The Manchester MegaPixel is being run by mathematician Katie Steckles, winner of the 2016 Joshua Phillips Award and Manchester Science Festival’s Science Communicator in Residence for 2016.
Katie is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops on different areas of maths. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. She enjoys doing puzzles, solving the Rubik’s cube and baking things shaped like maths.
The MegaPixel is produced in collaboration with stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, who is advising on the project and will be around at the Science Festival to help with the build.
Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt now lives in London and works both as a stand-up comedian and a maths communicator. This involves spreading his love of maths via books, radio programmes, TV shows, newspapers, school visits, live comedy shows and occasionally harassing people in the street. Matt is also the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.
The event is being organised as part of Manchester Science Festival, which is produced by the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and supported by Siemens.
2016 marks the tenth birthday of Manchester Science Festival (MSF), produced by the Museum of Science and Industry. Billed as part laboratory, part playground, MSF is a showcase for the most creative, surprising and hands-on science, where people of all ages can participate, experience and be curious about the world around them.
Last year the Festival staged 138 unique events, exhibitions and installations, delivered by 86 partners from the public, cultural, community and academic sectors across Greater Manchester. Last year’s event attracted around 120,000 participants over 11 days – making it England’s largest Science Festival.
This year’s Festival marks the end of the city’s year-long role as European City of Science, and runs throughout half-term from 20-30 October. The Festival is supported by Siemens.