BCAM and the UPV/EHU organise different activities within the framework of “March, Month of Mathematics”

  • Bilbao City Council and Metro Bilbao join this initiative to celebrate International Mathematics Day during the month of March

Basque Center for Applied Mathematics – BCAM and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), together with the Bilbao City Council and Metro Bilbao, are collaborating with the project “March, month of mathematics” by organising different activities in Bilbao during March to celebrate International Mathematics Day. In 2019, UNESCO declared March 14th, taking advantage of the popular day of pi (3/14), International Mathematics Day.

March, Month of Mathematics” is an initiative for the dissemination of mathematics designed by Divulgación Matemática (DiMa), with the support of the entire mathematical community and the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology – Ministry of Science and Innovation (FECYT). This year’s motto is “mathematics for a better world”.

Among the activities, there are the exhibitions to be held at different Metro Bilbao stations: Natural Geometry and Mathematics for a better world. The first will be on display at Abando station in March and at Basauri station in April, and will consist of 13 panels of mathematical photography. The second will be available at Moyua station in March and in Portugalete the following month. In this case it consists of an exhibition of 10 panels on current applications of mathematics.

Another of the activities organised by the Basque institutions is the production of 45 mathematical cards with an informative purpose. The cards, which will be distributed in shops, bars, bookshops and cultural centres in the town, are divided into three themes: Mathematics + Literature, Mathematical pastimes and cards Did you know that…?

11 challenges in football from a mathematical perspective is the conference in which Dae-Jin Lee, leader of the Applied Statistics research group at BCAM, will participate together with Jon Larruskain, from Athletic Club’s medical services. This conversation, which will address major challenges in the sports industry from the perspective of mathematical research, will take place on March 3 at 19:00 in the Bidebarrieta Library.

The same library will be the venue for the Pi Day monologues, consisting of different 15-minute talks given by researchers from BCAM and the UPV/EHU:

  • Pedro Alegría (UPV/EHU): Doblando mapas
  • Nicole Cusimano (BCAM): Maths is where the heart is. Cómo las matematicas ayudan a entender el funcionamiento del corazón
  • Javier Fernández de Bobadilla (BCAM): La belleza de las matemáticas solo se muestra a sus seguidores más pacientes
  • Raúl Ibáñez (UPV/EHU): Pi Art: creando arte con el número Pi
  • Marta Macho (UPV/EHU): Matemáticas “retorcidas”: la cinta de Möbius

The monologues can be enjoyed on the 10th at 18:30, both in person and via streaming.

In addition, there will be an exhibition consisting of 10 posters with literary quotes related to mathematics from novels by contemporary writers Mathematics in contemporary literature, with the idea of keeping it for a longer period of time in different libraries in Bilbao, starting with the Bidebarrieta Library during the month of March.

Finally, all the material will be available on the project website to schools in the Basque Country: digital version of the cards, workshops and activities for schools, exhibition materials…