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Public Engagement

I am keen on spreading the word that maths can be used to make peple's lives better. I have experience in TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and face-to-face public engagement.

Maths Busking

I had a place on the Maths Busking training in Leeds in March 2011, and performed at Leamington Peace festival on June 18th 2011, Programme here (PDF Document) (see campaigns, Saturday). I also gave a live interview on Coventry & Warwickshire radio before the performance. Here is the video of that interview, followed by some highlights from the busking:



Other resources:

Maths Busking organisation 

Official Video for maths busking


Following my radio interview about maths busking (above), I was invited back on Friday 8th July 2011 to talk live on air about the odds of winning the £166 million Euro Millions rollover jackpot.

I was invited on 8th August 2011 to discuss the report by Carol Vorderman et al on making maths compulsory part of education until age 18. This discussion also went out live, and I opted to take part by telephone. Vorderman report here.

Farming Today featured Martine's expert elicitiaion workshop linked to builiding decision support for pollinator abundance (available until 14th May 2016 here, starting 22:30)

Cafe Scientifique

I gave a talk for the general public at Cafe Scientifique, Leamington Spa, 18th July 2011, see here and another 6th September 2014. Details below


I gave a talk as part of the Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture series in January 2018. Birmingham Popular Maths Lectures

Title: Saving the bees – why do we need maths?

Abstract: “Professor Einstein, the learned scientist, once calculated that if all bees disappeared off the earth, four years later all humans would also have disappeared.” Abeilles et fleurs, June, 1965.

It is uncertain if Einstein really said this, but it is certainly true that loss of pollination services would make human life very difficult. It is estimated that 70% of important food crops are insect-pollinated, including fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, spices, coffee and Agave from which Tequila is produced.
In recent years there has been much concern about declining insect pollinator populations, particularly honeybees. This led to the production of the UK’s national pollinator strategy and a temporary Europe-wide ban on the use of Neonicotinoid insecticides. The insect pollinator system is typical of today’s ever more interconnected world,
Complex contemporary policy problems require a means for networking together expert evidence from different and disparate areas of expertise which nevertheless interlock and interact, for dealing with uncertainty, as well as for managing complex questions at different scales.
The expert decision-maker needs to take responsibility for their decision and also to be able to justify and explain their decision to an auditor, so there is no place for black-box systems.
How can we use maths to overcome this problem? How can we use structured expert judgement as a robust and systematic way to derive probability distributions?
I will outline the answers to these questions through the example of food security and pollination.


I spoke about How can Maths help save the bees? at Oxford's 'It all adds up for Girls' event on 10th January It All Adds Up for Girls Oxford

Dr Martine Barons from the University of Warwick will talk about how her mathematical work is helping to reverse the decline in the UK’s bee populations. By providing a new way to combine information from lots of sources, Martine is helping provide decision support for policymakers whose task is to select the best combination from a range of strategies to support these pollinating insects, which are so vital to human survival.


My pollinator expert elicitation workshop, held on 6th April 2016 and linked to building decision support for pollinator abundance, was featured on BBC TV and Radio. Live interview by telephone on Radio CWR breakfast show, live lunchtime interview on BBC Midlands Today, recorded interview broadcast on evening bulletin (here) and BBC Radio 4 Farming Today package broadcast Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April (available until 14th May 2016 here, starting 22:30). I was also invited to contribute a blog to EPSRC here in November 2016.

Interview for Womanthology magazine here


I was interviewed at the Birmingham Food Council Food poverty Workshop: Video

Interviewed Fields Medal winner, Professor Martin Hairer and wrote the interview for a general audience. Published in Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal, October 2015 here

Maths Busking at Leamington Peace festival


I wrote a blog post for the lay reader on one of my publications for the Body In Mind organisation here

Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival, 'Food glorious food' stand. Talk: "Food - the web that connect us all" 6th September 2014.

Maths Busking at Leamington Peace festival in June 2014

Cafe Scientfique, Leamington Spa Monday 19th May 2014 "UK food security in the twenty-first century" here


Maths Busking at Leamington Peace festival on June 15th 2013


I took a second Maths Busking training course in March 2012 with science busking expert David Price from Science Made Simple.


Leamington Peace festival on June 18th 2011, (see Programme: campaigns, Saturday).

Live interviews on Coventry & Warwickshire radio June 18th, July 18th and 8th August 2011

I was part of a team maths Busking at Manchester Science Festival on 23rd October 2011 Manchester Science festival 2011.

In 2011 I was set up producer for a science magazine radio show.


  • IMA Public engagement Conference, Manchester
    "For the conference dinner activity, each table was given four cards with awkward questions that were representative of the difficult questions mathematicians often face from many different people who dislike or fear mathematics. The most entertaining answer of the evening was the reply to ' A radio show presenter asks - I have never used Algebra, why did I have to learn it at school?' "
    Read our response here: (PDF Document) Mathematics Today

  • Radio magazine shows

I was interviewed by Paul Chleboun for a science magazine radio show in 2010.

Martine interviewed by Paul Chleboun


  • Video

A light hearted video to help non-specialists understand Complexity Science, with James Porter, Paul Chleboun, and Jamie Luo.