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TMiP Conference 2023

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TMiP 2023 will take place in the Herschel Building at the University of Newcastle. If you have registered for the event, please check your booking confirmation email for relevant information, and keep an eye out for further updates, which will be sent through Eventbrite to the address you have booked with.

The event is supported by Newcastle University, the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and Maplesoft.

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This information is all currently provisional and subject to change. For a full, detailed version of the programme, visit the Full Programme page.

10am - 10.30am
Introductory session and icebreaker activity
10.30am - 11.30am
Panel: Everyday Maths - on how we communicate real-world useful mathematics
11.30am - 12pm
Coffee break
12pm - 1pm
Disability Awareness training - with Michèle Taylor of Ramps on the Moon
1pm - 2pm
Lunch break
2pm - 3.30pm
Parallel Sessions - Skills Workshops with sessions on coding, 3D printing, YouTube video production and Zine making
3.30pm - 4pm
Coffee break
4pm - 5pm
Panel: Maths that Moves - on the use of moving graphics and animation in maths communication
5pm - 5.30pm
Workshop: Audience Research - with guest speaker Hannah-Rose Ford Tomlinson
5.30pm - 6pm
Wrap-up and info about the evening socials
9.30am - 10.30am
Lightning Talks showcasing projects and maths engagement activities
10.30am - 11.30am
Keynote: Anna-Maria Hartkopf - Sci-Comm Research to Practice
11.30am - 12pm
Coffee break
12pm - 1pm
More Lightning Talks showcasing projects and maths engagement activities, plus prizegiving ceremonies
1pm - 2pm
Lunch break
2pm - 3.30pm
Parallel Sessions: Discussions - four topics in two parallel strands (see below)
3.30pm - 4pm
Coffee break
4pm - 4.30pm
Mathematical Art Challenge with Hana Ayoob
4.30pm - 5.15pm
Keynote: Howie Hua
5.15pm - 6pm
Keynote: Chaim Goodman-Strauss
6pm - 6.05pm
Wrap-up and info about the evening socials and Saturday activities
Social Activities including visits to the Science Centre at Life, mathematical puzzle scavenger hunt around the city, board games and mathematical craft activities
12.30pm - 1.30pm
Closing Session and lunch at Newcastle City Library

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

Discussion Sessions

For full descriptions and chair info, see the full programme.

Parallel Sessions - 2pm-2.45pm

  • Room 0: University students and maths outreach
  • Room 1: Maths communication as a cultural endeavour

Parallel Sessions - 2.45pm-3.30pm

  • Room 0: Broadening diversity conversations: intersectionality in audiences and practitioners
  • Room 1: Careers in maths communication

Lightning Talks session

The conference will include two sessions of 5-minute talks showcasing maths outreach projects and activities. Find out what kind of things people have been doing, and who to talk to about getting involved in particular activities. We encourage conference attendees to use this opportunity to share what they've been up to, seek collaborators and get the word out about their projects.

Talks can be on anything: the organisation you work for and what they do, something you've done yourself in your spare time, a blog, column, website, app, event/festival, book/comic/magazine, artwork or anything else as long as it's helping to communicate maths in some way. Each project will be presented as a 5-minute slot, and we will be strict about timing so please make sure you'll be able to tell us about your project in 5 minutes.

We only have a limited number of spaces available for this session, so if you'd like to share your project please input the details in the form, and we'll try to select a cross-section of the applications - to get a diverse snapshot of the kinds of things happening. You'll be notified in advance of the event whether you have been allocated a lightning talk slot or not. Deadline for submissions is Friday 30th June, and we'll inform you of whether you have been allocated a slot within 3 weeks of that date.

To submit a lightning talk for this session, you can use our Lightning Talk Submission Form. Please note that we will only consider talk submissions from registered attendees, so you should register for the conference before submitting one (unless you have a compelling reason otherwise, in which case drop us an email and we can discuss it). This link will also be sent to registered attendees ahead of the event, and included in post-booking confirmation emails.

This session will include a presentation from the recipient of the 2023 MEGA Grant, introduced by Stand-up Mathematician Matt Parker.

Conference tickets are priced at £125 for all three days, and include lunch and refreshments on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the conference dinner on Thursday night, and access to all sessions. Single-day tickets are available at a reduced rate. Dinner on Friday night will need to be paid for by attendees, and we will be organising a range of dinner options for small-group socials, ranging in cost.

In-person tickets do not include accommodation, and this will need to be booked separately. A list of recommended hotels is included further down this page. All conference event venues will be close to public transport links in the city centre, and details will be added here as they are confirmed.

While there are no official sessions on the evening of Wednesday 30th August, the organisers and many attendees will be around and staying over the night before - we will arrange for a nominated location to meet up for dinner/socialising for anyone who wants to join.

Remote tickets cost £30 for the whole event, and all of Thursday and Friday's programmed sessions will be livestreamed with opportunities to interact. All ticket types will be able to access links to recordings of the sessions for a limited time after the event.

Attendees will receive a conference pack including event info, other relevant materials and some goodies and free gifts from our supporting organisations. Remote attendees will get an electronic version of the conference pack, and those based in the UK will be posted a conference pack to a specified address, to arrive ahead of the conference.

In the interests of protecting the environment, we've tried hard to make sure the contents of the conference pack are in general things people will find useful, or otherwise recyclable or consumable. Large print versions will be available.

Bursaries and Funding

We have a limited number of funded bursary places to the conference - for students, low-income and early-career attendees, or anyone who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend. Bursaries will cover full attendance at the event, and travel/accommodation where needed.

To apply for a bursary place, please complete this form by 21st June 2023 - if you need any support, or have any questions about the form, please email Bursary applicants will be notified on 22nd June 2023 and sent a link to register if they are successful.

We also have limited funding available to cover accessibility requirements for attending our online event. If you have additional costs in order to attend, please contact the organisers.

COVID policy

Our event is being held on a busy university campus, in a shared building in which masking isn’t a requirement. We will aim to keep doors and windows open where possible, and our main lecture theatre will have a large capacity allowing for people to sit further apart, but we’re aware that it won’t be possible to guarantee a fully COVID transmission-free environment. Remote attendance is an option for anyone who would find it unsafe to attend under these conditions.

As such we would ask anyone attending the event to take a rapid lateral flow test prior to setting off or arriving at the event. Anyone who tests positive for COVID and is unable to come will be offered a refund of their ticket down to the cost of a remote attendance ticket, which will allow them to access remote sessions and recordings. Please also plan to test during the event, each morning before coming into the building. We will have a limited number of test kits available for people who need them, but please bring your own if possible. If you test positive during the event, we would ask you not to join the remainder of the in-person sessions, and can send you details to join remotely.

If you have any questions about our COVID policy, please contact the organisers on

Venue Details

The conference will take place in Newcastle, which is in the north-east of England in the UK. We will run most of the scheduled conference sessions in rooms in the Herschel Building (NE1 7RY), which houses the university's Mathematics, Statistics and Physics department. Some virtual tours of the building are available on the Newcastle University website. If you have any other questions about the venue or have any accessibility requirements we may be able to help with, please contact the organisers.

Photo of the Herschel Building, a large brick-and-glass university building
Herschel Building (Photo: CC BY-SA Stephen Richards)
Photo of Lecture Theatre 1, a large lecture theatre with tiered green seating
Lecture Theatre 1 (Photo: Newcastle University)

The Herschel Building is located a 3 minute walk from Haymarket Metro Station and Bus Station, and easily accessible by Public Transport.

From Haymarket Metro Station: With your back to the Metro Station, cross over Percy Street and enter George Place (with the INTO Building on your right). The Main Entrance Herschel Building is up the set of stairs in front of you, or via the ramp to your right.

From Haymarket Bus Station: Walk past The Junction Pub in the direction of Haymarket Metro Station. With your back to the Metro Station, cross over Percy Street and enter George Place (with the INTO Building on your right). The Main Entrance Herschel Building is up the set of stairs in front of you, or via the ramp to your right.

Parking on campus Limited car parking is available at the Newcastle University Campus from 4pm onwards at a cost of £1 per hour.

Alternatively, the nearest NCP car parks are:

  • John Dobson Street (NE1 8HL)
  • New Bridge Street (NE1 8AB)
  • Carliol Square (NE1 6UL)


In-person tickets for TMiP do not include accommodation, and this will need to be booked separately. The closest hotel on foot is the Premier Inn at The Gate. But the Herschel Building is right next to Haymarket Metro and bus stations, so hotels in the city centre, Jesmond or next to Central train station are also convenient.

It is 6 minutes from Central Metro station to Haymarket, with step-free access. The Quaycity Voltra Q3 bus between the Quayside and Haymarket runs every 20 minutes. The city centre is quite flat, with a slight uphill walk from Central Station, and a steeper walk from the Quayside.

Suggested hotels

Prices per night for 30th August to 2nd September (checked 2023-04-14).

Other Activities

In addition to the main conference programme, we have several other auxiliary activities taking place in and around the event.

Mathematical Marketplace

A range of mathematical stalls selling things during the lunch breaks. The marketplace will hopefully include products from Maths Gear, mathematical jewellery, and a book table with a selection of titles. If you're coming to the event and have any maths-related bits and bobs to sell, or you'd like to add your book to our book stall, please contact the organisers.

Headshot photos

As with previous events, we'll have the option for a limited number of people to get their photograph taken for them to use in self-promotion and publicity. This will take place during lunch on Friday, somewhere in or near the Herschel building. Priority will be given to people who didn't get one last time!

Swap Table

Take the opportunity to clear out some of your old, unwanted maths outreach kit that still has life in it yet - maths toys, props, resources, games and puzzles that you just don't need any more. We'll supply the table, you fill it with things you don't need and take away whatever you want (remembering to share and play nicely). Anything not taken away at the end of the weekend will be donated to a charity shop.