Scientific Program

This page will contain information about the Scientific Program as details are finalised.

Latest Updates

  • 2015-07-08: Full schedule now visible on ConfTool
  • 2015-06-15: Information about poster presentations added
  • 2015-06-15: Overview timetable updated
  • 2015-05-13: Overview timetable added
  • 2015-04-30: Updates to Early Researchers’ Day
  • 2015-03-26: Plenary panelists added
  • 2015-01-04: Plenary Speakers added
  • 2014-11-06: Details of Early Researchers’ Day added.

Conference schedule (all sessions, papers and presenters)

This can be viewed on ConfTool (click HERE to link directly)

Overview Timetable
“CBD” stands for “Central Business District”, which in this case is the central city part of Hobart.

Poster presentations – New for 2015

In 2015, at PME 39 in Hobart (Australia), a new and exciting format will be adopted for discussion and presentation of the posters accepted for the conference.

As in the past, posters will be displayed for all to view. It has been planned that about half the posters will be on display for the first half of the conference and the other 50% during the second half of the conference. Poster presenters must hand in their poster at the registration desk when registering for the conference on 13 July.

In 2015, for the first time, there are poster sessions timetabled into the conference program at which authors of the posters will have the opportunity to speak briefly about the projects displayed in their posters.

The IPC has grouped posters by themes/topics, with about 12 posters in each grouping. There are two slots in the conference program schedule with approximately three parallel sessions from which delegates can select to attend. Sessions run for one hour. At each session there will be brief presentations on each of the 12 posters assigned to the session.

How poster sessions will run: Instructions to poster presenters

The chair of the poster session will be strict and keep speakers to the time allowed for each presentation. The presenter of each poster speaks for THREE minutes (maximum) and is allowed ONE PowerPoint slide (not a slide of the poster) to serve as a prompt for the brief presentation. With 12 x 3 minute presentations, there will be time for comments or questions at the end of the presentations. [This form of presentation is modelled on the highly successful international “3-minute thesis competition” where a PhD candidate represents each university and must present a synopsis of their doctoral work in 3 minutes.]

For PME39 each poster presenter will have 3 minutes to speak about the work depicted in their poster. One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, sound or ‘movement’ is permitted. The slide does not have to include text. In preparing the slide, remember that ‘less is more’. Visual cues are very effective in assisting the presenter’s explanation of their research. Poster presenters need to send their single PowerPoint slide to by 6 July 2015.

Preparing your poster

Please see details contained in the guidelines at

Plenary Speakers

We are delighted to confirm the following plenary speakers for PME39:

  • Lyn English (Australia), who has expertise in data modelling and statistical reasoning and engineering education, particularly in the primary/elementary school;
  • Johan Lithner (Sweden), who will bring a mathematician’s perspective to the problems of teaching mathematics meaningfully;
  • Oh Nam Kwon (Korea), who specialises in the teaching and learning of senior mathematics; and
  • Marty Simon (USA), whose research focuses on the development of conceptual understanding in mathematics and how mathematics teachers learn to teach in ways that foster this.

Plenary Panel

We are delighted to confirm the following panelists for the plenary panel for PME39. The panel will be chaired by Helen Forgasz (Australia).

  • Jinfa Cai (United States of America);
  • Kai Lin Yang (Taiwan);
  • Miriam Amit (Israel); and
  • David Reid (Germany).

Early Researchers’ Day

Overcoming the challenges and roadblocks to productive writing and successful publishing

For the second time, PME is pleased to offer a special day for early career researchers who are attending the PME conference. The day will directly precede the main PME conference and will consist of presentations, working groups and other kinds of sessions planned to be of value to those new to research in mathematics education. Based on the experiences with the Early Researchers’ Day in Vancouver (PME38), this is a second pilot for this format. If it proves to be of interest and value, the International Committee and will propose to the AGM that such an event should become a permanent feature of PME activity.

The aim of the Early Researchers’ Day [ERD] is to provide early career researchers with opportunities to develop their research skills in various fields, establish new contacts and build networks among themselves and to future PME conferences, and meet and work with international experts in the field.

Early Researchers’ Day will be held on July 12, 2015 at the University of Tasmania, Hobart. The day is being organized by Tracey Muir (LOC member) and Núria Planas (PME representative). It will also include a social program to provide opportunities for informal exchanges and further networking. The following provides an outline of the day:

10.00 – Morning tea and welcome

10-30 – 11.30 – Productive writing workshop (facilitators Jodie Hunter & Tracey Muir)

11.30 – 12.30 – Research reports: Concept and strategy (facilitators Mamokgethi Setati-Phakeng & Núria Planas)

12.30 – 1.30 – Lunch and networking opportunities

1.30 – 2.30 – Journal papers – Successful publishing workshop (Facilitators Vince Geiger & Tracey Muir)

2.30 – 3.30 – Scientific journals: Background, choices and criteria (Discussion chaired by Núria Planas and featuring Richard Barwell (FLM Editor), Merrilyn Goos (ESM Editor); Vince Geiger (MERJ Editor)

3.30 – 4.00 – Afternoon tea and concluding remarks

The recommended maximum number of participants for this ERD is 50. Registration fees and meals for July 12 are complimentary (no cost). Applications will be accepted through ConfTool. Although there is no additional charge for ERD, ConfTool is configured to only accept submissions from people who are registered in the ConfTool system (see 8.1 Conference Pre-Registration) and have paid the non-refundable conference deposit (see 8.3.1 Conference Deposit). The deadline for application is May 20th, 2015. Priority will be given to applicants in their final period of their doctoral studies. Special consideration will be given to applicants from under-resourced parts of the world to guarantee the representation of diverse countries. Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by 30th May, and will be provided with further details about venue’s location and the program closer to the day.

Participants accepted to participate in the ERD are recommended to arrive in Hobart on or before July 11th.

Presentation Guidelines

To help with the preparation of your presentations please refer to the presentation guidelines as compiled by PME-IC.

Table of Research Categories

This section is for your reference when completing the reviewer information or the proposal information for personal presentations. Reviewers will receive proposals for reviewing according to the research categories they mark when registering as a reviewer. The proposals will be sent to reviewers according to the research categories that are marked by the submitting author. All proposals must be concerned with mathematics education.

Research Domains in Mathematics Education

  1. Algebra and algebraic structures
  2. Arithmetic, numbers and operations
  3. Calculus and functions
  4. Geometry, space and shape
  5. Probability and statistics
  6. Imagery and visualization
  7. Problem solving and problem posing
  8. Proof, argumentation and reasoning
  9. Representations and modeling
  10. Teacher beliefs
  11. Teacher knowledge and practice
  12. Teacher professional development
  13. Preservice teacher preparation
  14. Classroom assessment
  15. Educational evaluation and policy
  16. Classroom interaction and discourse
  17. Conceptual change and development
  18. Curriculum development and task design
  19. Teaching and learning with technologies
  20. Tools, semiotics and gestures
  21. Affect, emotions and attitudes
  22. Culture, language and multilingualism
  23. Equity and gender issues
  24. Special needs education

Grade Levels

  1. Pre-School (age under 7, and teachers of this grade level)
  2. Elementary (age 5-12, and teachers of this grade level)
  3. Secondary (age 10-18, and teachers of this grade level)
  4. Post secondary (age 16+, and teachers of this grade level)
  5. Vocational education (and teachers in these contexts)
  6. Adult education and out-of-school mathematics (and teachers in these contexts)

Types of Research

  1. Qualitative/interpretative methods
  2. Quantitative methods
  3. Mixed methods
  4. Theoretical/philosophical analysis