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Talking Maths in Public

A Maths Communication Conference

University of Bath · 1st-2nd September 2017

Supported by

with additional support from


Our conference is now full! If you're already booked to attend, we look forward to seeing you in September. If you have missed out this time, we hope the conference will run every two years, so watch this space for details of the 2019 TMiP conference. If you have any questions, please email


Talking Maths in Public is a conference for people who work in, or otherwise participate in, communicating mathematics to the public. It will be a chance for us to get together and participate in workshops, share ideas and get to know each other. The event will run over two days, starting on the Friday morning, and continuing until Saturday afternoon. The two days will include workshops provided by expert guests, discussions on varied topics, networking sessions and chances to share ideas and showcase projects.

The conference fee is £55 and includes: attendance at all sessions, access to all workshops, lunch/refreshments, and an informal conference buffet dinner on the Friday night in Bath city centre.

Accommodation for the event is available in the University of Bath’s student halls, in The Quads. Our deadline for booking accommodation through the conference has now passed, so you will need to arrange your own accommodation separately by contacting their conferencing team (email link). While there are no formal sessions on the Thursday night, there will be a nominated venue for those arriving early to meet up and socialise.

For anyone booked to stay in the accommodation, the reception desk to check in is at East Accommodation Centre, which is listed on the Campus Map (PDF) as Woodland Court. The desk will be manned until 4am for you to check in. Bed linen and towels are provided, and free Wi-fi is included.

Workshops will include:

  • Performance and stage training, with science presenter James Soper
  • Introduction to stand-up comedy, with comedian and presenter Timandra Harkness
  • Writing books about maths, with author Rob Eastaway and editor Jim Martin from Bloomsbury Sigma
  • Freelance skills, with freelance public engagement project manager Rachel Mason
  • Accessibility training, on giving talks and designing events and materials with accessibility in mind, with Alison Kiddle from NRICH
  • Photographer available to take publicity photos/headshots for your own use
  • Guided development workshop for a session or resource, with Ben Sparks (University of Bath) and Sam Durbin (The Royal Institution) - bring along your ideas and work on them with others

We’ll be holding a series of discussion sessions on different topics, including the relationship between outreach and education, outreach to primary age groups, online outreach, and improving presentation/production values. We will also be including an open session for people to share stories and details of maths outreach projects they’ve worked on (see below for details), and a puzzles and games lunch session to finish the conference.

The conference will be hosted by Stand-up Mathematician Matt Parker, who will introduce the sessions and compère the open session.

The hashtag for the event will be #TMIP17.


The Talking Maths in Public Conference will take place at the University of Bath on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September 2017. The provisional timings for the event are below, and topics for the discussion sessions will be added here once finalised. All details are subject to change.

Provisional Event Schedule

(All details subject to change)

Friday 1st September
10.00 Arrivals and refreshments
10.30 Opening plenary and ice breaker activity
11.00 Presenter skills workshop (James Soper)
12.00 Refreshment break
12.30 Freelance skills workshop (Rachel Mason)
13.00 Accessibility workshop (Alison Kiddle)
13.30 Lunch (photographer available)
14.30 Books workshop (Rob Eastaway and Jim Martin)
(followed by a short comfort break)
15.30 Discussion sessions - two parallel strands
(including refreshments)
17.00 Comedy workshop (Timandra Harkness)
18.00 Optional: Meet at a nominated pub in Bath city centre
19.30 Conference dinner in Bath city centre

Saturday 2nd September
9.00 Refreshments and welcome
9.30 Project presentations from delegates
11.00 Refreshment break
11.30 Guided development workshop (Ben & Sam )
12.30 Feedback from discussion sessions (Katie & Kevin)
13.00 Final plenary
13.30 Lunch with puzzles and games
15.00 Conference ends

Project Presentations Session

We'll be holding a session on the Saturday at which attendees can present for 5 minutes to showcase a project, organisation or other medium in which they do maths outreach. We'll have a limited time available but have selected a range of topics and backgrounds from submissions received, so attendees can get a snapshot of the kind of maths outreach that is happening.

All those speaking during this session have now been notified. If you would still like to let people know about what you're doing, we will have a table/board where you can put up information/posters/flyers others can look at during the event.

Code of Conduct

We have a Code of Conduct (PDF), which we hope all attendees can read and follow.

Venue information

Address: University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

Getting to the Uni

From the city centre, the University is approximately 1.8 miles away, up a large steep hill - a 35 minute walk from the train station, or a 23-minute cycle (including a 163 metre climb). Buses provided by First Group and Wessex Bus - a First daysaver ticket costs £2.50, and an adult Wessex daysaver is £3.50, but tickets are not interchangeable between providers. The last bus back up to the university each evening departs from near the train station at 11.37pm. Local taxi firms include Abbey Taxis, who can be contacted on 01225 444 444. Uber coverage is also available.

If you're planning to drive to the event, you can indicate this on your order form when you book, and we will contact you with details of parking at the university.

Within the University

Please note, some of the room details below have changed from those previously advertised.

We will be holding our sessions in the mathematics department of the University, which is situated in 4 West. The main conference sessions will take place in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre (4W 1.7) on the ground floor, and for the times when parallel sessions take place (3.30pm-4.30pm on the Friday), we will also be using 4W 1.2.

During the conference, the room 4W 1.1 will be available as a 'quiet room', for attendees who wish to work quietly or make use of a quiet space away from the event. Lunch will be served in the atrium/corridor outside Wolfson on the ground floor. All the spaces we'll be using are wheelchair accessible, and more access information is available on the DisabledGo website entry for 4 West.

Evening Events

The conference dinner, and evening pub social events, will take place in Bath City Centre. For those not in a car, there are buses available to take people between the Uni and the city (see above for details), and the organisers will be leading a party at an appropriate time after sessions finish, to be announced in the final session. Taxis are also available, and Abbey Taxis is a local firm who can be contacted on 01225 444 444. Uber coverage is also available. We do not recommend that you try to walk back - the hill is very steep!

If you wish to drive, the best car park is Southgate Car Park, which is right next to our dinner venue (£2 for parking 6pm-midnight, postcode BA1 1TP). Please be aware that Bath has some interesting one-way systems and bus lanes, and the road layout has changed in the past few years - please do not rely on an out-of-date Sat Nav to direct you into the city centre.

Our designated meeting place for Thursday evening is the Bath Brew House - we've booked a space in the main bar (ground floor area, wheelchair accessible; level access is available through the side door of the pub, to the left) from 6pm. They serve a large selection of drinks, plus food until 10pm (last orders 9.45). For the ale drinkers they also have their own brewery. They are a 10 minute (fairly flat) walk from Bath Spa station, or there are various buses which go from the station or bus station next door and stop outside the pub. The address for directions is: 14 James St W, Bath BA1 2BX. All food and drink on Thursday evening is at your own expense.

After sessions finish on Friday we will be meeting for a pre-dinner drink at The Huntsman - we've booked a room upstairs which can accommodate about half of our number, and we also have a table reserved downstairs (slight step at entrance, wheelchair accessible). We'll be there from about 6.15 until 7.15, when we will proceed to Jimmy's Restaurant for dinner. To get to the Huntsman you can take the bus from campus and get off at North Parade (the stop on the bridge). The Huntsman should be directly across from you. The address is 1 Terrace Walk, North Parade, Bath BA1 1LY.

Dinner will be a buffet at Jimmy's Restaurant, which serves a range of world cuisine. Our tables will be on the first floor, but lift access is available and the area we've booked is wheelchair accessible. Dinner is included in the conference fee, and will include your first drink (individual drinks, or a bottle of wine shared between three people). Further drinks may be purchased separately. The address is 6-8 Dorchester St, Bath BA1 1SS.

If you wish to have a drink after dinner, please feel free to explore Bath and the many pubs on offer. We highly recommend spending some time in the city on Saturday afternoon if you can.

If you have any further questions about the conference, including about access requirements, booking your ticket/accommodation, attending for a single day, the content or timing of the sessions, or anything else, please email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Event organising committee

Kevin Houston

Kevin Houston

University of Leeds

Katie Steckles

Katie Steckles

Think Maths/freelance

Sam Durbin

Sam Durbin

The Royal Institution

Ben Sparks

Ben Sparks

University of Bath/FMSP