MCN Newsletter 2015/2

Apr. 13, 2015

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.


In this Newsletter:

  • Upcoming conferences.
  • New exhibitions.
  • Africa.
  • Calls for collaboration.

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


Upcoming conferences

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 this 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. The Call for participation is open.

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.The conference accepts submissions on new works on several categories: regular papers, workshop papers, short papers, artworks for the exhibition, and short movies.

New exhibitions

Hypathia - Alexandrian Mathematics: 405-2015

Through this brand new exhibition, the Museum of Calculation Mateureka (Italy) aims to remember and honour Hypatia of Alexandria, the first woman mathematician who has become a symbol of freedom of thought, 1600 years after her death. The exhibition will be on display at MATEUREKA Museo del Calcolo - Pennabilli (Rimini) – Italy from April 4 to August 30, 2015.


The science center Inspirata (Leipzig, Germany) has performed a major renewal of the 2008 exhibition MatheMachen (Making Maths) in Berlin, in collaboration with the Mathematics Institute of the Leipzig University. Main topics of the exhibition are numbers, geometry, symmetry and cryptography. The exhibition is aimed at children from 9 to 14 years old, in guided visits with schools, and it is open to all the family every 4h Saturday of the month.


Mathemafrica is designed to be a blogging platform for bloggers writing about mathematics within Africa and those who are blogging about mathematics with relevance to Africa. The platform, based in South Africa, aims to be multilingual and multiblogger, giving a voice to anyone who wants to discuss mathematics, and a source of information and inspiration for anyone who would like to know how mathematics might be relevant to them.

Mathemafrica calls to all bloggers and math disseminators connected to Africa to get in touch with the project. Translators are highly welcome. Should you speak a South African language (Xhosa or Tswana, Venda or Afrikaans, or any of the other 11 official languages of this country) or any other language used throughout Africa, be that Shona or Arabic, Portuguese or Somali; your collaboration will be immensely appreciated. Contact through or via Facebook.

Calls for collaboration

GeCla competitions in schools

Atractor (Porto, Portugal) launched recently a new version of the program GeCla (short for Generator and Classifier), to explore the symmetries of patterns/friezes or rosettes in the plane.
GeCla allows you to generate a pattern, a frieze or a rosette with a previously chosen kind of symmetry starting from an asymmetric motif. It allows the classification (with or without help from the program) of the patterns, friezes, rosettes obtained in this manner. GeCla also includes a competition option that can be used via the Internet.
Atractor is looking for schools wishing to participate in GeCla competitions - schools/teachers interested should contact Atractor:
More information in Atractor’s site.

Exhibtition in Heidelberg

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (Heidelberg, Germany) calls for modules and exhibitors for a math exhibition on the topic Mathematics of Planet Earth, to be on display July 5 - August 30, 2015, at Karlstorbahnhof venue in Heidelberg, Germany. Rental offers are very welcome. Please contact:

Mathematics in Europe: Seeking Translators

We are looking for translators as part of the Translation Project of Mathematics in Europe, from the European Mathematical Society. The texts to be translated are articles of math popularization, about 2.5 pages long each. The candidates must hold a masters degree or higher in mathematics and have studied this degree in their mother tongue. The person can only translate into the mother tongue but can give multiple langues he or she is proficient in, in terms of translating from that language. In particular, we are looking for German and English native speakers who can translate from Italian. All translations are paid at a flat rate of €150 per translation. Anyone interested, should send an email to


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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