October 29-31
Barcelona, Spain

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Mathematics Awareness, Training, Resource, & Information Exchange

MATRIX 2018 will be held in Barcelona, Spain, in coordination with MMACA.

About the 2018 conference.


MATRIX 2018 will take place in Cornellà de Llobregat and Barcelona, Spain. Presentations and workshops will be hosted at Museu Agbar de les Aigües, Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya (MMACA), and CosmoCaixa. Shuttle service will be available between venues. 200 participants are expected to attend three inspirational conferences, two open-format conferences, and 16 conversation groups.

We welcome participation from:
1.  Math museums around the world;
2.  Those who design/create/operate math exhibits; and
3.  Those who perform math outreach or deliver math programming.

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Open plenary Conferences (OP)

“Art and Maths” – Rinus Roelofs
“Catastrophes, diseases and crimes: risk prediction with mathematics” – Rosario Delgado

Internal inspiring Conferences (IC)

“The Big Data phenomenon” – Marc Torrent
“Impact Evaluation in science vocation” – Gonzalo Remiro, Sergio Marco, Digna Couso
“Role-play of coordinates & function dance” – Anton Aubanell – MMACA

Conversation Groups

Each conversation group will feature five to ten speakers per group of 25 to 50 participants. Speakers will deliver short presentations of three to five minutes in length, followed by an open discussion led by a moderator.

Group Section Title Subject
Group 1 We don’t teach, but they learn. Museum/School
Group 2 There are not small mathematics, there are not small mathematicians Mathematics for children (0-8 years)
Group 3 Is virtual virtuous? Hands-on and virtual hands-on
Group 4 Let’s do something together. International Math Week
Group 5 Don’t be so formal! Museum/Teachers training
Group 6 Mummy, I want to be a scientist! Museums and Scientific Vocation
Group 7 In the museum and for the museum Statistics
Group 8 Go wider, go deeper! Math Dissemination
Group 9 Movement and emotion stimulate creActivity. Math on smart phones
Group 10 Banner at the exit of the museum:
“You are now entering the real museum of mathematics.”
Museum/Reality modelling
Group 11 Is Big Data a Gentle Giant? The Big Data Challenge
Group 12 It’s easy! Well, it’s not so hard!
I mean: it’s hard, but it is fun!
Support for New Museums
Group 13 Sharing is caring. Sharing of Exhibits Ideas
Group 14 I had a lot of fun. I have a lot of questions. Emotion v. Fun
Group 15 Size doesn’t matter. Big or Great?
Group 16 How can I explain it to you? Museum/University

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MATRIX 2018 Schedule (Tentative)

October 29
Registration + Welcome
Conference: “The Big Data Phenomenon”
Fair / Poster Session
Visit to Museu Agbar


Conversation groups (CG1/CG2/CG3)
Conference: “Art and Maths”


October 30
Conversation groups (CG4/CG5/CG6)
Conversation groups (CG7/CG8/CG9)
Visit to MMACA
Conference: “Impact Evaluation in science vocation”
Fair / Poster Session
Visit to Museu Agbar
Visit to CosmoCaixa
Conference: “Catastrophes, diseases and crimes…”
Social Dinner


October 31
Visit to MMACA
Conversation groups (CG10/CG11/CG12)
Conversation groups (CG13/CG14/CG15/CG16)
Conference: “Role-play of coordinates & function dance”
Closing session: Invitation to the IV MATRIX Conference
Optional visit to MMACA

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Museu Agbar de les Aigües            Museu de Matemàtiques de Catalunya                 CosmoCaixa                    

Thanks to everyone who attended the second MATRIX conference, held on 2016 Sept 1 – 3 in Leeds, UK. Attendees included representatives from the following 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Attendees spent several days sharing ideas, experiences, and best practices. Those who attended found the conference to be both informative and enjoyable, and many new friendships were made. Ultimately, the goal of the conference is to help all of us to improve public perception of and engagement with mathematics.