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Jerry P. Becker

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WMY 2000 in Australia - Check the website!
Posted: Aug 7, 1999 6:11 PM
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Melbourne, 10-13 January 2000

Australia's foremost contribution to World Mathematical Year 2000 (declared
by UNESCO) will be the Mathematics 2000 Festival, to be held at the
University of Melbourne.

Set at the start of the year, the Festival will provide a national focus
for WMY2000 celebrations throughout Australia, stimulating and supporting
interest among students and their families, the general public,
corporations, teachers and other professionals who use mathematics. The
date of the Festival will enable teachers from all parts of Australia to
attend and return home before the start of the school year.

The Festival program will be organised around the following themes:

Mathematics and Sport
Mathematics and Money
Mathematics and Engineering
Mathematics and Technology

The Magic of Mathematics (broadly interpreted) will feature throughout the

The Festival will highlight important trends in mathematics and its uses
now and for the future, and increase awareness of careers involving
mathematics. Teachers at all levels attending the Festival will be exposed
to a range of up-to-date applications and stimulating mathematical topics
to enrich their teaching during World Mathematical Year and beyond.

The Festival program will include keynote sessions, opportunities for
students and teachers to engage in mathematical activities and to view
displays and other sessions for the general public. Activities catering
for children of high potential will also be available.

Each day, sessions will run from 9:45 am to 5 pm (a little later on the
first day) with a public lecture given by Professor Sir Roger Penrose on
one evening. The distinguished US mathematician, Dr Keith Devlin,
presenter of the series Life by the Numbers for PBS Television, will give a
keynote presentation on the geometries of animals, flowers, art, and the
human body. Other sessions will range from papers to workshops and
symposiums to activities for senior students. The audience at these
sessions will be teachers, mathematicians, senior students and the general
public. We expect about 300, although, because of the timing of the
Festival in early January, this is hard to predict.

Possible types of presentation are as follows:

Refereed papers (25 minutes)

In order to be included in the proceedings, papers must be camera-ready and
must meet the standards of presentation described in a later section. This
includes basic requirements such as readability, being free of grammatical
and typographical errors, and adherence to style requirements. Papers for
publication must be submitted by the due date (1 October 1999) and must be
accompanied by full payment of the Festival fee.

Non-refereed papers (25 minutes)

For written papers which are to be included in the proceedings, the same
requirements apply as for refereed papers.

Symposiums (90 minutes)

Proposals for symposiums must include a title, name of the organiser, names
of the presenters, abstracts for each paper, and the name of a discussant.
There should be 3 to 5 presenters addressing a similar topic or theme. It
is assumed that there will be at least 20 minutes for response from the
discussant, and discussion. It is expected that the discussant will receive
papers from the symposium presenters well in advance of the Festival. The
editors will try to ensure the publication of the discussant's
contribution: organisers should discuss a time line with the editors

If a symposium proposal is not accepted, the individual contributors may
still present a published paper as appropriate. Symposium presenters who
wish their paper to be published must adhere to the required standards,
guidelines and due dates for published papers.

Workshops (40 or 90 minutes)

If a written paper accompanies practical sessions, the paper must meet the
requirements of refereed papers, detailed above. Equipment and room size
and type required should be specified on the application to present a paper

These details, and the Festival program to date, may be found on the
Festival website . We hope
to be able to include details of sessions, including titles and abstracts,
as soon as possible. If you wish to register for the Festival, please use
the registration form on the website or obtain a Festival brochure from the
contact below:

Terry Beeby
Mathematics 2000 Festival
Department of Science and Mathematics Education
University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3052

Telephone: +61 3 9344 8443
Facsimile: +61 3 9344 8739

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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