The Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMI–BAS) celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017. It is recognised as a leading national organisation for research and applications in the field of mathematics and informatics. It welcomes annually more than 200 guest scientists, conducts about 25 international conferences, workshops and schools, 18 permanent open scientific seminars and 7 scientific and methodological journals thus providing opportunities for direct communication with the world scientific elite.
In addition, IMI-BAS is the only institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with an Educational department. The education-related activities of the Institute include the professional development of teachers, mentoring PhD and MSc students, and developing the research competences of high-school students who have demonstrated great potential in doing mathematics and informatics.
It should be noted, that IMI-BAS is the main provider of scientific, methodological and technical support in inquiry based mathematics, informatics and IT education (IBMIE) at all levels and forms, in Bulgaria. This support is carried out by designing strategies and a system for implementing IBMIE in a national context, by organising various types of PD courses and by developing open access learning environments that enhance IBMIE with a focus on the acquirement of key competences.
Thanks to the system for PD of teachers in mathematics, IT and informatics developed by IMI-BAS, a network of such teachers acting as multipliers of the IBL ideas has been established which facilitates and encourages teacher- and practitioner engagement at a national level. The current activities of IMI-BAS as a centre for inquiry based learning (IBL), and more specifically, for inquiry based mathematics and informatics education (IBMIE), include various types of PD courses and events, as well as open access learning environments (VirMathLab, VivaCognita, and BG Mascil) related to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).
Toni Chehlarova is a senior researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Department of Education in Mathematics and Informatics and member of the Education. She took part in research projects as a team member: DALEST, InnoMathEd, Fibonacci, MaSciL, DynaMat, SEE Science, SCIENTIX, KeyCoMath, KeyCoNet.
Her research interests are related to implementing ICT in education, inquiry-based learning , math and art, reflections, fun mathematics, spatial intelligence. Toni Chehlarova has about 160 publications and participated in about 100 conferences, workshops, creative mathematics performance.
Graduated from the Mechanics-Mathematics Department of the Moscow State University in 1966. Got Ph.D. degree from the same University in 1970. Research interests: Topology, Functional Analysis, Optimization. Coached the Bulgarian Team for the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1976 and 1977. From 1976 to 1988 was a Chairman of the Bulgarian National Commission for Mathematics Olympiads. Chairman of the International Jury and one of the organizers of the First International Olympiad in Informatics for Secondary School students (Pravetz, 1989). Vice President (1996 – 2000) , Senior Vice President (2000 — 2004) and President (2004 –2008 ) of the World Federation of the National Mathematics Competitions (WFNMC), an Affiliated Study Group of ICMI. Memder of the Executive Committee of ICMI (2002 – 2006). Promoter of the Inquiry Based Mathematics Education in Bulgaria.
Assoc. Prof. Evgenia Sendova has a PhD in Informatics. She works at the Department of Education in Mathematics and Informatics, IMI-BAS. As a member of the Research Group on Education (1979-1989), an educational experiment conducted by BAS and the Ministry of Education, she was involved in creating a new curriculum, educating teachers and students and editing journals for teachers.
Since 1997 she has been a tutor at the annual Research Science Institute, an international summer programme for high school students organized by the Center of Excellence in Education and MIT, USA. She also coordinated the Bulgarian collaboration with the American educational centre Best practices in Education. Evgenia Sendova has led PD courses for teachers in Poland, Lithuania, Macedonia, and in Syria. She is currently the IMI-BAS coordinator of the Scientix European project. She is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific articles, 5 books and more than 20 textbooks.
Albena Vassileva is involved in research activities in the field of implementation and efficient use of ICT in education, teacher training, application of educational and professional software packages in high school and university education, didactical methods and models, extracurricular activities, math competitions, development of math talents.
She was a member of the teams of the European projects InnoMathEd (Innovations in Math Education), Fibonacci (Disseminating Inquiry-based Science and Mathematics Education in Europe), Scientix. She is also a coordinator of the High School Student Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, a project focused on talented math students. She has experience as a high school and university math teacher.
My name is Georgi Gachev. I am assistant researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics which is division of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. My research filed is mathematical modeling and computer based simulation of natural phenomena. My recent focus is on pedagogical methodologies which mediate transition of non-mathematical knowledge to mathematical models.
Ivaylo Kortezov graduated from the Department of Mathematics and Informatics of the Sofia University in 1994. He received his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMI-BAS), in 1998. In 2001 he won the “Marin Drinov” Award of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for a young researcher. Now he is an Associate Professor in IMI-BAS. Since 2001 Ivaylo Kortezov is part of the team preparing the national mathematics contests and training the national teams. Has been Leader or Deputy of the Bulgarian JBMO or BMO teams in all the years since 2007. He is part of the some IMI-BAS educational projects.