Marta Macho has always been linked to the University of the Basque Country.

In 2008, her contract changed from “Collaborating Professor” to “Associate Professor“.

Specialty as a mathematics teacher

Her main teaching subject is “Topology and Extension of Topology in the Mathematics Degree“. She exercises it at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of the Basque Country.

Topology
New phases of matter, thanks to topology. Credit: francis.naukas.com

In the classrooms of the “Bizkaia Experience” at the University of the Basque Country, she teaches the optional subject “Mathematics in everyday life: society and culture

Research work of Dr. Marta Macho

From the beginning of her studies in France, Marta Macho dedicated herself to researching the “Geometric Theory of Foliations”.

This branch of mathematics has a lot to do with the “theory of dynamical systems“, and with “non-commutative geometry“.

In these areas, Marta Macho has been part of the research teams; and she has been the researcher responsible for some 30 projects. She has also co-supervised three doctoral theses related to her specialty in mathematics.

Marta Macho carries out intense dissemination work

Her work has resulted in numerous publications, as well as in valuable contributions to national and international mathematics conferences.

In 1999, she was invited to give lectures in St. Petersburg. All of them related to her knowledge about the “theory of foliations and dynamic systems.”

In 2010, the Henri Poincaré Institute in Paris invited her to speak about her research work.
She spoke about the “Commission for Women and Mathematics” of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society.

Poincaré
The Poincaré Institute is dedicated to mathematical research. Located on Pierre and Marie Curie street, in Paris. Credit: diatem.net

Since 2007, she has been part of the research group, “Equations and Singularities“, led by researchers from the University of Valladolid.

Scientific dissemination activities, by Marta Macho

Marta Macho Stadler carries out numerous activities for the dissemination of mathematics.

In addition, it deals with development cooperation and the visibility of women in Mathematics and Science.

Marta Macho’s outreach activities began in 1999. That year she collaborated in the organization of a series of conferences entitled ‘A walk through geometry’.

She masterfully developed this activity during ten academic years.

One of the themes that focus her work of scientific dissemination is the presence of mathematics in literature.

This has led her to study the scientific content and mathematical structure in texts from novels, comics, poetry and plays.

Marta Macho is responsible for the “Literature and Mathematics” section on the DivulgaMAT website of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society.

DivulgaMat is a virtual center dedicated to the dissemination of mathematics.

Dr. Marta Macho often volunteers to participate in cultural or educational centers.

In these cases, her goal is to bring mathematics to both students and the general public.

She also collaborates in the ZTFNews blog of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of the Basque Country.

Her collaboration can be read especially in the section “They do science“.

Similarly, Dr. Marta Macho collaborates in the blog Cuaderno de Cultura Científica.
This blog disseminates to the general public the activities of the Chair of Scientific Culture of the University of the Basque Country.

Marta Macho determined to highlight notable women

Since its creation, on May 8, 2014, Marta Macho is the promoter and co-author of the digital space “Women with science“.
This portal belongs to the Chair of Scientific Culture of the University of the Basque Country.

On the other hand, «Women IN science», where Dr. Marta Macho also collaborates, is a didactic guide about the role of women in the history of science.

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Marta Macho with Izaskun Landa, director of the Basque Institute for Women. Credit: web diariovasco.com on March 2, 2018

Other social activities of Marta Macho

Marta Macho is a luxury for the prestige of the University of the Basque Country.

From 2004 to 2009, she was a member of the Women’s Commission of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society.

She is also part of the Commission for Equality, of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of the Basque Country.

Dr. Marta Macho is a member of the Association of Women Researchers and Technologists.

This non-governmental organization is not for profit.
Integrated by researchers and technologists of various disciplines, it is national
This Association aims to be a voice, a discussion forum and a support network for all female researchers and university students.
Its objective is to help achieve the full participation of women in Research, Science and Technology.

Since 2015, Dr. Marta Macho Stadler has been a member of the Cooperation Council of the University of the Basque Country.

Acknowledgments received by the mathematician Marta Macho

In 2015 she received the Equality Award from the University of Alicante. She was awarded this award, for her informative work and for making visible the contributions of women scientists in social progress.

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Marta Macho in 2015, when she received the Prize from the University of Alicante. Credit: web activatuneurona.wordpress.com

In 2015, she was awarded the medal of the Royal Spanish Mathematics Society, “for her work to disseminate mathematics. Also, for its commitment to equality for women. And for building bridges between mathematics teachers at different educational levels “.

The following year, she was awarded the Emakunde Prize for Equality.

Once again, rewarding her dedication to disseminating and promoting scientific knowledge among women.

In addition, her participation in scientific and academic commissions to promote equality between women and men in the university was recognized.

The award had a gross endowment of 14,400 euros.

Dr. Marta Macho assigned it entirely to refugee women and victims of gender violence, who are studying at the University of the Basque Country.

Articles posted by this remarkable woman

On the portal “women with science“, in which Dr. Marta Macho actively participates, more than 270 excellent biographies of women who have stood out in different fields of science have been published.

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