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, e (date to be confirmed)legant 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...


Recent and Upcoming Events


16th February 2019 (11am-3pm): Mind the Lab 

Our students and staff members will join other researchers at Waverley train station, to present scientific topics in a fun and interactive way.  Join us, try hands-on mathematical activities, discover the maths behind some of the most mind-blowing magic tricks.


2nd March 2019 (10:30am-12:00pm): Learn How to Run a Maths Circle (Teacher Development Workshop)

In this workshop we will show some of the resources we use during our Maths Circles, and we will give advice on how to run a Maths Circle in your classroom or community centres. Further information can be found here.


2nd March 2019 (1:00pm-4:00pm): Maths Circle

The Edinburgh Maths Circle is an opportunity for children aged 5 to 16 and their families to join us for an afternoon of fun, puzzles, and stimulating hands-on mathematics. More details can be found on this page.


5th-10th April 2019: Edinburgh International Science Festival

At the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, members of the School of Mathematics' Outreach Team join other scientists from the University to show off what it is that makes their subject great, with hands-on exhibits and enthusiastic student volunteers to guide people through the science. 

Join us to discover the Maths behind how planets orbit. Then embarc on a journey towards the frontiers of your imagination to explore the 4D world!  Further information about the time and location can be found here.