Dr Francesca Iezzi

Mathematics Engagement Officer

  • The University of Edinburgh

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room 6315
James Clerk Maxwell Building
The King's Buildings
Peter Guthrie Tait Road

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I am the Public Engagement Officer for the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh.

My tasks include:

 - Leading and coordinating the outreach activities of the School (i. e. all activities aimed at communicating the School’s research and sharing our passion for Mathematics with the wider community)

- Coordinating the Mathematics Outreach Team and leading students' skills development

- Designing and running activities for the public and producing educational resources

My most recent outreach projects are:

- Have Fun with Maths-  a series of educational resources for primary or secondary schools:  https://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/have-fun-with-maths

- Maths Week at Work- a series of videos for secondary school students promoting the beauty and  applicability of Mathematics. Visit this page for further details and to watch the videos.


I was formerly a PhD student at the University of Warwick, under the supervision of Brian Bowditch, graduating in 2016.

After completing my PhD I have been an Early Career Fellow at Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and Warwick Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning.

During that time I developed an interest for pedagogy and education, in particular for questions concerning interdisciplinarity and the link between research and teaching in Higher Education.

Research summary

I am currently interested in questions concerning Mathematics Outreach, Mathematics Education and Science Communication.

Past research interests

My PhD research was in Geometric Topology. In particular, I was working on questions concerning surface mapping class groups and outer automorphism groups of free groups. As a fellow at the Warwick Institute for <href>hello</href> Advanced Teaching and Learning I worked on a project concerning the research-teaching nexus. In particular, I investigated examples of research-led teaching at Warwick, across different departments.

- With Brian. H. Bowditch, Projections of the sphere graph to the arc graph of a surface; Journal of Topology and Analysis (2018)

Sphere systems, standard form, and cores of products of trees; Beyond Hyperbolicity, Cambridge University Press (2019)

A New World… Out of Nothing: review of an interdisciplinary workshop; Exchanges: the Warwick research journal (2017)

- Maths Week at Work: Connecting Maths to Everiday Life; The Scottish Mathematical Council Journal (2019)

- Approaches to research-led teaching at the University of Warwick; in preparation