[ICMI-News] ICMI News 16: February 2011

J Carvalho e Silva jaimecs at mat.uc.pt
Fri Feb 18 23:48:30 CET 2011

ICMI News 16: February 2011
A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the 
ICMI-International Commission on Mathematical 

Editor: Jaime Carvalho e Silva, Dep. Matematica, 
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal


1. Editorial: 2013 is The Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth
2. UNESCO: The challenges of mathematics education in basic education
3. New permanent Office of IMU/ICMI/CDC
4. Meeting of the ICMI Executive Committee
5. Alicia Villar (Uruguay)
6. First announcement of HPM 2012
7. Changes to the HPM newsletter
8. Calendar of Events of Interest to the ICMI Community
9. ICMI-Study conference proceedings "Gender and mathematics education"
10. Subscribing to ICMI News


1.  Editorial: 2013 is The Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth

Our planet suffers from excessive use of its 
natural resources, from desertification, from 
pollution of the earth and the oceans. The above 
causes hunger and affects public health, life 
expectancy, and bio-diversity. Climate change, 
whether man made or not, is already causing 
extreme events and disasters. Man made systems, 
like transportations flows, health systems, or 
financial organization, are becoming more and 
more complex and sometimes run out of control. 
These phenomena have raised public awareness and 
influence the agenda of  governments, of 
international bodies, and of science policy 
It is clear that addressing the above issues 
should start with scientific research and 
advanced technological development. Every 
high-school student understands that the 
solutions require study and research in the exact 
sciences like chemistry, physics and geology, in 
the life sciences like epidemiology, genetics and 
zoology, and in engineering. It is not clear 
whether every high-school student is aware that 
beyond all of it there is mathematics.
The high-school teachers need to demonstrate that 
there is mathematical modeling and algorithms 
behind water resource management and hydrological 
forecasting; behind energy generation, 
preservation  and allocation; behind weather 
prediction, fluid dynamics, forecasting extreme 
events (tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes) and 
risk management; behind analyzing complex systems 
(like transportation and finance); behind 
understanding epidemic spread and virus 
infections; and behind ecological conservation. 
Curriculum planning should take this into 
consideration, and policy makers should be 
strongly aware of it.
The mathematics behind our responses includes a 
wide spectrum of mathematical fields, from 
complex analysis to numerical analysis to 
stochastics, statistics, probability, ergodic 
theory, game theory, catastrophe theory, 
projective geometry, algebra, and scientific 
Therefore the International Mathematical Union 
declared the year 2013 as The Year of Mathematics 
of Planet Earth (MPE).  In terms of education 
systems this means presenting posters and models 
in schools, special issues of mathematical 
magazines, interactive web activities, and 
teachers conferences on the theme. In terms of 
mathematics education national societies 2013 
should be a time of presenting to the public and 
creating platforms for financing mathematical 
programmes.  In terms of ICMI, it can mean 
special round tables at our conferences, 
curriculum development via study groups, 
interdisciplinary conferences jointly organized 
with other mathematical and science and science 
education societies and other organizations. We 
need to remain aware that effective Mathematics 
and Mathematics Education are necessary in order 
to protect our planet, our lives, and our futures.

Mina Teicher,  Vice-President of ICMI, teicher at macs.biu.ac.il


2. UNESCO: The challenges of mathematics education in basic education

"Les défis de l'enseignement des mathématiques dans l'éducation de base"

In 2009, as ICMI president, Michèle Artigue was 
asked to take part in a meeting of experts 
organized by UNESCO in Paris about science and 
mathematics education policies, and then on the 
basis of the conclusions of this meeting to 
prepare a document on the challenges of 
mathematics education in basic education to be 
published and disseminated by UNESCO together 
with a parallel document addressing the 
challenges of scientific education. This second 
document was written by Charles Ryan, University 
of Winchester UK.
The two documents have just been concluded but 
are not yet available for distribution.
In line with the declaration from the World 
Conference in Science held in Budapest in 1999, 
they consider that anyone should have access to a 
scientific education of quality, and also that 
such an education has a decisive contribution to 
offer to the realization of the Millenium Goals 
adopted by the UN in 2000. Mathematics education 
is here considered an essential component of 
scientific education at large, and the 
connections to be established between education 
in mathematics and in science are emphasized in 
the two documents which share a common 
introduction and structure.

The two documents were presented in a seminar 
held in Paris, January 19, at the UNESCO 
headquarters and presided by Georges Haddad, the 
director of the Education Research & Foresigh 
Team of UNESCO, and a former director of the 
Division of Higher Education. A number of UNESCO 
staff and other interested public were present.
UNESCO presented these documents as a response to 
the world need of scientists able of imagining 
futures of which we can now just have a glimpse, 
but also of our need to understand the challenges 
of health, environment, energy, development so 
that all the people are able to understand these 
challenges and that the debate is not reserved to 
UNESCO considers it important to have a 
scientific education of quality for all, and this 
includes mathematics education and technological 

The mathematics document presents first the 
agreed vision on the significance of a 
mathematics education of quality, emphasizing 
that it should be faithful to mathematics, both 
in its content and practices, raise students' 
interest towards the discipline and develop 
students' confidence in their mathematical 
capacities. It should thus enable students to 
understand that mathematics is part of a long 
history combined with the history of humanity; 
that mathematics is not a fixed corpus of 
knowledge but, on the contrary, a living and 
expanding science, whose development nourishes 
that of other scientific fields and is nourished 
by them in return.

The current published version of the document is 
in French. An English translation has been 
prepared by the ICMI Executive Committee and 
should be soon published by UNESCO which also 
takes in charge the preparation of a Spanish 
version. An Italian translation is being prepared 
under the responsibility of the Italian 
Mathematical Union and will be published by it. 
UNESCO is open to translation in any other 
language, and the different versions will be made 
accessible on the ICMI website. ICMI sincerely 
hopes that the publication of this document and 
its dissemination will productively support 
reflection and action among all those who can 
contribute to reaching the goal of quality 
mathematics education for all.

We will post a note in this newsletter when the 
documents are available in print or on the web.

Jaime Carvalho e Silva, Secretary-General of ICMI, jaimecs at mat.uc.pt


3. New permanent Office of IMU/ICMI/CDC

February 1, 2011 was a great day for IMU and ICMI 
and CDC. After a lengthy but very productive 
process, we are all going to have a permanent 
office and will not need any more to carry all 
the papers and documents all over the world from 
the office of one President or Secretary General 
to the next one. IMU General Assembly decided to 
accept the offer of the Weierstrass Institute 
(WIAS) in Berlin and now we have a brand new 
headquarters with permanent staff working on it: 
5 positions have been opened and are being filled.

In the Official Opening Ceremony of the Permanent 
IMU Secretariat were present Dr. Georg Schütte, 
State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of 
Education and Research, a representative of Prof. 
Dr. E. Jürgen Zöllner, Berlin Senator for 
Education, Science and Research, Prof. Dr. Ingrid 
Daubechies, President of the International 
Mathematical Union (IMU) , Prof. Dr. Christian 
Bär, President of the German Mathematical Society 
(DMV), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sprekels, Director of 
WIAS and Prof. Dr. Martin Grötschel, IMU 
Secretary, Vice President of the Zuse Institute 
Berlin. This was a very significant ceremony for 
the IMU activities, as well as its two main 
committees ICMI and CDC.

You can see some of the news about the opening ceremony here:


We will inform everybody of the new way of 
contacting ICMI and how all matters will be 
handled in this new structure, as soon as the new 
procedures are implemented.

Jaime Carvalho e Silva, Secretary-General of ICMI, jaimecs at mat.uc.pt


4. Meeting of the ICMI Executive Committee

The 2010-2012 Executive Committee of ICMI is 
going to have its second meeting in Beijing later 
this month. All ICMI activities will be reviewed, 
from ICMI Studies to cooperation with UNESCO, 
from the process of choosing the site for ICME-13 
(2016) to the current status of the organization 
of ICME-12, from the discussion of the metrics 
"imposed" in a lot of countries to math journals 
to the definition of guidelines for ICMI Studies, 
from the demand of new Affiliate organizations to 
the the status of the ICMI regional conferences 
or the launching of new projects. A summary of 
the conclusions will be published in another 

Jaime Carvalho e Silva, Secretary-General of ICMI, jaimecs at mat.uc.pt


5. Alicia Villar (Uruguay)

It is with great sadness that we announce the 
death of Prof. Dra. Alicia Villar from Uruguay 
that was, from 1999 to 2003, vice-president of 
IACME-CIAEM, the Interamerican Committee on 
Mathematics Education, an organization affiliated 
to ICMI.
She died on February 4, 2011. She was the founder 
and first President of SEMUR-Sociedad de 
Educación Matemática Uruguaya. The president of 
SEMUR, Prof. Etda Rodríguez, "recalls the good 
moments in which Alicia did so much for 
Mathematics Education in our country". Luis 
Balbueña, Secretary General of the Iberoamerican 
Federation of Societies of Mathematics Education, 
says that Alicia was a woman that put vehemence 
in all she was doing.
Alicia Villar Icasuriaga had a PhD in Methodology 
and Didactics of Mathematics and was preparing 
teachers of Mathematics at the Instituto de 
Profesores "Artigas" (IPA), Montevideo, Uruguay.
Beyond the vice-presidency of IACME-CIAEM she had 
an intensive international activity. She was the 
organizer of the Xth meeting of IACME that took 
place in 1999 in Maldonado (Urguay), she was a 
vice-president of the International Committee 
that organizes the meetings "Didática da 
Matemática do Cone Sul" including countries from 
the south cone of South America; she was the main 
organizer of the first such meeting that took 
place in Montevideo at the Instituto de 
Professores "Artigas", on the 24th and 25th of 
April of 1992.
She was a member of the team that organized TSG 
18: Problem solving in mathematics education in 
ICME-10. She was a member of the International 
Program Committee of the 11th International 
Conference of The Mathematics Education into the 
21st Century Project that is going to take place 
in September 11-17, 2011 in Rhodes University, 
Grahamstown, South Africa.
Maria Salett Biembengut (Brasil), a former 
president of  IACME-CIAEM wrote that "My dear 
Alicia dedicated part of her professional life to 
Mathematics Education. She was always present in 
international events and was an intrepid advocate 
of IACEM-CIEM. We will feel sorrow for her."

Some of her works include:
'Solving mathematical and logical problems with 
Lewis Carroll', Números, No. 34, 39-45 (1998).
'Using Uruguayan architecture to teach geometry', 
Aust. Math. Teach. 53, No. 2, 24-26 (1997).
'Mathematics and the World Soccer Championship. 
Didactical Module', First International Congress 
of Ethnomathematics (ICEM), Granada, Spain, 1998.
' "An original walk"(through the city of 
Montevideo)', First International Congress of 
Ethnomathematics (ICEM), Granada, Spain, 1998.

Jaime Carvalho e Silva, Secretary-General of ICMI, jaimecs at mat.uc.pt
(we thank Maria Salett Biembengut for her help in writing this small note)

6. First announcement of HPM 2012

HPM 2012 History and Pedagogy of Mathematics
The HPM Satellite Meeting of ICME-12
16-20 July 2012, Daejeon (Korea)

1. Aim and focus
The HPM 2012 is the eighth quadrennial meeting of 
the International Study Group on the Relations 
between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics 
(the HPM Group), affiliated to ICMI. It is a 
satellite meeting of the corresponding ICME 
(International Congress on Mathematical 
Education) and is scheduled close to ICME. These 
quadrennial meetings are a major activity of HPM, 
to bring those together who are interested in the 
relation between the history of mathematics and 
mathematics education such as:

     * Researchers in mathematics education, and 
its relation to the history of mathematics;
     * Mathematics teachers at all levels who are 
eager to get insights on how the history of 
mathematics may be integrated into teaching and 
help students to learn mathematics;
     * Historians of mathematics, who wish to talk about their research;
     * Mathematicians, who want to learn about new 
possibilities to teach their discipline;
     * All those with an interest in the history of mathematics and pedagogy.

2. Main themes
The HPM 2012 is a place where mathematicians, 
educators, historians, researchers and students 
can make presentations and participate in 
discussions. The programme and activities are 
structured around the following main seven themes:
1. Theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks for 
integrating history in mathematics education;
2. History and epistemology implemented in 
mathematics education: classroom experiments & 
teaching materials;
3. Original sources in the classroom, and their educational effects;
4. Mathematics and its relation to science, 
technology and the arts: historical issues and 
educational implications;
5. Cultures and mathematics;
6. Topics in the history of mathematics education;
7. Mathematics from Eastern Asia.

3. Activities during HPM 2012
During HPM 2012 there will be

     * one-hour plenary lectures on each of the seven main themes
     * two one-hour panel discussions
     * parallel sessions of 25-minute oral 
presentations, followed by 5-minute discussions
     * poster exhibitions with discussion sessions
     * exhibitions of books and other didactical material

4. Invited speakers

     * Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen (Denmark): "Uses of 
history for the learning of and about 
mathematics: towards a theoretical framework for 
integrating history of mathematics in mathematics 
     * Tsang-Yi Lin (Taiwan): "Using History of 
Mathematics in High School Classroom: Some 
Experiments in Taiwan."
     * Janet Barnett (USA): "Bottled at the 
Source: The Design and Implementation of 
Classroom Projects for Learning Mathematics via 
Primary Historical Sources."
     * Dominique Tournès (France): "Mathematics of 
the 19th century engineers: methods and 
     * Ubiratan d'Ambrosio (Brazil): "Mind and 
Hand: the complexity and diversity of mathematics 
in different cultural environments."
     * Johan Prytz (Sweden): "Social structures in 
mathematics education. Researching the history of 
mathematics education with theories and methods 
from sociology of education."
     * Sung Sa Hong (Korea): "Theory of Equations 
in the history of Chosun Mathematics."

5. Time and place
HPM 2012 will be held from Monday 16 July to 
Friday 20 July 2012 in Daejeon, Korea.
Sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, 
Thursday and Friday with a cultural tour on 
ICME-12 will be held from Monday 9 July to Sunday 
15 July 2012 in Seoul, Korea. Its scientific 
program includes oral presentations and 
activities on the history and pedagogy on 
mathematics and on the history of mathematical 
teaching. It is planned that these activities 
will take place in the end of this meeting and 
that a special price for inscriptions will be 
granted to those who will participate to both 
ICME-12 and HPM 2012.

6. Official Languages
The official languages are English and Korean.
More specifically:
-All plenary talks and panel discussions will be 
in English with simultaneous translation if 
-Oral presentations will be given in either 
English, or Korean. For presentations in Korean a 
second set of transparencies should be, utilizing 
either two projectors and screens, or two power 
point computers.

7. Submission of proposals
30 June 2011: deadline for submitting Abstracts 
of proposals for all types of activities.
31 August 2011: notification of acceptance or not of the submitted proposals.

9. The web site
Making known the HPM 2012 in various countries is 
a major task to be realized by the SPC. To this 
end, a web site is available at 
This is going to be a very efficient tool to make 
known the HPM 2012 worldwide, allowing online 
registration etc.

10. Proceedings
Publishing the Proceedings of HPM 2012 is also a 
major task, and will be available in the meeting.
Each submitted full text for an oral presentation 
or a workshop will be reviewed by members of the 
SPC at the usual international standards.
More details on the size of the texts, the format 
guidelines will be announced in due course from 
the HPM 2012 and HPM websites, respectively;

30 November 2011: deadline for submitting full 
texts for all types of activities.
31 January 2012: Notification of acceptance or not of the submitted texts.

11. Registration fee
Early registration (before 5 February 2012): 180$ (students 90$)
Late registration (From 6 February until 31 May 2012): 230$ (students 130$)
Registration after 31 may 2012, or on the spot: 270$ (students 160$)

12. Contact
For further information, please contact:
- Evelyne Barbin, evelyne.barbin at wanadoo.fr
- Sunwook Hwang, shwang at ssu.ac.kr
- Sangki Choi, schoi at konkuk.ac.kr
- Constantinos Tzanakis, tzanakis at edc.uoc.gr


7. Changes to the HPM newsletter

There are a few important changes to the HPM Newsletter now.
Chris Weeks is stepping down as co-editor after 
working on the newsletter since 2004. With his 
knowledge of the field and the group, he has been 
essential to the newsletter for more than six 
years. He is being replaced by no less than three 
new co-editors, which is a clear suggestion of 
his value to the HPM community.
The new newsletter co-editors are Kathy Clark, 
Snezana Lawrence and Helder Pinto, whom will be 
presented more fully in time.
The other important change is that we are 
publishing the newsletter online as a supplement 
to the paper version. The version online is 
available on the website 

There will be new articles online every month, 
and these articles will go into the issues that 
will be published three times a year as before.
The online version offers opportunities for 
publishing content more quickly and to have 
feedback on articles - as well as making it even 
simpler for new people to find the HPM group. Any 
suggestions and input is welcome.
There is available, right now, the following items:

- Novembertagung 2010: A conference for History of Mathematics Ph.D. students;
- Special issue of Mathematics in School;
- First announcement HPM 2012;
- Announcement Second International Conference on 
the History of Mathematics Education;
- BSHM Bulletin Volume 25 Number 3 (2010);
- More on the Kenneth O. May prize;
- Have you read these?

All recent newsletters are at

Please send contributions to the HPM Newsletter 
76 to Bjørn Smestad (Bjorn.Smestad at lui.hio.no) 
before February 12th, 2011. Both articles, 
notices, book reviews and announcements of events 
are very welcome, as well as information for the 
"Have you read these?" and "Have you been there?" 

We hope that the newsletter and its version online are useful!

Helder Pinto, hbmpinto1981 at gmail.com


8. Calendar of Events of Interest to the ICMI Community

4th International Conference on Science and 
Mathematics Education in Developing Countries,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 23-25 February 2011

Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education,
February 24, - February 27, 2011, Portland, Oregon, USA

History of European Universities.  Challenges and transformations,
Lisbon, Portugal, April 18-20, 2011

XIII CIAEM - Inter-American Conference on Mathematics Education
Recife, Brasil, June 26-30, 2011.

ICTMT10 - 10th International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching
University of Portsmouth, July 5-8, 2011

Ankara, Turkey, July 10-15, 2011

ICTMA 15: 15th International Conference on the 
Teaching of Mathematical Modelling and 
Melbourne, Australia, July 14-19, 2011

FAMA - Family Math for adult learners 
international conference: "Family and communities 
in and out of the classroom: ways to improve 
mathematics' achievement", Barcelona, Spain, July 
23, 2011

CIEAEM 63:  "Facilitating access and 
participation - Mathematical practices inside and 
outside the classroom" / "Faciliter l'accès et la 
participation - Les pratiques mathématiques à 
l'intérieur et à l'extérieur de la classe",
University of Barcelona, Spain, July 24 - July 29, 2011

Prague, Czech Republic, August 21-26, 2011

16e Ecole d'été de didactique des mathématiques - 
Association pour la Recherche en Didactique des 
Carcassonne (Aude), France, August 21-28, 2011

The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century 
Project 11th International Conference, Turning 
Dreams into Reality: Transformations and Paradigm 
Shifts in Mathematics Education, Rhodes 
University, Grahamstown, South Africa, September 
11-17, 2011

ECER 2011 - European Conference on Educational Research,
Berlin, September 13-16, 2011

ICMI Study 21 Conference
São Paulo, Brazil, September 16-20, 2011

ATCM 2011 - 16th Asian Technology Conference of 
Mathematics, 'Integration of Technology into 
Mathematics Education-past, present and future',
Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey, September 19-23, 2011

Volcanic DELTA 2011, Eighth Southern Hemisphere 
Conference on the Teaching and Learning of 
Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics,
Rotorua, NZ, November 27 - December 2, 2011

Seventh International Conference on Science, 
Mathematics & Technology Education: 
Transformations through Science, Mathematics and 
Technology Education - Towards an Innovative and 
Sustainable Society,  Muscat, Oman, February 
12-15, 2012
d.fisher at smec.curtin.edu.au

EMF 2012 - Espace Mathématique Francophone,
Genève, 3-7 Février 2012

ICME-12 - Twelfth International Congress on Mathematical Education
Seoul, Korea, July 8-15, 2012

HPM 2012 History and Pedagogy of Mathematics
The HPM Satellite Meeting of ICME-12
Daejeon (Korea), July 16-20, 2012

EARCOME6 - The Sixth East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education,
Thailand, March, 2013


9. ICMI-Study conference proceedings "Gender and mathematics education"

A few copies of the ICMI-Study book conference 
proceedings "Gender and mathematics education" 
are available for free for interested readers.
This conference was held in Hoor, Sweden in 
October 1993. The book is divided into plenary 
addresses, research papers, panel presentations 
and working group reports. The collection 
presents voices from more than 18 countries.
Reference: Grevholm, B. & Hanna, G. (1995). 
Gender and mathematics education, an ICMI Study 
in Stiftsgården Åkersberg, Höör, Sweden 1993. 
Lund: Lund University Press.
Please send an email to Barbro.Grevholm at uia.no if you want a copy.
You can find a review of this volume here:




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