ICME-15: Where it all adds up

The 15th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-15) will be held over 8 days at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney from 7 – 14 July 2024.

ICME-15 is the largest international conference on Mathematics Education and is the meeting point for some 3,000+ mathematics educators, mathematicians, researchers, teachers and resource producers over eight days.

Australia has a substantial core of mathematics educators with extensive experience in delivering and participating in international meetings. These educators truly understand ICMI and its members, as well as the aims of ICME and its scientific program.

Our aim is for ICME-15 to be an inclusive event at which people who are passionate about mathematics and statistics education can come together, and connect with like-minded colleagues from around the globe – to create lasting local, regional and global legacies in our field.

ICME-15 in Sydney will offer participants an innovative congress that builds on the well-established ICME program, headlined by a blend of established and emerging thought leaders from around the world. The congress will provide an exhibition component that promises to be interactive, relevant and dynamic, with hands-on demonstrations and presentations.

ICME-15 delegates will enjoy state-of-the-art meeting spaces, and technologies that provide enhanced networking capability. Delegates will be able to enjoy a seamless and hassle-free visitor experience in Sydney, a destination that consistently ranks as one of the world’s most desirable cities in which to live and work.

What you can expect:

  1. Plenary Lectures
  2. Plenary Panels
  3. Survey Team reports
  4. ICMI Study reports
  5. Awardee Lectures
  6. Invited Lectures
  7. Topic Study Groups
  8. Discussion Groups
  9. Workshops
  10. Thematic activities (afternoon)
  11. Affiliated Organisation activities
  12. National Presentations

Plenary Lectures

In recognition of the substantial and continuing contribution to the growth of the field of Mathematics Education, there will be four plenary lectures.

Plenary Panels

Plenary panelists will promote the development of understanding between different communities by opening up debate in a contested area of work in the field of Mathematics Education.

Panelists will present and discuss different perspectives on an issue(s)

  • Plenary Panel 1 Mathematics education effectively responds to humanity's problems.
  • Plenary Panel 2 What counts as evidence in mathematics education?

Survey Team reports

Surveys emphasise new developments and progress on key themes or issues that have been emerging in the last three or four ICMEs by surveying the state-of-the-art in relation to the theme or issue. Teams will have a particular emphasis on identifying and characterising important new knowledge, recent developments, new perspectives, and emergent issues. The IPC has identified five themes for Surveys at ICME-15. They are:

Survey 1 Challenges and perspectives of mathematics assessment
Survey 2 Mathematics education and Indigenous Perspectives
Survey 3 Statistics and data science education as a vehicle for empowering citizens
Survey 4 Using results of psychology in mathematics education.
Survey 5 Design-based research and its role in mathematics education research and practice

ICMI Study reports

To report on, and thereby create interest in, the findings and outputs of each study in the series of ICMI Studies.

Awardee Lectures

Lectures presented by the scholars who receive ICMI Awards (Felix Klein Award; Hans Freudenthal Award; Emma Castelnuevo Award) at ICME-15.

Invited Lectures

Over 60 lectures will generate broader recognition of the work of both established and emerging researchers.

Topic Study Groups

Each TSG concerns an identifiable area of scholarship relevant to contemporary mathematics education research and practice. There is a balance between classic topics and completely new ones, but no intention to be fully comprehensive. The work of each TSG is an opportunity for sharing insights and progress on the topic through the submission of papers and posters, discussion during the sessions, and the synthesis of a report that will be included in the ICME-15 Proceedings.

Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups gather congress participants who are interested in discussing, in a genuinely interactive way, certain challenging, controversial or emerging issues and dilemmas of interest to an international or regional audience. The topics for Discussion Groups are proposed by participants.


Workshops provide hands-on experience to participants wishing to learn or try something new. They tend to be targeted at a specific type of attendee, for example, teachers (from pre-school to university), graduate students, or researchers, who are interested in learning or trying out something through active participation. The workshops focus on experiences pertaining to research or teaching concerning a well-defined theme of common interest. The topics for Workshops are proposed by participants.

Note: There is anecdotal evidence that some Workshops have been more like Discussion Groups at past ICMEs. Adopting this as the purpose of Workshops will make the distinction clear.

Thematic activities (afternoon)

A set of activities that explore different aspects of a theme that is particularly relevant to the host country.

Affiliated Organisation activities

An opportunity for ICMI Affiliated Organisations to raise awareness about, and promote their work and contributions to mathematics education, to Congress attendees

National Presentations

A small set of countries or regions highlight their achievements and challenges in mathematics education by presenting a snapshot of important areas of scholarship and work. Countries and/or regions are identified through an application process conducted by the IPC.

There will be many opportunities for you to help shape the professional program in the lead up to ICME-15. Register your Interest in the Congress to be among the first to know about these opportunities.

Key Dates

Milestones Dates
Expressions of Interest to participateNow Open
First AnnouncementNow Available
Proposals for National Presentations & Discussion GroupsNow Open
Proposals for National Presentations close31-Dec-22
TSG Papers and Posters processes opens01-Mar-23
Second Announcement01-May-23
Proposals for Workshops open01-May-23
Congress Registrations open01-Jun-23
Solidarity Fund Applications open01-Jun-23
Proposals for Discussion Groups and Workshops close01-Nov-23
Applications for support from Solidarity Fund close30-Nov-23
Full Congress Program released on website and smartphone app01-June-24