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.
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.
LOC Chair ICME-15
Committees and Supporters
About the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)
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.