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This is a list of past and forthcoming conferences in math communication, recreational mathematics and affine topics.


Forthcoming conferences

Tecnologías en la Divulgación Matemática, DI-MA (Zaragoza, Spain, May 10 - 11, 2018)

This is a foundational conference for the Spanish network of math dissemination (DIvulgación de MAtemática). Short communications can be proposed until April 16th.

Ecsite Annual Conference 2018 (Geneva, Switzerland, June 7 - 9, 2018)

Ecsite is the European Network of Science Centers and Museums. This is the largest gathering on Science Museums in Europe. On this edition there will be math-oriented sessions such as Mathematical interactive exhibits and bodily engagement, Four mixed reality games for learning science (featuring Holo-Math), What's new in touring exhibitions - 1 (featuring Mathematics of Planet Earth), and other related sessions. Early registration until April 18.

CADGME - Conference on Digital Tools in Mathematics Education (Coimbra, Portugal, June 26-29, 2018)

This is the 7th CADGME conference, devoted to the use of IT technologies in math education. The conference will be arranged around four important themes — Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Assessment — using any digital tools. Typical examples of such technologies include Computer Algebra Systems (CAS), Dynamic Geometry Software (DGS), Theorem Proving Systems (TPS) and many combinations of these. The conference also welcomes new horizons in technology-related areas not only mathematics, but science, technology, engineering, and arts education (STEaM disciplines). Early registration until May 1st.

CIEAEM 70 (Mostaganem, Algeria, July 15 - 19, 2018)

The International commission for the study and improvement of mathematics teaching (CIEAEM for its acronym in French) is a long trajectory group created in 1950 by mathematicians, psychologists, and teachers to face the challenges on mathematical education in the post-war Europe. Their driving motto was "Living together" as to restore bounds between different countries and social groups. Today's society faces different problems, but many of the same principles can be transposed to respond to social challenges. The forthcoming CIAEM conference is entitled "Mathematics and living together. Social process & Didactic principle", and it will address four sub-topics: Mathematics and sustainable education, Mathematics and multicultural classes, Mathematics and Dialogue with other disciplines, and Rethinking history of mathematics. First announcement in English and French. Call for papers starts November 2017.

4th Creative Mathematical Sciences Communication (CMSC 2018) (Wellington, New Zealand, July 21 - 23, 2018)

Scientists, researchers, teachers, artists of all sorts, will join in the CMSC conference to developing new ways of communicating computational thinking to children and to the public. The CMSC conference series was initiated in 2013 with considerable support from Google. The aim is to explore new ways of communicating mathematical sciences, focusing on algorithmic and computational thinking. The impulse is to build on materials and activities such as Computer Science Unplugged.

The call is open for activities in specific art forms (like dance, graphic art, theatre, …) and other presentations. Abstracts deadline: 15 May.

Bridges 2018 (Stockholm, Sweden, July 25 - 29, 2018)

Bridges is the biggest conference on Art and Mathematics. The 2018 edition will be hosted by The National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Program, travel, and registration information will be available soon. Deadlines: 1 Feb 2018 (Regular Papers), 1 Mar 2018 (Workshop and Short papers), from 15 Feb to 15 Mar 2018 (Artworks exhibition), from 15 Apr to 15 May 2018 (Short film festival).

AFRICME 5(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, August 29 - 31, 2018)

The Aga Khan University (AKU) Institute for Educational Development East Africa, in collaboration with the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) organizes the fifth Africa Regional Congress of ICMI on Mathematical Education (AFRICME). Focus of the program will be on key developments and research in mathematics education in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the Eastern and South-Eastern countries. Participants will be able to meet with educators and experts from the continent and get some insights into the African mathematics traditions.

Mathematics Education in the Digital Age (MEDA) (Copenhagen, Denmark, September 5 - 7, 2018)

A conference organized by the European society for research in mathematics education (ERME), examines how new technologies affect the development of mathematics and its education. The specific topics are: 1) Mathematics teacher education and professional development in the digital age. 2) Mathematics curriculum development and task design in the digital age. 3) Theoretical perspectives and methodologies/approaches for researching mathematics education in the digital age.

Call for papers open, deadline March 15, 2018.

7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (7OSME) (Oxford, United Kingdom, September 5 - 7, 2018)

The OSME meeting is one of the most important gatherings of the origami community around the world. Previous meetings, held approximately every four years, have been highly successful; the community has grown exponentially, which is demonstrated by the fact that over 300 participants attended in the 6OSME in Tokyo. The meeting proceedings have become the definitive guide for advanced origami research.

Call for participation is open for origami artists who create artistic objects, mathematicians who model origami or use origami to solve other mathematics problems, scientists who explore folding or biological objects, engineers who use origami to tackle problems in the virtual and real worlds, and educators who use origami to inspire younger generations.

Registration is open from February 6.

6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (Heidelberg, Germany, September 23 - 28, 2018)

Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize for Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany. Applications to participate: until February 9, 2018.

MATRIX conference 2018 (Barcelona, Spain, October 28 - 31, 2018)


11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation (Bonn, Germany, November 7 - 9, 2018)

The 11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation (Science communication Forum) takes place from 7 to 9 November 2018 in Bonn, Germany. About 500 professionals in science communication and science marketing participate in the conference every year. The conference is organized by Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in dialog), which promotes discussion and exchange about research in Germany. Call for proposals open until April 16th.

IC18 IMAGINARY CONFERENCE 2018 (Montevideo, Uruguay, December 5 - 8, 2018)


Past conferences (2018)

13th Gathering for Gardner Conference (G4G13) (Atlanta, GA, United States, April 11 - 13, 2018)

Gathering for Gardner are a series of conferences on recreational mathematics, in honor of the math popularizator Martin Gardner. Besides the bi-annual G4G conferences, they also promote the Celebration of Mind movement (or Martin Gardner Day), consisting on public outreach activities happening on October 21st, the birthday of Martin Gardner. This special day is followed by many science and math outreach organizations worldwide.

Mathematics & Art at APLIMAT 2018 (Bratislava, Slovakia, February 6 - 8, 2018)

APLIMATH2018 is the 17th international conference on applied mathematics. Besider the scientific program, a special session on Mathematics and Art will be dedicated to its founder, Mauro Francaviglia. For this session, a call for contributions is open to all mathematical artists in the broad sense: visual arts, performing, cultural heritage, architecture and design, science and art... Accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of the conference. Deadline for submissions: November 25, 2017.

Past conferences (2017)

22nd Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM 2017) (Chungli, Taiwan, December 15-19, 2017)

The ATCM 2017 is an international conference addressing technology-based issues in all Mathematical Sciences. Thanks to advanced technological tools such as computer algebra systems (CAS), interactive and dynamic geometry, and hand-held devices, the effectiveness of our teaching and learning, and the horizon of our research in mathematics and its applications continue to grow rapidly. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for educators, researchers, teachers and experts in exchanging information regarding enhancing technology to enrich mathematics learning, teaching and research at all levels.

STEAMed Finland 2017 (Jyväskylä, Finland, December 15 - 16, 2017)

Conference on Artificial intelligence in learning, arts and society.

MathsJam Annual Gathering (Staffordshire, United Kingdom, November 11 - 12, 2017)

MathsJam is a multi-national movement of math enthusiasts for meeting in bars and cafés of cities where MatsJam is present, usually once a month, to discuss recreational mathematics, puzzles and riddles, and other mathematical amusements, in a relaxed ambient. You can check if there are MathsJams in your city here, there are 86 cities around the world. Once a year, a big MathsJam Annual Gathering is held. The 2017 edtion will take place on 11th and 12th November, at Staffordshire (United Kingdom). Registration is open.

Global Math Week 2017 (October 10 - 17, 2017)

The Global Math Week 2017 is a coordinated teaching event all around the world when participants (teachers, schools, institutions) will perform the same workshop and activities across countries. The name for this workshop is “Exploding dots”, it is addressed to primary and secondary school students, and it is freely available as a series of videos, texts and activities for any teacher that wishes to deliver it on the Global Math Week or use it on its courses. The activity can take from 15 minutes of classroom time to any amount of time desired.

Exploding dots is an intuitive method to understand our positional numeral system using dots in boxes. With this method, one can get an understanding of base n numbers, review and understand how we perform the basic operations, but also polynomial operations, geometric series, and other less elementary topics.

The Global Math Week is part of the Global Math Project, founded by math communicator James Tanton to engage people in mathematics worldwide. Their activities, amongst others, include conferences for students and public, workshops with teachers, and meetings with supporting “Ambassadors”, mathematicians and educators that help spreading the project.

Teachers and math communicators are called to participate and spread the word of this event. More than 1.4 million students have already participated in the Exploding dots activities. Ambassadors, supporters and donors are welcome. Learn more at the website or get in contact at

Talking maths in public (Bath, United Kingdom, September 1 - 2, 2017)

MOVES 2017 (New York, United States, August 6 – 8, 2017)

Bridges 21017 (Waterloo (Ontario), Canada, July 27 – 31, 2017)

National Math Festival (Washington D.C., United States, April 22, 2017)

Workshop on Mathematics and its Public (Wuppertal, Germany, March 23 - 24, 2017)

This workshop (Mathematik und ihre Öffentlichkeiten) will be held at the Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung, (IZWT) at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany. The main goal is to investigate the relation between mathematics and its public. The workshop will be held in German language. The call for participation (30 minutes presentations) is open until June 15, 2016.

Recreational Mathematics Colloquium V (Lisbon, Portugal, January 28 - 31, 2017)

This conference series, also known as Gathering for Gardner Europe (G4G Europe), are organized by the Portuguese association Ludus. The submission of abstracts and contributions is open until November 15, 2016.

Past conferences (2016)

7th Annual MathsJam Gathering (Stone, United Kingdom, November 12 - 13, 2016)

The MathsJam Gathering is an annual meeting of people to come together and play with recreational maths. The weekend is a mixture of lightning talks and play. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning have some 28 talks each, with each talk lasting just 5 minutes. Saturday evening has activities that people can drop in on and enjoy, or wander past and observe. Generous gaps between scheduled sessions provides plenty of time for conversation, exploration, and play. Early-bird discount of 10% available until September 18th.

NAMES 2016 Conference (Amman, Jordan, October 26 - 28, 2016)

NAMES is the North Africa and Middle East Science centers network. This conference is aimed to science communicators in the region, it will be hosted by the Children's Museum Jordan, and the main topic of the conference is "Reach". Submissions to participate open until January 31, 2016.

3rd Creative Mathematical Sciences Communication Conference (Lübeck, Germany, October 4 - 7, 2016)

The Creative Mathematical Sciences Communication conference (CMSC) explores new ways of popularizing the rich mathematics underlying computer science, including outdoor activities, art, dance, drama and all forms of storytelling. How to explain your mathematical research to your colleagues down the hall, in different disciplines, government, to your kids, mom. Join with others for an enjoyable time exploring these issues and creating new popularization activities.

This is the third event in a conference series that explores new ways of helping students to achieve 21st Century competencies in mathematics and computer science. The previous conferences, held in Darwin, Australia, in 2013 and in Chennai, India, in 2014 saw a unique interaction between computer science / mathematics researchers and educators and artists (theatre, dance, graphic arts).

The CMSC has several aspects.

  • Involve and support researchers to share the frontiers of computer science and mathematics with children and the general public.
  • Research communication is a “two-way street”. Explaining your research can inspire new research questions. For example, Mike Fellows describes how “Kid Crypto” inspired the new research of Polly Cracker crypto systems.
  • Future directions of Computer Science Unplugged! Discuss with Tim Bell, Mike Fellows and others future directions of this grass-roots movement, which is now translated into 19 languages.
  • Storyfull, whole-body, kinesthetic math activities. Demonstrate and design new whole body activities that connect math with the inner self and community. Design activities that include cultural understanding and relevance. Demonstrate activities that foster curiosity, enthusiasm and perseverance.
  • Expand computational thinking across the curriculum, and explore how mathematical thinking strategies nurture 21st Century competencies.
  • Policy makers in government, business and industry. What are the issues and unanswered questions of executives and policy makers?

Deadlines: abstracts 10 June 2016, submissions 8 July 2016, early registration 15 August 2016.

ESMA Conference (European Society for Mathematics and the Arts) (Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 21 - 25, 2016)

The next ESMA conference will give the opportunity to have a new large exhibition. New artworks will be particularly welcomed. The main themes of the conference are:

  • Mathematical tools and software for the creation of artistic scientific visualizations.
  • Analysis of artistic/mathematical works from the mathematical/artistic point of view.
  • Pedagogical uses of scientific artistic works.

If you intend to show some of your work please inform the organizers ([1], [2]) as early as possible in order to prepare a catalogue in time. Contributors are invited to send a first abstract before January 30th, 2016, their full paper before June 15th, 2016, to any member of the scientific committee: ([3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13]).

4th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (Heidelberg, Germany, September 18 - 23, 2016)

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is the annual conference where Abel, Fields and Turing Laureates meet the next generation of mathematicians and computer scientists. The forum is a mixture of lectures given by the prize recipients, and social events where participants can approach the laureates and get a close interaction with them. The program will be complemented by an exhibition on Konrad Zuse, the father of the first programmable computer. Attendance to the Forum is under acceptance only, applications are open until February 3.

MATRIX Conference 2016 (site) (Leeds, United Kingdom, September 1-3, 2016)

MATRIX (Mathematics Awareness, Training, Resource, & Information Exchange) is the bi-annual meeting for the math museums and math outreach community, organized by the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). This edition will be co-organized and hosted by MathsWorldUK, and held at the University of Leeds. It is a gathering of people interested in improving the public perception and engagement with mathematics. The aim of the conference is to share ideas, experiences and best practice in the area of maths outreach.

The conference will include public lectures by Hannah Fry and Tadashi Tokieda along with a large number of 20-minute talks. Participants are invited to propose topics for presentations or discussion, as soon as possible to ensure inclusion in the programme. If agreed by the programme committee in advance, presenters can register before 24th May with a reduced registration fee.

Bridges 2016 (Jyväskylä, Finland, August 9-13, 2016)

The Bridges Conference is the world’s largest interdisciplinary conference on mathematics and art. The annual meeting on 2016 will take place in Finland. The conference will feature presentations of full and short papers, hands-on workshops, invited talks, a juried art exhibition, a math/art short movie festival, a theater event, a music night, a mathematical poetry reading, a math/art excursion, a public day, and more. Papers will be published in the refereed conference proceedings.

The Student Travel Scholarship program is open for funding young participants.

Deadlines for submissions: Regular Papers: 1 February 2016, Workshop Papers: 1 March 2016, Short Papers: 15 March 2016, Artworks: between 15 February and 15 March 2016, Movies: between 15 April and 15 May 2016.

ISSC 2016 International Conference: The Logics of Image: Visualization, Iconicity, Imagination and Human Creativity (Santorini, Greece, July 25 - 30, 2016)

Conference organized by the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry (see also here). From a standpoint of epistemology and philosophy of science, visualization and perception of reality, this conference aims to bring together scientists, engineers, philosophers and artists of numerous disciplines to discuss transversally topics such as the logic of images, visual communication, creativity, iconicity, and other affine subjects. Submissions deadline, May 1. Registration deadline: June 2.

13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME13) (Hamburg, Germany, July 24 - 31, 2016)

The Society of Didactics of Mathematics (Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Mathematik - GDM) will host ICME-13 in 2016 in Germany, under the auspices of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI). The conference features a target group TSG7 on Popularisation of Maths. The call for submission of Papers and Posters is open from 1st Sept. to 1st Oct. 2015.

IMAGINARY Conference 2016 (Berlin, Germany, July 20-23, 2016)

IMAGINARY Conference on Open and Collaborative Communication of Mathematical Research 2016 (IC16) is an interdisciplinary gathering for mathematicians, communicators and interested professionals to discuss and work together on current issues of communication and knowledge transfer in mathematics. Experts in the fields of mathematical research, didactics, computer science, architecture, design, law, and media research are invited to establish a comprehensive analysis of mathematics communication today and to develop new perspectives.

This conference will break the classical scheme of successive talks, and will propose a mixture of conventional talks together with parallel workshops, that aim to generate tangible outputs during the conference, with the active involvement of the participants. The workshops will address the following main topics:

  • A. Community, networking and legal aspects.
  • B. Advances in 2-d and 3-d visualization of modern mathematics, creation of mathematics exhibits.
  • C. Knowledge transfer and pedagogics of mathematics communication.
  • D. Agile design and tools for maths communication.
  • E. Mathematical writing, journalism and media.

Proposals for talks and workshops can be submitted until February 1, 2016. Talks are short presentations of 15+5 min aimed to all the participants. Workshops are projects to be developed in up to 11h during three afternoons, and will run in parallel in small groups of up to 15 participants. A short summary of the workshops will be presented at the end of the conference.

An exhibition corner will be also available, participants are invited to display exhibits or other items to the conference.

Maths communication at the 7th European Congress of Mathematics (7ECM) (Berlin, Germany, July 18-22, 2016)

The cultural program of the conference include a Next Generation Outreach Lecture by Peter Scholze (Universität Bonn), a Public Lecture Helmut Pottmann (Technische Universität Wien), an IMAGINARY exhibition and a Math Film Festival.

Symmetry Festival 2016 (Vienna, Austria, July 18-22, 2016)

The International Symmetry Association (ISA) organizes the multidisciplinary conference and art festival "Symmetry Festival 2016", hosted by the Technische Universität Wien (Vienna, Austria). The event will include an international scientific conference (talks, workshops), an art exhibition (contemporary art, origami...), teacher programs, book shows, concerts, performances, movies, a family day, public program and more. The ISA conferences gather since 1989 a broad spectrum of scientists, Nobel Laureates, recognized artists, educators and other distinguished people working in scientific and artistic fields related to the phenomena of symmetry.

The Symmetry Festival 2016 will orbit around three main topics: Symmetry and Matter, Symmetry and Life, and Symmetry and Interdisciplinarity. Papers can be submitted and will be peer-reviewed before presentation and publication. Selected papers will appear in the proceedings issue of the Journal of Symmetry: Culture and Science. Other accepted papers will appear online.

Deadlines: Extended abstracts (max 4 p.), 15 February 2016; Notification on acceptance, 15 April 2016; Final papers, 15 May 2016; Early Bird Registration, 1 June 2016; Cancellation Deadline, 1 June 2016.

More information at

International Conference on Mathematics and Mathematics Education at IMO2016 (Hong Kong, China, July 10 - 13, 2016)

This conference will be co-organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Southeast Asian Mathematical Society and will take place together with the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong. The theme of the conference is “Popularization of Mathematics”. The aim is to provide a forum for mathematicians, mathematics educators, teachers and students to communicate, exchange and discuss research ideas, findings and new advances in mathematics and mathematics education. The conference will also strengthen the collaboration between researchers from different countries in the region and around the world.

MEI Conference 2016 (Bath, United Kingdom, June 30 - July 2, 2016)

The MEI Conference is an annual three-day event run by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) for 11-19 mathematics teachers of all specifications.

Illustrating Mathematics at ICERM (Providence (Rhode Island), United States, June 27 - July 1, 2016)

The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) holds this conference to bring together mathematicians from a range of fields, and practitioners from the digital arts (animation, 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC routing, virtual reality, computer games, etc). The attendees will share their expertise in mathematics and with the procedural tools used to illustrate mathematics. In addition to talks in the traditional style, several workshops will take place to train attendees about a variety of digital media, in particular 3D printing.

Ecsite Annual Conference 2016 (Graz, Austria, June 9 - 11, 2016)

Ecsite is the European Network of Science Centers and Museums. This is the largest gathering on Science Museums in Europe. This year's theme is "Colors of Cooperation". The program will be released on February 24, 2016, and the registration for participation will be open.

14th Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference: The Global Conference on Science Communication (Istanbul, Turkey, April 26 28, 2016)

A conference organized by the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology.

Next Einstein Forum (Dakar, Senegal, March 8 - 10, 2016)

The first NEF Global Gathering will be hosted by H. E. President Macky Sall in Dakar, Senegal from the 8-10 March, 2016. The three-day NEF Global Gathering will showcase often underreported scientific progress in Africa, holding up the NEF Fellows as examples of the exceptional scientific potential and progress across Africa.

Held every two years, NEF Global Gatherings will unite more than 500 of the brightest thinkers and distinguished stakeholders from around the world. NEF Global Gatherings showcase 15 of Africa’s top young scientists and connect them with leaders from Africa and the rest of the world in high-profile, invitation-only forums. These leading scientists, policymakers, business people, journalists, civil-society representatives and entrepreneurs will highlight breakthrough discoveries and catalyse scientific collaboration for human development.

By bringing the world to Africa, the NEF will issue a strong call for business investment in African science and government policies that fuel research and innovation. Global leaders will look at issues that can be advanced by frontier science like infrastructure, STEM potential and scientific entrepreneurship. Participants will also have focused discussions that will move from policy to practice.

Unique to the Global Gathering, 50 percent of participants will be young (under age 42) representing all countries in Africa. At least 40 percent of attendees will be women and the Global Gathering aims to feature 50 percent participants from Africa and 50 percent from the rest of the world. In addition, the conference languages will be English and French, with simultaneous translation throughout.

Attendance is by invitation only. If you would like more information, contact

Past conferences (2015)

MoSAIC Festival at MIT Museum (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, December 11-12, 2015)

MoSAIC (Mathematics of Science, Art, Industry, Culture) events are small gatherings on Mathematics and Art organized by BRIDGES. This event will be hosted at the Museum of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Nationale MINT-Lehrer-Kongress (Berlin, Germany, December 9, 2015)

A teachers conference about STEM education [14].

International Math Outreach Workshop at BIRS (Banff, Alberta, Canada, November 22-27, 2015)

The Banff International Research Station will host the "International Math Outreach Workshop" workshop from November 22nd to November 27th, 2015.

Some 40 mathematics experts from all over the world will gather at the BIRS research center for a 5-day workshop to share their experience in reaching out to kids to show them that mathematics is a lively topic and that it offers many interesting challenges. The participants will establish the best strategies for showing to kids, to their parents and to the general public that mathematics is very important in today's society, that it helps us to better understand the world we live in, that it is essential for the good of our economy and that it contributes to improving our quality of life.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).

The Science of Beauty (Edinburgh, United Kingdom, November 10-11, 2015)

This will be a two-day conference, drawn from the fields of mathematics, physics, philosophy and neuroscience, seeking answers to questions such as: What is common to the experience of beauty derived from sensory, cognitive and moral sources? What is the relationship between aesthetic judgment and aesthetic experience? And what is the grander biological significance of the experience of beauty? The conference was announced during the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2014, by Michael Atiyah and Semir Zeki.

MathsJam Conference (Staffordshire, United Kingdom, November 7 - 8, 2015)

MathsJams are gatherings for like-minded mathematically inclined people with an interest in problem solving and puzzles. Monthly meetings are held in various locations across UK (and some outside UK), and once a year a big conference is organized. A MathsJam is a chance to share, discuss, solve or be confounded by a vast array of mathematical puzzles in a friendly, informal and inspirational atmosphere.

AIMS-IMAGINARY Workshop, Exhibition and Roadshow (M'Bour Thiès, Senegal, November 2-5, 2015)

This is the second edition of the AIMS-IMAGINARY Maths and Science Roadshow, Workshop and Exhibition, aimed to inspire and encourage the next generation of mathematicians and scientists in Africa. The event will consist on four different activities:

  • The AIMS-IMAGINARY Roadshow, displaying various visual and hands-on exhibits. This activity is aimed to school and university students and is guided by an expert.
  • Workshops, for discussion by interested participants wishing to share ideas and plan for future similar activities.
  • Exhibition at AIMS Senegal, aimed to a wider and general audience.
  • A Science Slam, where competing teams explain a science subject to an audience.

Math and Science communicators linked to the African continent are especially invited to participate.

Espace Mathématique Francophone (Algiers, Algeria, October 10-14, 2015)

The Espace Mathématique Francophone is a society devoted to the education in mathematics in the French-speaking world. It organizes scientific meetings every 3 years in French-speaking countries, being next year in Algeria. Amongst other didactic and pedagogic topics, the conference will feature a Special Project "Vulgarisation des mathématiques" that will expand 3 time slots for a total of 5h30m of working time of a reduced team in the subject.

MOVES 2015 (New York, United States, August 2-4, 2015)

MOVES (Mathematics Of Various Entertaining Subjects) is a conference on recreational mathematics organized by the National Museum of Mathematics (New York). This second edition of MOVES is devoted to combinatorial game theory, with key lectures from the mathematicians John Conway, Elwyn Berlekamp, and Richard Guy. The conference will feature dozens of talks on current research in recreational mathematics, as well as several mathematical activities. Papers building on work of Berlekamp, Conway and Guy are particularly encouraged for submission.

Bridges 2015 (Baltimore, USA, July 29 - August 1, 2015)

Bridges is the annual conference on Art and Mathematics, one of the most renowned meetings in the field. Bridges Baltimore 2015 will feature talks and artworks presenting the latest ideas in mathematics and the arts from experts around the world, including regular and short papers, invited talks, hands-on workshops, a Visual Art Exhibition, a Short Movie Festival, a Musical Event, a Theater Event, a Mathematical Poetry Event, a Giant Zometool Construction, and an excursion.

In the month prior to the start of Bridges, the Towson University Center for the Arts will be hosting an exhibition featuring a selection of works of mathematical art.

The conference is now open for submissions on new works on several categories: regular papers, workshop papers, short papers, artworks for the exhibition, and short movies. Check deadlines in the conference page.

Recreational mathematics IV (Lisbon, Portugal, January 24-27, 2015)

The Ludus Association, totgether with the Portuguese Mathematical Society, Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia (CIUHCT), and Ciência Viva, will organize the Recreational Mathematics Colloquium IV. This is part of a series of conferences under the umbrella of Gathering for Gardner (G4G). The event will take place at Pavilhão do Conhecimento.

The Colloquium will be a Show and Tell of bright pearls of Mathematics, with varied levels of sophistication, entertaining many audiences. Its main goal is to foster mathematical appreciation, an important step if we are to see improvements in the future generations.

Past conferences (until 2014)

Creative Mathematical Sciences Communication (Chennai, India, December 9-12, 2014)

This is a second in a conference series that explores new ways of helping students achieve 21st Century competencies in mathematics and computer science, which includes math activities across the curriculum. The first conference in the series, held in Charles Darwin University, Northern Territories, Australia, from August 2 to 8, 2013, saw a unique interaction between artists (theatre, dance, graphic arts) and mathematicians / math educators. Importantly, the conference aims to engage research mathematical scientists in outreach and communication. Bringing together researchers, educators and communicators committed to bringing exploration and discovery into classrooms and among the educated public, the conference hopes to explore new ways of thinking initiated by Computer Science Unplugged and other similar efforts in the 1990s.

Maths Communication in Africa (Cape Town, South Africa, November 5-7, 2014)

Organized by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in South Africa and IMAGINARY. The objective of this conference is to exchange experiences in communicating mathematics internationally with a focus on the African continent as well as to plan concrete math outreach activities in various African countries.

MoSAIC mini-conference (Berkeley, United States, October 3-4, 2014)

MoSAIC is a collaborative effort sponsored and funded by MSRI (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute) and administered by the Bridges organization. MoSAIC consists on a series of interdisciplinary mini conferences and festivals on mathematical connections in science, art, industry, and culture, to be held in colleges and universities around the United States and abroad.

First mini-conference was held on 3-4 October at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, California. Several others to come soon.

MATRIX (Dresden, Germany, September 18-20, 2014)

MATRIX (Mathematics Awareness, Training, Resource, & Information Exchange) is organized by the Museum of Mathematics (New York) and Erlebnisland Mathematik (Dresden). It is aimed to representatives of math museums worldwide, and also to creators, designers and operators of math exhibits and other math outreach activities.

Mathematics Communication at ICM 2014 (Seoul, Korea, August 20, 2014)

Coinciding with the International Congress of Mathematicians ICM 2014, there are several math communication activities in Seoul and South Korea.

  • ICM Mathematics Popularization Day

This is a special open session at ICM concerning all aspects of mathematics education, from elementary school to higher education, mathematical literacy and popularization of mathematics. With lectures by Étienne Ghys, “The internet and the popularization of mathematics”, and Günter M. Ziegler, “Teaching and learning ‘What is mathematics’”. August 20, 15:00 at COEX, Seoul.


This ICM panel consists of a mathematics vision slam titled “Mathematics communication for the future”, where professionals in the field of mathematics communication will present their visions for future mathematics communication. The panel will be introduced by Gert-Martin Greuel and the vision talks will be given by Cédric Villani, David Grünberg, Carla Cederbaum, and Hyungju Park. August 20, 15:00 at COEX, Seoul.

During the ICM conference the NIMS-IMAGINARY exhibition will be on display at COEX, access is free for all visitors. This exhibition will be the largest exhibition of IMAGINARY so far, with the exhibits of “Through the eyes of mathematics”, “Mathematics of planet Earth” and some other exhibits contributed by the users of the IMAGINARY platform for this special occasion. The exhibition is organized by the National Institute of Mathematical Sciences (NIMS), South Korea.

Also, the Bridges 2014 conference takes place the same days in Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul.

Bridges 2014 (Seoul, Korea, August 14-19, 2014)

Bridges is the world’s largest interdisciplinary conference on Mathematics and Art. This year the conference takes place next to the ICM at Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul. The conference will feature presentations of full and short papers, hands-on workshops, inviteded talks, an art exhibition, a math/art short movie festival, a theratre night, a music night, a mathematical poetry reading, a math /art excusion, a family day, and more. From August 14 to August 19, 2014, at Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul.

Ecsite annual conference 2014 (The Hague, Netherlands, May 22-24, 2014)

Ecsite is the European Network of Science Centers and Museums. This is the largest gathering on Science Museums in Europe. On mathematics, there will be a session “Complex problems, simple math: Rich tasks for communicating Mathematics” from Centre for Life (Newcastle, UK), a poster session from MMACA (Barcelona, Spain) and a poster session from IMAGINARY (Oberwolfach, Germany).

Mathematics and Computation in Music (Paris, France, June 15-17, 2011)

The 3rd International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM 2011) took place on June 15-17, 2011 at IRCAM, the Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music in Paris, France. MCM 2011 was integrated into IRCAM’s most important artistic event of the season, the Agora Music Festival. As in the case of the first two conferences (2007 in Berlin and 2009 at Yale University), this conference aimed to provide a multi-disciplinary platform dedicated to the communication and exchange of ideas amongst researchers involved in mathematics, computer science, music theory, composition, musicology, or other related disciplines. The keynote presentations featured the renowned composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, founder and honorary director of IRCAM, Fields medalist Alain Connes, philosopher Alain Badiou and computer-scientist Stephen Wolfram. MCM 2011 was also accompanied by a series of conference-related artistic events (concerts, exhibitions, workshops, …) organized in collaboration with some of the most important cultural and educational centers of France, such as the Centre Pompidou and Universcience.