Program Highlights

The Scientific Program is really taking shape. On this page are some highlights from the program that will excite potential Delegates about what they will be experiencing when they attend ICME-15 in Sydney in July 2024.

The full information about the components of the Scientific Program can be found here

This list of highlights will be regularly updated, so come back again to see some more of what is in store for those attending ICME-15.

Plenary Lectures

One of our four Plenary Lectures is from Prof. Jill Adler, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa).

Bi-directionality of research in mathematics education in ‘the South’ and ‘the North’ matters for the growth of our field.

To what extent and how does research grounded in mathematics education practices in ‘the South’ influence ‘the North’ and vice versa? Does this matter? For what? For whom? This talk is premised on the position that research in mathematics education needs to speak to and for educational development across the globe. Accordingly, it needs to be mutually informed by insights from learning and teaching across socio-economic and cultural contexts and so across mathematics education practices in the global North and global South. I will argue the case for bi-directionality by tracing the evolution of research on mathematical language in/for teaching particularly with respect to teaching and learning in multilingual classrooms; and research on teachers’ interactions with resources. What of other domains? Turning to recent research on teacher education and professional development, and ICMI’s interventions towards inclusion particularly in teacher education, I suggest why there remains much to be done and how we might enable a research journey that builds the global relevance of our field.

To read about the other Plenary Speakers at ICME-15 go to

National Presentations

Countries and regions were invited to propose a National Presentation to highlight their achievements and challenges in mathematics education by presenting a snapshot of important areas of scholarship and work. Five countries and one region have been selected for ICME-15. One is from a region very near to Australia:

Realm of Aotearoa/New Zealand, including Niue and the Cook Islands

This presentation is aligned with two key aims of ICME-15, firstly, to address geographic and other forms of disadvantage in relation to mathematics teaching and learning and secondly, to have a central focus on Indigenous mathematics informing global efforts in mathematics education. This presentation will examine educational systems that have been heavily influenced by colonization and a Eurocentric approach with a resulting negative impact on both Indigenous Māori and Pacific peoples in relation to mathematics teaching and learning. With the underpinning of centering Indigenous knowledge and developing social justice and equitable mathematics classrooms, the presentation will provide an overview of policy, curriculum changes, initiatives, and research projects that have transformative potential. There are many countries that have similar histories of colonization and Eurocentric education systems and this presentation will provide interesting exemplars of the potential for anti-colonization practices in mathematics classrooms and the de-centering colonization.

To read about the other National Presentations at ICME-15, and the people involved go to

Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups gather Congress delegates who are interested in discussing challenging, controversial, or emerging issues and dilemmas of interest with an international or regional audience in a genuinely interactive way.

We received many proposals for Discussion Groups and there will be up to 30 of these to choose from. Some of the titles of Discussion Groups at ICME-15 include:

The role of mathematics in financial education for informed citizenship

History of Mathematics Education: Accomplishments and open questions

Non-University Tertiary Mathematics Education: An opportunity to democratize mathematics education

Assessing mathematical modelling tasks in the era of AI

The full list of Discussion Groups and the topics to be discussed will be available when the ICME-15 Program is published in June.