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7th Annual Conference in Mathematics and Statistics Service Teaching and Learning

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics, NUI Maynooth will host this two day conference with the theme 'The challenges of teaching service mathematics' on Monday 28th and Tuesday, 29th May, 2012. There will also be a half day session on GeoGebra .

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers:


All talks will be held in JH4 in the John Hume Building, North Campus, NUI Maynooth. A map of the NUI Maynooth campus is available here.

The GeoGebra Workshop from 5-6pm on Tuesday the 29th) will take place in the ground floor lab in Logic House, South Campus.

A detailed description of how to travel to Maynooth and things to do is available here. Accomodation is available on campus or in the town, for example the Glenroyal Hotel.


Those of you who are driving, we suggest that you park on one of the many carparks on the North Campus of NUIM. A map with all available carparks is available here. Please note that parking is free outside of term time, so you do not need to pay and you can use student or staff carparks.

If you are using public transport to get to Maynooth from Dublin, then there are regular buses and trains from Dublin. Further information is available here.


Anyone who is interested in attending should confirm their attendance by filling out the registration form. These forms must be fully filled out and received by the conference organisers by Friday the 18th of May.

There will be a registration fee of €80 payable upon arrival. This will cover the costs of tea and coffee on both days as well as the conference dinner on the evening of Monday the 28th. The conference sponsors are listed below. Registration will be in the first floor of the John Hume Building.


This is a provisional schedule and will be updated with exact details as they are finalised. Please click on the title of the talks for a link to the abstracts.

Monday the 28th of May

Speaker Event Time
Registration and Coffee 9:45 - 10:30
Professor Philip Nolan President of NUIM Welcoming Address 10:30-10:40
Dr. Carol Robinson Loughborough University Keynote Talk: Initiatives to engage engineering students in their learning of mathematics 10:40 - 11:40
Kinga Zaczek (Brunel University) Development and integration of computer-aided assessment of discrete mathematics. 11:40 - 12:10
Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn (DCU) The Irish Mathematics Learning Support Network - Measuring Support Nationwide. 12:10 - 12:40
Lunch 12:40 - 1:40
A tour of the Russell Library and the National Science Museum. A viewing of the Mathematics collection in the library will also be arranged. 1:40 - 2:45
Hugh McManus (State Examinations Commission) Keynote Talk: Measuring Mathematics Achievement in the Context of Project Maths. 2:45 - 3:45
Michael Carr (Dublin IT) Addressing Continuing Mathematical Deficiencies with Advanced Mathematical Diagnostic Testing. 3:45 - 4:15
Coffee 4:15 - 4:30
James Reilly (IT Tallaght) Enhancing Student Engagement in Applied Statistics. 4:30 - 5:00
Michael Brennan (Cork IT) The Best Card Trick Ever. 5:00 - 5:30
Gráinne Burke (NUIM) Monitoring Students' Engagement with Mathematics at Third Level. 5:30 - 6:00
Joan Cleary (IT Tralee) Statistics Support for Undergraduate Projects. 6:00 - 6:30
Conference Dinner at Twist Café 7pm

Tuesday the 29th of May

Speaker Event Time
Professor John O'Donoghue NCE-MSTL Keynote Talk: Another look at service mathematics teaching and learning 10:00 - 11:00
Coffee 11:00 - 11:30
Peter Samuels (Birmingham City University) An innovative approach to mathematics education using real and virtual robotics at the second to third level transition. 11:30 - 12.00
Adrian Oldknow (University of Chichester) GeoGebra - a vehicle for STEM. 12:00 - 1.00
Lunch 1:00 - 2:00
Balazs Koren (GeoGebra/ELTE University of Budapest) Developments in GeoGebra in the past twelve months. 2:00 - 3:00
Paul Robinson (IT Tallaght) GeoGebra and 3D Geometry for Engineers. 3:00 - 3:30
Séamus Knox (Department of Education) Pilot Study on Problem solving in Junior Cycle. 3:30 - 4:00
Coffee and Geogebra Forum 4:00 - 5:00
Ground Floor Lab, Logic House, South Campus. Geogebra workshop for Second Level Teachers 5:00 - 6:00

A list of the conference abstracts are available when you click on the title of the talk in the conference programme. The general talks are on the conference theme and also from people who are using Geogebra.

The forum session at the end of the second day is an opportunity for interested parties to discuss collaboration and the promotion of the use of Geogebra in Ireland.

The deadline for all abstract submissions has now passed. Please note that people intending on presenting a short paper also need to fill out a registration form.


Supported by: The Mathematics & Statistics Department, NUI Maynooth; The Irish Mathematical Society , The Geogebra Institute of Dublin .