Black Heroes of Mathematics Conference

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The British Society for the History of MathematicsThe International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the London Mathematical Society, are holding a two day virtual conference on Black Heroes of Mathematics, 26-27 October 2020.

The Vision of the conference is “To celebrate the inspirational contributions of black role models to the field of mathematics”.

There will be a balance of technical talks by internationally renowned black speakers that include some detail of career paths and experience to provide a testimonial dimension.

Speakers include Professor Edray Goins [Pomona College], Professor Nkechi Agwu [CUNY], Professor Tannie Liverpool [University of Bristol] and Dr Angela Tabiri [AIMS Ghana] to name a few.

There will be two sessions 26 October 2020 [morning and afternoon] and two sessions on 27 October [afternoon and early evening] and a line-up of international speakers. The second session each day will be a questions and discussion session hosted by Dr Nira Chamberlain, President of the IMA.

Pre-recorded talks will be available during the first session each day [these will be pre-released by a few hours]. The questions and discussion sessions each day will be hosted in real time.

All talks are accessible to a wide audience.


To attend this virtual conference, please fill out the registration form here.

Invited Speakers:

Professor Nkechi Agwu (CUNY)
Dr Spencer Becker-Kahn (University of Cambridge)
Professor Edray Goins (Pomona College)
Dr Howard Haughton (King’s College London)
Professor Tannie Liverpool (University of Bristol)
Dr Angela Tabiri (Aims Ghana)

Tentative Programme:

26th October
10:00am Welcome – Dr Nira Chamberlain
10:10am Dr Angela Tabiri
10:40am Break
10:50am Dr Howard Haughton
11:20am Break
11:30am Professor Tannie Liverpool
12:00pm Break
13:00pm Panel Discussion
14:30pm Finish

27th October
14:00pm Welcome – Dr Nira Chamberlain
14:10pm Dr Spencer Becker-Kahn
14:40pm Break
14:50pm Professor Nkechi Agwu
15:20pm Break
15:30pm Professor Edray Goins
16:00pm Break
18:00pm Panel Discussion
19:30pm Finish
*Please note that times are subject to change

Further information

For general conference queries please contact the Conferences Team (

E-mail: Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.

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