Diagrammatic Reasoning in Higher Education

A workshop on the teaching of mathematical concepts using diagrammatic reasoning in higher education. Part of the CARMA special semester on Mathematical Thinking.

9 November—11 November 2018 in Newcastle, NSW

Workshop delegates may also wish to consider extending their stay to add two further workshops within the CARMA Mathematical Thinking Special Semester: EVIMS on 13 Nov and Mathematical Thinking 14–16 Nov.


This workshop will investigate the potential for diagrammatic reasoning to be used to enhance the teaching of mathematics and abstract concepts across a range of disciplines (of business and economics, physics, engineering, and computer science) at the University of Newcastle. It will investigate the potential of diagrammatic reasoning as a novel pedagogical tool to enhance the learning of diverse student cohorts. Specifically, we will consider how it could afford a way forward for students for whom normal academic languages are a barrier, but who are more naturally pre-disposed towards visual and processual forms of understanding. Relevant diagrams to be considered include ologs and string diagrams, but could also include operads, props, and opetopes, which could be applied to engineering circuits, computational trees and networks, graphical linear algebra, and signal flow graphs.

We should emphasise the fact that any academic staff from disciplines other than mathematics, with an interest in this theme, are welcome to participate.


Invited Speakers

Confirmed Contributed Presentations

This list is being updated on a weekly basis. We are still accepting submissions for contributed talks. Please register your interest below.


Registration and Travel Support

Registration is free, but we ask all participants to register so we can cater accordingly. We will be able to offer limited travel support—mainly aimed at students—for participants from outside the Newcastle area.

NOTE: Registration will close October 31th.



The workshop will commence on Friday afternoon around 3pm with one or two plenary talks, followed by an opening reception. The program for Saturday and Sunday will contain contributed talks, more plenaries, and ample opportunity discussion. As the event will be fully catered, it is vital that all participants register ahead of time.

A detailed schedule will be published here closer to the workshop dates.