Cyprus Mathematical Society

The Cyprus Mathematical Society

The Cyprus Mathematical Society was founded in 1983. The Society, known by the abbreviation KYME, has its headquarters in Nicosia. It is currently the largest scientific organization in Cyprus with some 800 members. It is a member of the European Mathematical Society and a founding member of the Southeast European Mathematical Society. The Society states its aims, and the ways it attempts to achieve those aims, in its statutes [1]:-
The aim of the Cyprus Mathematical Society is the promotion and dissemination of Mathematical Science as well as the support of its members by any legal means that leads to recognition and protection of their work. Within this framework, the Cyprus Mathematical Society is interested in improving the standards of education in general and especially in mathematics as well as ensuring the conditions for a modern education suited to serve the people, such as Freedom, Independence and the Territorial Integrity of Cyprus and the Republic. The Cyprus Mathematical Society intends to achieve its objectives in the following ways:

(a) by organizing lectures, debates, conferences and seminars;

(b) by the publication and dissemination of periodicals, brochures and their exchange with publications of similar Associations seeking the same or similar purposes and which will be distributed free of charge or will only be made available to members, according to the decisions of the respective Board of Directors;

(c) by any other means worthy of its validity as a scientific association.

For the success of the objectives of the Cyprus Mathematical Society, it will seek the maximum degree of collaboration with the Greek Mathematical Society and other Associations and / or scientific organizations.

The Society is run by a Board of Directors consisting of the President, the Vice-President, the General Secretary, the Treasurer, the Organisational Secretary, the Assistant Treasurer and 13 Ordinary Board Members, all elected by ballot by the members of the Society. The members of the Board are elected to hold office for two years.

The Society publishes the journal Mathematical Steps. This is written in Greek and began publication in 1984. The Preface to the 21st Issue was written by Grigoris Makridis, President of the Cyprus Mathematical Society, in December 2004. It states:-

The 21st edition of the "Mathematical Step" of the Cyprus Mathematical Society contains all Cyprus Mathematical Society competitions during the 2003-2004 school year, international competitions, all baccalaureate examinations, the entrance examinations for the higher education institutions of Cyprus and Greece, mathematics colleagues' assignments and reports from events and conferences.

The aim of the Cyprus Mathematical Society is to provide better information on Mathematical Education issues both for students and colleagues of Mathematics. We hope that with this edition we are largely attaining this goal, which is complemented by the various seminars, conferences and the summer mathematical school that the Cyprus Mathematical Society organises each year.

The Cyprus Mathematical Society encourages fellow Mathematicians to send their work which will be useful for teachers and pupils and, according to the total volume of the publication, it will be published in the next "Mathematical Step".

I thank all colleagues who helped promote the "Mathematical Step" in schools and to students, and especially those who helped produce this issue.

The other publication of the Cyprus Mathematical Society is the Mediterranean Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. This journal has been published since January 2002. As an example of its contents, let us look at Volume 8 No 1 (2009) which was given over to publishing papers by plenary speakers from two previous conferences in the series 'Symposium on Elementary Maths Teaching' (SEMT). Here is an extract from the Introduction [3]:-
The conference 'Symposium on Elementary Maths Teaching' (SEM7) is focused on the teaching of mathematics to children within the age-range 5-12 years. Its genesis started with the common belief of colleagues involved in elementary mathematics teaching and research in this domain that there was a lack of a platform for discussing the items of interest in mathematics for this age range. All other international scientific events were not specialised to this age range and it resulted in a lack of space for discussing deeply specific questions related to it. SEMT is a biannual conference. The 9th Symposium being in August 2007, we can easily calculate that the 1st SEMT took place in August 1991. ... Conceived in 1990, SEMT was born in 1991 as the only conference focusing on teaching and learning of elementary mathematics. ... Each SEMT focuses on one important main topic of elementary mathematics teaching. The development from general topics towards more specific problems of elementary mathematics teaching can be easily recognised from the main topics of all nine SEMTs:
1991: The teaching of mathematics to elementary mathematics pupils.
1991: The changing face of elementary mathematics.
1995: Geometry and word problems for elementary mathematics.
1997: Assessment and evaluation.
1999: How the world of mathematics emerges from everyday experiences of children.
2001: What is meant by the competence and confidence of people involved in the teaching of elementary mathematics.
2003: Knowledge starts with pre-conceptions.
2005: Understanding the environment of the classroom.
2007: Approaches to teaching Mathematics at the Elementary level.
SEMT brings together elementary teachers, student teachers and teacher educators find researchers from all parts of the world. This is reflected in both the participants attending and those giving lectures and workshops. Among participants we can find colleagues from most countries in Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Australia and America. This mix of nationalities and the return of many old friends contribute considerably to the warmth and friendliness, which epitomises the SEMT conferences.
One of the main activities of the Cyprus Mathematical Society is organising mathematical competitions. Junior High School competitions are organised in November in each of four centres, Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Phaphos. The best students from each centre compete in a Junior National Pancyprian Competition in December. This competition is designed to select the best six students to represent Cyprus in the Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad. A similar process is adopted for the High School students who also take pert in competitions in November in the four centres, Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Phaphos. The best students from each centre compete in a National Pancyprian Competition in December. This competition is designed to select the best six students to represent Cyprus in the Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad and in the International Mathematical Olympiad. These competitions are organised by the Cyprus Mathematical Society in collaboration with the Bank of Cyprus.

In addition the Cyprus Mathematical Society organises:

(i) the Pan-Cypriot Conference on Mathematical Education and Science, the 20th such conference took place in February 2018;

(ii) the Pan-Cypriot Student Conference on Mathematics, the 14th such conference took place in February 2018.

The 20th Pan-Cypriot Conference on Mathematics Education and Science together with the 14th Pan-Cypriot Student Mathematics Conference took place in the Central Buildings of the Bank of Cyprus, Agia Paraskevi, Nicosia, on 9-10 February 2018. The theme of the conference was Mathematical Education and Science at all levels of education, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. The conference was organized by the Cyprus Mathematical Society in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture, the THALES Foundation, the Association of Cyprus Mathematicians, the Bank of Cyprus, and the Cyprus Astronautics Society. The Conference consists of four parallel Symposia: the Symposium on Mathematical Education; the Symposium on Mathematical Science; the Astronautics and Space Symposium; and the Student Conference for Students of High Schools and Secondary Schools (Poster Presentations only). The conference program includes workshops and round table discussions on topics of interest to students and teachers.

Let us look at some recent meetings organised by he Cyprus Mathematical Society with other societies or organisations.

MASSEE Meeting and SEEMOUS Event 2016

This was held in Protaras, Cyprus 1-6 March 2016 organised by the Mathematical Society of South-Eastern Europe and the Cyprus Mathematical Society. During the MASSEE Meeting the SEEMOUS 2016 Mathematical Olympiad for University Students took place. SEEMOUS is the South-Eastern European Mathematical Olympiad for University Students.

European Student Conference in Mathematics - EUROMATH 2016

This took place in the City of Thessaloniki, Greece, between the 30 March 2016 and 3 April 2016. It was organised by the Cyprus Mathematical Society and the Thales Foundation, in cooperation with the Le-MATH Project Focus Group, the Hellenic Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Society of the South-Eastern Europe. It was open to students of age 9-18 from any European or International School who with or without a presentation. The Conference consisted of several workshops and sessions covering multiple themes. Students were encouraged to present work or projects in mathematics. The official language of the conference was English.

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