By Sebastian Schorcht

In the following, I offer my reflection about the HPM Satellite Meeting of ICME-13, which took place in Montpellier from 18 – 22 July 2016, as if it was an interview between my “past” self and the post-conference me. The past of myself is the Interviewer and the post-conference self will answer the questions.


Interviewer: Dear future-self, nice to meet you. I’m happy you have found a few minutes to answer my questions. I have many questions about the conference you attended. For example, what is your impression of the HPM Community?


Post-conference self: Overwhelming, familiar, scientifically-sound, and interested in cultural activity. The spirit in the community was overwhelming, upon first meeting each other. However, things seemed very familiar to me, when everyone discussed about the research experience. The researchers in HPM are willing to help each other in their work. They enrich their research work by comments from others. Besides this overwhelming and familiar spirit, some presentations impressed me with their carefully extracted hypotheses and logical organization, e.g., the presentation by Katz or by Fried, Jahnke, & Guillemette, or by Chorlay. Specifically, I will remember the dramatic presentation, a cultural experience about complex numbers written by Hitchcock, which provided us with a very nice afternoon.


Interviewer: It sounds to me like a fruitful conference in Montpellier. What were your scientific take-home message and/or social outcome about this conference?


Post-conference self: Perhaps there will be many scientific influences on my work. I can’t account for all of them right now, but I could make a presumption for you, my past myself:

I think there were many interesting ideas. For example, from Ewa Lakoma: she spoke about the concept of mathematical cognitive transgression (MCT) by Semadeni (2015).

The use of this concept to understand epistemological obstacles as forgotten transitions from a process to an objective view on mathematics expressions is a nice idea. Also, the ideas of Chorlay, who distinguished between mobilizable knowledge and available knowledge like Robert (2002). Chorlay enriches students’ available knowledge by meta-tasks, which requires reflection skills.

Furthermore, I obtained helpful database information. For example, the literature database Publimath in France (, the bibliographical database within the pre-conference document of ICME-13 (in Proceedings of HPM 2016) and the database within the TRIUMPHS-Project in USA (, where original source projects about algebra, analysis, and topology and others are available for undergraduate mathematics instruction.


As for the social outcome, I met a lot of new friends and hopefully will keep in contact with them. My past myself, don’t hesitate to talk to them, when you arrive on Monday.


Interviewer: Which painting or photo would describe your experience at the conference?



Post-conference self: That’s a difficult question, because there are so many impressions. I can’t summarize them into one picture. If I must choose one of them, I choose the one above. It reminds me of the moment when I was asked to play the part of the renowned scholar Gert Schubring, and had to speak English in front of a big audience. Coincidentally, it reminds me of Argand, the face of the HPM 2016 Poster and Mediterranean Area. Also, I am reminded of new friends with whom I acted in this dramatic presentation.


Interviewer: What advice do you have for me?


Post-conference self (laughing): An advice for myself?  Don’t miss the “swimming materials” required for the conference dinner!


Sebastian Schorcht

Justus Liebig University Giessen,


19-22 September, 2017

Utrecht, the Netherlands


ICHME-5 First Announcement

We are calling for papers for this fifth conference, as a continuation of the successful work of the first four conferences, in Iceland (2009), Portugal (2011), Sweden (2013) and Italy (2015). Abstracts of proposed contributions must be submitted before April 1, 2017. The decision about acceptance of proposals will be communicated by May 15, 2017.


Submission of abstracts, and later of papers, is only possible via the conference website: Abstracts should be in English and about one page (500 words). References must be included. Please briefly describe (one or two sentences) why your proposed presentation is a relevant addition to the body of knowledge of the History of Mathematics Education. Once submitted, there will be no possibility for a revision of abstracts.


The conference

First becoming visible internationally at ICME 10 in 2004 (in Copenhagen) as Topic Study Group 29, the history of mathematics education has since become a well-established area of research. It has been a subject of interest in various international meetings, e.g., ICME, HPM, CERME and ESU conferences.


The first specialized research conference, entitled “Ongoing Research in the History of Mathematics Education,” held in Garðabær near Reykjavík (Iceland) in 2009, led to a series of such specialized conferences. This will be the fifth international conference, this time held in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


During previous conferences themes discussed included:

– The Development of Mathematics Education in Specific Countries;

– Practices of Teaching, Mathematics Textbooks, Teacher Education, Transmission and Reception of Ideas;

– Geometry Teaching;

– Algebra Teaching;

– Teaching of Calculus;

– Interdisciplinarity and Contexts;

– The Modern Mathematics Movements; and

– History of Curricula.


Those proposing abstracts will have wide freedom of choice, but in order to stimulate research in areas that are less explored, new topics such as teacher journals and mathematics education prior to 1800 are suggested. A publication of the proceedings is planned. Papers will be peer-reviewed.


The conference is organized by the Dutch Association of Mathematics Teachers in cooperation with the Freudenthal Institute and the Descartes Centre of the University of Utrecht.




International program committee:

  • Kristín Bjarnadóttir (Iceland)
  • Jan Hogendijk (the Netherlands
  • Jenneke Krüger (the Netherlands)
  • Johan Prytz (Sweden)
  • Gert Schubring (Brazil/Germany)
  • Bert Theunissen (the Netherlands)


Advisor: Fulvia Furinghetti (Italy)


Further information about the conference and practical information is available on the conference website:


Registration and conference fee:  until 15 June 2017, the fee is € 195; thereafter the fee will be € 230. Last day of registration and payment is 31 August 2017. Registration will take place via the conference website.



Schubring, G. (Ed.) (2006). Special issue: History of teaching and learning mathematics. Paedagogica Historica, 42(5-6). [Proceedings of TSG 29 at ICME 10]

Bjarnadóttir, K., Furinghetti, F., & Schubring, G. (Eds.) (2009). “Dig where you stand.” Proceedings of the conference on on-going research in the history of mathematics education. Reykjavik, Iceland: University of Iceland – School of Education.

Bjarnadóttir, K., Furinghetti, F., Matos, J., & Schubring, G. (Eds.) (2012). “Dig where you stand” 2. Proceedings of the second conference on the history of mathematics education. Lisbon, Portugal: Universidade Nova.

Bjarnadóttir, K., Furinghetti, F., Prytz, J., & Schubring, G. (Eds.) (2015). “Dig where you stand” 3. Proceedings of the third conference on the history of mathematics education. Uppsala, Sweden: Department of Education, Uppsala University.

Karp, A., & Furinghetti, F. (2016). History of mathematics teaching and learning: Achievements, problems, prospects (ICME-13 Topical Surveys, G. Kaiser (Ed.). Switzerland: Springer Open.

Karp, A., & Schubring, G. (Eds.) (2014). Handbook on the history of mathematics education. (2014). New York, NY: Springer.

Jenneke Krüger

Freudenthal Institute

University of Utrecht

The Netherlands


Fritz Schweiger

 This book is about the history of f-expansions, their theory, their application, and their connection to other parts of mathematics. Sketches of proofs of some of the theorems about f-expansions–particularly theorems from historical sources–are included not to convince the reader of the truth of the theorem but rather as a way to demonstrate why the theorem is true. These sketches should give a clearer and more easily understood description of the working of the theorem than a hand-waving literary flourish.

Publication Date: May 2, 2016

ISBN/EAN13: 1942795939 / 9781942795933

Language: English

Related Categories: Mathematics / History & Philosophy

Information send it by Manfred Kronfellner

Doctoral Dissertation (2016)


Title:  Formative potential of the history of the Euclidean theory of proportion in the constitution of mathematics teacher knowledge

Author: Edgar Alberto Guacaneme Suárez



The general research context in which this thesis is placed is the role of the History of Mathematics [HM] in the constitution of mathematical knowledge for teaching [MKT]. And the specific research question addressed by the thesis is what is the educational potential of the history of Euclidean theory of reason and proportion, contained in Book V of Elements, in the constitution of MKT.

In pursuit of an answer, the need for an approach to the state of the art in the reflection and the research on the relationship between Mathematics Education and History of Mathematics is established. From such a state of the art one seeks to explore the relationship “HM – MKT” guided by questions related to 1) the arguments used in favor of the integration of HM in such processes, 2) the aims pursued with such integration, 3) the characteristics of HM that have been linked to the mathematics teachers educational processes, and 4) the methodological strategies that have been designed and implemented for teachers of mathematics to appropriate and use historical discourses. A framework for the relationship mentioned is thus constructed.

Euclidean theory of reason and proportion of Book V of The Elements is then studied to gain insight into this theory. Documents related to the history of reason and proportion are also studied. Based on these studies, the history of Euclidean theory of proportion is analyzed using the analysis categories for the questions “what HM” and “for what HM”. The overall result shows that the set of documents covers almost all categories of analysis.

Finally, the educational potential that the documents concerning the Euclidean theory of proportion have in favor of the MKT is established.


Master’s Theses


Title: Categories of Uses of History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education






Title: Contributions of History of Mathematics to Pedagogical Content Knowledge on Trigonometric Equations of a Mathematics Teacher Studying for the Master’s or Doctorate (in Mathematics Education)






Title: The Philosophy of Mathematics in Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching





In the original Spanish:


Tesis de Doctorado en Educacion (2016)


Potencial formativo de la historia de la teorí a euclidiana de la proporcio n en la constitucio n del conocimiento del profesor de Matema ticas


Edgar Alberto Guacaneme Suárez


La tesis ubica el papel de la Historia de las Matemáticas [HM] en la constitución del conocimiento del profesor de Matemáticas [CPM] como contexto general de investigación y dentro de este la pregunta ¿cuál es el potencial formativo de la historia de la teoría euclidiana de la razón y la proporción, contenida en el Libro V de Elementos, en la constitución del CPM?

En procura de una respuesta, se establece la necesidad de lograr una aproximación al estado del arte de la reflexión e investigación en torno a la relación “Historia de las Matemáticas – Educación Matemática”. A partir de tal estado del arte se procura explorar la relación “HM – CPM”, guiado por las preguntas relacionadas con los argumentos que se esgrimen a favor de la integración de la HM en tales procesos, las intenciones que se persiguen con dicha integración, las características de la HM que se vincula a los procesos educativos de los profesores de Matemáticas y las estrategias metodológicas que se han diseñado e implementado para que los profesores de Matemáticas se apropien y usen los discursos históricos. Se construye así un marco de referencia para la relación mencionada.

Se estudian entonces la teoría euclidiana de la razón y la proporción del Libro V de Elementos para obtener una perspectiva de esta. Asimismo se estudian los documentos que versan sobre la historia de la razón y proporción. A partir de esto se analiza la historia de la teoría euclidiana de la proporción a través de las categorías de análisis para las pregunta qué HM y para qué la HM. El resultado global muestra que el conjunto de documentos cubre la casi totalidad de las categorías de análisis.

Finalmente, se establece el potencial formativo que los documentos que versan sobre la teoría euclidiana de la proporción tienen a favor del CPM.


Master’s Theses



















Content provided by

Edgar Alberto Guacaneme Suárez;

translation by Luis Puig;

submitted by Kathy Clark

 II International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development

II Conferência Internacional em Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Livros Didáticos de Matemática


Research focused on the analysis and development of textbooks (in conventional format or digital media) has recently gained great prominence in the international arena of research in mathematics education. This prominence is reflected, for example, in the International Conference on School Mathematics Textbooks (ICSMT), held in Shanghai in 2011, and in the ZDM special issue (Volume 45, Issue 5, September 2013), on textbooks research in mathematics education.

Also reflecting this trend, the first International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development (ICMT-2014) took place at the University of Southampton (UK), from 29 to 31 July 2014. About 180 participants, from 30 different countries, attended ICMT-2014. ICMT-2014 proceedings are available on Visit also ICMT-2014’s official website on:

It is our pleasure to announce the II International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development / II Conferência Internacional em Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Livros Didáticos de Matemática (ICMT2), to be held from 7 to 11 May 2017, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Brasil.

The conference is organized by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ), the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, UNIRIO), the State University of São Paulo (Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP) and the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). It is supported by the Brazilian Mathematics Education Society (SBEM), the Brazilian Society of Mathematics (SBM), and the Brazilian Society of Applied and Computational Mathematics (SBMAC).

ICMT2 will feature different activities, including plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, oral presentations, posters and special activities addressed to teachers. Accepted and presented papers will be published after a peer-review process in Proceedings following the Conference.



International Programme Committee (IPC)

  • Rúbia Amaral (UNESP, Brazil) – Secretary
  • Ubiratan d’Ambrosio (UNIAN, Brazil) – Honorary President
  • Marcelo Borba (UNESP, Brazil)
  • Rute Borba (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil)
  • Marcos Cherinda (Universidade Pedagógica de Moçambique)
  • Lianghuo Fan (University of Southampton, UK) – Co-chair
  • Victor Giraldo (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Local Chair
  • Patricio Herbst (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen (Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Abdellah El Idrissi (École Normale Supérieure de Marrakech, Morocco)
  • Diana Jaramillo Quiceno (Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia)
  • Cyril Julie (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
  • Gabriele Kaiser (Universität Hamburg, Germany)
  • Alexander Karp          (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA)
  • Jeremy Kilpatrick (University of Georgia, USA)
  • Jian Liu           (Beijing Normal University, China)
  • Eizo Nagasaki (National Institute for Educational Policy Research, Japan)
  • Michael Otte (UNIAN, Brazil)
  • Johan Prytz (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)
  • Sebastian Rezat (Universität Paderborn, Germany)
  • Angel Ruiz (Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica)
  • Kenneth Ruthven (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Gert Schubring (UFRJ, Brazil/Universität Bielefeld, Germany) – Chair

Local Orgnization Committe (LOC)

  • Lourdes Werle de Almeida (UEL)
  • Rúbia Amaral (UNESP) – Co-chair
  • Franck Bellemain (UFPE)
  • Marilena Bittar (UFMS)
  • Victor Giraldo (UFRJ) – Chair
  • Verônica Gitirana (UFPE)
  • Carmen Mathias (UFSM)
  • João Frederico Meyer (UNICAMP)
  • Cydara Ripoll (UFRGS)
  • Walcy Santos (UFRJ)
  • Fábio Simas (UNIRIO)
  • Ralph Teixeira (UFF)

Plenary speakers


  • Kay O’Halloran (Curtin University, Bentley, Australia)
  • João Bosco Pitombeira (Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, Brazil)
  • Ken Saito (Department of Human Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka, Japan)
  • Zalman Usiskin (University of Chicago, Chicago, USA)
  • Jianpan Wang (Jianpan Wang, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China)

Conference themes

  • Textbook research (concepts, issues, methods, directions, etc.)
  • Textbook analysis (characteristics, treatment of contents and/or pedagogy, etc.)
  • Analysis of historical textbooks
  • Textbook use (by teachers, by students, and/or by other parties)
  • Textbooks and student achievement
  • Textbook development (domain/competence analyses, teaching trajectories, task design, format of presenting the “content” to the student, format of presenting the “content” to the teacher (teacher guides)
  • Textbook policies (governmental educational policy about textbooks, distribution, market strategies)
  • Evolution of textbooks in the light of new digital technologies (including integration of ICT tools and innovation, e-textbook)
  • Other disciplines in mathematics textbooks & mathematics in textbooks of other disciplines
  • Other major relevant issues about mathematics textbooks

Modalities of contributions (besides invited lectures)

ICMT 2 will receive contributions, related with the Conference Themes described above, on the following modalities:

  • symposium (in English, 180 minutes)
  • workshop (in English, 120 minutes)
  • workshop for teachers (in Portuguese, 120 minutes)
  • oral presentation (in English, 30 minute presentation)
  • poster presentation (in English, one time slot, 60 minutes)

A symposium is organised by one or more researchers to discuss jointly, based on submitted papers, a specific issue of the thematic spectrum of the conference.

A workshop is a kind of activity that allows participants to work (in small teams) around prepared documents, guided by specific questions.



Anyone (including university lecturers, school teachers, and graduate and undergraduate students) can submit a proposal for any modality of contribution. In general, each applicant can submit at most two proposals (symposia, workshops, oral presentations, posters) with his/her name as presenting author. All submissions will be peer reviewed. In order to be included in the Conference Programme, at least the presenting author must be registered and have paid the registration fee by January 3rd 2017.


Formats and deadlines

  • symposium: 2 pages proposal, in English, submitted until 15 August 2016;
  • workshop: 2 pages proposal, in English, submitted until 31 October 2016;
  • workshop for teachers: 2 pages proposal, in Portuguese, submitted until 31 October 2016;
  • oral presentation: 1 page abstract, in English, submitted until 31 October 2016;
  • poster presentation: 1 page abstract, in English, submitted until 31 October 2016.


All submissions must comply with the following format guidelines:

  • A4 paper (size 21 cm x 29.7 cm);
  • margins set at 2.5 cm top and 2.5 cm bottom, 2 cm left and 2 cm right;
  • 12pt Times New Roman, single space between lines, and 6pt space after paragraphs.


Templates with format details for each modality of submission is also available on the website.

All submissions must be made through the system available on the Conference website.

For a full list of deadlines, see Key dates (below).


Workshops, oral presentations, and posters

Submissions for workshops, workshop for teachers, oral presentations, and posters will go through two stages:

  1. Abstract submission. Applicants will be first invited to submit abstracts. If accepted, contributions will be included in the Conference Programme, accordingly to the respective modality.
  2. Full paper submission. After the Conference, authors of accepted contributions will be invited to submit a full paper for publications on the electronic Proceedings. In order to submission a full version, the corresponding contributions must fulfil the following conditions:
    1. have abstract accepted;
    2. at least the presenting author have registered and paid registration fee;
    3. have been presented at the Conference.


Researchers interested in proposing a symposium, must first submit a proposal.

Then, submissions for oral presentations within the accepted symposium will be opened. Such submissions will then follow the two stages, as described above.


Registration fees (in euros)

Until January 31st, 2017, registration fees will have the following values. After that date, the fees will suffer an increase. New values will be informed in due course. Registration must be made through the system that will be available on the Conference website.


Category Withconference dinner Withoutconference dinner
Standard  160 € 110 €
graduate student/ school teacher  120 € 670€
One day rate 30 €
Accompanying person 75 € 50 €


Payments with credit card will be possible via paypal.


Key dates

  • submission of proposals for symposia: August 15th, 2016
  • information about acceptance of proposals for symposia: September 15th, 2016
  • submission of paper abstracts within symposia: October 31st, 2016
  • submission of paper abstracts for oral presentation, workshop and poster: October 31st, 2016
  • information about acceptance of such submissions: December 15th, 2016
  • registration deadline (for presenting authors9: January 3rd, 2017
  • conference: May, 7th to 11th, 2017



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The area today occupied by the city of Rio de Janeiro was inhabited by different native ethnic groups, including Tamoios, Tupinambás e Maracajás. The city of Rio de Janeiro was officially founded by Portu- guese colonisers in March 1st, 1565. In 1808, with the arrival of the Portuguese royal family, who fled from Napoleon’s troops, Rio becomes the seat of the Portuguese government. With independence in 1822, Rio becomes the capital of Brazil, position occupied until 1960, with the foundation to the current capital – Brasilia.

The beaches of Rio de Janeiro – being Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca the most famous ones – extend along an over 30 km long coastline, on south and west sides of the city. Tijuca Forest – a protect area since nineteenth century, and a National Park (see since 1961 – keeps valuable remnants of their original ecosystems, native flora and fauna. Lying inside the urban area of Rio de Janeiro, Tijuca National Park is regarded as the largest urban forest in the planet. Other not-to-miss touristic spots are: Corcovado Mountain with Christ the Redeemer Statue (; Sugar Loaf and its cable car (; the Botanical Garden ( with a remarkable collection including rain forest native and rare species; São Cristóvão Market (, an open market with typical food, art craft and music from the northeastern region of Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro offers a wide hotel network, with accommodation options suitable for all budgets. The city has also a rich range of restaurants of different trends, from traditional Brazilian food to international contemporary cuisine. Lapa district, in the central area of the city, is probably the most vivid nightlife spot, with several restaurants, bars, and places for live music, especially samba and typical Brazilian rhythms. Rio de Janeiro has a population of around 6 million, and is currently the most visited city in Latin America. It receives 4.5 million tourists each year.

For further information, visit:

Visa Information

Citizens from most of Latin American and European countries do not need to apply to visas to short- term visits to Brazil. Visas are required for US citizens, as well as citizens from some African and Asian countries.

Vaccinations may also be required.

For further information, please consult Brazilian consulates in your country of origin, and see:


Further Information



Call for papers and poster proposals


Leader of the Working Group

Renaud Chorlay (France)

Co-leaders of the Working Group

Kathy Clark (USA), Katalin Gosztonyi (Hungary), Snezana Lawrence (UK)


Scope and focus of the Working Group

History of mathematics in mathematics education continues to receive much attention. However, empirical research and coherent theoretical/conceptual frameworks within this area have emerged relatively recently.

The purpose of this CERME TWG is to provide a forum to approach mathematics education in connection with history and epistemology dedicated primarily to theory and research on all aspects of the role, effect, and efficacy of history and epistemology as elements in mathematics education.


Call for papers and poster proposals

TWG12 welcomes both empirical and theoretical research papers, and poster proposals related to one or more of the following issues – although any paper or poster of relevance to the overall focus of the group will be taken into consideration:

1. Design and/or assessment of teaching/learning materials using the history of mathematics, preferably with conclusions based on empirical data; all levels can be considered, from early-age mathematics to tertiary education and teacher training.

2. Surveys on the existing uses of history or epistemology in curricula, textbooks, and/or classrooms in primary, secondary, and tertiary levels;

3. History of mathematics education;

4. Relationships between, on the one hand frameworks for and empirical studies on history in mathematics education and, on the other hand, theories, frameworks and studies in other parts of mathematics education research.


Papers and poster proposals should use the CERME template, and conform to the guidelines for authors as outlined on the CERME 10 website. CERME10 uses a submission website. An author submits a paper on the website (uploading it as a .doc or .docx file, and providing the required information, in particular the TWG number).


Reviews and decisions

Each paper will be peer-reviewed by two persons from among those who submit papers to this TWG. Please expect to be asked to review up to two papers yourself. The group leaders will decide about the acceptance of posters.


Important dates

  •  15th September 2016: Initial submission by authors on the online submission system.
  • 2nd November 2016: Preliminary decisions on papers sent.
  • 10th November 2016: Preliminary decisions on posters sent.
  • 24th November 2016: The authors send a revised version if needed.
  • 5th December 2016: Final decisions sent.
  • 12th December 2016: Final version uploaded on the online submission system.
  • 13th January 2017: Papers available on CERME 10 website.

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 ( 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

Seminar in Honor of Évelyne Barbin

The event will be broadcast online at the link:

Early registration reminder – – Gmail

Dear HPM friends,

This is a kind reminder that the early registration fees for the HPM 2016 Conference will end on April 29th 2016.

You can pay your registration fees at the conference website (you need to create an account first, if you have not done so).

Thank you,

Hélder Pinto

HPM Chair Message

Dear colleagues,

In this edition of the HPM Newsletter, I would like to provide an update on our forthcoming 2016 HPM Satellite Meeting of the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME).

As you might know, our Satellite Meeting will take place in Montpellier, from July 18 to July 22, 2016.

The host of the Satellite Meeting is the Faculty of Education of the Université de Montpellier:
2 place Marcel Godechot – BP 4152

We are pleased to inform you that registration is now open.
If you want to take advantage of the early registration rate, please register before April 29, 2016.

A public conference has been added to our scientific program.

The subject of the conference is mathematician Joseph Diaz Gergonne who was the editor of what came to be one of the most important mathematical journals of his time—Annales de mathématiques pures et appliquées, founded in 1810. The public conference will be given by Professor Christian Gerini. Commenting on the 19th century mathematician, Gerini notes that “Gergonne was a leading representative of the relationship between mathematics, history and pedagogy.”
On the social side of the 2016 HPM Satellite Meeting, you will find on the conference web page ( information about several excursions and a gala dinner.

The HPME 2016 Scientific Committee and the Local Committee are working hard to ensure a conference of the best scientific quality in a Mediterranean environment that is steeped in history.

I hope to see you all in Montpellier this summer.

Luis Radford
HPM Chair
Université Laurentienne, Canada
Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

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