14-18 July 2014

Aarhus University,
Campus Emdrup, Copenhagen, Denmark


The initiative of organizing a Summer University on the History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education was undertaken originally by the French Mathematics Education community in the early 1980’s. From those meetings emerged the Summer University on a European scale, as the European Summer University (ESU) on the History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education, the first one taking place in 1993. Since then, the ESU was successfully organized in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2010 in different places in Europe: Montpellier (France), Braga (Portugal), Louvain-la-Neuve and Leuven (Belgium), Uppsala (Sweden), Prague (Czech Republic), Vienna (Austria).
Since then, the ESU has been established into one of the main international activities of the HPM Group, which – from 2010 onwards – will be organized every four years. This means that every two years the HPM meetings will have at least one major international meeting of the Group; namely, the ESU will alternate with the HPM Satellite Meetings of ICME.

1. Aim and focus of the ESU

See HPM Newsletter 83.

2. Main themes of ESU-7

See HPM Newsletter 83.

3. Activities during ESU 7

See HPM Newsletter 83.

4. Target population

See HPM Newsletter 83.

5. Time and place
The 7th ESU will take place from Monday 14 to Friday 18 July 2014 at the Aarhus University, Campus Emdrup (Copenhagen), Denmark.

The campus is located in Copenhagen, only 10 minutes from the city centre and 25 minutes from the international airport.

From the airport, take the metro to Nørreport station and change to the S-train, line A, which will take you to Emdrup station. The Campus is located directly next to the station. See Google map at conference website, where other maps for important directions will also be available.

The address of the conference site: Department of Education, Aarhus University, Campus Emdrup, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV.

6. Official Languages

See HPM Newsletter 83.

7. Submission of proposals


31. December, 2013: abstracts of proposals for workshops and oral presentations.

30. April, 2014: abstracts for posters.

Notification of acceptance of presentation will happen within a month after these deadlines.

Important: please, use the application form on the website and send it in electronic form to:
Evelyne Barbin, Chair of the ESU7:
Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen, Co-chair:
Uffe Thomas Jankvist, Co-chair:

The members of the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) will review the submitted abstracts. At this stage, acceptance of a proposal means that the proposed activity will be included in the ESU-7 Scientific Programme. However, this does not imply that a full text based on this activity will automatically be included in the ESU-7 Proceedings, which are going to be published after the ESU. Full texts will be further reviewed by members of the SPC, using the usual international standards. For more details, see Proceedings, §10 below.

8. The (international) Scientific Program Committee (SPC) and The Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

See HPM Newsletter 83.

9. The web site
Making known the ESU in various countries (in Europe and beyond) is a major task to be realized by the SPC. To this end, the website of ESU is a very efficient tool. Online registration, etc. will be operating soon at the website:

10. Proceedings

See HPM Newsletter 83.

11. Programme
Plenary Sessions

Theme 1: Evelyne Barbin, University of Nantes (France)

The implicit epistemology of mathematics history and education: thirty years after Hans Freudenthal.

Themes 2 & 3: Adriano Dematte, Universirty of Genoa (Italy)

History in the classroom: educational opportunities and open questions.

Theme 4: Cécile de Hosson, University Paris 7 (France)

Promoting an interdisciplinary teaching through the use of elements of Greek and Chinese early cosmologies.

Theme 5: Kristin Bjarnadottir, University of Iceland (Iceland)

Calendars and currency – embedded in culture, nature, society and language.
Theme 6: Gert Schubring , University of Bielefeld (RFA) and UFRJ (Brazil)

New approaches and results in the history of teaching and learning mathematics.

Theme 7: Bjarne Toft, University of Sothern Denmark (Denmark)

Julius Petersen and James Joseph Sylvester – the emergence of graph theory.

Panel 1: History and philosophy of mathematics, technics and technology in mathematics education (organizer: Morten Misfeld, Aalborg University, Denmark).

Panel 2: The question of evaluation and assessment of experiences with introducing history of mathematics in the classroom (organizer: Leo Rogers, Oxford University, GB).

Provisional Time Schedule

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Plenary lectures: PL
Panel: P
15mn. Short oral presentation of posters: SOP
30 min. Oral presentations: OP
2-hour workshops: WS-2
3-hour workshops: WS-3
Remark: It is expected that there will be at most 6 sessions of OP and/or WS running in parallel.
12. Registration
Participants should register online via the ESU-7 website

Conference fees
Early registration (before Feb 28, 2014): 225 EUR (175 EUR for students and school teachers)
Late registration (before May 31, 2014): 275 EUR (225 EUR for students and school teachers)
Online registration will be closed on May 31, 2014.

The registration fee will cover five lunches, one excursion plus dinner, and proceedings after the conference. Payment will eventually be possible through the website.

13. Accommodation
Accommodation can be booked through CABINN Scandinavia Hotel, where you will find a variety of options. You may enter their website through the conference website. A booking number for special prices for ESU-7 participants will soon be available at the conference website.

14. Social Program
• On Monday we will combine the poster presentation with a wine reception, where we can all walk around and talk to poster presenters (and others) in a friendly atmosphere while having a snack and a glass of wine.
• On Tuesday and Thursday we will end the days with “happy hours” where snacks and drinks are available, and where participants will have the opportunity to talk to each other, have informal meetings, etc.

• On Wednesday we have excursion day. We will leave the conference site before noon and go on a boat trip through the channels of Copenhagen. We will arrange for lunch on the way. The boat trip will end at Freetown Christiania, where we will spend some time walking around before we go to a restaurant for the conference dinner.

• (On Thursday night there will a dinner meeting for the HPM Advisory Board, where locations for ESU-8 will be discussed.)

15. For further information – contact
Evelyne Barbin, IREM et LMJL, UFR des sciences et des techniques, Université de Nantes, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 92208, 44322 Nantes Cedex, France

Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen, Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 3, DK-1350 Copenhagen K

Uffe Thomas Jankvist, Department of Education, Aarhus University, Campus Emdrup. Tuborgvej 164, DK-2400 Copenhagen NV

Evelyne Barbin, France
Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen, Denmark
Uffe Thomas Jankvist, Denmark


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