Official foundation meeting of the MCLS with symposium
On May 3, 2012 the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences was officially founded as a center at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Coordinated by the LMU, it first came into existence as a collaborative effort of researchers of the LMU, the Technical University Munich, the German Youth Institute, the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, and the Deutsches Museum. After adoption of the statute, the Learning Sciences now have an institutionalized platform for interdisciplinary research on learning and the joint master’s and doctoral programs. During the foundation meeting, the Scientific Board was elected unanimously by the General Assembly. The Scientific Board elected also unanimously the Executive Board. Prof. Frank Fischer was elected Coordinator of the MCLS, Prof. Birgit Neuhaus and Prof. Rudolf Tippelt were elected Deputy Coordinators. Also two new members were accepted: Prof. Hedwig Gasteiger (Chair of Mathematics Didactics, LMU) and Prof. Jan-Willem Strijbos (Chair of Education and Educational Psychology, LMU).
A symposium with more than 100 participants was held at the Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaften (IBZ) as a kick-off for the research in the MCLS: Prof. Frank Fischer introduced the MCLS and its work in his welcome speech. This was followed by talks of the expertise team speakers who informed about current research within the 8 focal points of research (“expertise teams”) at the centre. In an inspiring key-note, Prof. Susan Goldman, current president of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, provided an overview about the research field “Learning Sciences” addressing its origins and current trends. The symposium closed with a poster presentation of the dissertations projects of the doctoral students in the Doctoral Training Program Learning Sciences giving impressive insights into the diversity of the research approaches represented in the MCLS. After the formal part of the event, the participants used the opportunity for further informal discussion at the buffet and a jazz-band provided the right atmosphere for the end of this successful day.