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TV personalities attend Bristol Met's Maths Hub conference

Dr Emily Grossman and Johnny Ball delivered workshops and led key speeches at the Boolean Maths Conference at Bristol Metropolitan Academy

Posted by Julian Owen | January 16, 2018 | Events

Nearly 300 delegates attended Bristol Metropolitan Academy's Boolean Maths Conference, an annual event for maths education practitioners from schools across the South West, on January 13.

During the day, delegates heard keynotes from leading mathematicians and educationalists and attended a range of valuable workshops covering a variety of mathematics education topics. Lunch time gave delegates the chance to peruse an exhibition and network with other practitioners.

Among those giving speeches and leading workshops was Dr Emily Grossman, an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens' College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. She campaigns to increase diversity in science and mathematics by encouraging more young people - especially girls - to choose careers in STEM areas, and is a resident member of the panel of experts for Sky1's celebrity panel show 'Duck Quacks Don't Echo', hosted by Lee Mack. 

Also in attendance was Johnny Ball, a supporter of the Boolean Maths Hub, and best known for award-winning TV shows including the BBC's 'Think of a Number' and 'Think Again', and ITV's 'Johnny Ball Reveals All'. His latest book, 'Wonders Beyond Numbers - A Brief History of all things Mathematical', was published in October 2017, by Bloomsbury Press.  

The Maths Hubs programme is funded by the DfE and supported by the NCETM. It brings together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 35 hubs, each locally led by an “outstanding” school or college, in an effort to develop and spread excellent practice. 

Lisa Pollard, Boolean Maths Hub Lead, said: “This conference, marking our fourth year as a Maths Hub, provided a fantastic professional development and networking opportunity for all phases of maths education professionals. Engaging with the Boolean Maths Hub, and the national Maths Hubs Programme, can only improve maths education and raise both attainment and the love of the subject across the South West.” 

For more information, or to get involved with the Boolean Maths Hub, please email

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