The symposium series MACAS has been founded in 2005 by an international group of researchers at the University of Education Schwäbsich Gmünd, Germany. In 2015 MACAS is celebrating its tenth anniversary and will return to its roots in Schwäbsich Gmünd for this special occasion.

The vision, which the MACAS-initiative is based upon, is following the goal to achieve a humanistic way of education that is combining various disciplines in one curriculum – an approach, which has been suggested by renaissance philosophers. According to this philosophical notion the aim is to educate students, who are able to pursue diverse fields of research while at the same time getting into the aesthetic and scientific connection between arts and science. In view of the challenges of the 21st century, a modern education with a focus on inter- and multi-disciplinarity has gained a new and larger importance. In this concept, the field of mathematics is taking over a key role as it is connected to all other disciplines and can serve as a bridge between them. This is the approach of MACAS – Mathematics And it´s Connections To The Arts And Sciences.

MACAS-2015 is targeting in particular scientists from mathematics, science, arts, humanities, philosophy, educational sciences and other disciplines that are scientifically connected to mathematics. The main idea of the MACAS symposia is to bring scientist at one table, who are interested in the connection between arts and science in a educational curriculum while emphasizing on, as well as researching the role of mathematics. This can happen from different viewpoints, as previous MACAS activities have shown. Thus, at MACAS-2015 these different approaches and viewpoints between mathematics, arts and science, are supposed to be pooled so that possible synergies can be discovered.

This implies the following focus areas:

  • Theoretical investigation of the relation between mathematics, arts and science
  • Curricular approach to integrate mathematics and science
  • Importance of the mathematical modelling and the inter-disciplinarity for the learning and studying of mathematics
  • Meaning of arts and humanities for the understanding of the connection between arts, humanities and mathematics in ordinary daily situations
  • Intercultural dimension of studying mathematics.

MACAS-2015 is supposed to bring together researchers, including talented up-and-coming ones, who are focused in or connected to these fields of study. The conference will promote the scientific interchange, initiate new cooperations and enable the reflection on commonalities and differences between different viewpoints.