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Panel Discussion will take place on the last day of the event, as a closure. It will be led by three researchers invited to address the theme of ICTMA - Mathematical Modelling: history and future prospects – and a discussant who will make a counterpoint to the researchers. The invited speakers are Gloria Stillmann (Australia), Helen Doerr (USA), Werner Blum (Germany), and Jonas Bergman Ärlebäck as discussant.  
Werner Blum, University of Kassel, Germany
Werner Blum
Werner Blum got his Diploma in mathematics in 1969 and his Ph.D. in pure mathematics in 1970, both from the University of Karlsruhe. Since 1975 he has been a full professor of Mathematics Education (secondary school level) at the University of Kassel. From 1995 to 2001 he served as the President of the GDM, the maths education society of the German speaking countries. In 2006, he received the Archimedes Award of the MNU. His current research areas include empirical investigations into the teaching and learning of mathematics, for instance on self-regulated mathematics learning or on classroom assessment, and empirical investigations into mathematics teachers’ competencies. A main focus of his work is on quality development in mathematics teaching; among other things, he is engaged in the development of national standards and tests in mathematics for the secondary school level in Germany. He has done a lot of work particularly in the area of modelling and applications in mathematics education, among other things as a continuing editor of the ICTMA Proceedings and as the editor-in-chief of ICMI Study 14. Since 2000, he has been a member of the international PISA Mathematics Expert Group. His publications comprise more than thirty books that he has written, edited or co-edited, with a main focus on modelling and applications, and more than 200 articles in books or journals. Among his most recent co-edited books are the Proceedings of ICTMA-14 and -15, the results of the COACTIV project and the Festschrift for Gabriele Kaiser’s 60th birthday.
Gloria Stillman, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Gloria Stillman
Associate Professor Gloria Stillman is an experienced Australian lecturer in both primary and secondary mathematics education. She is currently the Assistant Head of School of Education (Victoria) at Australian Catholic University in Ballarat. She is president of ICTMA as well as the Vice President (Research) of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. She is a member of the editorial board of ZDM—the International Journal on Mathematics Education and a co-editor of Australian Senior Mathematics Journal. She was co-chair of the ICTMA 15 conference in Melbourne. She is the author of many papers and book chapters on the teaching and assessing of mathematical modelling and applications. She has also co-edited special journal issues on metacognition research in mathematics education in ZDM—the International Journal on Mathematics Education and research into the teaching and learning of mathematical modelling and applications in Mathematics Education Research Journal. She co-authored the highly acclaimed tertiary textbook for secondary mathematics education: Teaching Secondary School Mathematics: Research and practice for the 21st century. Her most recent book is the co-edited volume, Trends in teaching and learning of mathematical modelling.
Helen Doerr, Syracuse University, United States
Helen Doerr
Professor Helen Doerr is a dual professor of teaching and leadership programs and mathematics at Syracuse University. She currently teaches courses to prepare mathematics teachers and courses in undergraduate mathematics. She has been a frequent speaker at national and international conferences in mathematics education. Her last trip to Brazil was in 2005, where she presented a paper at the Fifteenth ICMI Study: The Professional Education and Development of Teachers of Mathematics. Helen’s research interests are in mathematical modeling, teacher learning and mathematical communication. In 2010, Professor Doerr was named the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for teaching excellence at Syracuse University. She has spoken and published extensively on her research on mathematical modeling and teacher learning, received numerous awards from the National Science Foundation, and served on national and international advisory board and editorial boards.
Jonas Bergman Ärlebäck, Linköping University, Sweden
Jonas Bergman Ärlebäck
Jonas is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics at Linköping University in Sweden. He completed his Ph. D. in 2009 and has spent the last 2 years on a post-doctoral research fellowship from the Swedish National Research Council at Syracuse University, NY, USA. Focusing on the upper secondary level and first year university mathematics courses, his recent research involves investigating modelling approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics using design-based research methodologies. Two of his latest projects investigate the development of teaching of the mathematics of change, and modelling approaches to the teaching and learning of statistics. Prior to this, Jonas was an applied research mathematician in general relativity with a special interest in conformal Einstein spaces and generalizations of the so-called Bach tensor.
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