Dear colleagues and friends of HPM,

The past few months have been a busy time for HPM and its diverse committees. We have been getting ready for our ninth quadrennial satellite meeting, HPM 2016, which will take place in Montpellier from July 18 to July 22, 2016. The HPM scientific committee has worked very hard to prepare the scientific program, while the local committee has done tremendous work to prepare the participants’ venue.


  1. HPM 2016 Program

The HPM 2016 program will soon be available on the conference website (http://hpm2016.sciencesconf.org). In the meantime, to give you an idea, let me mention that at the end of the day on Monday 18 July (after a plenary session, some oral and poster presentations and workshops) Christian Gerini will present a Public Conference on Joseph-Diez Gergonne. The conference will be followed by a reception at the Montpellier Town Hall. Tuesday, Panel 1 will take place after a plenary conference. At the end of the day, the schedule features a Thematic Presentation, in which K. Clark, T. H. Kjeldsen, S. Schorcht, C. Tzanakis, and X. Wang will present a study about recent developments in the History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education. Their presentation includes a discussion with the audience about new trends in HPM research lines.


There are three Discussion Groups in the schedule: two will take place Tuesday and one Discussion Group will take place Thursday. As you may recall, the Discussion Groups are a novelty in the HPM satellite meetings. The idea is to open a space for discussion and exchange among the participants. Such a discussion space is also meant to be a space for connection between the new generation of HPM researchers and those who participate regularly in HPM activities.


Wednesday’s schedule features two plenary sessions in the morning. The afternoon is reserved for excursion time and participants have different choices for exploring Montpellier and its history. The day will finish with a gala dinner at the seaside.


Gavin Hitchcock’s Dramatic Presentation celebrating Joseph Gergonne will take place on Thursday. Panel 2 will take place on Friday.


Gavin’s Dramatic Presentation deals with some entities that claim to be numbers and to do so, they resort to a geometric alibi. The Dramatic Presentation includes historical celebrities such as Jean-Robert Argand, Joseph Gergonne, François J. Servois, and Adrien-Marie Legendre. Needless to say, we are in the process of recruiting actors for the Dramatic Presentation from among the HPM 2016 participants.


  1. Proceedings of HPM 2016

The Proceedings of the HPM 2016 Meeting will be available before the conference. The papers are in the final stage of the editing process.


3. HPM Presentation at ICME-13

HPM has two Topic Study Groups at ICME-13: TSG 24: History of the teaching and learning of mathematics (Co-chairs: Fulvia Furinghetti and Alexander Karp), and TSG 25: The Role of History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education (Co-chairs: Costas Tzanakis and Xiaoqin Wang).

As usual, like all other ICMI Affiliate Groups, HPM will have a presentation at ICME-13. This presentation will take place on Saturday 30 July 2016, 16:30-18:00. You are cordially invited to join TSG24 and TSG25 and our Affiliate Group Presentation.


  1. HPM Digital Library

One of the projects that I had planned to carry out during my term as the chair of HPM was the creation of the HPM Digital Library. As you may recall, the Library is hosted on an ICMI server:



I am glad to report that two new proceedings have been sent to ICMI. They will be added shortly. The proceedings are:

History and epistemology in mathematics education. Proceedings of the 5th European Summer University (Evelyne Barbin, Naďa Stehlíková, Constantinos Tzanakis, eds.), 2008.

History and epistemology in mathematics education. Proceedings of the 7th European Summer University (Evelyne Barbin, Uffe Thomas Jankvist, Tinne Hoff Kjeldsen, eds.), 2015.

I thank the proceeding editors for agreeing to add the proceedings to our Digital Library.

We are finalizing the digital edition of the HPM 2000 Proceedings. These proceedings, as well as the HPM 2016 Proceedings, will also be added to the HPM Digital Library.

  1. New HPM Chair

HPM Chairs are elected for a period of four years. My term as the HPM Chair ends in July 2016. The Chair and the HPM Executive Committee (made up of the three previous HPM Chairs: Evelyne Barbin [HPM Chair 2008-2012], Constantinos Tzanakis [HPM Chair 2004-2008], and Fulvia Furinghetti [HPM Chair 2000-2004]) organized the election of the new Chair. The voting members were the members of the HPM Advisory Board. It is my great pleasure to announce that Kathy Clark has been elected the HPM Chair for 2016-2020.


Kathy is an Associate Professor at the School of Teacher Education, Florida State University, and has been involved in many HPM activities. For instance, she was a team member of the Topic Study Group 25 (TSG 25) of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12). She was also a co-organizer of the Discussion Group 5 (DG5) of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12) and is one of the Discussion Group Coordinators of “History of Mathematics in Teachers’ Education” of HPM 2016. She is a current member of the HPM Advisory Board and a HPM Newsletter Co-Editor. Kathy was Secretary of the HPM – Americas Section (HPM – Americas; 2011–2013). I congratulate Kathy on having been elected as our new Chair and wish her well. Undoubtedly, our group is in very good hands.


Luis Radford

HPM Chair

Université Laurentienne, Canada

U. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil


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