MCN Newsletter 2017/3

Nov. 22, 2017

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:

  • Jounal of Mathematics and the Arts
  • Fatma Moalla Award for polularization of mathematics
  • Mathematical Advent Calendar
  • Interactive and Intuitive Geometry
  • Forthcoming conferences

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Journal of Mathematics and the Arts

Journal of Mathematics and the Arts (JMA) is a peer reviewed journal that focuses on connections between mathematics and the arts. It publishes articles of interest for readers who are engaged in using mathematics in the creation of works of art, who seek to understand art arising from mathematical or scientific endeavors, or who strive to explore the mathematical implications of artistic works. The term ”art” is intended to include, but not be limited to, two and three dimensional visual art, architecture, drama (stage, screen, or television), prose, poetry, and music. JMA is open for submissions for short mathematical art papers, or Artist’s Statements.

The Journal of Mathematics and the Arts celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, and it gives free access to a selection of 14 articles until the end of the year.


Fatma Moalla Award for Popularization of Mathematics

Mrs Fatma Moalla is the first Tunisian to have been awarded the Agrégation in Mathematics in France in 1961 and the first Tunisian woman to have had the Docorat d’Etat in Mathematics in France in 1965.  The Tunisian Woman Mathematician’s Association (TUNWMA) organizes in her honour the Fatma Moalla award for popularization of mathematics.

The objective of this award is to establish a link between the work of the mathematical community and the general public. This award is to encourage mathematicians to develop a narrative and a presentation explaining a specific concept in mathematics, in a way that it can be understood by a person not having a huge background in math. The subjects can be about a high level theorem and its implication on basic situations that the reader can reflect on, a real life model using mathematical tools to show the usefulness of these tools, or any other innovative idea. Applicants should submit their CV and a narrative and presentation of their idea for communicating a mathematical concept to the public (in form of slides, video or other). Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2017.

Mathematical Advent Calendars

German math institutions organize three 2017 Math Advent calendars. From December 1 to 24, there will be one tricky puzzly daily, which may be solved until December 31. Categories for grades 4-6 and 7-9 are available in German, and the category for grades 10+ is also available in English. (The German grade is equal to the number of school years, for example most students turn 16 in 10th grade.)

There are many prizes to win! Register here to receive the daily puzzle and compete for the prizes.


Interactive and Intuitive Geometry

The University of Lisbon has launched Geometria Intuitiva e Interativa (Gi2), an educational web platform for experiencing geometry. The project is based on the ideas of the book “Intuitive geometry, for the secondary school” (1948) by didactician Emma Castelnuovo, and it uses GeoGebra applets to show different experiences. The platform is complemented by a workshop-classroom for students and teachers training, at Lisbon University.

Currently the Gi2 web is available in English and Portuguese. The project is open to collaborations (new applets, translations, activities), contact for more information.


Forthcoming conferences

22nd Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM 2017) (Chungli, Taiwan, December 15-19, 2017)

The ATCM 2017 is an international conference addressing technology-based issues in all Mathematical Sciences. Thanks to advanced technological tools such as computer algebra systems (CAS), interactive and dynamic geometry, and hand-held devices, the effectiveness of our teaching and learning, and the horizon of our research in mathematics and its applications continue to grow rapidly. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for educators, researchers, teachers and experts in exchanging information regarding enhancing technology to enrich mathematics learning, teaching and research at all levels.

Mathematics & Art at APLIMAT 2018 (Bratislava, Slovakia, February 6 - 8, 2018)

APLIMATH2018 is the 17th international conference on applied mathematics. Besides the scientific program, a special session on Mathematics and Art will be dedicated to its founder, Mauro Francaviglia. For this session, a call for contributions is open to all mathematical artists in the broad sense: visual arts, performing, cultural heritage, architecture and design, science and art… Accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of the conference. Deadline for submissions: November 25, 2017.

13th Gathering for Gardner Conference (G4G13) (Atlanta, GA, United States, April 11 - 13, 2018)

Gathering for Gardner are a series of conferences on recreational mathematics, in honor of the math popularizator Martin Gardner. Besides the bi-annual G4G conferences, they also promote the Celebration of Mind movement (or Martin Gardner Day), consisting on public outreach activities happening on October 21st, the birthday of Martin Gardner. This special day is followed by many science and math outreach organizations worldwide.

CIEAEM 70 (Mostaganem, Algeria, July 15 - 19, 2018)

The International commission for the study and improvement of mathematics teaching (CIEAEM for its acronym in French) is a long trajectory group created in 1950 by mathematicians, psychologists, and teachers to face the challenges on mathematical education in the post-war Europe. Their driving motto was “Living together” as to restore bounds between different countries and social groups. Today’s society faces different problems, but many of the same principles can be transposed to respond to current social challenges. The forthcoming CIAEM conference is entitled “Mathematics and living together. Social process & Didactic principle”, and it will address four sub-topics: Mathematics and sustainable education, Mathematics and multicultural classes, Mathematics and Dialogue with other disciplines, and Rethinking history of mathematics. First announcement in English and French. Call for papers starts November 2017.

4th Creative Mathematical Sciences Communication (CMSC 2018) (Wellington, New Zealand, July 21 – 23, 2018)

Scientists, researchers, teachers, artists of all sorts, will join in the CMSC conference to developing new ways of communicating computational thinking to children and to the public. The topic for this conference will be Computer Science Unplugged, or how to acquire computational thinking without a computer. The call is open for activities in specific art forms (like dance, graphic art, theatre, …) and other presentations. More information to be announced.

Bridges 2018 (Stockholm, Sweden, July 25 - 29, 2018)

Bridges is the biggest conference on Art and Mathematics. The 2018 edition will be hosted by The National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Program, travel, and registration information will be available soon. Deadlines: 1 Feb 2018 (Regular Papers), 1 Mar 2018 (Workshop and Short papers), from 15 Feb to 15 Mar 2018 (Artworks exhibition), from 15 Apr to 15 May 2018 (Short film festival).

6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (Heidelberg, Germany, September 23 - 28, 2018)

Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A. M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize for Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany. Applications to participate: until February 9, 2018.



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