IMO Lecture and Celebration
Each year (generally in September) the achievements of that
year’s IMO team are celebrated
with a lecture and reception. The team are represented with their
medals, together they give a short account
of the IMO and the training programme, and there is a mathematical
lecture (for a fairly general audience) by an invited lecturer.
Sometimes team members in other international competitions may also be
represented with medals and talk about those events, and there may be
special oneoff awards such as the medal given to David Monk in 2008
for forty years’ service.
Invitations to the lecture and celebration are sent to people
typically including team members and their families and volunteers who
have been involved in training and selection during the year, and
schools entering BMO1 are invited to send groups of pupils subject to
available space.
Some past and planned lectures are listed below,
and the missing details are welcome.
The 1978–1981 lectures were held at the
Royal Institution under the aegis
of the Schools Mathematics Project. The 1982–2015 lectures were
held at the Royal Society,
except for the 1994 lecture which was held at
the University of
Birmingham. From 2016 to 2018 the lecture was held at
the Science
Museum. In 2019 the lecture was held
at Central Hall Westminster.
No.  Date  Lecturer  Title 
1st  1978  R F Churchouse  
2nd  1979  Professor David G
Kendall  
3rd  1980  Professor Roger Penrose  
4th  1981  Dr R W Hiorns  Mathematics
and the Future of Man 
5th  30 September 1982  Professor T J
Willmore  An extract from the Lady’s and
Gentleman’s diary 
6th  22 September 1983  Dr John H
Conway  String and Mathematics 
7th  27 September 1984  Professor C
Ambrose Rogers  Geometry: weird and wonderful 
8th  19 September 1985  Professor
Fred Piper  Codes & Ciphers – how to keep
secrets 
9th  25 September 1986  Dr Keith
Devlin  Factoring Fermat Numbers 
10th  29 September 1987  Dr Robin J
Wilson  The fourcolour theorem 
11th  14 September 1988  Dr Clive
Kilminster  Euler’s constant; with thoughts on censorship
and an open question 
12th  27 September 1989  Professor
Christopher Zeeman  Curves of constant diameter 
13th  25 September 1990  Dr Ian
Stewart  Four Encounters with Siepinski’s
Gasket 
14th  17 September 1991  Dr Roger
Webster  The Tail of π 
15th  15 September 1992  Dr Peter
Neumann  Did Galois deserve to be shot? 
16th  30 September 1993  Professor
Frank Leppington  Some problems and paradoxes in
mathematics 
17th  29 September 1994  Professor David
Williams  Randomness: The only source of order 
18th  27 September 1995  Dr Colin
Wright  Juggling – Theory and Practice 
19th  16 September 1996  Professor J
Chris Robson  Sound as a Bell 
20th  15 September 1997  Dr Tony
Gardiner  The Nature of Mathematical Ability 
21st  21 September 1998  Dr John
Rigby  Okumura’s Double Tiling 
22nd  27 September 1999  Dr Tom
Körner  Why are we not all called Smith? 
23rd  18 September 2000  Professor
Chris Budd  Why does nature care about rational numbers? 
24th  24 September 2001  Dr John
Silvester  Geometry ancient and modern 
25th  23 September 2002  Dr David
Acheson  Mathematics, Magic and the Electric Guitar 
26th  29 September 2003  Professor Adrian
Smith  Why Detectives and Judges need to understand
probability 
27th  20 September 2004  Professor Tim
Gowers  How to specify very very large integers 
28th  19 September 2005  Professor Frances
Kirwan  Topology, Geometry and Strings 
29th  25 September 2006  Professor Sir
Christopher Zeeman  Gyroscopes and Boomerangs 
30th  1 October 2007  Professor Marcus du
Sautoy  The Music of the Primes 
31st  7 October 2008  Professor David
Spiegelhalter  How long do we have to wait? 
32nd  21 September 2009  Professor James
Davenport  The Mathematics behind the Internet 
33rd  20 September 2010  Professor Imre
Leader  Clueless Voting 
34th  26 September 2011  Professor
József Pelikán  The early years of the
International Mathematical Olympiad 
35th  1 October 2012  Professor Ben
Green  Prime Numbers 
36th  30 September 2013  Professor Kevin
Buzzard  Solving equations using geometry 
37th  25 September 2014  Professor Bernard
Silverman  Mathematics and Science in the Home
Office 
38th  21 September 2015  Professor Adam
McBride  Mathematical Challenges 
39th  26 September 2016  Dr Zuming
Feng  From classroom to contest
(slides, short
version of slides available) 
40th  25 September 2017  Dr Vicky
Neale  Closing the Gap
(video
available) 
41st  24 September 2018  Professor Ursula
Martin  Ada Lovelace 1815–1852: mathematician and
computer pioneer
(video
available) 
42nd  23 September 2019  Dr Jeremy
King  The Romanian Polygon Game
(video
available) 
