Invitation Messages

Convenor ICME-15, Chair International Program Committee

It is an honour and a great pleasure for me to invite you to what will be a truly unique and exciting initiative for mathematics and statistics education in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The successful bid to host ICME-15 in Sydney in 2024 is the work of the Consortium for Mathematics Education (CoME), a group of eight leading national organisations in the mathematical sciences. I had the privilege of leading the work of CoME in recent years, and was honoured to accept the nomination as Convenor of ICME-15.

The broad base of commitment for this initiative is a clear indication of the importance these leading organisations ascribe to supporting the further development of mathematics and statistics education.

CoME members are determined to engage and involve colleagues across the region in order to make ICME-15 an important opportunity for mathematics teachers, lecturers, researchers, teacher educators, consultants, curriculum developers and other mathematics education professionals in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. 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.

I have attended all but one ICME since 2004, and it would be an privilege to welcome ICME-15 delegates to my own country in 2024.

I encourage you to stay in touch for updates and we welcome your input to help make ICME-15 a resounding success.

Prof. Kim Beswick
Convenor ICME-15

“I well remember attending my first ICME, in Copenhagen in 2004 as a new PhD graduate taking tentative steps in academia. This was my first international congress, and I recall being daunted at having Tom Cooney, whom I had cited in my thesis, respond to my Topic Study Group paper.  The experience was one of encouragement that gave me confidence to pursue mathematics education research. I now have the privilege of being an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, of which Tom Cooney was the founding editor.”

Kim Beswick

Local Organising Committee Chair ICME-15

In 1984 Australia created a significant global legacy when we hosted the Congress in Adelaide. Forty years on, in 2024, Australia’s mathematics community seeks to create a new legacy for the next generation, by growing mathematics education capacity through developing and sharing  programs that translate globally, especially within the Asia-Pacific region, as well as locally. Australia’s vision is for a congress at which extensive collaboration nurtures ongoing professional connections and drives the creation of tangible education resources.

As a future-focused community, an Australian Congress will seek to embrace the technologies available to the global mathematics community to optimise both the delivery of the Congress and the sharing of outputs and outcomes.

Highlighting the 40th anniversary of Australia’s first ICME will demonstrate the lasting impact of ICME5 in 1984, and set the challenge for a similar legacy to bear fruit in the coming years, not just in Australia, but, with the facilities of contemporary communication technologies, across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Will Morony
LOC Chair ICME-15

“As a young teacher in Adelaide I was lucky enough to attend ICME5 in 1984. It provided the opportunity to talk with and learn from colleagues from all over the world who shared my passion for the teaching and learning of mathematics. The exchanges were mutual – those colleagues were also interested in and valued my ideas and practices – such that it was incredibly affirming in terms of what we were trying to achieve in our school. In many respects, it was a pivotal event in my professional career, giving me the confidence and inspiration to actively engage with others in ways that eventually saw me take on leadership roles in the field. I hope that I can be part of creating the same opportunities for another generation of teachers.”

Will Morony

former CEO of AAMT and proposed Local Organising Committee Chair for ICME15

Committees and Supporters

About the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)

Australia offers ICMI an organising committee built on a foundation of strong, sustained collaboration between all major stakeholders in mathematics education: teachers, education researchers and academic mathematicians.

Devoted to the development of mathematical education at all levels, the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) is a commission of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), an international non-governmental and nonprofit scientific organisation whose purpose is to promote international cooperation in mathematics.

Founded at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rome, 1908 with the initial mandate of analyzing the similarities and differences in the secondary school teaching of mathematics among various countries, ICMI has considerably expanded its objectives and activities in the years since.

ICMI offers a forum to promote reflection, collaboration and the exchange and dissemination of ideas on the teaching and learning of mathematics from primary to university level.  ICMI works to stimulate the creation, improvement and dissemination of recent research findings and of the available resources for instruction (e.g. curricular materials, pedagogical methods, the appropriate use of technology, etc.).

The Commission aims to facilitate the spread and understanding of information on all aspects of the theory and practice of contemporary mathematical education from an international perspective. ICMI has the additional objective of providing a link between educational researchers, curriculum designers, educational policy makers, teachers of mathematics, mathematicians, mathematics educators and others interested in mathematical education around the world.

ICMI takes initiative in inaugurating appropriate activities, publications and other programs designed to further the development of mathematical education and to improve the public appreciation of mathematics.  It is also charged with the conduct of IMU's activities on mathematical or scientific education.  In the pursuit of its objectives, ICMI cooperates with various thematic and regional groups formed within or outside its own structure.

Among international organisations devoted to mathematics education, ICMI is distinctive because of its close ties with the professional communities of mathematicians and mathematical educators as well as its breadth – thematic, cultural and regional.

ICME — International Congress on Mathematical Education

A major responsibility of ICMI is to plan for the quadrennial International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME), held under the auspices of ICMI. The ICMI Executive Committee (EC) chooses the hosting country, appoints an International Program Committee (IPC) to form the scientific program and select presenters, and oversees the progress of the congress preparations.

The IPC works independently from ICMI, but the ICMI President and ICMI Secretary-General are ex officio members of the IPC. The practical and financial organisation of an ICME is the independent responsibility of a Local Organizing Committee (LOC), again under the observation of general ICMI guidelines. The ICME Chair or the Convenor chairs the IPC, and the head of the LOC participates in the IPC meetings.

The aim of the Congress is to present the current states and trends in mathematics education research and in the practice of mathematics teaching at all levels. It also aims to facilitate the spread and understanding of information on all aspects of the theory and practice of contemporary mathematical education from an international perspective. ICMI has the additional objective of providing a link between educational researchers, curriculum designers, educational policy makers, teachers of mathematics, mathematicians, mathematics educators and others interested in mathematical education around the world.

The Congress will gather a broad spectrum of participants, such as researchers in mathematics education, teacher trainers, practicing teachers, mathematicians, and others interested in mathematics education.

The series of ICMEs was launched at the initiative of ICMI President Hans Freudenthal, with the first Congress in Lyon, France. ICME-15 is held every four years, with the most recent, ICME-14, being held in Shanghai in 2021 (delayed from 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic). ICME-15 will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney from 7 - 14 July 2024.

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About ICC Sydney

International Convention Centre Sydney is at the heart of its very own Sydney harbour waterfront precinct, set amongst restaurants, retail and a vibrant public domain on Darling Harbour

Local Organising Committee

The leaders in Mathematics Education have been chosen to ensure that ICME-15 receives the full support from the Australian mathematics education community