AMSI/AustMS Workshop on
Mathematical Thinking

14—16 November, 2018

Venue: X803, NewSpace (City Campus), The University of Newcastle

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Workshop delegates may wish to extend their stay and attend the other workshops, "Diagrammatic Reasoning in Higher Education" (9-11 November) and "Effective Visualisation in the Mathematical Sciences 3" (13 November).


Public Lecture

Rachel Bachman and Eriks Stern will hold a public lecture on Thursday evening.

The venue for the public lecture is room X101 in NewSpace, in the University of Newcastle's city campus in Newcastle.


Mathematics underpins much of the scientific and technological progress of modernity. This workshop will bring together experts to study the conceptual and neurological basis of mathematical thought and creativity, different aspects of which are associated with brain structures evolved for different purposes. We will explore links to machine learning, which plays a critical role as a model for cognition, as well as cognitive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and pure and applied mathematics.

At this workshop, we will target discussions at forming new interdisciplinary collaborations and formulating concrete research questions with a view towards major grant applications in the ARC Discovery and linkage programmes, among others. Expected benefits arising from such collaborations include machine learning improvements, computer assistance for mathematical research and other high-level cognitive tasks, and improved insight into mathematics education at all levels.

Themes represented at this workshop include:


The following persons are confirmed speakers for the workshop:


Contributed talks on all aspects of Mathematical Thinking are welcome.

Public Lecture

Rachel Bachman and Eriks Stern will hold a public lecture on Thursday evening.

The venue for the public lecture is room X101 in NewSpace, in the University of Newcastle's city campus in Newcastle.

Special Semester on Mathematical Thinking

This workshop forms a part of CARMA's Special Semester on Mathematical Thinking, which also includes the Diagrammatic Reasoning in Higher Education workshop and the third workshop on Effective Visualisation in the Mathematical Sciences.

Women In Maths Special Interest Group

A special Women In Maths Special Interest Group (WIMSIG) lunch will be held on Thursday, 1pm to 2.30pm, organised by CARMA Director Natalie Thamwattana. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Conference Booklet

You can now download the conference booklet.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now open: please sign-up for our on-line system to submit an abstract. Please indicate your preference for a 20- or 40-minute talk; neither is more prestigious than the other, the distinction merely allows greater flexibility.


Registration is now open via the workshop Eventbrite page. The registration fees are as follows:

Normal AMSI, AustMS and ANZIAM Members:$50
Concession Members (retired / students)$25
Single-day registration:$25

AMSI Travel Funding

This event is sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). AMSI allocates a travel allowance annually to each of its member universities (for a list of members, see Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply to the Head of Mathematical Sciences for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of the departmental travel allowance. Visit for details.


The workshop will be held at NewSpace, the University of Newcastle's city campus, in room X803.

NOTE: the Mathematics & Movement session will be held in the Concert Hall of Newcastle City Hall.

Provisional Schedule

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Accommodation Suggestions

There are two main areas with hotels and backpacker accommodation — Newcastle East and Honeysuckle, within easy walking distance of each other and the conference venue. Honeysuckle is a popular area with lots of restaurants with great views across the harbour. Additionally, the website sometimes has good deals.

Newcastle East: Honeysuckle:

Travelling to Newcastle

From Newcastle Airport
For those arriving at the Newcastle Airport we recommend taking a taxi to Newcastle. The taxi rank is adjacent to the arrivals area of the terminal. Newcastle Taxis can be contacted directly, free-of-charge, on the dedicated taxi phone located in the arrivals end of the terminal.

Alternatively, you can catch the 130 or 131 bus from the Newcastle Airport to the Newcastle Station. From Newcastle Station it is an easy walk to the recommended hotels. For more information and/or to plan your exact trip times see the Sydney Trains or the Port Stephens Coaches timetables.

From Sydney Airport
For those arriving at Sydney Airport we recommend taking the train some of the way to Hamilton where you will need to transfer to a bus to Newcastle. For information and trip planning, please visit

You should take the T2 Airport Line from Domestic or International Airport Stations to Central Station and then the Central Coast & Newcastle Line Hamilton Station. From Hamilton Station you must transfer to a bus to get into the city.

Local Transportation in Newcastle
Newcastle Taxis: bookings can be made online or by calling 133 300 within Australia.

For public transport options, please visit


  • Florian Breuer (chair)
  • Ljiljana Brankovic
  • Judy-anne Osborn
  • Timothy Trudgian (UNSW Canberra)

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact

Juliane Turner

Telephone: (02) 492 15483