

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 

Theme:
Mathematical Modelling
as a strategy for
buildingup 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 

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 intramathematical aspects. Internationally, Henry’s engagement for applications and modelling became particularly visible at ICME3, 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 ICTMA3, 1987 (Pollak, 1989).


Rita 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
ViceChair of ICTMA14 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 

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 wellknown in the international mathematics education community, and not the least so because of his 12 year membership of the Executive Committee of ICMI, 198798, 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 ICME10, Copenhagen 2004, and the EditorinChief of the Proceedings from that Congress. He was a member of the International Programme Committee for ICME11 (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 Alexander
VillaOchoa 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 is professor and researcher in the Federal University of ABC. He was professor and researcher of the Campinas University (UNICAMP) for 36 years (19692005) 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 coordinate courses to teachers on Mathematical Modeling in various states of Brazil.


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 

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 IEAstudy "Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics" (TEDSM 2008). She served as president of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications (ICTMA) from 20072011 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 Editorinchief 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 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 coeditor of
special issues on
mathematical
modelling of
Alexandria and Acta
Scientiae, two
important Brazilian
journals. She was
the subcoordinator
of a Working Group
on mathematical
modelling of
Brazilian Society of
the Mathematics
Education (SBEM)
from 2006 to 2012.







