Implementation of Minisymposia

A minisymposium is a content-related series of lectures on a mathematical or mathematics education research area, for which two to four scientists are primarily responsible for the organization and scientific management.

The minisymposia are organized in 90-minute windows.

In the mathematics education strand the time windows are divided into units of 30 minutes, i.e. 30mins + 30mins + 30mins or 30mins + 60 mins. This allows for 20 minutes short talks plus 5 minutes discussion and 5 minutes break, or lectures of 50 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion and 5 minutes break. Through this structuring, the listeners can always switch between the different sections and minisymposia in the breaks.
The scientific management of the minisymposia is responsible for the planning of the minisymposium (i.e., the researchers who made the proposal). This essentially comprises the selection of the presentations and the structuring of the available time windows. The active invitation of contributions by the minisymposia management is not only possible, but desired. This allows to target and win additional participants for the area of expertise. It will also increase the content consistency and the quality of the minisymposium. Applications from participants to be placed in a minisymposium are possible. At the same time, the scientific management of a minisymposium is free to decide on the lectures in the minisymposium and their respective length.

In the didactic strand and the interface area, a 45-minute grid is to be kept in order to allow a change between different minisymposia and the sections. The minisymposia set aside a uniform definition of the lecture period. The scientific management of the minisymposium is given the opportunity to set the lecture and discussion time within 15 – 60 minutes, taking into account the 45-minute grid. Thus, it is possible to present both longer lectures (max. 90 minutes for lecture and discussion) for larger projects as well as shorter lectures (45 minutes for lecture and discussion) on partial aspects of projects, e.g. from young scientists, with appropriate (longer) time for discussion. Authors can express a preference when applying for a minisymposia and its lectures. Other formats, e.g. panel discussions within minisymposia are conceivable.

Application for Minisymposia

In order to apply for a minisymposia, the submission of a concept is required, which should contain the following information:

  • Names of the spokesperson and the other scientific leaders (who should come from different locations)
  • Subject and aim of the Minisymposia
  • Preliminary outline
  • Nomination of at least three lectures with names of lecturers and lecture titles

In doing so, it is required that the speakers come from different locations.

Minisymposia could be applied for the three strands:

  • Mathematics Education (GDM),
  • Mathematics (DMV)
  • Interface Mathematics/Mathematics Education (mathematic university didactics, mathematic teacher education, history of mathematics) (GDMV)

The program committee consisting of local organizers and national participants, decided on the acceptance/rejection of an application for setting up a minisymposia.

  • September 18, 2017: Decision concerning acceptance/rejection of miniymposia
  • November 10, 2017: Deadline for abstract submission for oral presentation in a mini symposium