Masterclass taster evening

7.00pm to 9.00pm, Thursday 25 January

The Theatre

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  • Testing bridges at an Engineering Masterclass

    Testing bridges at an Engineering Masterclass

    Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Talk and workshops
  • Audience

    Attendees must be aged 18 or over

  • Speakers

    • Aoife Hunt



Event description

Join us to find out more about our national Masterclass programme, where we work with partners all over the UK to deliver series of inspiring interactive workshops in mathematics, engineering and computer science for young people.

Aoife Hunt will give us a taste of Masterclasses in her talk exploring how mathematics is used to plan for large crowds at events, such as Glastonbury, and in stadiums, such as Wembley. Aoife will tell you about an exciting new technology that can simulate the behaviours and movements of crowds, and the maths underpinning this work.

During the evening, find out what it’s like to volunteer as a Masterclass helper or workshop leader, try out a variety of Masterclass-style activities and chat to those already involved in the programme.

If you are interested in mathematics, engineering or computer science outreach and want to get more involved, or just want to have some fun seeing more of what we do in our education team, then this event is for you. Please note that this event is for those aged 18 and above.

About the speaker

Dr Aoife Hunt is a mathematician and specialist in pedestrian and evacuation modelling. A former senior lecturer in mathematics at the University of Greenwich, she now works as a managing consultant for Movement Strategies, a leading people movement consultancy. In her spare time, Aoife delivers talks to audiences of all levels about the real-world applications of STEM subjects. Her Royal Institution Masterclasses have long been a favourite of the Greenwich Masterclass series and at other series across the UK.

Her talk is entitled “The hidden maths of crowd flow and human behaviour”

Event programme

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. The event includes:

  • An introduction to the Masterclass programme
  • Keynote talk with Aoife Hunt
  • Information on the next steps for new volunteers

The talk will be followed by an informal reception from approximately 8.15pm where participants will be able to try out Masterclass-style activities and chat to existing Masterclass volunteers.

Latecomers to the talk will be admitted to the gallery.

Get involved

The Masterclass team is always keen to welcome new volunteers to support our programme. The main requirement for our volunteers is an enthusiasm for sharing their love and knowledge of the STEM subjects and the ability to communicate with young people.

Visit this page to volunteer as a helper in London.

Visit this page to find out more about our London speaker training programme.

Please email if you are interested in volunteering at a local Masterclass series elsewhere in the UK. Please let us know what level and subject you are interested in and where you are based.

About Ri Masterclasses

The Royal Institution Masterclass programme opens young people’s eyes to the diversity of mathematics, engineering and computer science. All over the UK, keen and talented young people who have been nominated by their teachers attend series of workshops to explore areas of these subjects outside their school experience. Workshops are delivered by talented and enthusiastic professionals from education, academia and teaching, with the students seeing a different speaker each week. The programme aims to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the wonders and applications of these far-reaching subjects and to continue their interest and engagement into later life. Masterclasses are currently offered nationally in Mathematics at Primary level and in Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science at Secondary level. 

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