CfR: Bridging the Gap: The Importance of Communicating Mathematical (& Logical) Research to laypeople and in Education, 21.05. – 24.05.2024, Hybrid: Zoom + Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

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Bridging the Gap: The Importance of Communicating Mathematical Research to laypeople and in Education; a satellite conference of the 9th European Congress of Mathematics

Dates: 21.05. – 24.05.2024
It is possible to listen to the talks online or in person in Palma. 
Venue: University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

=== Schedule
A preliminary Schedule can be found here:

=== Speakers
==Invited keynotes:
Thorsten Altenkirch (University of Nottingham) [Online]
Paul Ernest (University of Exeter)
Keith Weber (Rutgers)  [Online]

One more TBA

== Contributed talks by: 
Jordi Fairhurst (UIB)
CP Hertogh (Chongqing University) 
José A. Pérez-Escobar (University of Geneva)
Jonas Raab (Trinity College Dublin) 
Andrei Rodin (University of Lorraine)
Deniz Sarikaya (CLPS at Vrije Universiteit Brussel) 
Mira Sarikaya (Universität Hamburg)
Seungyun Song (Tilburg University)
Irina Starikova (Federal University of Minas Gerais)  
Benjamin Wilck (Buber institute)
Two more speakers to be announced, if you like to give a talk please email us asap. Priority will be given for in person talks.

=== Registration
We do not have funds to cover travel and accommodation expenses, but will do our best to provide coffee, refreshments and basic snacks for the breaks.
Registration can be done here:  
by email (see in contact) .

=== Topic
The satellite workshop “Bridging the Gap: The Importance of Communicating Mathematical Research to laypeople and in Education” aims to shed light on an essential, yet under-discussed facet of mathematics education – the art of communicating complex mathematical concepts and research to children and popularizing them in the general public. Mathematical literacy is an integral part of modern society, where data-driven decision making is prevalent. Equipping children  and laypeople with an understanding of mathematical research prepares them to navigate a world where mathematics is increasingly vital.

Felix Klein already famously discussed that school mathematics is not the same as research mathematics. (Proper) Mathematics, often perceived as abstract and complex, poses a unique challenge in terms of communication, particularly to children. The key to overcoming this challenge lies in rendering mathematical research accessible and engaging to young learners. This conference invites researchers, educators, and practitioners to explore the methodologies, strategies, and benefits of conveying mathematical research to children effectively. This lack of an adequate picture of mathematics propagates via all citizens into society at large.

The transmission of mathematical concepts to children necessitates an understanding of their cognitive abilities, interests, and perspectives. It, just like the communication to laypeople, also presupposes that we understand mathematical practice, which is not a given. The understanding of the actual practices is often described as “philosophy of mathematical practice”.

Equally significant is the narrative and language employed while communicating mathematical research. The use of storytelling, visuals, games, and practical examples can demystify mathematics, linking abstract concepts to concrete realities. This conference seeks to highlight the innovative practices and strategies employed by educators and researchers in making mathematical research relatable (to lay people and especially to children).

This workshop, thus, aims to stimulate conversations around the why’s and how’s of communicating mathematical research to children and laypeople. Through keynotes, panel discussions, and interactive sessions, attendees will gain insights into the best practices, challenges, and future directions in this critical field. The conference invites participation from mathematicians, educators and philosophers and anyone interested in the intersection of mathematics, education, and communication. Together, we aim to foster publication engaging with the description of mathematical practice, and invite mathematicians to communicate their (subjective) perspective, as some important mathematicians like Thurston already did. We finally want to develop concrete educational material to be published after the workshop.

Some themes could be (but are not limited to):
-the usage of educational software and automated theorem proving
– ethical issues connected to the narratives surrounding mathematics -enriching highly gifted children -documenting scientific practice and methodological issues of the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice broadly

Each day of the workshop will have a keynote lecture, contributed talks and time to develop concrete follow up projects and material. One day will be devoted in part to a social activity.

=== Support
Supported by the FWO-project “The Epistemology of Big Data: Mathematics and the Critical Research Agenda on Data Practices”, Swiss National Science Foundation project “Mathematical models and normativity in biology and psychology: descriptions, or rules of description? (P5R5PH_214160) and the Centre for Logic & Philosophy of Science research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). Ayuda Margarita Salas of the Ministerio de Universidades, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, and financed by the European Union (NextGenrationEU). This event is endorsed by DMRCP: Diversity of Mathematical Research Cultures and Practices.

=== Contact
Jordi Fairhurst:
José Antonio Pérez Escobar:
Deniz Sarikaya: