Merrilyn Goos is Professor of STEM Education at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Previously she was Professor and Head of the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia. She is an internationally recognised mathematics educator whose research is well known for its theoretical innovation and strong focus on classroom practice.
Her research interests include students’ mathematical thinking, the impact of digital technologies on mathematics learning and teaching, numeracy across the curriculum, and the professional learning of mathematics teachers. She is currently Vice-President of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction and Editor-in- Chief of the journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics. She has also gained national recognition as a mathematics teacher educator, having won an Australian Award for University Teaching in 2004 as the most outstanding teacher in the social sciences disciplines. She is the lead author of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics, an award-winning teacher education textbook.
Ilka Parchmann is full professor for Chemistry Education, vice-president of Kiel University (Germany) and head of the department of Chemistry Education at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN). Previously, she has been full professor for Chemistry Education at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg where she was awarded her PhD degree a few years earlier.
Her research interests focus on: development, assessment, and implementation of concepts for context-based learning in school, out-of-school, as well as in university settings; development and assessment of measures in science communication and the fostering of academic talents; and concepts and studies on education and continuing education for teachers. Two of the projects she is engaged in are ‘Development of learning in science’ and ‘Development of professional competence in teacher education programs for science and mathematics’. She is author or co-author of 150 research publications recorded in the PURE research information management system.