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ICME15 Newsletter: April 2020

The latest news about preparations for the 15th Internationasl Congeress on Mathematics Education (ICME15) in Sydney, July 2024

The 15th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME15) will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney from 07-14 July 2024.

The series of quadrennial ICMEs commenced in 1969 with the first Congress in Lyon, France. The conferences are hosted in different cities around the world under the auspices of the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), the international peak body in mathematics and statistics education. ICMEs are the most important and prestigious events for mathematics educators on the international calendar.

ICME15 will be only the second time the Congress has been held in the southern hemisphere, the other being ICME5 in Adelaide in 1984. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICME14, the next in the series is now scheduled to be held in Shanghai, China in July 2021

Welcome from ICME15 Convenor

It is an honour and a great pleasure for me to launch this first newsletter about what is truly a unique and exciting initiative for mathematics and statistics education in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The successful bid to host ICME15 in Sydney in 2024 is the work of the Consortium for Mathematics Education, a group of eight leading national organisations in the mathematical sciences (click the link for more information about CoME). I had the privilege of leading the work of CoME in recent years, and was honoured to accept the nomination as Convenor of ICME15.

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 ICME15 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 ICME15 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.

This newsletter contains some more information about ICMEs, a summary of progress to date and, most importantly, invitations for you to stay in touch and to provide input to help us make ICME15 a resounding success.

Prof. Kim Beswick
Convenor ICME15

What will ICME15 be like?

We are aiming for at least 3 000 delegates from Australia and the rest of the world.

ICMEs are a week long program. There are keynotes and lectures from leading figures in the field, plus reports from ICMI sponsored surveys and studies that investigate key issues and topics. A substantial amount of time is allocated to smaller group sessions that provide ample opportunities for targeted discussion and sharing. One full day is given over to excursions that allow delegates to enjoy some of what Sydney has to offer.

Enabling delegates to network and make connections is a key intention of an ICME. The social program is an important means for face-to-face networking, and we will also be promoting connections using technology.

We also plan to have a program for the general public. Our aim will be to promote public understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics and their role in our lives through engaging and informative activities, talks and experiences that raise the profile of mathematics in the period leading up to ICME15, during the week of the Congress, and well beyond.

The story so far

The dates – 7-14 July 2024 coincide with school holidays in all Australian states and territories, as well as being a quieter week on the calendars of most universities.

ICME15 will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney (ICC). This state of the art facility is located in the bustling Darling Harbour precinct of Sydney, close to a range of accommodation options and to restaurants and cafes offering a variety of types of food that range from cheap eats to fine dining.

CoME has a continuing oversight role. Will Morony, former CEO of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers has been appointed Chair of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) which will have responsibility for the smooth running of ICME15.

A firm that specialises in providing support for conference organisers will be appointed by the end of April. Known as a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), their role will be to look after all the logistical matters that come with a complex conference such as this, manage communication, seek and secure sponsorship, manage the exhibition, help manage the finances etc.

A small delegation from CoME has commenced planning our presence at ICME14 next year. This includes having an information stand and for the Convenor to make a short presentation as part of the Closing Ceremony to invite people to attend ICME15 in Sydney in July 2024. We hope to inform all Australians attending the conference in Shanghai about the exciting prospects for 2024 so they can help spread the word with colleagues they meet there.

In late February there was a short briefing of potentially interested Sydneysiders. It was a good first outing for ICME15. Those present were enthusiastic about the potential of ICME15, and keen to stay informed and, in at least some cases, to offer to take on a role that contributes to the success of ICME15.

The meeting at the University of Technology Sydney on 26 February

We want your involvement

We have many questions and challenges at this preliminary stage in the planning for ICME15. CoME is keen to have input from people in the field to help guide our thinking and extends an open invitation to let us know anything that is on your mind in relation to ICME15. Please contact Will Morony, Chair of the LOC in the first instance (

There are a few matters that are currently on our minds. You may wish to comment or make suggestions about these:

  • We want 1,000-1500 Australian delegates – what will ‘sell’ ICME15 to you? your colleagues? others?
  • We will need lots of ‘helpers’ in various roles – how can we get people excited and willing to offer to help?
  • Scientific program – what sorts of aspects should we try to emphasise?
  • Outreach to the public and lifting the appreciation of mathematics and statistics – what might be some strategies (events, activities, speakers) that will engage people?
  • We are committed to a ‘homestay program’ to minimise accommodation costs for delegates with limited funds – how can we make this a realistic option?

Keep informed

At this stage, we anticipate that there will be newsletters every six months or so. This frequency will naturally increase as we get closer to the event.

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We have established an interim website, with the intention that this will be regularly updated.


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