The International Fatma Moalla Award for the Popularization of Mathematics


Scientific Director of the Prize :  Pr. Ali MAALAOUI , CV

TWMA Prize Officer : Pr. Yomna Rébaï, CV.

fmThe International Fatma Moalla Award for the popularization of mathematics was proposed  and put in place by the TWMA in December 2016, following the agreement given by Mrs Fatma Moalla on December 03, 2016.
Mrs Fatma Moalla is the first Tunisian to have been awarded the Agrégation in Mathematics in France in 1961 and the first Tunisian woman to have had the Docorat d’Etat in Mathematics in France in 1965.

It is a bi-annual award.

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The first edition of this award is 2017. Deadline for application: December 31, 2017. For any informations, please send a mail to and to
Next edition in 2019. Deadline for application: December 31, 2019. For any informations, please send a mail to and to
Award Criteria Fatma Moalla

Fatma Moalla Award (PDF Poster)

Poster FM Award 2019


The winner of the first edition 2017 of the International Fatma Moalla Award for the popularization of mathematics id Ms. Sophia Jahns from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany.  The award ceremony will take place in Tunis in November 2018.

Dr. JAHNS Sophia, PhD 2018 Geometry and Topology, 34 years old, Universität Tübingen, Germany.

Dr. JAHNS Sophia’s application for the Fatma Moalla Award was about the geometrization conjecture of 3-dimensional oriented manifolds. The applicant sent a detailed narrative and a presentation entitled: « Getting to know a beetle’s world-classification of closed 3-dimensional manifolds ». The topic is very interesting. More precisely, the way it was presented makes it a perfect fit within the scope of the criteria of the award. The applicant uses a funny notion of a beetle in an imaginary computer game. The motion of the beetle and its ways of discovering its environment are linked to different geometric and topological notions. The presentation is very understandable for general audience and it does follow a certain chronological order from the visual concepts in two dimensions to the three dimensional description of metric and topology and quotients of manifolds, to the last part involving the use of geometric flows.






Winner IFM Poster 2017