Black Heroes of Mathematics Conference 2021

It was a pleasure and privilege to be involved in the Black Heroes of Mathematics Conference for the second year running. In this year’s conference I presented a talk explaining why being numerate is so important and I shone a light on the hidden problem of poor numeracy in the UK. 

Here is the video of my talk about Numeracy in the UK: https://media.ed.ac.uk/media/1_w0dcpq5a

A slide from my talk about Numeracy in the UK.

On the second day of the conference, I also took part in a discussion panel about ‘Maths Education’. Panellists included Dr Mark RichardsDr Angela Tabiri, Lauryn Mwale, Professor Clifford V Johnson and Professor Carla Faria. It was great to hear their inspiring maths stories and to debate how maths education can be made more accessible for everyone. 

The two day conference by The British Society for the History of Mathematicsthe International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applicationsthe Isaac Newton Institutethe London Mathematical Society, and the Mathematical Association was chaired by the brilliant Dr Nira Chamberlain.

The Vision of the conference is “To celebrate the inspirational contributions of black role models to the field of Mathematics and Mathematics Education”. There was a balance of technical talks by internationally renowned black speakers that included some details of career paths and experiences that provided a testimonial dimension. 

The conference was free to attend and here is the PROGRAMME

If you have any ideas about how we can make the UK more numerate or how to get more people loving maths, do get in touch! #MathsIsForEveryone

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