Who We Are

The National Math Festival brings together some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge all ages to see math in new and unexpected ways.

This free and public celebration returns to Washington, D.C. in 2019, with program tracks for adults, middle and high schoolers, as well as elementary schoolers and the very young.

Explore playful and accessible lectures on the math behind how the world works. Enjoy creative short films, dance and musical performances, a magic show, team sports challenges, hands-on art making, puzzles, games, demos, and more!

About The National Math Festival

Take a tour of the National Math Festival with tour guides Jordan Ellenberg and CJ!

Festival Organizer

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. Located in Berkeley, California, MSRI’s mission is to advance mathematical research, foster talent, and further the appreciation of mathematics. MSRI strives to make mathematics accessible and exciting to those outside the field through the National Math Festival, sponsorship of Numberphile (YouTube’s most popular informal mathematics channel, with over 2.3 million subscribers), film production for public television, and the Mathical Book Prize. MSRI has created a national Math Circles movement of small organizations teaching and engaging children in math as a hobby.

Key Partners

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), founded in 1930 as an independent institution in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world’s leading centers for basic research in the sciences and humanities, where the permanent faculty and visiting scholars have the freedom to pursue some of the deepest theoretical questions without pressure for immediate outcomes. Its reach has been multiplied many times over through the more than 7,000 scholars who have influenced entire fields of study as well as the work and minds of colleagues and students.

The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) allows adults and children alike to experience the evolving, creative, aesthetic, and often surprising nature of mathematics. Located in the heart of Manhattan, New York, the Museum is home to more than three dozen hands-on, engaging exhibits that showcase the fascinating world of mathematics. MoMath has also designed and implemented hundreds of innovative programs around the country including interactive presentations, math tournaments, camp programs, book discussions, movie nights, math tours, storytelling sessions, nights of comedy, mathematical concerts, and a wide variety of public outreach events.

About the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located in downtown Washington, D.C. just a few blocks from the White House and other attractions. The Convention Center can be reached by the Metro’s Green or Yellow lines to Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center.

Festival Contact

Jennifer Murawski
MSRI Communications and Events Coordinator
mathfestival@msri.org