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Call for Nominations for the 2019 Felix Klein and Hans Freudenthal Awards

Dear Members of the International Mathematics Education Community,

It is at this time of the even-numbered years that calls for the ICMI Klein and Freudenthal Awards are being issued. The call for the current round, the 2019 awards, is presented below. Please read it carefully and consider coming up with a nomination.  True, preparing submissions requires much thought and not a small amount of work, but such investment is not too much to ask when it comes to honoring a person whose work has had a substantial, valuable impact on us all. Within our flourishing field, there is quite a number of richly deserving candidates. Do remember, however, that without your help, they may not be honored. Indeed, ICMI Awards Committee can only choose recipients from officially submitted nominations for the current round, accompanied by full documentation, as specified in the call. 

Thank you for considering this call seriously. We are looking forward to receiving your nominations.

Anna Sfard
(on behalf of the ICMI Klein and Freudenthal Awards Committee) 
 


 

Since 2003, the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) awards biannually two medals to recognise outstanding accomplishments in mathematics education research:

  • the Felix Klein Award, for lifelong achievement in mathematics education research,

  • the Hans Freudenthal Award, for a major programme of research on mathematics education.

The Felix Klein medal is awarded for life-time achievement in mathematics education research. This award is aimed at acknowledging those excellent senior scholars who have made a field-defining contribution over their professional life. Past candidates have been influential and have had an impact both at the national level, within their own countries, and at the international level. We have valued in the past those candidates who not only have made substantial research contributions, but also have introduced new issues, ideas, perspectives, and critical reflections. Additional considerations have included leadership roles, mentoring, and peer recognition, as well as the actual or potential relationship between the research done and improvement of mathematics education at large, through connections between research and practice. 

The Hans Freudenthal medal is aimed at acknowledging the outstanding contributions of an individual's theoretically robust and highly coherent research programme. It honours a scholar who has initiated a new research programme and has brought it to maturation over the past 10 years. The research programme is one that has had an impact on our community. Freudenthal awardees should also be researchers whose work is ongoing and who can be expected to continue contributing to the field. In brief, the criteria for this award are depth, novelty, sustainability, and impact of the research program. 

See the ICMI webpage for further information about the awards and for the names of past awardees (eight Freudenthal Medals and eight Klein Medals, to date).


The ICMI Klein and Freudenthal Awards Committee consists of a chair (Professor Anna Sfard) nominated by the President of ICMI, and five other members who remain anonymous until their terms have come to an end. The ICMI Klein and Freudenthal Awards Committee is at this time entering the 2019 cycle of selecting awardees and welcomes nominations for the two awards from individuals or groups of individuals in the mathematics education community.

 

Nominations for the Felix Klein Award should include the following:

  1. a document (max. 8 pages) describing the achievements of the nominee (e.g., his or her theoretical contribution and/or empirical research, leadership roles, graduate supervision and mentoring, and peer recognition) and reasons for the nomination (including a description of the nominee's impact on the field); 
  2. a one-page summarizing statement;
  3. a curriculum vitae of the nominee (max. 20 pages);
  4. electronic copies of three of the nominee's key publications;
  5. three letters of support (preferably from different countries); and
  6. the names and e-mail addresses of two persons other than the nominee herself or himself who could provide further information, if needed. 

Nominations for the Hans Freudenthal Award should include the following: 

  1. a document (max. 5 pages) describing the nominee's research program and reasons for the nomination (including a description of the nominee's impact on the field); 
  2. a one-page summarizing statement;
  3. a curriculum vitae of the nominee (max. 10 pages);
  4. electronic copies of three of the nominee's key publications;
  5. three letters of support (from different countries, if possible); and
  6. the names and e-mail addresses of two persons other than the nominee herself or himself who could provide further information, if needed.

All nominations must be sent by e-mail to the Chair of the Committee (annasd@edu.haifa.ac.ilsfard@netvision.net.il) no later than 31 March 2019. 

Prof. Anna Sfard
Department of Mathematics Education, The University of Haifa
Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel