The IMAGINARY journey began in 2007 at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. Nobody could foresee (or had the slightest clue) that it would grow to be a 13+ year journey of maths communication with an international, interactive, research-based, and open-source core!
IMAGINARY developed from a one-country traveling exhibition project (2007‑2008); to an expanding international exhibition (2009‑2012); to an open-source platform (2013); to creating school projects, a community a network, organizing competitions, conferences, workshops, teacher training, and experimenting with new technologies (2014‑2016); and to founding our organization (2017). We often wondered: what will IMAGINARY be or do next year? We continued creating and sharing our love for maths and people.
Today, more than a decade later, we are happy and proud to have invented an open-source infrastructure for maths exhibits and exhibitions, which is spreading globally. Through IMAGINARY, hundreds of mathematicians have become exhibition organizers and have engaged with several million visitors! With over 300 events in more than 50 countries, great exhibits in 30 languages, and a growing community of contributors, we can only thank you!
We are still wondering: What will be next? Thank you all for being part of this amazing journey.
Your IMAGINARY team.
Ecsite, the European network of science centers and museums, awarded IMAGINARY with the 2020 Mariano Gago award for Sustainable Success.
Stifterverband selected I AM A.I. for its Wirkung hoch 100 initiative, as one of Germany's 100 best ideas for the education, science and innovation system of tomorrow.
Our new exhibition I AM A.I. explains Artificial Intelligence. Part of it can be experienced online now, including a virtual interactive tour.
Our exhibition La La Lab, The Mathematics of Music opened at MAINS in Heidelberg in 2019 and can still be visited there.
We developed an interactive station, a mirror with math puzzles and animations, and more for the Heidelberg Mathematikon complex.
The IMU entrusted us with creating the International Day of Mathematics website and developing activities and resources to celebrate the event.
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Since the birth of IMAGINARY there have been 311 events in 55 countries.