Professor Mike Askew
Mike Askew is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, having previously held Professorships at King’s College, University of London and Monash University, Melbourne. Originally a primary school teacher, Mike moved into teacher education and developed his research interests. He has directed many research projects including the influential 'Effective Teachers of Numeracy in Primary Schools' and was deputy director of the five-year Leverhulme Numeracy Research Programme. His books include: Transforming Primary Mathematics, A Practical Guide to Transforming Primary Mathematics (Routledge). Mike believes that mathematical activity can, and should, be engaging and enjoyable for all learners and that the majority of learners can come to see themselves as mathematicians, in the sense of having confidence in their ability to do maths. For the year from April 2018 Mike was pleased to be the President of the UK’s Mathematical Association.
Professor Janette Bobis
Janette Bobis is Professor of Mathematics Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her research and teaching focus on teacher learning in mathematics education, particularly the development of primary and middle-school teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices; and student learning, focussing on the development of children’s computational thinking strategies, their motivation and engagement in mathematics and the impact of teaching interventions on each of these aspects.
Janette is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has been awarded two Vice Chancellor’s awards (2016 & 2009) for her teaching of preservice primary teachers.
Dr Jill Cheeseman
Jill Cheeseman’s academic interest is challenging children mathematically. Her current research project is entitled Fostering Inquiry in Mathematics. This research involves classroom-based research encouraging and supporting teachers to implement problem based learning with young children.
Jill comes from a background of primary teaching and she has subsequently taught mathematics education in contexts ranging from Early Childhood to tertiary in Australia and overseas. Her main ambition is to help teachers to share their enthusiasm for mathematics teaching and learning.
Professor Geoff Masters AO
Geoff Masters is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research, positions he has held since 1998.
Professor Masters has conducted a number of reviews for governments, including a review of examination procedures in the NSW Higher School Certificate; an investigation of options for the introduction of an Australian Certificate of Education; a national review of options for reporting and comparing school performances; reviews of strategies for improving literacy and numeracy learning in government schools in Queensland and the Northern Territory; and a review of senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland. Most recently, Professor Masters worked with the Western Australian Department of Education to develop a Principal Performance Improvement Tool. He is currently undertaking a review of the K-12 school curriculum for the New South Wales Education Standards Authority.
Professor Masters’ contributions to education have been recognised through the award of the Australian College of Educators’ Medal in 2009 and his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.
Dr Greg Oates
Dr Greg Oates is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, where he currently teaches pre-service teachers in primary and secondary mathematics. He is also the Programme Director for the BEd (primary) programme at UTAS. Greg is a cheerleader for mathematics and has taught maths at all levels from middle through to senior school as well as many years teaching undergraduate calculus, linear algebra and mathematics education at the University of Auckland, before moving to UTAS in 2016. His passion is the promotion of productive disposition for mathematics in teachers and students alike; to inspire a love of the beauty and power of mathematics for all.
A focus of this is the creation of “safe” classrooms, where learners can make guesses, follow their intuitions and are comfortable making mistakes in the path to better understanding. His research interests include the integration of technology into mathematics curricula; the use of technology to promote collaborative learning in mathematics; and professional development for teachers at all levels (primary to undergraduate), with a specific focus on pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and the use of videos as a focus for lesson study.
Professor Kate Smith-Miles
Kate Smith-Miles is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at The University of Melbourne and holds a five-year Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. She was awarded a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1996, following a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, both from the University of Melbourne, and has held Professorships in three disciplines (mathematics, engineering and IT) throughout her academic career. Kate has produced over 250 publications on a variety of applied mathematics topics in modelling and optimization, with applications in fields as diverse as manufacturing design, epidemiology, neural prosthetics, computer vision, finance, and stem cell modelling. She was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 2010, and the E. O. Tuck Medal in 2017. In 2017 she also became the first woman and first Australian to give the annual Alan Tayler Applied Mathematics lecture in its 31-year history at University of Oxford.
She has previously served as President of the Australian Mathematical Society (2016-2018), Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University (2009-2014), Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Deakin University (2006-2009), and is currently finishing a 3-year term on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s Choose Maths program - aiming to increase female participation in mathematics - and has created a YouTube video on “Mythbusting Mathematics”, along with public lectures to encourage all students, especially girls, to see how mathematics can shape and influence the world.