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Volos 7-12/4/2017

The MES 9 Conference is a forum for discussing the social, political, cultural and ethical dimensions of mathematics education. The Conference aims to bring together mathematics educators from around the world to disseminate research that explores these dimensions of mathematics education, to discuss theoretical and methodological issues related to this type of research, to foster international co-operation in the field, and to develop a strong research community interested in these dimensions. The residential nature of the conference, in which all participants reside at the same venue, is a key feature of MES conferences and is designed to encourage the development of such an interactional community. Following previous conferences that took place in Nottingham (UK, 1998), Montechoro (Portugal, 2000), Helsingør (Denmark, 2002), Gold Coast (Australia, 2004), Albufeira (Portugal, 2008), Berlin (Germany, 2010), Cape Town (South Africa, 2013) and Portland, Oregon (United States, 2015) we are now pleased to announce the 9th Mathematics Education and Society Conference (MES 9) in Volos, Greece. The MES 9 conference theme is: “Mathematics Education and Life at Times of Crisis”
The economic and political crisis worldwide affects all aspects of life including the ways people, and especially children and adolescents experience and imagine mathematics education. Mathematics, as part of life, is embedded and embodied within a variety of social institutions such as the family, the school, the playground, the place of leisure or the workplace. Social and cultural diversities, global migration, the unequal distribution of wealth, the persistence of poverty, but also the depletion of nature and the devastation of the environment, along with increased pressures for technologically mediated societal infrastructures provide a complex territory that cannot be ignored by mathematics educators working in the tertiary level, the secondary or primary and, even in early education. At the same time crisis has its most serious effects when it works at the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, social class, economic disadvantage and sustainability risk. Within this context, it is essential to re-consider mathematics education, life, and crisis as entangled and to explore, on one hand, what are the effects of the socioeconomic crisis on mathematics and mathematics education, and, on the other hand, what might be the potentialities and disorders afforded by mathematics education and mathematics education research towards confronting crisis and pursuing a life, as a relational ontology of the present. Based on the above, we would welcome theoretical and empirical contributions in the form of papers, project presentations, symposia and posters, that address and problematize the social, political, and ethical dimensions of mathematics education and mathematics education research in our lives during the current times of crisis.


Volos 17-19/5/2017

From May 17th to May 19th, the 5th International Conference οn Applied Economics will be held in Volos the theme of which is “INSTITUTIONS & DEVELOPMENT”. The recent global crisis and the crisis in the Eurozone showed that the economic growth is a combination of social factors that go beyond the strict economic conditions and possibilities of each country. Recent studies and research have stressed the role of formal and informal institutions on achieving a long-term economic efficiency. The conference will take place at our new facilities, 28th October Str, 78, in Volos.


Volos 18-19/5/2017

You are cordially invited to the International Conference «Museums & Individuals with Visual Impairments-Bridging the Gap» which will be held on 18-19 May 2017 in Volos (Auditorium “KORDATOS”), at the University of Thessaly, starting at 9:30am. The conference constitutes part of the Erasmus+ project «BaGMIVI: Bridging the Gap Between Museums and Individuals with Visual Impairments» which is coordinated by the University of Thessaly (Coordinator: Dr. Vassilis Argyropoulos, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education). The Rector of the University of Thessaly, Prof. Georgios Petrakos as well as the Coordinator of the BaGMIVI project Dr. Vassilis Argyropoulos will welcome all participants. In turn, the conference programme will feature inspiring keynotes and invited speakers with extensive experience and knowledge in the area of visual impairment, in conjunction with professionals from museums and galleries. The main goal of the Conference is to present and discuss the outcomes of the BaGMIVI project, which aims to support museums developing various practices in order to reinforce the access and inclusion of people with visual disability to their context and content. Among the core themes that will underpin the programme are:
- To enable the museum members become aware and update their knowledge regarding the disabling barriers that impede the access of visitors with visual disabilities to museums, and the techniques that can enhance the access and inclusion of individuals with visual disabilities to museums.
- To create learning, cultural and social opportunities for individuals with visual disabilities and enable them to acquire self-advocacy skills regarding their rights as museum visitors and the requirements for an inclusive museum.
- To promote the collaboration between museums, schools, and organisations with associations of individuals with visual disabilities.
- To point out the best practices and guidelines for the development of an accessible and inclusive museum for visitors with visual disabilities.



Volos 12-21/7/2017

Following the long tradition of Summer Schools - Conferences on Dynamical Systems and Complexity in Greece we organize the
Dynamical Systems and Complexity
12-21 July 2017, Volos, Greece

This event is intended for last year undergraduate students, postgraduates, PhD students as well as all young researchers who work on topics of nonlinear dynamical systems and are interested in complex systems in various fields of science and technology. The participants will follow introductory lectures given by distinguished Professors and experienced researchers (School), while young researchers will have the opportunity to present their work in the form of short oral presentations or posters (Conference).
The basic topics of the conference include:
1. Basic Concepts of Complexity and Dynamical Systems
2. Complex Networks and Time Series Analysis
3. Dynamical Systems in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
4. Dynamical Systems in Economics and Social Sciences
5. Complexity in Technology and Resource Management
More information in the website http://complexity.uth.gr


Volos 24/5/2017

The School of Engineering, University of Thessaly will host the 5th Workshop on Research Activities, which will be held on Wednesday, 24th May 2017, from 09:30 am to 15:00 pm, at the Auditorium of the Department of Planning and Regional Development.

During the Workshop, there will be a presentation of the results of the research by the Ph.D. candidates of the School of Engineering:
- Department of Architecture Engineering,
- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
- Department of Planning and Regional Development,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering,
- Department of Civil Engineering.


Volos 25/5/2017

Salim Bachi was born in Algiers in 1971. Since the late 1990s he has lived mainly in Paris, but also in Grenada, in Cork (Ireland) and in Rome. His literary oeuvre has been critically acclaimed and includes his first novel Le Chien d'Ulysse (2001) winner of the Prix littéraire de la Vocation, the Prix Goncourt du Premier roman and the Bourse de la découverte Prince Pierre de Monaco. His second novel La Kahéna was published in 2004 and was awarded the Prix Tropiques. Other novels include Tuez-les tous (2006), Le silence de Mahomet (2006), Amours et aventures de Sindbad le Marin (2010), Moi, Khaled Kelkal (2012), Le dernier été d'un jeune homme (2013) and Le Consul (2014). He has also published : Les douze contes de minuit (2006) and Dieu, Allah, moi et les autres (2016), nominee for the Prix Renaudot 2017.


Volos 28/5/2017

An open intercultural creative workshop for children will be organized on Sunday 28/05/2017 at Argonafton Park in the town of Volos. The workshop is organized from the students of the Department of Pre-School Education of the University of Thessaly in the context of the course: “Designing, organizing and evaluating intercultural actions”. The workshop focuses on the development of intercultural competences and empathy through different activities based on games and arts.


Volos 21/3/2017

Alexander Koulidi’s lecture analyses the way in which the environmental dimension is integrated in the development planning through environmental licensing. The main aspects include concepts such as the adequacy of preventive action, the humanistic basis of environmental protection and the balancing character of environmental licensing. Then, the new institutional framework is analysed, with reference both to the origins of EU law and to mapping procedures applicable in practice. The content of environmental studies and the critical points of each chapter are also reviewed. Τhe lecture concludes with the presentation of practical environmental permit cases of major projects, which analyses the challenges that arise during the process, the requirements of the individual scientific issues and, finally, the practical results of the process.


Volos 21/3/2017

The Department of Literature and Children’s Book of the Laboratory of Language and Culture of the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Thessaly and the Group Action for Poetry, consisting of students from the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Thessaly, invites you to celebrate with them the World Poetry Day and leave your own or your favorite poets’ verses on the “COLUMN OF POETRY”, on TUESDAY 21ST OF MARCH, at 12:15.
Students are going to read verses in front of the university (at the seafront). Then, we will be going to St Nicolas square for another reading action. Come and share with us this experience, regardless of age or any other element that makes us seem different. Because poetry unites us. Poets, actors, writers, artists, etc will take part in the action, as well.


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