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Prof. Dr. Hans Anand Pant is the new Director of the IPN Department of Knowledge Transfer

October 5th, 2022

Prof. Dr. Hans Anand Pant has been the new director of the Department of Knowledge Transfer at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) since October 01, 2022. Pant, who holds a doctorate in psychology, has held the professorship for Educational Methodology at Humboldt-University Berlin since 2010. From 2015 to 2021, he also served as managing director of the German School Academy and previously headed the Institute for Quality Development in Education (IQB) for five years.

The new director's main areas of work include, for example, the validity of competence measurement in schools and higher education, implementation research, and the transfer of innovations in education.

Pant is looking forward to collaborating within the department: "From my point of view, it was a trend-setting step that the IPN made knowledge transfer its mission by establishing a department of its own. I counter the argument that we face a realization problem rather than an implementation problem in the field of education: Our problem is how to effectively design implementations. I am very much looking forward to working on this exciting task with colleagues from the IPN and the DZLM network."

Pant succeeds Prof. Dr. Jürg Kramer, who is retiring from the department as director. Kramer was the founding director of the DZLM - the German Center for Mathematics Teacher Education, which was established in 2010 through the Deutsche Telekom Foundation. He headed the DZLM for more than ten years, which was consolidated about two years ago as part of the new IPN Department of Knowledge Transfer. Despite his official departure, Kramer will continue to support the DZLM network in an advisory capacity.

"The current challenges in mathematics education can only be overcome by close cooperation between science and practitioners. I am very pleased that such collaboration has been successfully established for the subject of mathematics, and I hope that it can be further strengthened and stabilized through joint projects such as the comprehensive ten-year QuaMath program adopted by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of Germany. Kramer concludes “I wish Hans Anand Pant much success in the coming years and look forward to further supporting the DZLM network."

The change of director was formally announced a few days ago during a ceremony marking the two-year anniversary of the department. The colleagues of the DZLM network as well as the members of the department took the opportunity to warmly welcome the new director and to acknowledge the excellent work of the retiring director. In this context, Kramer was presented with a farewell gift in the form of a "Friends Book" for continuing education activities. It contains an overview of the work of the DZLM in the past years and many training activities that are particularly close to the hearts of the DZLM network partners.