11th February 2017 | Imperial College London

What is Mathscon?

Mathscon is a series of science events, consisting of a conference and a networking social. It is directed at undergraduates, young researchers and science lovers in general. Each event aims to expose the public to a broad range of aspects and applications that make Mathematics so beautiful.

Keynote Speakers

Passionate about both Mathematics and TED talks? You’ll find nothing cooler than our Mathscon Keynotes given by stars in their fields.

Panel Discussions

Listen to experts’ opinions about key questions that have troubled scientist for centuries.


What better way is there to celebrate Mathematics than to have fun with some of its cool applications?


Socialising with people with a common interest is a key to success, whether you want to go into professional life or academia.

About Blackett

Blackett Laboratory is the home of Imperial College’s Department of Physics in South Kensington. It is in its iconic Lecture Theatre that we will hold our keynotes and panel discussions. The building has high historical significance in the world of theoretical physics. Indeed, it is the site of Mohammed Abdus Salam’s work on the unification of the weak and electromagnetic forces, as well as Professor Tom Kibble’s work which defined the mechanism by which gauge bosons acquire mass via the Higgs field. Expect some great questions and interesting answers!

About Grange City Hotel

After the conference there will be a chance to socialize and chat with fellow students, professors and corporate representatives in our partnered venue. This beautiful 5-star hotel is perfectly located in London’s Downtown District neighbourhood, within a 10-minute walk of Tower of London, The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Following our main programme, we will gather here for an unforgettable social networking event. Around drinks and canapés, you will be able to exchange ideas, meet inspiring people and build new friendships.


Keynote Speakers

Nikki Gupta

Conrad Wolfram

Rob Eastaway

Martin Hairer FRS

Panel: "Was Mathematics discovered or invented?"

Kevin Buzzard

Nicholas Bingham

Jeremy Gray

John Worrall

Madeleine Whybrow


Panel: "How to make more people appreciate Mathematics?"

Alex Bellos

Xue-Mei Li

Richard Thomas FRS

Simon Tavaré FRS

Ruben Tomlin


Panel: "Will machines ever out-think us?"

Linda C M Gross

Peter Bentley

Jack Watts

George Zarkadakis

Marta Garnelo



Charles Dupont

Entrepreneurship Tips

Manuela Dal Borgo

Game Theory

Jonathan Mestel

Chess Grand Master

Liv Boeree

Poker Champion

Christophe Jefferies

Rubik's Cube


08:45 - 09:45RegistrationBlackett Foyer
09:45 - 10:00Official opening of the summitBlackett LT1
10:00 - 10:40Keynote Speech: Conrad Wolfram, co-founder of Wolfram ResearchBlackett LT1
10:40 - 11:30Panel Discussion: was mathematics discovered or invented?Blackett LT1
11:30 - 12:00Catered Coffee BreakBlackett Hall
12:00 - 12:40Keynote Speech: Rob Eastaway, popular mathematics authorBlackett LT1
12:40 - 13:30Panel Discussion: how to make people appreciate mathematics?Blackett LT1
13:30 - 15:00Catered Lunch BreakBlackett Hall
14:00 - 15:00Workshops: Chess, Game Theory, Poker, Rubik's Cube and CareerBlackett Rooms
15:00 - 15:30Keynote Speech: Nikki Gupta, co-founder of Markit EducationBlackett LT1
15:30 - 16:30Panel Discussion: will machines ever out-think us?Blackett LT1
16:30 - 17:00Catered Coffee BreakBlackett Hall
17:00 - 17:45Keynote Speech: Martin Hairer, 2014 fields medalist and Regius Professor at the University of WarwickBlackett LT1
17:45 - 18:00Closing RemarksBlackett LT1
20:00 - 00:00Networking SocialGrange City Hotel
Day Conference: Blackett Laboratory, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AZ
Evening Networking Social: Grange City Hotel, 8-14 Cooper's Row, London, EC3N 2BQ

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