A list of events at which Tom will be speaking or has spoken at in the past. If you would like Tom to speak at an event you are organising please get in touch via the contact page.


Year 9 Aspiration Days, St John’s College Oxford, 9-10 July 2018

St John’s College Inspire Programme Summer Residential, Oxford, 1-4 August 2018

St John’s College Alumni Tea and Talk, Oxford, 21st September 2018

New Scientist Live 2018, London ExCeL, 23rd September 2018

The Maths of Sport: The England football team are notoriously bad at penalty kicks and the statistics back it up. Fortunately, there is hope in the form of a recent study which has calculated exactly where you should aim your shot in order to maximize your chances of scoring. I’ll be telling you all about it and you’ll even have the opportunity to try out your new-found knowledge with a live penalty shootout on stage. The Earth is constantly spinning on its axis, which acts to push objects moving in a straight line to the left or right via the Coriolis force. A new study has calculated the effect of this force on a wide variety of sports and the results reveal the ideal location for a world record attempt. We may even try one of our own…


Past events

AIM Maths Conference, Cambridge Union, 29th June 2018

Prince’s Teaching Institute Maths Residential, Downing College, University of Cambridge, 23rd June 2018

Year 10 Subject Days, St John’s College Oxford, 21-22nd June 2018

OxTALENT Awards Ceremony, University of Oxford, 13th June 2018

St Hugh’s Outreach Visit Day, St Hugh’s College Oxford, 8th June 2018

Wad-HAM Outreach Programme, Newham and Tower Hamlets, 16th May 2018

Oxford Maths Festival, University of Oxford, 29th April 2018

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Greenford High School Maths Club, London, 26th April 2018

St John’s College Inspire Programme, Harrow, 18th April 2018

St John’s College Inspire Programme, Ealing, 17th April 2018

Cambridge Science Festival, University of Cambridge, 15th March 2018


Famelab Regional Final, The Bullingdon, Cowley Road, Oxford, 7th March 2018

The Oxford Invariants, University of Oxford, 27th February 2018

Navier-Stokes Stripped: The Navier-Stokes equations model the flow of every fluid on Earth, but yet we know very little about them… So little in fact, that there is currently a $1 million prize for anyone that can help to improve our understanding of how they work. In this talk Tom will strip back the Navier-Stokes equations (and himself) layer-by-layer to try to explain them in a way that everyone can understand.


Year 11 STEM Outreach Day, St John’s College Oxford, 14th February 2018

Oxford Primary Care Teaching Improvement Session, Radcliffe Humanities, University of Oxford, 9th February 2018

Engaging with Maths: Tom is a maths tutor at St Hugh’s with a passion for public engagement. His main aim is to make everyone love maths as much as he does, which can mean going to some very extreme lengths to get people interested in the subject (check out for a range of examples). In this workshop, Tom will discuss some of the techniques that he has used in the past to successfully engage people with a subject that they previously had no interest in. We will cover how to make a topic relevant and relatable to students, how to encourage participation through ‘gamification’ and ways to make numbers accessible.

Oxplore Live Debate, University of Oxford, 6th February 2018

Big Questions: Join Oxplore for an interactive online event for schools. We’ll be discussing the Big Question ‘Would it be better if we all spoke the same language?’ with specialists from across the University of Oxford. Tune in for debate, competitions, fun facts and the chance to have your say.

St Hugh’s Outreach Visit Day, St Hugh’s College Oxford, 2nd February 2018

Oxford FameLab, St Aldate’s Tavern, Oxford, 31st January 2018

Wadham College Luton Outreach Programme, Lea Manor High School, 31st January 2018

Enigma Club, Cherwell School Oxford, 30th January 2018


St John’s College Inspire Programme, Harrow, 30th January 2018

St John’s College Graduate Dinner, St John’s College Oxford, 29th January 2018

St John’s College Inspire Programme, Ealing, 29th January 2018

Media Workshop for Academics, St Hugh’s and St John’s College Oxford, 25th January 2018

Media Workshop for Academics: What is the best way to sell your research to the general public? What are media outlets looking for when deciding which stories to cover? How can you use multimedia to improve the reach of your work? Oxford mathematician, broadcaster and film-maker Dr Tom Crawford will answer all of the above questions, as well as letting you in on a few trade secrets in his media workshop for academics. Tom has experience working with the BBC making radio programmes, podcasts and YouTube videos – all of which will be covered during the day.

Queens’ College Grad Talks, University of Cambridge, 22nd January 2018

Research and Wine, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, 18th January 2018


Cherwell School Oxford Sixth Form, 12th January 2018

Naked Mathematician: Whether he’s stripping back equations on his YouTube channel Tom Rocks Maths, dissecting the maths of Pokémon in Pokémaths or telling you the fun facts about numbers that you didn’t realise you’ve secretly always wanted to know in his Funbers series with the BBC, Tom’s mission is to make maths more enjoyable for everyone. He may have degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, but they pale into insignificance when you see the first 100 digits of the number ‘e’ tattooed on his arm… This is maths, but not as you know it. 

It All Adds Up conference for girls, Oxford Maths Institute, 8-9th January 2018

JFM Symposia: From Fundamentals to Applied Fluid Mechanics, Chennai, India, 14-15 December 2017

JFM Symposia: From Fundamentals to Applied Fluid Mechanics, Bengaluru, India, 13-14 December 2017

JFM Symposia: From Fundamentals to Applied Fluid Mechanics Mumbai, India, 11-12 December 2017

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APS DFD Conference 2017, Denver, USA, 19-21 November 2017


Bridgewater High School Awards Evening, Warrington, 16th November 2017

Maths in Action, University of Warwick, 15th November 2017

Maths v Sport: How do you take the perfect penalty kick? Where is the best place in the world to attempt a world record? What is the limit of human endurance? Maths has all of the answers and I’ll be telling you how you can use it to be better at sport… (results may vary).

The Archimedeans, University of Cambridge, 3rd November 2017

Maths and the Media: Tom will talk about his recent conversion from maths researcher to maths communicator, as well as discussing the most successful ways to present scientific subjects to the media. He will provide examples of some of his work with the Naked Scientists, the BBC and from his own YouTube channel and social media pages.


St John’s College Inspire Programme, Bentley Wood High School, 18th October 2017

St John’s College Inspire Programme, Acton High School, 17th October 2017 

Blue Bridge Education, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, 24-25 July 2017

Isaac Newton Institute 25th Anniversary Event, University of Cambridge, 20 July 2017

Hills Fest, Hills Road College, Cambridge, 4th July 2017

Naked Maths: Tom Crawford is a Naked Mathematician who can be found talking all things maths on BBC Radio and YouTube. His talk will show-off some of his work: from rooting around in beehives to find out why they make hexagon-shaped honeycomb to having the most beautiful shapes in nature – the Platonic Solids – tattooed on his body. He will show that maths is not only all around us, it’s also VERY entertaining.

GKB Lab Lunch Seminar, University of Cambridge, 30th June 2017

Alumni in Industry, University of Cambridge, 16th June 2017

Producer/Presenter: My role at the Naked Scientists consists of two main parts. Firstly, helping out with the weekly radio show and podcast bringing breaking science news to the general public on BBC Radio 5 Live and ABC Australia and secondly, producing and presenting a new weekly video series entitled ‘Naked Maths’ which aims to bring maths to life with interesting examples, puzzles and activities.

SIAM-IMA Annual Conference, University of Cambridge, 3rd May 2017

Maths for Money: After studying maths at university you might decide that you want to earn some actual money and as a result enter into the ‘real-world’ of industry. Contrary to popular belief, however, this does not mean that you can’t continue doing maths as part of your role. From modelling the temperature changes in Lewis Hamilton’s tyres to helping the RAF budget for a new kitchen, I will present employees talking about the maths they are doing everyday as part of their role. Plus, I’ll tell you how I’m using my PhD to help to make maths more fun for everyone – videos, interviews and demonstrations included.

IMA Mathematics 2017, London, 23rd March 2017

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