Overview

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 39th Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME39) to be held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from July 13 to July 18, 2015.

About the Conference Theme

Mathematics Education: Climbing Mountains, Building Bridges has been chosen as the theme of the conference. This theme provides opportunities to highlight and examine research that considers the challenges, obstacles, links, and connections in mathematics education, with a view to progressing what is known and valuable in the area. The theme Mathematics Education: Climbing Mountains, Building Bridges reflects two of the notable features of the landscape of Hobart: Mount Wellington (or kunanyi, to give it its Aboriginal name), which provides a striking backdrop to the city, and the Tasman Bridge, which crosses the wide Derwent River estuary.

About PME

The International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) is an autonomous body, governed as provided for in the constitution. It is an official subgroup of the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) and came into existence at the Third International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME3) held in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1976.

The 2015 conference is the 39th meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, hence the abbreviation PME39.

About Hobart

Hobart is the capital city in the Australian island state of Tasmania, and has a population of around 200 000. Located at 42°S, Hobart is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, situated on the wide Derwent River, and with the 1271m high kunanyi/Mount Wellington as a dramatic backdrop. It has a cool but not cold winter climate with average July temperatures of around 12°C.  Scenic in its own right, it is also a springboard to many of Tasmania’s world-renowned natural and wilderness areas. Another of its famous attractions is the privately owned Museum of Old and New Art, and there are numerous galleries, parks, and attractions, and an excellent restaurant scene. The main campus of the University of Tasmania is located in Hobart, and the city is home to the highly regarded Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

For more information on the city of Hobart, and Tasmania more generally, see the following links:

Travel Information

For most visitors, Hobart’s airport (HBA) — located 17km from the city centre — is easily accessible via the Melbourne International Airport (MEL) on a 1hr15min flight, or, less frequently, via Sydney (SYD) on a 2hr flight or Brisbane (BNE) on a 2hr20min flight. Both Melbourne and Sydney are major international hubs for flights from Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. Brisbane receives some international flights. Please bear in mind that the island state of Tasmania is not linked by road to mainland Australia and so driving to Hobart from Melbourne or most other mainland locations requires an overnight car ferry trip and a further 4 hour drive.

About Australia

For general information about Australia please visit http://www.australia.com/

Language

Australians speak English, with their own accent and a few distinctive colloquialisms. The official language of the conference is English, with whatever accent suits your style. 🙂

Passport and Visas

Citizens of all countries require a passport to enter Australia. Citizens of most countries apart from New Zealand will require a visa to visit Australia. For information about visa requirements see http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/Find-a-visa.aspx

  • Please remember to apply for a visa in good time; Australia has strict immigration requirements.
  • Those who need an official invitation in order to obtain a visa for entering Australia please read Section 10.3.3 Letter of Invitation of the First Announcement.
  • PME39 cannot be held responsible for any matters related to obtaining visas.
Currency

The currency in Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD$) and cent (¢). For exchange rates, please check the Reserve Bank of Australia website: http://www.rba.gov.au/statistics/frequency/exchange-rates.html

Electrical Appliances

If you are planning to bring electrical equipment (e.g. battery chargers, laptop power supply, etc.) with you, please check whether you need an adapter. The electrical supply is 240 volts and 50 hertz. The power outlets are for Australian connectors – two, flat pronged pins set at an angle and a vertically oriented flat pronged earth pin (the earth pin may be absent on some appliances).

 

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Time Zone

In July, Hobart is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is ten hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+10). Sydney and Melbourne are in the same time zone.

Australian Telephone Code

To call Hobart from outside Australia you must dial +61 (where + indicates the calling country’s international dialing code  and 61 is international country code for Australia), followed by the single digit area code 3 (for the states of Victoria and Tasmania) and then the eight-digit phone number. To call Hobart from within Australia, but outside Victoria and Tasmania,  you must dial the area code 03 followed by the phone number. To call Hobart numbers from within Tasmania or Victoria simply call the 8 digit phone number. To call Australian mobile phones (which have numbers beginning with 04) simply dial the whole mobile phone number from anywhere within Australia. If calling from overseas, dial +61 and then drop the initial 0 from the mobile phone number and dial the remaining digits … and be prepared for the bill.


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