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Conference Programme


Please note - the programme is provisional and subject to change. For details of venues, visit the venue information page.

Wednesday 28th August
Arrival in the evening. Informal gathering for food and drinks in Travelodge Cambridge Central hotel bar.

Thursday 29th August
10am Introductory session and icebreaker activity
10.30am Maths on YouTube - panel session, with speakers Brady Haran (Numberphile), Anand Jagiata (Royal Institution) and Jen (Primrose Kitten)
11am break
12pm Exemplar maths activity workshops* - parallel sessions
1pm lunch (buffet provided)
2pm Guided development workshop - creating or adapting a resource or activity, with science communicator Hana Ayoob
3.30pm break
4pm Demo showcase - showcasing mathematical stage demonstrations
5.30pm Depart for evening activities
Evening - conference dinner (Nines Global Buffet) and pub (The Grain and Hop Store)

Friday 30th August
9.15am Introduction
9.30am Lightning talks* showcasing maths projects and activities
11am break
12pm Is Your Engagement Inclusive? with Sarah Cosgriff
1pm lunch (buffet provided)
2pm Discussion Sessions - topics to include giving and getting feedback, e-learning, working with volunteer teams, evaluation and social media (TBC)
3.30pm break
4pm Writing about maths - panel session, with speakers Marianne Freiberger, Sarah Dick and Simon Singh (joining by video link)
5pm Keynote - "Astonishing Audiences", with Magician Neil Kelso

Neil Kelso is one of the UK's Ten Best Cabaret Stars according to Bored Panda, and uses magic, music, humour, feats of mental and digital dexterity to engage audiences and to convey important messages. Neil performs in and hosts cabarets, theatre shows and spiegeltents around the world. In this keynote, Neil will be sharing live demonstrations and insights into his methods for engaging audiences, cultivating curiosity and wonder, and creating long-lasting memories.

6pm Depart for evening events - smaller coordinated social events (sign up during the day)

Saturday 31st August
9.30am Morning networking activities - including tour of historical mathematical sights in Cambridge, maths puzzle boat trip ("Treasure Punt") with puzzles by Chalkdust team, board games, museum visits and craft session
12.30pm Lunch all together at YMCA and conference close

The sessions will be introduced and compered by Stand-up Mathematician Matt Parker.

If you have any questions about programme content or timings, please contact the Organising Committee.


Attendee Contributed Sessions


Sessions marked with * above will include attendee-contributed content, and we'd like you to get involved. Sessions include:

  • Lightning Talks session - 5-minute talks showcasing maths outreach projects and activities. If you have worked on a maths outreach project, ongoing or short-term, you think people would be interested to hear about, come and share the details. Application form (closing date 1st July)
  • Exemplar maths activity workshops - Showcasing a selection of maths workshops. If you run a workshop you're particularly pleased with, or want to improve, we'll be running multiple sessions in parallel for attendees to watch and give feedback on. Application form (closing date 1st July)