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Wednesday 25th August

1pm - 1.45pm Introductory session and icebreaker activity

We'll welcome everyone to the conference, and then give a chance for you to meet and chat with some of the other attendees using breakout rooms in Zoom.

2pm - 2.45pm Storytelling Workshop

Workshop session with Elin Roberts from the Centre for Life

Storytelling is an important technique in communicating with an audience - it can makes content feel more approachable and human, and engages people's emotions. Science communicator Elin Roberts will share her experience and advice on how to incorporate storytelling techniques into your maths communication work.

Elin Roberts is Head of Public Engagement at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. She is a passionate communicator with a wealth of experience producing and presenting science shows. She has worked with scientists, presenters, teenagers and teachers helping them produce engaging performances. She trains presenters, drawing on her experiences of stages large and small, tame and terrifying to get the most out of their own technique. As a practitioner of science communication she still enjoys the sensation of dried PVA on her fingertips and the smell of freshly applied sticky back plastic.

3pm - 3.45pm What we learned about online/hybrid events this year

Panel session, with Alison Kiddle, Hana Ayoob and Chris McCreery.

This year, many events were converted to online, or hybrid (in-person and online components). We've invited event organisers with experience of running virtual and blended events to share what they've learned about how to organise and run events like this, and how this impacts on the way you deliver maths content in these circumstances.

Hana Ayoob is a speaker, trainer, illustrator and events producer working in Science Communication.

Alison Kiddle is a mathematician, educator and maths communicator based in the East of England.

Chris McCreery is the director of the Northern Ireland Science Festival, which takes place online and across Northern Ireland and has been running since 2015.

4pm - 4.45pm Helen Czerski - Keynote interview

This session will feature an interview with 2020 Ri Christmas Lecturer/Physicist Helen Czerski, discussing her career and her work in popularising physics and science - and how she has risen to the challenge of talking maths in public.

Dr Helen Czerski is a physicist and oceanographer with a passion for science, sport, books, creativity, hot chocolate and investigating the interesting things in life. Her research addresses the physics of breaking waves and bubbles at the ocean surface. She has spent months working on research ships in the Antarctic, the Pacific, the North Atlantic and the Arctic, and is an experienced field scientist.
Helen has been a regular science presenter on the BBC for ten years, covering the physics of the natural world on both BBC2 and BBC4. She was one of the three Royal Institution Christmas Lecturers in 2020. Her first book Storm in a Teacup won the Italian Asimov Prize and the Louis J. Battan Author prize from the American Meteorological Society.


Thursday 26th August

9am - 9.45am & 10am - 10.45am Lightning talks

Registered attendees will be sent a link to propose a talk for the lightning talks sessions. This will be an opportunity for anyone who's involved in any kind of maths outreach project to share the details of what they've been doing, show photographs and give information for anyone who wants to find out more. We hope this will be a chance to find out what kind of things people are up to, and who people should be talking to about specific forms of outreach.

Projects can be anything from 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.

11am - 11.45am Making your activity work for people with special educational needs

Workshop session with science presenter Sarah Bearchell.

Sarah will share her experience of working with children and young adults with special educational needs. You will learn techniques which you can use to improve engagement with all your audiences and have the opportunity to join in with a super-sensory hands-in experiment. It could get messy!
A list of required materials to participate in the interactive parts of this session will be sent out to registered attendees ahead of the session.

Dr Sarah Bearchell has a different approach to science workshop design. She makes all her sessions inclusive and super-sensory from the start. This makes the activities more engaging for everyone. She also writes about science for children's magazines, including Aquila and Whizz Pop Bang.

12pm - 12.45pm Puzzles and Communicating Maths

Lunchtime panel discussion, with speakers Cracking the Cryptic's Mark Goodliffe, New Scientist puzzle adviser Rob Eastaway, and maths educator/puzzle author Sian Zelbo.

Mark Goodliffe has been solving puzzles all his life, and is a 12-time and current Times Crossword Champion. He has also been Times Sudoku Champion twice, and has five times represented the UK at the World Sudoku Championship. With his friend Simon Anthony, he solves sudoku (and occasionally cryptic crosswords) every day for the YouTube channel Cracking the Cryptic.

Dr. Sian Zelbo was a practising lawyer when she decided to return to school to explore her latent interest in mathematics. She is now a mathematics educator based in New York City who helps young people discover and develop their own interest and ability in mathematics through playful activities that focus on mathematical reasoning and problem solving. She is the co-author of Camp Logic, a book of logic puzzles that give children an informal introduction to the very nature of mathematics and its underlying structure.

Rob Eastaway has been Director of Maths Inspiration since it began in 2004. He is an author whose books on everyday maths include the bestselling Why Do Buses Come In Threes? and Maths On the Back of an Envelope. He is the puzzle adviser for New Scientist magazine, and often appears on BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live to talk about the maths of everyday life.

1pm - 2pm Community Showcase

During this session, you're invited to enter our Virtual Exhibition Space in Gather.town, to visit stalls of maths communication organisations and chat to others. The link to the exhibition space will be included in your conference pack and linked to from the Online Event Page in Eventbrite.

List of exhibiting organisations (more TBC):


Friday 27th August

12pm - 12.45pm Lunch social

Conference attendees can join us in Gather.town to have a chat over lunch, with particular discussion areas to drop into conversations on:

  • Being new to Maths Communication
  • Working in Universities
  • Freelancers

Come and join us to catch up and meet other maths communicators from across the UK and the rest of the world.

The link to the lunch space will be included in your conference pack and linked to from the Online Event Page in Eventbrite.

1pm - 1.45pm Parallel Exemplar workshops contributed by attendees

Registered attendees will be sent a link to propose a 30-minute parallel exemplar workshop. This will be an opportunity for a small number of presenters to showcase a 30-minute version of one of their maths outreach workshops - it can be aimed at any audience/ability level. We'd like to show off the kinds of things people are doing in maths outreach, and give the opportunity for the workshop participants to provide feedback to help you improve the workshop.

Since the conference is online, the workshops we're showcasing will need to be run in an online format, and we'd like them to include good examples of engaging online activities - not just an in-person workshop delivered to camera. We'll split the conference attendees between the workshops, and you should aim to run it as you would with its intended audience, although you may include an introduction to put it in context, and take questions afterwards.

2pm - 2.45pm Evaluation

Workshop session with evaluation expert and science communicator Jamie Gallagher.

Successful public engagement can benefit research, researchers and the public – but how do you go about demonstrating this change? Evaluation of engagement doesn’t just help us demonstrate the value of our PE initiatives but can help bring us closer to our audiences by giving the non-specialists a strong clear voice.

This workshop will guide you through the best evaluation processes showing you When, Why and crucially How to use evaluation to give you reliable and clear data. Demonstrate success to funders; learn how to improve your processes and have a better understanding of the people you are connecting with.

Dr Jamie Gallagher is an award-winning freelance communicator and engagement professional with ten years’ experience in the delivery and evaluation of quality engagement projects. Working across dozens of institutions and subject areas he has helped researchers improve the reach, profile and impact of research engagement in almost every academic discipline. He has delivered training around the world. Specialising in evaluation, Jamie provides consultancy services to charities and universities helping them to demonstrate their impact and understand their audiences and stakeholders.

3pm - 3.45pm Discussion sessions - parallel sessions on different topics TBC

The topics for this year's discussion programme are currently TBC, and the programme will comprise four 20-minute discussions in two parallel tracks, on topics chosen from the following based on attendee interest at sign-up. The four topics will be chosen from:

  • How do we communicate maths in a blended world (online + in-person)?
  • Should we use under(post)graduates to deliver maths outreach?
  • What does a good Maths Museum/Exhibition look like?
  • How do we address digital poverty as maths communicators?
  • How do we address the representation problem in maths communication?
  • How do we reach audiences in deprived areas?
  • Can maths be communicated effectively through fiction, poetry, art, etc?
  • Do we do enough outreach to 'grown-ups'?

4pm - 4.30pm End-of-day session

We'll take the opportunity to thank everyone who's taken part in the conference, share some useful resources and circulate evaluation/feedback opportunities for the formal sessions of the conference. The remainder of the conference will consist of more informal networking activities.

Evening Virtual Social

Attendees can once again join us in Gather.town, to socialise and take part in some activities, including an online pub quiz with a mathematical flavour, hosted by Martin Harris of Threads & Tangents.

The link to the social space will be included in your conference pack and linked to from the Online Event Page in Eventbrite.


Saturday 28th August

10am Online networking activities

Including online puzzle activity designed by Chalkdust Magazine's Matthew Scroggs, online board games and craft session.

A selection of activities will be available to participate in during this two-hour slot, and details/sign-ups will be circulated during the conference.

12pm-12.30pm Conference close

Incorporating a 'Show & Tell' segment of things you've learned/recommendations.

We'll be offering participants a chance to share their favourite moments from this year's TMiP, and other useful/interesting/enjoyable maths-comm-related things people might be interested in. Volunteers to share will be encouraged to come forward during the session. We'll include as many as we have time for!


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