The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction
Bulletin No. 48
Technology-Supported Mathematics Teaching, July 2000
This conference is the sixth in a series of conferences on technology-supported mathematics education initiated by the Austrian Center for Didactics of Computer Algebra. Previous symposia were held in Krems (Austria) 1992, Krems 1993, Honolulu (USA) 1995, Särö (Sweden) 1997, and Gösing (Austria) 1999. This conference is co-organized by ACDCA and the Faculty of Education of the University of Maribor, Slovenia and will be held from July 2-5, 2000, in Portoroz, Slovenia.
Using computer algebra systems, dynamical geometry software, or graphing calculators for teaching 12-18 year old students is going to change the teaching methods, the contents of what we teach, what we consider basic skills, what abilities students have to obtain, and, last but not least, the exams. The goal of this conference is thus to bring together experts in mathematics education (both researchers and teachers) in order to enrich and enhance mathematics education by sharing and articulating experiences, interpretations, and perspectives from differing research and teaching viewpoints.
More information can be obtained from the Conference Co-chairs:
or by visiting the website
Alhambra 2000, July 2000
Organized as a satellite activity of the 3rd European Congress of Mathematicians (see below), this joint Mathematical European-Arabic Conference will be held in Granada, Spain, on July 3-7, 2000, and offers an opportunity of a meeting between mathematicians from every European-Arabic culture. The Alhambra 2000 Conference includes the following events:
- The Alhambra 2000 European-Arabic Congress of Mathematics (with History of European and Arabic Mathematics and Mathematicians) that will deal with historical perspectives on contributions of both cultures to the present mathematical knowledge, and also will discuss about the state of the more relevant mathematical concepts over the centuries and the way they have evolved.
- Seven Alhambra 2000 Symposia on current mathematical subjects to be held in parallel sessions. The Symposia serve as platforms for the presentation and discussion of the state of the art of topics in the list of scientific topics below, and they include lectures as well as short communications, either spoken or in the form of posters. The topics of these seven Symposia are: Computational mathematics; Geometry of submanifolds and related problems; Non-linear problems; Orthogonal polynomials; Public Mathematics; Representation theory of algebras; Symmetry.
For more information, contact Ceferino Ruiz Garrido (Universidad de Granada), President of the Local Organizing Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website
cem 2000, July 2000
Organized as a satellite activity of the 3rd European Congress of Mathematicians (see below), the Congrés d'Educació Matemàtica (cem 2000), I Jornades d'Educació Matemàtica a Catalunya, will be held in Mataró, Spain, on July 4-6, 2000. This meeting is organized by the Federació d'Entitats per a l'Ensenyament de les Matemàtiques (FEEMCAT). More information can be obtained from Xavier Vilella (FEEMCAT) at email@example.com or by consulting the website:
International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Education, July 2000
An International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Education will take place at the Lebanese American University, in Beirut, Lebanon, from July 5-7, 2000. This conference aims at providing a forum for educators, researchers and developers to share their experiences on the use of technology at the university level as well as the secondary school. It is hoped that this conference will provide a forum for in-depth treatment, as well as informal exchange that will promote the creative use of technology in Lebanon as well as the neighboring Arab countries. This conference is also the occasion for a dialogue between practitioners and researchers in the developed nations and the developing countries. Part of the program will be devoted to Focus Groups work on the topics: role of the teacher, role of the learner, assessment. There will also be workshops on calculators in high school mathematics and symbolic mathematical systems in calculus. The invited speakers are Deborah Hughes Hallett (USA), Celia Hoyles & Richard Noss (UK), Bernard Winkelmann (Germany) and Peter Jones (Australia).
Further information can be obtained from the Chair of the Program Committee, May Abboud (firstname.lastname@example.org) or from co-Chair Adrian Oldknow (email@example.com).
The conference Secretary is
Dr. Samer Habre
Lebanese American University
P.O. Box: 13 - 5058
Beirut - Lebanon
Further details are available on the site
Third European Congress of Mathematics, July 2000
The Third European Congress of Mathematics (3ecm) will be held in Barcelona, Spain, 10-14 July, 2000. Information can be obtained by contacting the congress Secretariat at the address
Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques
Institut d'Estudis Catalans
Carrer del Carme, 47
E-08001 Barcelona, SPAIN
fax: +34 93 270 11 80
or by visiting the websites
http://www.iec.es/3ecm/ or http://www.si.upc.es/3ecm/
Fourth International DERIVE / TI-92 / TI-89 Conference, July 2000
The 4th International DERIVE / TI-92 / TI-89 Conference, " Computer Algebra in Mathematics Education", will be held July 12-15, 2000 in Liverpool, UK. Previous conferences were held in Plymouth (UK) 1994, Bonn (Germany) 1996 and Gettysburg (USA) 1998. Keynote speakers for the 2000 conference are Josef Böhm (Austria), Richard Browne (UK), David Sjöstrand (Sweden) and David Stoutemeyer (USA). Information can be obtained from
or at the site
EM 2000, July 2000
On the occasion of the World Mathematical Year 2000, the French Sub-commission for ICMI (Commission française pour l'enseignement des mathématiques) announces the symposium EM 2000 (Espace Mathématique 2000) to be held in Grenoble (France) from July 15 to 17, 2000, on the theme L'enseignement des mathématiques dans les pays francophones au XXe siècle et ses perspectives pour le début du XXIe siècle. This meeting has been recognized as an ICMI Regional Conference. Participation is especially solicited from all francophone countries and countries where French is related, at least partially, to mathematics education.
An international program committee has identified ten sub-themes for the conference, dealing among others with issues such as pedagogical methods, assessment, evolution of curricula in the 20th century, integration of young teachers in the school reality, mathematical games and competitions, the relationship between mathematics and informatics, mathematics and others disciplines or mathematics as a lifelong cultural element.
Further information can be obtained on the website
or by contacting the Chair of the program committee,
PME-24, July 2000
The 24th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) will be held 23 - 27 July, 2000, in Hiroshima, Japan. The Chair of the Program Committee is Tadao Nakahara, Hiroshima University. More information about this conference can be obtained on the Internet home page of the conference
or from the Conference Secretary:
Department of Mathematics Education
Faculty of Education, Hiroshima University
Tel: +81-824 24 6805
Fax: +91 824 22 7076
International Conference on Mathematics Education, July 2000
An international conference on the topic "Mathematics Education, History of Mathematics, Cultural History of Mathematics, Informatics and Learning Obstacles" will be held in Beijing, China, from July 24 to 27, 2000, under the sponsorship of Beijing Academy of Educational Science and the Mathematics Education Society of Japan. Since 1986, scholars from China, Japan, America, Germany and France have been exchanging their studies at the Five Nations Conference on Mathematics Education and at the Conference on the Cultural History of Mathematics. This International Conference will be held together with two conference mentioned above.
The conference themes are: (1) Researches on Mathematics Education of university, secondary school, primary school and kindergarten; (2) Researches on History of Mathematics and Cultural History of Mathematics; (3) Researches on educational roles in Informatics; (4) Researches on Learning Obstacles. The official languages of the conference are English and Chinese, but all papers (or abstracts) should be presented in English.
Further information can be obtained from
Prof. Kiyoshi Yokochi (Chief Organizer)
Professor Emeritus, Tokai University and Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University
or Prof. Dr. Klaus-D. Graf
Freie Universität Berlin
or by visiting the website
ICME-9, July-August 2000
The 9th International Congress on Mathematical Education, ICME-9, is going to be held 31 July - 6 August 2000, at the Nippon Convention Center, Makuhari, and at the Chiba Institute of Technology. These sites are located between the center of Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport (Narita). Further information can be found on the website
HPM 2000, August 2000
A meeting of the International Study Group on the Relations between History and Pedagogy of Mathematics will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, from August 9-14, 2000, on the theme "History in Mathematics Education: Challenges for a new millennium". This satellite conference of ICME-9 is organized by the Department of Mathematics at National Taiwan Normal University, with funding from the National Science Council (NSC) and others. The main purpose of this conference is to create a forum entirely for those concerned about the issues of relating history and pedagogy of mathematics. During the meeting, participants will be encouraged to explore and elaborate just how history of mathematics could be integrated in the three key components of mathematics education - teaching, learning, and curriculum - as well as in the education and training of teachers themselves. Some 300 delegates are expected, including 150 international and 150 local participants: historians, mathematicians, and mathematics educators as well as teachers around the island.
More information can be obtained from the chair of the Local Organizing Committee,
Department of Mathematics
National Taiwan Normal University
88, Sec. 4, Ting Chou Road
Taipei, TAIWAN 117
or by visiting the website
Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching Conference, September 2000
The 26th annual Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching Conference will take place on September 4-7, 2000, in Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. The UMTC is a working conference that provides an opportunity for lecturers and others interested in mathematics in Higher Education to share ideas concerning undergraduate teaching, learning and assessment. Much of the conference is spent in small groups working on briefs relating to undergraduate mathematics. Each group produces a report comprising examples, relevant arguments and recommendations. The reports are refereed by, and incorporate critical feedback from, other groups and form the major part of the published Proceedings. As part of a working group, delegates invariably gain insight into current thinking at other establishments and a deeper understanding of the particular topic on which they have chosen to work during the conference. Delegates return from the conference with fresh ideas and an enthusiasm to put these ideas into practice.
Workshop Topics for UMTC 2000 are: Supporting the Professional Development of Mathematics Lecturers; Use of the Internet in Teaching Mathematics; Innovations in Teaching Discrete Mathematics; Attracting Students to Mathematics; What use might Mathematics Education Research be to University Mathematics Teachers? This year the speakers are Dr. Simon Singh, Television producer and author of "Fermat's Last Theorem" and "The Code Book" and Prof. Robert P. Burn, Professor of Mathematics Education.
Delegates are invited to contribute to a presentation session where issues relevant to all aspects of undergraduate mathematics may be aired. Delegates are also welcome to bring posters. Abstracts of presentations will be published in the Proceedings.
Further details on the conference will appear on the UMTC web site:
or can be obtained by contacting
Dr. David Emery
Conference Chair, UMTC 2000
All-Russian Conference on Mathematical Education, September 2000
The All-Russian Conference on Mathematical Education "Mathematics and Society. Mathematical Education in the New Millennium" will be held in the city of Dubna (near Moscow), Russia, from September 19 to September 22, 2000. This conference is jointly organized by Ministry of Education of Russian Federation, Moscow State University, Russian Academy of Sciences (Department of Mathematics), Russian Academy of Education, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Russian Association of Teachers of Mathematics, Moscow Institute for the Development of the Educational Systems, Moscow Center of Continuous Mathematical Education, and has been officially recognized by the Executive Committee of ICMI as an ICMI Regional Conference.
Reviving the traditions of Russian education, the conference will be devoted to the teaching of mathematics at all levels - from primary school to graduate students. The aim of the conference is to develop the basic concepts of mathematical education in schools and universities in Russia as a whole, raising its level in accordance with present day requirements.
For further information contact
Secretariat of the All-Russian Conference on Mathematical Education
Moscow Center for Continuous Math Education
Bolshoj Vlas'evskij per., d. 11
121002, Moscow, Russia
fax: +7 (095) 291-65-01
or consult on the web
Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, September 2000
As part of its on-going activities to foster research in undergraduate mathematics education and the dissemination of such research, the Association for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (ARUME) presents the Fifth Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education to be held at the Radisson Hotel O'Hare, Chicago (USA), on September 21-24, 2000. ARUME is a Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America.
This conference is a forum for researchers in collegiate mathematics education and includes the following themes: results of current research, contemporary theoretical perspectives and research paradigms, application of learning theory to teaching practice, technology in mathematics learning, and general issues in the psychology of mathematics education as it pertains to the study of undergraduate mathematics. The program will include plenary addresses, general paper sessions, panel discussions, contributed paper sessions, and poster sessions.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers are Jean-Luc Dorier, IUFM de Lyon (France), Guershon Harel, Purdue University (USA), Anna Sierpinska, Concordia University (Canada) and Bob Speiser, Rutgers University (USA).
Information can be obtained from the Conference Chairpersons George Litman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mickey McDonald (email@example.com) or on the website
Centennial of L'Enseignement Mathématique, October 2000
On the occasion of the centennial of the well-known international journal L'Enseignement Mathématique, the official organ of ICMI since its inception in 1908, the Commission and the University of Geneva are organizing jointly a symposium on the history of mathematics education under the theme "One Hundred Years of L'Enseignement Mathématique : Moments of Mathematics Education in the 20th Century". This symposium will take place in Geneva, the home of the journal since its birth, from Friday October 20 to Sunday October 22, 2000.
The program of the symposium is based on a series of invited talks on three main themes - geometry, analysis and applications of mathematics - and considering three different periods: 1900, 1950 (i.e. the period leading to the "new maths") and 2000. Ample time will be devoted during the symposium to collective discussions on the themes presented in the talks. The emphasis of the symposium is on secondary education (students in the age range of about 12 to 18 or 19 years) and also includes the education of teachers.
In addition to proposing a reflection on the history of mathematics education and the evolution of mathematics and its teaching and learning in the 20th century, the symposium gives the opportunity of a gathering of some of the main actors, during the last decades, in mathematics education as considered from an international perspective. The symposium should thus be seen as an international meeting of all those interested in mathematics education and its evolution.
Updated information about the program can be obtained on the websites:
http://www.unige.ch/math/EnsMath/ or http://www.mathunion.org/ICMI/symposium.html
or by contacting
Case postale 240
CH-1211 Genève 24, Suisse
Mathematics Education Into the 21st Century, November 2000
The Mathematics Education Into the 21st Century Project, in cooperation with the Third World Forum, a Consortium of Jordanian Public Universities, the National Center for Human Resource Development, Jordan, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, announces an international conference on the theme "Mathematics for Living" to be held in Jordan, November 18-23, 2000. This conference is in sequel to another one organized in Egypt in November 1999.
The following persons have accepted to give plenary talks: Fayez Mina (Egypt), Omar Al-Shake (Jordan), Bruno D'Amore (Italy), Gila Hanna (Canada) and Lionel Pereira Mendoza (Singapore). Working Groups will be devoted to the following topics: Data Driven Mathematics; Ways of Dealing with Cultural Differences; Reaching Gender Equity in Mathematics Education; Connecting Mathematics Problem Solving to the Real World; Applications of Mathematics; and Living with Technology.
The conference theme should attract teachers and researchers in Mathematics Education from around the world. Papers (in English or in Arabic with an English summary) are welcome that deal with all aspects of mathematics education and relate to innovative ways to help students and teachers deal with the problem of making mathematics more "alive", more "realistic" and more "accessible". This could take the form of a paper on problem solving, the use of technology, new ways of assessment, ways of dealing with cultural differences, overcoming gender and social barriers, improving the curriculum, using the statistics of everyday life, effectively utilizing new paradigms in teaching and learning, etc. The National Organizing Committee is chaired by Prof. Farid K. Abu Zeinah.
The Mathematics Education Into the 21st Century Project is coordinated by Dr. Alan Rogerson (Australia) and Professor Fayez Mina (Egypt). For further information, contact
Dr. Alan Rogerson
Mathematics Education Into the 21st Century Project
22 Violet Grove
Hawthorn, Vic 3122, Australia
ATCM 2000, December 2000
The Fifth Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM 2000) will be held at Chiang Mai University (Thailand) on December 17 to 21, 2000, together with the Fourth Asian Symposium on Computer Mathematics. ACTM 2000 will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers and educators in the fields of mathematics and mathematical sciences, together with researchers and developers of computer technology, to present their results in using technology with both basic and pedagogical research, and to exchange ideas and information in their latest developments. ATCM 2000 will cover a broad range of topics on the relevancy of technology in mathematical research and teaching. These include Graphing Calculators, Computer-aided Teaching and Learning, Computer Algebra Systems in Research and Teaching, Internet Technology for Mathematics, Machine Learning and Theorem Proving, Multimedia and Distance Learning, Mathematical Research and Teaching Using Technology and Mathematical Software and Tools on WWW.
The conference will consist of plenary sessions by invited speakers, parallel sessions of contributed papers, and tutorial sessions on software and hardware relevant to research and teaching. The Plenary Speakers are Hans J. Stetter, (Austria), David Tall (U.K.), Matthias Kawski (U.S.A.) and Pok Yang Ming (Singapore).
Further information can be obtained from the International Program Co-Chairs:
Prof. Jen-Chung Chuan
Department of Mathematics
National Tsing Hua University
Dr. Wei-Chi Yang
Department of Mathematics
Radford University , Radford
VA, U.S.A, 24142
or by visiting the website
Science, Technology & Mathematics Education for Human Development, February 2001
The International Conference on Science, Technology & Mathematics Education for Human Development, originally planned for New Delhi, is being organised on February 20 - 23, 2001, at Goa (India) jointly by the Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through its Project 2000+, in collaboration with the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR, Mumbai.
The conference will focus on Scientific and Technological Literacy (STL) under the broad theme of the role of Science, Technology and Mathematics Education for Human Development. The Conference aims at providing a forum to educational planners, administrators, teacher educators, teachers and researchers in science, technology and mathematics education to exchange ideas on various themes focussing on the role of science, technology and mathematics education in human development. The Conference will also review achievements of the Project 2000+, a project launched in 1993 by UNESCO and International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE), in collaboration with Commonwealth Secretariat, Gender, Science and Technology (GASAT), International Association of Science and Technology Education (IOSTE), International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) and World Council of Associations of Technology Education (WOCATE).
The conference will deliberate on the following issues: Curriculum reforms for human development; Assessment and examinations; Learner-centered professional staff development; Scientific and technological literacy for all, including strategies for teaching; Popularization, public understanding and life long learning; Affordable cost-effective technologies and infrastructure; Bridging the gulf between research and classroom practices; Empowerment of women; Ethics, human rights and culture of peace.
It is expected that a framework for effective implementation of policies regarding science, technology and mathematics education and Project 2000+ will emerge from the conference. A regional branch of CASTME will also be established during the conference.
Further information about the conference can be obtained from:
Dr. Sudhakar Agarkar
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
V.N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd,
MUMBAI, MAH 400 088, INDIA
The conference website is at
Third Southern Hemisphere Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching, July 2001
As a follow-up of the first two DELTA conferences, in Brisbane in 1997 and Laguna Quays in 1999 (Australia), the Third Southern Hemisphere Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching will take place July 1-5, 2001, in the natural surroundings of the Berg-en-Dal camp in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The theme of the conference is "Gearing for flexibility" and the topics are: Teaching web-based courses, Multi-skilling, Flexibility in learning and teaching styles, Flexibility in entry level standards, Adapting curricula to answer to demands of society, Distance learning and Flexible assessment. The scientific programme of the conference will include one hour invited plenary lectures by Alan Schoenfeld (USA), John Mason (UK), Cyril Julie (South Africa), Verdiana Masanja (Tanzania) and Matthias Kawski (USA), contributed papers by participants, panel sessions, workshops, round table discussions and others. Abstracts should be submitted by 30 November 2000 and full papers by 31 January 2001.
The conference is organised by SAMERN (The South African Mathematics Education Reform Network), the AMU (African Mathematical Union) and the International DELTA committee. The contact person is Johann Engelbrecht. Interest in attending can be directed to
It should be noted that conference facilities limit delegate numbers to 135, hence potential participants should express their interest immediately at the e-mail address above. (At the time of publication of this Bulletin, almost 100 people had indicated that they plan to attend.)
The conference website can be viewed at
EARCOME 2002 - SEACME 9, June 2002
The second ICMI-EARCOME (East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education) is to be held in Singapore in June 2002. This conference, also designated as the Ninth Southeast Asian Conference on Mathematics Education or SEACME 9, has been officially recognized as an ICMI Regional Conference. It will be hosted by the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Association of Mathematics Educators, Singapore.
EARCOME 2002 combines two conferences in two separate series of conferences in the East Asia region. The First East Asian Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME) was held in Korea in 1998. Two earlier East Asian conferences held before EARCOME were the ICMI-China Regional Conferences on Mathematics Education, Beijing (1991) and Shanghai (1994). The SEACME series has a longer history and the conferences are held triennially, in Manila (1978), Kuala Lumpur (1981), Haad Yai (1984), Singapore (1987), Brunei (1990), Surabaya (1993), Hanoi (1996) and Manila (1999).
Information can be obtained from
Division of Mathematics
National Institute of Education
469 Bukit Timah Road
Republic of Singapore
or on the website
ICM 2002, August 2002
The next International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), held under the auspices of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), will take place in Beijing (China) on August 20-28, 2002. As with the last ICMs, one of the sections of the scientific program will be devoted to the theme "Teaching and Popularization of Mathematics".
Information can be obtained from the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of ICM 2002, Professor Ma Zhi-Ming (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by visiting the website