Section 19. Mathematical Education and Popularization of Mathematics

Range of research and key issues in mathematics education, from elementary school to higher education. Modern developments in effective popularization of mathematics, from publications, to museums, to online communication.
Marcelo Borba

São Paulo State University, Brazil

Panelist, Balance between Education in Classroom and Remote Online Teaching

Roger Cooke

Resources for the future, USA

Chair, Mathematical Sciences to Address Societal Challenges and Issues

Sally Cripps

University of Sydney, Australia

Panelist, Mathematical Sciences to Address Societal Challenges and Issues

Sally Cripps is an internationally recognised scholar and Professor in Bayesian statistics, a Professor of Maths and Statistics at the University of Sydney and Director of the ARC Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE Centre).

She holds a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney, an MBA from the University of Western Australia and a PhD in statistics from the University of NSW.

She is also Chair of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis’s section Bayesian Education and Research in Practice.

Sally’s research focus is the development of new and novel probabilistic models which are motivated by the need to solve an applied problem with the potential for impact.

She has particular expertise in the use of mixture models for complex phenomenon, modelling longitudinal data, nonparametric regression, the spectral analysis of time series, and the construction of transitions kernels in MCMC schemes which efficiently explore posterior distributions of interest. Sally has extensive experience in translating world leading novel data science models to deliver practical, evidence driven solutions for industry and government.

Sally has advised some of Australia’s leading organisations including CBA, McKinsey, Newcrest, The Nature Conservancy, NSW Government, Ramsay Health and is developing collaborative projects with the DARE Centre industry partners.

Sergio Fajardo


Panelist, Mathematical Sciences to Address Societal Challenges and Issues

Clara Grima

University of Seville, Spain

Clara Grima is an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Seville (Spain). Her research interests are graph theory and computational geometry, with collaborations in cell biology.

Since 2010 she has been intensely dedicated to the dissemination of mathematics in Spanish. She has received the most important awards for dissemination in her country, Spain. Clara is convinced that everybody likes math although perhaps somebody does not know it, yet.

Anjum Halai

The Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Chair, Balance between Education in Classroom and Remote Online Teaching

Claudio Landim

IMPA, Brazil

Panelist, Innovation and New Forms of Popularization of Mathematics

Claudio Landim  is a Researcher in Mathematics at the Pure and Applied Mathematical Institute (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a Directeur de Recherches at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) appointed at the Université de Rouen, France.

He worked in Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Interacting Particle Systems and Metastability. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and a winner of the CNRS Bronze Medal, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize in Mathematics and the Science Education Prize of TWAS Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Partner (TWAS-LACREP).

Mickaël Launay


Panelist, Innovation and New Forms of Popularization of Mathematics

Mickaël Launay  is a recreational mathematician, creator of the French Youtube channel «Micmaths» and author of books of mathematical popularization, such as «It All Adds Up» and «Le théorème du parapluie». In 2018 he was awarded the d’Alembert’s prize by the French Mathematical Society (SMF) which rewards actions intended to make mathematics attractive to a large audience. In 2012, he completed a PhD in probability.
Kyeong-Hwa Lee

Seoul National University, Korea

Panelist, Balance between Education in Classroom and Remote Online Teaching

Kyeong-Hwa Lee is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the Department of Mathematics Education of Seoul National University.

Her research interests include promoting student learning through mathematical creativity and critical thinking, enhancing the professional development of prospective and in-service teachers by developing mathematics pedagogical content knowledge and creative teaching capabilities, and supporting students to value and sustain learning mathematics. She is the president of the Korea Society of Educational Studies in Mathematics and was the vice president of the association of the Korean Women in Mathematical Sciences. She is in charge of revising the Korean National Mathematics Curriculum.

Edward Lungu

BIUST, Botswana

Panelist, Mathematical Sciences to Address Societal Challenges and Issues

Edward Lungu is a Professor of Mathematics at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) located in Palapye, Central District, Botswana. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science. He is the founder member of the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (SAMSA) an organization which has collaborated with NUFU, a Norwegian Agency (1996-2002) and now MASAMU (2010 to date), based at Albany University USA, to train PhD and MSc graduates in Southern Africa. The MASAMU project is also geared towards boosting research in mathematics in sub-Sahara Africa. Edward Lungu is the Academic Director of the Simons Foundation project which is training mathematicians to PhD level and raising the qualifications of university teachers with master’s degrees to PhD level in sub-Sahara Africa.

His research interests include Biomathematics and Stochastic Analysis applied to Financial processes. His projects and effort in Biomathematics and training mathematicians in sub-Sahara Africa have been rewarded with international prizes such as the Su Buchin prize in 2011 and the Philip Griffith award in 2016.

His current research work on non-HIV Kaposi Sarcoma, a neglected disease in sub-Sahara Africa, focuses on finding optimal treatment levels using combination therapy involving cytokine-based drugs and chemotherapy.

Raïssa Malu

Democratic Republic of Congo

Chair, Innovation and New Forms of Popularization of Mathematics

Raïssa Malu is a physicist by training, graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), a professor of physics and mathematics, author-publisher of textbooks and a book on physicists and mathematicians.

Since 2014, she has been organizing the Science and Technology Week in D. R. Congo to promote science and mathematics among young people and the public. In 2021, it was the 8th consecutive edition with a special message given by the President of the Republic and current President of the African Union, His Excellency Mr. Félix A. Tshisekedi Tshilombo. For more information, visit the page.

Raïssa Malu is currently an international education consultant. She is in charge of the reform of science and mathematics education in secondary schools for the Congolese Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education.

From 2017 to 2019, she was the Next Einstein Forum Ambassador for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In November 2020, she was appointed by President Tshisekedi as a Member of the Presidential Panel in charge of accompanying his mandate at the head of the African Union, fiscal year 2021-2022. She is in charge of education, youth, science, technology and innovation.

Sergey Rukshin


Panelist, Innovation and New Forms of Popularization of Mathematics

Anna Sfard

University of Haifa, Israel

Anna Sfard developed a theoretical framework of mathematical thinking known as commognitive.

This theory, grounded in the assumption that mathematics is a special form of communication, or a discourse, has been used in studying the development and role of mathematical discourses in individual lives and in the course of history.

The results of this research have been summarized in her 2008 book, Thinking as communicating, and in tens of articles and book chapters.

Currently Professor Emerita at the University of Haifa, Israel, Sfard served as the first Lappan-Philips-Fitzgerald Professor at Michigan State University and as Professor of Mathematics Education in the Institute of Education, University College of London. She is a recipient of the 2007 Freudenthal Award, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and a member of the American National Academy of Education (NAEd).

K. Subramaniam (Ravi)

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

Panelist, Balance between Education in Classroom and Remote Online Teaching

K. Subramaniam (Ravi)  is a Professor at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India. His main research interests are the design and organization for learning of core topics of the middle-grade mathematics curriculum such as fractions, proportional thinking, geometric measurement and algebra, and the specialized knowledge that teachers need to teach effectively at this level. His other interests are the integration of out-of-school knowledge and school learning of mathematics, frameworks for the analysis of mathematics teaching and the role of visualization in the learning of science and mathematics. He has contributed to the work of curriculum and textbook committees and to in-service teacher professional development in India.
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