Communicating Mathematics

August 8-11, 2022. Cornell University + Online

Communicating Mathematics is a 4-day workshop for mathematicians who are interested in working on how we, as a community, communicate our research to fellow mathematicians, to students, and to the public.

We aim to bring together math faculty (from postdocs to senior researchers and lecturers) for lively discussion and workshops centered on issues of communication.


A small number of talks were recorded and can be viewed until September 5th on the recordings page

We will eventually compile some links and resources on the resources page; however, the organizers have some students, math, admin, etc duties to attend to right now!! Check back later for updates.

Click here for our schedule and abstracts.

Planned workshop sessions include:

• Engaging the public in mathematical discourse

• Communicating with fellow mathematicians:

Narrative in mathematical writing

How do we do better with academic publishing?

What makes a good research talk?

Dissemination, describing your research and its impacts to non-specialists

• Inclusivity and communication in the classroom

• Mathematics for the common good

• Communicating to policymakers

• Community outreach: communicating mathematics to young people.

• Advocating for your program and department with academic administration

Speakers and panelists:

Moon Duchin (Tufts University / MGGG redistricting lab) math and civil rights

Jordan Ellenberg (University of Wisconsin) communicating to the broader public

Rochelle Gutiérrez (UIUC) • communicating change

Robert Harrington (AMS Publishing) academic publishing panel

Michelle Manes (University of Hawaii, American Institute of Mathematics) • communicating broader impacts of research

John Meier (Provost, Lafayette college) • advocating for your department

Lillian Pierce (Duke University) • academic writing and publishing - what can journals do?

Mary Lynn Reed (RIT) • communicating the big picture

David Savitt (Johns Hopkins) • advocating for your department

Karen Saxe (AMS Office of government relations) • communicating with policymakers

Steve Strogatz (Cornell University) • communicating with mathematicians and the broader public

Peter Trapa (Dean of College of Science, University of Utah) • advocating for your department

Sam Vandervelde (Proof School) • outreach and communication with future mathematicians

Bianca Viray (University of Washington) communicating with mathematicians

Amie Wilkinson (University of Chicago) conference colloquium

. . .and more!

Who should attend? This conference is aimed at researchers and mathematics faculty, from recent-phd postdocs to senior faculty, in all areas of math. Advanced phd students with teaching/research experience may also benefit.

We hope to be able to reach a much broader audience with spinoff conferences in the future, and hope many others will be inspired to run communication workshops in different settings and with even broader audiences in mind! But for this event, expect focused discussion between an audience largely composed of college math faculty.

Workshops will run concurrently in person and online (on U.S. eastern time) over zoom.

Register here to attend!

Organizers: Kathryn Mann (Cornell), Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins), Jennifer Taback (Bowdoin)

With generous support from the National Science Foundation and Cornell University

Header and poster design by Maia Pietraho