MCN Newsletter 2016/1

Jan. 18, 2016

Newsletter for the Math Communication Network, a project initiated by IMAGINARY aimed at professionals of math outreach. Learn more about it on the project website.


This is a special issue on 2016 Conferences. Many deadlines are closing in the next weeks.

Remember that you can send us any news you may want to share with the community to


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

The NEF Global Gathering is designed to be a major boost on scientific culture, research and education in Africa. This 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.

Special sessions about mathematics education in Africa are planned, and an exhibition on Mathematics of Planet Earth will be on display during the conference.

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


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.


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.

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

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.

  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 to come soon, or also at

  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 by Helmut Pottmann (Technische Universität Wien), an IMAGINARY exhibition and a Math Film Festival.

  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.

The workshops will address topics as Community, networking and legal aspects; Advances in 2-d and 3-d visualization; Creation of mathematics exhibits; Knowledge transfer and pedagogics; Agile design and tools for maths communication; Mathematical writing, journalism and media; and other similar topics proposed by the participants.

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. 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.

The deadline for proposals for talks and workshops is February 1, 2016 (late submissions still accepted until February 8, 2016).

  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 Posters is open until January 31, 2016.

  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.

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

MATRIX is the bi-annual meeting for the math museums community, organized by the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). This edition will be hosted by MathsWorldUK, and held at the University of Leeds. More information soon.

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

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. Attendance is under acceptance only, applications are open until February 3, 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]).

  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.



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