Date & time

Tue, 8 Nov 2016
11:00 - 16:00


University of Salford
The Crescent
Salford, M5 4PD

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About this day

Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?

At our interactive and inspirational day they will discover how classroom maths is used by people everyday in fields from statistics, engineering and cyber security to research mathematics. Five renowned speakers from universities, industries and the media reveal mathematics at its very best and your students will have a whole lot of fun along the way! This day also features a special session with hints and tips for examination success.

Programme & speakers

Maths’ greatest unsolved puzzles Katie Steckles, Mathematician and Communicator

Every mathematical question is a puzzle and there’ll be plenty of puzzles for you to chew over while mathematician Katie Steckles introduces questions that still leave mathematicians stumped, from simple-sounding number and shape problems, to mind-bending fundamental questions.

Katie Steckles

About Katie Steckles

Katie is a mathematician based in Manchester, who talks about mathematics at universities, schools events, festivals, on BBC radio and TV, in books and on the internet.

Steve Mould: Mathematical Obsession Steve Mould, Maths and science communicator

Steve can be a bit obsessive at times.  Especially with numbers.  Join him on his descent into madness as he recounts his adventures.  Adventures that start with a simple mathematical curiosity and end up on prime time TV.

Steve Mould

About Steve Mould

Steve Mould is a maths & science presenter and comedian who appears as the science expert on TV and radio. He has a YouTube channel with more than 100,000 subscribers.

Juggling: Theory and Practice Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler

Colin will demonstrate a selection of patterns and skills of juggling while at the same time developing a simple method of describing and annotating a class of juggling patterns.  By using elementary mathematics these patterns can be classified, leading to a simple way to describe those patterns that are known already, and a technique for discovering new ones.

Colin Wright

About Colin Wright

Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.

The Creation of Number Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher

Where do numbers come from? Is maths created or discovered? Join Ben for a whistle-stop tour of the exciting bits in the development of number, from integers, rationals, irrationals, all the way to complex numbers – with proofs and fractals thrown in…

Ben Sparks

About Ben Sparks

Ben is a mathematician, musician and teacher, based at the University of Bath. He regularly gives talks and workshops to schools.  Ben still gets surprisingly excited about imaginary numbers.

Maths, murder and malaria Steve Le Comber, Queen Mary University of London

In a talk spanning mathematics, Jack the Ripper, great white sharks and the Gestapo, Steve will explain how he used geographic profiling to investigate the identity of the artist Banksy and how he reanalysed a Gestapo case from the 1940s that formed the basis of a famous novel.

Steve Le Comber

About Steve Le Comber

Steve’s research covers a wide range of subjects within evolutionary biology, including mathematical and computer models of molecular evolution. Much of this work focuses on the mathematics of spatial patterns