Newsletter 2014/3

Aug. 5, 2014

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


In this Newsletter:
  • Mathematics Communication in Korea.
  • Horizon 2020 - Call for Papers.
  • Upcoming conferences.

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Mathematics Communication in Korea

This August, 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.

Bridges Conference and exhibition

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.


Horizon 2020 - Call for projects

There is a call for projects to make science careers and science education attractive for young people. It is carried out under the EU Horizon 2020 project, with a closen-by deadline of October 2, 2014. See the call for more details:


IMAGINARY was approached by a German University and two partners in Serbia to jointly apply for a project. Since submitting such a project is a major effort and requires a lot of human ressources, experience and expertise, we would like to ask the Math Communication Network partners, if somebody has time and interest to join such a project, or - if somebody is already planning a Horizon 2020 application - to collaborate. Details on the idea and content will be shared upon interest (it is related to novel ways of formal and non-formal mathematics communication and education, in the school environment and also outside the school). Please contact if you are interested.


Upcoming Conferences


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

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.


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.


 For any issues about the Network, you can email to or Daniel Ramos at

IMAGINARY is a project by the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach and supported by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung.

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