The symposium series MACAS (Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences) was founded in 2005 by an international group of researchers and held for the first time at the University of Education Schwäbsich Gmünd, Germany. Subsequent MACAS-meetings were held in Odense, Denmark (2007), and in Moncton, Canada (2009). For its 10th anniversary in 2015 MACAS turned back to Schwäbisch Gmünd and in 2017 it returned to Denmark, this time Copenhagen (click here).

The vision which the MACAS-initiative is based upon is to develop a humanistic approach to education that combines various disciplines in a single curriculum – an approach first suggested by renaissance philosophers. According to this philosophical notion, the aim is to educate students by enabling them to pursue diverse fields of research while at the same time exploring the aesthetic and scientific connections between the arts and science. In view of the challenges of the 21st century, a modern approach to education with a focus on multi- and interdisciplinarity is more important than ever. The field of mathematics assumes a key role in this approach as it is connected to all other disciplines and can serve as a bridge between them. This is the approach of MACAS – Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences.

MACAS brings together educators and researchers focused on or connected to these fields of study: both those well-established at the forefront of international research and practice and emerging young talents. The conference will provide a breeding ground for scientific exchange, new partnerships and reflection on commonalities and differences between different viewpoints and approaches.


International Programme Committee (IPC)

   Claus Michelsen (Chair)

   University of Southern Denmark




   Viktor Freiman

   University of Moncton


   Astrid Beckmann

   University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd




   Uffe Thomas Jankvist

   Aarhus University




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