School of Mathematics


The School of Mathematics is committed not only to doing great new research, but also to telling people about it.

photograph from science festival

We have a talented team of staff and students who work hard to communicate their love of mathematics to the wider community.  Sometimes this is through talks or school masterclasses; sometimes it involves doing exhibitions at science festivals or visiting local schools.  Whatever the medium, our goal is to change the public perception of mathematics as being dull, boring and useless and to show people that maths is actually beautiful, elegant and creative subject that underpins much of modern society.


On this website you can find out more about the events that we organise for the public and for schools, as well as read about our dedicated Mathematics Outreach Team. Visit out Explore Further page to find out about the cutting-edge research being done here at the School of Mathematics, read our magazine, or start planning your mathematical walking tour of Edinburgh...


Upcoming Events

29th August - 2nd September: TechFest Science Festival, Aberdeen

TechFest is Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland's annual festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. During the week beginning 29th August we will be delivering 'Cryptic Challenge' code-breaking workshops for P4-P7 pupils as a part of their Primary and Early Years Programme. The festival will also be running an exciting Public Programme from the 5th to the 18th September - find out more details here.

24th September: Doors Open Day at the School of Mathematics

Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Every weekend in September you can explore places that are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. On 24th September this year, the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings, home of the School of Mathematics, will open its doors and host a range of exciting hands-on activities, from exhibitions and talks to walking tours and live experiments. This year, come along to the James Clerk Maxwell Building to construct your own bridges, create curved towers out of sticks, and design new tiling paterns as you explore the maths of today's architecture.