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Plenary Lectures will be given by guest researchers. There will be five plenary lectures, one at the event opening, the night of July 14, and the remaining four, in the mornings from Monday to Thursday, for a period of two hours.

The invited speakers are Ubiratan D'Ambrosio (Brazil), Henry Pollak (USA), Mogens Niss (Denmark), Rodney C. Bassanezzi (Brazil) and Gabriele Kaiser (Germany).

For each plenary lecture, a discussant will introduce the lecturer and will make a counterpoint or point out own future perspectives of the field of modelling and applications in mathematics education. The discussants are, respectively, are: Rita Borromeo (Germany), Jhony Alexander Villa Ochoa (Colombia), Susana Carreira (Portugal) and Jussara de Loiola Araújo (Brazil).  

Ubiratan D'Ambrosio, Universidade Bandeirantes de São Paulo, Brazil
Ubiratan D'Ambrosio
Theme: Mathematical Modelling as a strategy for building-up knowledge in different cultural environments.

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, State University of Campinas/UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil (retired in 1994). Elected Fellow of the AAAS/American Association for the Advancement of Science with the citation "For imaginative and effective leadership in Latin American Mathematics Education and in efforts towards international cooperation."(1983). Recipient of the Kenneth O.May Medal of History of Mathematics, granted by the International Commission of History of Mathematics/ICHM, affiliated of the IUHPS and IMU (2001). Recipient of the Felix Klein Medal of Mathematics Education, granted by the International Commission of Mathematics Instruction/ICMI, affiliated of the IMU (2005). Member of the AIHS/IAHS/ International Academy of Historty of Science. Currently is: Professor of Mathematics Education and History of Mathematics at UNIBAN/Universidade Bandeirantes de São Paulo, Brazil.

Henry Pollak, Columbia University, United States
Chair: Rita Borromeo, University of Kassel, Germany
Henry Pollak
Theme: The Place of Mathematical Modeling in the System of Mathematics Education: Perspective and Prospect

Henry Pollak is, without any doubt, one of the pioneers in the field of applications and modelling in mathematics education. As early as in the sixties of the last century he pleaded for an integration of applications and modelling into mathematics teaching (for instance, Pollak, 1969). He was able to do that particularly competently and credibly since he was not part of the educational system itself but a leading member of Bell Laboratories. The educational scene of the sixties and the early seventies was shaped by the New Maths movement which had, in contrast to its own intentions, led in many countries to an emphasis on intra-mathematical aspects. Internationally, Henry’s engagement for applications and modelling became particularly visible at ICME-3, 1976, where he gave the survey lecture on “The Interaction between Mathematics and Other School Subjects” (Pollak, 1979). Also in the first ICTMAs, Henry was active on a prominent position, for instance as a plenary speaker at ICTMA-3, 1987 (Pollak, 1989).

Rita BorromeoRita Borromeo Ferri got her Master Degree in Primary Education in 1999 from the University of Siegen and in 2004 both her PhD in Mathematics Education and her Master Degree in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Hamburg, where she also got her Habilitation in Mathematics Education in 2010. Since 2011 she is a professor of Mathematics Education (for the secondary level) at the University of Kassel. She was Vice-Chair of ICTMA-14 in 2009 at the University of Hamburg. Her current research areas include Applications and Modelling in Mathematics Education, Mathematical Thinking Styles and Higher Mathematics Education.

Mogens Niss, Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark
Chair: Jhony Alexander Villa Ochoa, Universidad de Medellín, Colombia
Mogens Niss
Theme: Prescriptive modelling - opportunities and challenges

Main field of research is mathematics education, where he has published around 150 papers in scholarly journals and books, as well as having written or edited twelve books. His research interests are focused on the justification problem in mathematics education, on applications and modelling in the teaching and learning of mathematics, on assessment, on the nature of mathematics education research as a scientific discipline, and on mathematical competencies in mathematics education. Mogens Niss is well-known in the international mathematics education community, and not the least so because of his 12 year membership of the Executive Committee of ICMI, 1987-98, the last eight years in his capacity as the Secretary of ICMI. His international network is rather extensive. He was the chair of the International Programme Committee of ICME-10, Copenhagen 2004, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings from that Congress. He was a member of the International Programme Committee for ICME-11 (Monterrey, Mexico, 2008) and was the Chair of ICMI Awards Committee responsible for the selection of awardees for the Felix Klein and Hans Freudenthal Awards till 2011.

Jhony AlexanderJhony Alexander Villa-Ochoa is currently a lecturer in Mathematics Education at the School of Education,Universidad de Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia). He is the coordinator of the Colombian Mathematical Modeling Network in Mathematics Education (RECOMEM). Dr. Villa`s general research interests are in the mathematical modelling, its social implications, as well as the use of ICT in mathematics education.

Rodney Carlos Bassanezi, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
Chair: Susana Carreira, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Rodney Carlos Bassanezi
Rodney Carlos Bassanezi is professor and researcher in the Federal University of ABC. He was professor and researcher of the Campinas University (UNICAMP) for 36 years (1969-2005) where guide above 50 tesis. His research has been essentially in three areas: Analysis (fuzzy theory and measure), Biomathematics (dynamics systems), and Mathematical Modeling for Education. He has published over 60 papers and six books, been two on Mathematical Modeling. He is the editor of the Journal Biomatematica and was president of Sociedade Latinoamericana de Biomatemática. Since 1982 he has promoted and co-ordinate courses to teachers on Mathematical Modeling in various states of Brazil.
Susana Carreira
Susana Carreira holds a degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Mathematics Education, both from the University of Lisbon. She has completed her doctorate in Mathematics Education in 1999 at the University of Lisbon. She is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Algarve, where she teaches undergraduate courses in Mathematics and Mathematics Education and Invited Associate Professor at the Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon, where she collaborates in the PhD. Program in Mathematics Education. She is a member of the Research Unit of the Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon where she develops her research as part of the research group in mathematics education.
Gabriele Kaiser, University of Hamburg, Germany
Chair: Jussara de Loiola Araújo, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Gabriele Kaiser
Theme: Modelling competencies - importance in the past debate and further perspectives

Since 1998, she is professor for mathematics education at the Faculty of Education of the University of Hamburg. Her areas of research include modelling and applications in school, international comparative studies, gender and cultural aspects in mathematics education and empirical research on teacher education. She participated in the recent IEA-study "Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics" (TEDS-M 2008). She served as president of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications (ICTMA) from 2007-2011 and organised the accompanying conference in 2009 at the University of Hamburg. In October 2010 she took up the position as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education being responsible for research and international cooperation. She is Editor-in-chief of ZDM – The International Journal on Mathematics Education (formerly Zentralblatt fuer Didaktik der Mathematik), published by Springer. In addition, she is convenor of the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education, which will take place in 2016 at the University of Hamburg, in Germany.

Jussara AraújoJussara Araújo is a professor at Mathematics Department and at Graduate Program in Education of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). She has a Bachelor and Master degree in Mathematics from UFMG. She is a Doctor in Mathematics Education from State University of São Paulo (UNESP). Her main research interests are mathematical modelling in mathematics education, critical mathematics education and activity theory. She was one of the organizers of two books about mathematical modelling in mathematics education, in Brazil, and co-editor of special issues on mathematical modelling of Alexandria and Acta Scientiae, two important Brazilian journals. She was the sub-coordinator of a Working Group on mathematical modelling of Brazilian Society of the Mathematics Education (SBEM) from 2006 to 2012.

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