Talking Maths in Public is a conference which runs in the UK every two years, for people who work in, or otherwise participate in, communicating mathematics to the public. The event is independently organised, and funded by ticket sales and grants from mathematical institutions. Our events in 2017 and 2019 both fully sold out and were highly rated by attendees.
TMiP is run by an independent committee of people who work in different areas of maths communication, and the event includes workshops provided by expert guests, discussions on varied topics, networking sessions and chances to share ideas and showcase projects.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, Talking Maths in Public are organising a series of online events for maths communicators to discuss topics related to maths communication, and to keep in contact and network with other maths communicators. The sessions run from 4-5pm, with time for extra Q&A until 5.30pm if needed.
Six sessions took place over the summer, each with a different theme, and with invited guests to share their thoughts and knowledge. We're planning more sessions from September onwards, and details will be added below as we have them - make sure you're signed up to the mailing list to be kept updated about each event.
Thursday 17th September - Teaching Maths CommunicationMany universities offer modules within their maths degrees, or whole masters/degree courses on communication, including specifically maths communication. We'll discuss how these courses are run, what kind of material they cover, and how they can be useful in producing fresh new maths communicators.
Thursday 21st May - Online eventsLive events - science festivals, conferences and talks - have been a major casualty of the crisis. We talk about how to run online events, and how to make them stand out and run smoothly.
Thursday 28th May - Learning new skillsMany have been thrown in at the deep end with the transition to remote working - we discuss and share resources for those who want to learn new skills - and consider the merits of playing to your existing strengths.
Thursday 4th June - Maths communication in universitiesPeople who deliver maths outreach activities as part of a university or large organisation may find this aspect of their work has been disrupted. We discuss what people can still do, and how to still access training.
Thursday 30th April - Catch-up, general networking and discussionThis first session was a chance to see people, catch up and discuss the challenges we face in these unprecedented times.
Thursday 7th May - Online video/conferencing softwareThere are a plethora of formats and platforms for sharing and discussion online - we run through the basics of how to use some, and discuss the pros and cons of different applications.
Thursday 14th May - Making online maths interactiveWhile much of online maths communication can be read or watched, some content also involves interaction. We discuss how these kinds of resources can be used to make online maths communication more engaging.
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Talking Maths in Public (TMiP) is a charitable trust which exists to promote the communication of mathematics to the public in the UK. We are a small not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers which form our Board of Trustees (also known as the TMiP committee).