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Kristóf Fenyvesi

Professional Overview

  • Name: Dr. Kristóf Fenyvesi
  • Birth Year: 1979
  • Role: Senior Researcher in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), trans- and multidisciplinary learning, and Contemporary Cultural Studies.
  • Institution: Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Profile.

Academic Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor: Korea National University of Education, Seoul.
  • Associate Professor of STEAM Education: Indonesia University of Education (UPI).
  • Associate Professor: University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
  • Visiting Researcher:
    • Tallinn University’s School of Educational Sciences (STEAM4EDU).
    • Hong Kong Metropolitan University.
  • Member of Research Groups:
    • University of Jyväskylä’s Research Group for Innovative Learning Environments.
    • Tampere University’s Research Group for Education, Assessment & Learning.

Leadership and Contributions

  • Overseas Director: The International Society for the Advancement of STEAM (ISAS), affiliated with the Korea National University of Education, Seoul.
  • Community Events Director: Bridges Organization, the largest community for mathematics and the arts. Website.

Honors and Memberships

  • Founder: Experience Workshop — global STEAM Network. Website.
  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts: Full member since 2014.
  • European Mathematical Society’s Committee for Raising Public Awareness: Member since 2016.
  • CEO: International Symmetry Association (2013-2017).

Research Interests and Publications Overview

STEAM Education and Interdisciplinary Learning

Dr. Kristóf Fenyvesi’s research in STEAM education focuses on integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to foster innovative, inquiry-based learning environments. His work emphasizes:

  • Mathematics and Art Connections: Exploring the synergies between mathematical concepts and artistic practices to enhance creative problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Inquiry-Based and Cooperative Learning: Advocating for educational approaches that encourage curiosity, collaboration, and hands-on engagement.
  • Digital Modeling and Hands-On Activities: Bridging physical and digital realms to enrich learning experiences in mathematics, science, art, and design education.
  • Phenomenon-Based Learning: Promoting multi- and transdisciplinary approaches to understand complex real-world phenomena.
  • Interdisciplinary Management and Leadership in Education: Investigating strategies for integrating STEAM across curricula and fostering collaborative teaching and learning cultures.


Dr. Fenyvesi’s scholarly output includes a wide range of articles, book chapters, and edited volumes that reflect his diverse research interests. Notable publications include:

  • Journal Articles: Contributions to esteemed journals such as The Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Nexus Network Journal, and The Mathematical Intelligencer, focusing on the intersection of mathematics, art, and education.
  • Edited Volumes: Editor of influential works like Aesthetics of Interdisciplinarity: Art and Mathematics (Springer-Birkhauser, 2017), which examines the confluence of artistic and mathematical inquiry.
  • Educational Resources: Development of math-art-education handbooks and open-access resources aimed at educators and learners seeking to integrate STEAM principles into their practices.
  • Editorial Roles: Serving on the editorial boards of journals such as Taylor & Francis’ Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, contributing to the discourse on the role of arts in mathematical understanding and education.

Highlighted Publications

  • „Playful Learning In Early Childhood Education in Finland”: This book, translated into various languages including Vietnamese and Thai, serves as a comprehensive guide for educators working with children aged 0-7 years. It outlines over 100 practical and playful activities based on Finnish pedagogical practices and the Finnish National Core Curriculum for ECEC. The book is a testament to Finland’s innovative approach to early childhood education, emphasizing learning through play.

  • „Aesthetics of Interdisciplinarity: Art and Mathematics”: This anthology, edited by Dr. Kristóf Fenyvesi and Dr. Tuuli Lähdesmäki, fosters a vibrant dialogue between the realms of mathematical and artistic inquiry. It is a collection of essays that delve into the intersections of art and mathematics, showcasing how these two disciplines can enrich and inform each other. The book serves as a valuable resource for students, researchers, mathematicians, artists, and educators interested in exploring the multifaceted connections between mathematical concepts and artistic practices.

International Impact

A recognized figure in the global STEAM community, Dr. Fenyvesi is a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop leader, known for his engaging presentations at international conferences and educational events. Through his leadership roles in organizations like the Bridges Organization and the Experience Workshop Global STEAM Network, he has significantly contributed to the promotion of interdisciplinary learning and the advancement of STEAM education worldwide.

Dr. Fenyvesi’s research and publications not only contribute to academic discourse but also offer practical insights and strategies for educators aiming to implement STEAM education and interdisciplinary learning in diverse educational settings.

Global Engagement

  • Roles: Keynote speaker, workshop presenter, organizer of international scientific events, education programs, and STEAM workshops.
  • Contributions: Participated in events like Helsinki Design Week (Finland), International Mathematical Science Creativity Competitions in Seoul (Korea), Science Agora in Tokyo (Japan), Open Design Africa in Cape Town (South Africa), or Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (Austria).

Coordination and Evaluation

  • Evaluator: STEAM expert for the European Commission, international evaluator for educational accreditation agencies across the world, including the Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education and the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia..
  • Coordinator: Erasmus+, Horizon, and multiple other research programs at the University of Jyväskylä.

Dr. Fenyvesi’s extensive contributions to STEAM education, his global engagement, and leadership in interdisciplinary learning underscore his commitment to fostering innovation and creativity across educational landscapes worldwide.


  • Senior Researcher of the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Associate Professor of Indonesia University of Education
  • Associate Professor of University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Associate Professor of Korea National University of Education
  • Visiting Researcher of Hong Kong Metropolitan University
  • Visiting Researcher of the Educational Innovation Collaboration Cluster STEAM4EDU, Tallinn University
  • Director of Experience Workshop STEAM Network