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An Invitation to Australia from ICME-15 Convenor

I am delighted to invite you to Sydney, Australia where will be hosting the 15th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-15) in 2024.

Held every four years, ICME has a long and proud history of being the meeting point for mathematics educators, curriculum developers, mathematicians, researchers in mathematics education, teachers, teacher educators, and resource producers.

ICME-15 will 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 for our field.

ICME-15 is the flagship meeting of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) which is thrilled that Sydney will host the 2024 congress for the first time. Australian specialists working in mathematics education are especially excited to the welcome opportunity to showcase their expertise to their international peers.

The Convenor of ICME-15, Professor Kim Beswick, Head of the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, and the Chair of the Local Organising Committee, Will Morony, former CEO of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, are committed to championing the aims of the Congress which are:

“Sharing practices and experiences, learning from each other, and finding common ground for advancing mathematics education in the region and across the globe by providing a platform to address the challenges for mathematics education shared by many countries.”

Our aspirations for ICME-15 are to:

  1. Inspire a new generation of mathematics educators
  2. Respect and engage teachers
  3. Ensure every student has a positive mathematics education
  4. Improve mathematics teaching in schools
  5. Foster equity and diversity in mathematics education from school to tertiary level
  6. Create and foster public engagement with mathematics
  7. Engage with business and industry
  8. Create global connections
  9. Promote mathematical content and thinking that can be used to STEM problems
  10. Celebrate and learn from First Peoples' culture and connections to mathematics

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.

We can’t wait to see you in Sydney in 2024!

Prof. Kim Beswick
Convenor ICME-15, Chair International Program Committee

ICME-15 Scientific Program: taking on the big issues

The IPC are designing the ICME-15 program to create an innovative congress that builds on the ‘traditional’ program, headlined by a blend of established and emerging thought leaders from around the world.

Two components of the Scientific Program – the Plenary Panels and ICME-15 Survey Team Reports – provide examples of the Congress tackling major issues in Mathematics Education.

Plenary Panels are designed to

“Promote development of understanding between different communities by opening up debate in a contested area of work in the field of Mathematics Education. Panelists present and discuss different perspectives on an issue(s)"

At ICME-15 there will be two Plenary Panels – the first a debate on the topic “Mathematics Education effectively responds to humanity's problems” that will consider the interactions between mathematics and issues such as global warming, poverty, pandemics etc.; the other will consider and discuss different perspectives on “What counts as evidence in Mathematics Education?”

ICME-15 Survey Team Reports are designed to:

“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. Particular emphasis should be on identifying and characterising important new knowledge, recent developments, new perspectives, and emergent issues. Themes or issues will be characterised by longevity and geographic spread of work and be of current wide interest.”

The topics for the five Survey Reports at ICME-15 will address some other major issues

  • Challenges and perspectives of mathematics assessment
  • Mathematics Education and Indigenous perspectives
  • Statistics and data science education as a vehicle for empowering citizens
  • Interdisciplinary exchange among Mathematics Education, Psychology, and Neuroscience.
  • Design-based research and its role in Mathematics Education research and practice

The Panelists and Survey Team members will be scholars with experience and expertise in the topic. Invitations are being sent and the panels and teams will be established and begin work over the coming months. Attending ICME-15 you will have the chance to learn about and consider the latest thinking on these challenging topics.

Later editions of these e-zines will provide information about speakers and other components of the Scientific Program as these are confirmed.

Foundation Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to our Foundation Sponsors

Through ICME-15, we can share our practices and experiences, learn from each other, and find common ground for advancing mathematics education in the Asia Pacific region and across the globe by providing a platform to address the challenges for mathematics education shared by many countries.

A successful congress relies on the valued support provided by sponsors and exhibitors.

This Congress will attract the pre-eminent mathematics educators in the world and we hope to share the possibilities of this once in a generation opportunity with you.

If you would like to share in our journey, please email to discuss ways in which your organisation can leverage from this meeting.

ICME-15 Sponsorship Director
Emma Bowyer
ICMS Australasia

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