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2018 Call for Workshops

Chair: Kristóf Fenyvesi
Submission deadline: 01 March 2018

Workshop papers are four, six or eight pages in length and describe activities that lie at the intersection of mathematics and art. The Bridges Conference is looking for workshop activities that have a mathematical component, an artistic component, and clear connections between the two. Every accepted workshop paper will be granted a 90-minute workshop session in the program, during which the authors are expected to lead a workshop described in their paper and answer questions. The rooms provided to the workshop normally have movable furniture, projector and screen. All other equipment, materials and costs needed for the realization of the workshop should be arranged by the workshop presenter.

Here are some additional guidelines that will help in the development of workshop papers:

  • The core of the paper should be the description of an activity. What will participants do in the workshop session, and what materials will be used? A Workshop paper should not simply be a research paper with an implied activity—it should be clear that the authors have a clear plan for how to engage with the audience.
  • The paper should discuss both math and art explicitly, instead of simply assuming that either is self-evident. For example, a paper should not just describe a mathematical model that will be built, but explain why that model is interesting artistically.
  • A Workshop paper/activity could be connected to new mathematical research. If so, it's fine to spend some space in the paper discussing the math, as long as it is in support of the activity and not vice versa.
  • The workshop paper should be novel. However, it is not required that the entire workshop be a brand new activity. Ideally there should at least be some new "angle" or "twist", whether at the level of the underlying mathematics, the activity to be undertaken, or the expected results or outcomes.
  • The Bridges audience really likes papers that teachers could use in their classrooms—that's part of the DNA of Bridges conferences. But more generally, a workshop can be any activity that would appeal to Bridges participants, or to the general public visiting the Bridges Conference during Family Day (
  • If the workshop is geared towards the classroom, the paper should discuss the activity’s pedagogical aspects. It would be great to come away from the workshop being able to answer "what did you learn today?", not just "what did you make today?".
  • Open-ended activities work better than activities designed to produce a pre-determined outcome. That is not a requirement, but we encourage authors to think about opportunities to make activities more open-ended.
  • It is entirely appropriate for a workshop paper to include references.
  • From a practical point of view, the workshop paper should describe the materials, space and apparatus needed. For example, will the presenter need access to a computer lab? Eventually the organizers will have to figure out whether a given workshop is actually feasible.

Prospective authors can visit the Bridges Archive for examples of workshop papers from past years. 

The other rules for regular papers apply to workshop papers too: at least one author must attend the conference, and register by the final manuscript submission deadline. Each conference participant may be the primary author on at most one regular, short, or workshop paper. Workshop papers use the same formatting guidelines and submission process as regular papers.


We will distribute the Proceedings book at the conference. Therefore, there is a tight and firm schedule:

  • Initial submission: 01 March 2018
  • Author notification: 05 April 2018
  • Final manuscript submission: 30 April 2018


If you have any questions about workshop papers, please contact the chair, Kristóf Fenyvesi, at