ALM27 Conference

27th Adults Learning Mathematics Conference in Vancouver, Canada, July 6-9, 2020

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Adults learning mathematics in a changing world

Vancouver Community College (VCC) and various sponsoring partners such as BCCampus, Adult Basic Education Association of British Colombia (ABE), and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) would like to welcome you to the 27th International Adults Learning Mathematics Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

ALM is an international forum for research into Adults Learning Mathematics at all levels. The annual conference offers a unique opportunity to present and discuss research, practice, and policy pertaining to adult-oriented mathematics education. The conference welcomes researchers, teachers, and others interested in this topic, and offers a supportive and friendly environment for learning and networking.

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Conference theme

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Adults learning mathematics in a changing world

In a world in which technology is ubiquitous to our daily lives, learning occurs in novel contexts, and equity is a central issue, learning mathematics in adult contexts is changing. This conference, therefore, embraces a span of contexts that include adults and mathematics, with a focus on numeracy, statistical literacy, and ethnomathematics. In particular, the conference theme invites speakers to consider how diversities among adult learners of mathematics and their past experiences with mathematics are addressed, and how inclusion is pushed for within such settings. We welcome a range of topics including those that aim for:

  • Being inclusive of cultures, traditions, and languages
  • Linking people, practices, and research
  • Spanning contexts, with collaborative thinking
Keynote Speakers and Special Guests

Keynote Speakers and Special Guests

Tsawaysia Spukwus, Squamish Nation

Marta Civil, University of Arizona

Keiko Yasukawa, University of Technology Syndey

Peter Liljedahl, Simon Fraser University

Ralf St. Clair, University of Victoria

…and more to be announced soon!

Paper submission

Call for proposals


Guidance on the submission of a proposal for a contribution to ALM [This was for ALM26, ALM27 submission guidelines will be posted soon and will be similar in nature to that of ALM26.]


To be scheduled as a presenter after acceptance of your submission, you have to register as a conference participant.

Programme Committee and Organizing Committee

Programme Committee

Judy Larsen, University of the Fraser Valley

Jeff Evans, Middlesex University

Lynda Ginsburg, Rutgers University

Charlotte Arkenback-Sundström, University of Gothenburg

Richard Brand, Capilano University

David Pimm, Simon Fraser University

Organizing Committee

Costa Karavas, Vancouver Community College

Judy Larsen, University of the Fraser Valley

Michelle Vandepol, Adult Basic Education Association of British Columbia

Rob Sidley, Simon Fraser University


Vancouver Community College (VCC) Downtown Campus

250 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Social program


Registration and payment module
Financial support

Financial support to attend conference

ALM provides financial support to practitioners and researchers from institutions involved in Adults Learning Mathematics with limited resources to visit international conferences such as ALM25. A Bursary Form will be made available here soon. Support is given on a first-come-first-served basis. For additional questions, please contact ALM directly by e-mailing


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