Marie Duflot-Kremer awarded the Serge Hocquenghem Prize

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Marie Duflot-Kremer is an Associate Professor at the University of Lorraine and a researcher in the Mosel-Véridis team, a joint Inria-Loria team. She has been awarded the Serge Hocquenghem prize in recognition of her commitment to science education and outreach. She received the prize on 23 October 2018, during the "Journées Nationales" conference held in Bordeaux and organised by the APMEP, the Association of Mathematics Professors working in French state education.

Computer science unplugged

Marie Duflot-Kremer is an IT sorceress! A teacher with a great sense of humour, her students listen spellbound as she shares her knowledge of computer science and unravels the mysteries of the world inside a computer, often thought of as a "magical" black box. As a member of the InfoSansOrdi working group run by the SIF (Société Informatique de France), she is involved in some highly original activities, with no screens involved!, organised to talk to young and old alike about programming and digital culture.

She recently took part in the first day of Digital Ambassador Training (FAN) in Nancy, held in conjunction with science education associationLes Petits Débrouillards. This initiative, the only one of its kind in France, aims, alongside the Class’Code MOOC, to train science outreach ambassadors, providing practical tools for them to share their knowledge and experience in computing. It's an ambitious programme, starting off with activities using coloured goblets and not necessarily ending up in front of a computer screen: there's no need to be plugged in when thinking about mathematics and computing!

Marie Duflot
© Inria / Photo G. Scagnelli

The Serge Hocquenghem Prize

Awarded every two years since 2014 during the APMEP's Journées Nationalesconference, the prize pays tribute to Serge Hocquenghem, a mathematician who specialised in research on Mathematics education. It is awarded by the Association pour l'Innovation Didactique(AID CREEM - formerly known as the CREEM, the centre for research and experimentation for teaching Mathematics), which promotes innovation in teaching. The prize recognises the work of people who, in teaching science from secondary school to university level, or in popularising science, develop quality teaching tools and experiment to find promising uses for existing tools.