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[math-learn] Towards ICME-14 in 2020 - Jill Adler, ICMI President
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From the [ICMI-News] ICMI NEWS November 2017, Friday, October 27, 2017.
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Towards ICME-14 in 2020 - Jill Adler, ICMI President

The ICME14 IPC had its first meeting in Shanghai earlier this month
(September). We are happy to report that we had a very successful
meeting.

We were warmly welcomed and generously hosted by Professor Jianpan
Wang, the International Program Committee (IPC) Chair, Binjan Xu and
Jiansheng Boa, Co-chairs of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and
other colleagues. Together with other faculty, postdoctoral fellows
and doctoral students in mathematics and mathematics education at the
East China Normal University, they ensured we were all well looked
after. The 20 member IPC worked hard over 6 days, beginning with
establishing a shared view of the vision for the congress, and a
visit to the conference venue. Our Congress will be in a large
conference venue, with all the important facilities available.

It is substantial work to build up a program of plenary speakers as
well as topics for plenary panels and survey teams and the invited
speakers for these. The first days were devoted to this work, before
we turned to the invited lectures (how many and who they could be),
and then the Topic Study Groups, also how many, which topics and then
the possible members of the teams for each one of these. In short,
all the important initial work towards the program for the Congress
was accomplished, and we are finalizing the agreed list of invited
participants and their contact information for Professor Wang to be
able to send out invitations in the next weeks.

We all learned a great deal about the process, and it seems an
appropriate time to institutionalize some features of the work that
to date is carried by institutional memory of previous IPC Chairs,
members' participation, and executive experience. We think this would
facilitate the first IPC meeting of ICME15. It is not trivial to hold
a range of principles (e.g. inclusion across contexts, balance of
speakers from diverse countries and across), all the time working
with continuity, innovation and space for influence of the host
country to construct a vision for the Congress. The conversations
were thoughtful, productive and challenging as we worked our way
through different ideas and interests.

We are an impressive international community, with people generously
devoting their time towards a successful program in 2020. We are
deeply appreciative of each IPC member, their intense participation,
including preparation before arriving in Shanghai, and 'homework' on
more than one evening after a long day's work.

We are very confident that ICME14 will be yet another memorable event.

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Jerry P. Becker
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Services
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
625 Wham Drive / MC 4610
Carbondale, Illinois 62901



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