The ALM bulletin is a bimonthly newsletter from Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM).
ALM is an international research forum bringing together researchers and practitioners in adult mathematics/numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote the learning of mathematics by adults.

ALM Bulletin: March 2023

Welcome to this March issue of the bulletin. The world of adults learning mathematics remains busy with virtual seminars, new online first articles for the ALM Internal Journal and preparations for our 30th ALM conference hosted by the University of Limerick in Ireland. We are looking forward to seeing ALM members old and new and will keep updating information about this event on the website.

The trustees are always thinking of ways that ALM’s membership and network contacts can continue to grow and reach a wider audience across the world. Many ALM trustees and members will be attending the CERME conference this year and the ICME conference next year so that the world of mathematics education continues to hear voices from those involved with life-long learning. If anyone in the UK is interested in starting to plan for the British Congress of Mathematics Education to be held in 2025, the Joint Mathematics Council of the UK (JMC) have just opened their call for applications for officers. More details can be found here.

In the January edition we wrote about ALM trustees being invited to contribute to the UK Multiply project which aims to support the development of numeracy skills for adults across the UK. The project is being developed at regional levels, the idea being that the provision will respond to local needs and plans. Trustees on the Sector Advisory Group would like to hear from anyone who is now involved in the initiative and how it is being implemented in your area. You can write to with your comments.

Beth Kelly
Chair of ALM trustees

ALM Virtual Seminars

We enjoyed a very thought-provoking seminar about Maths in Prisons on February 6th 2023. Our thanks go to Tatiana Harrison (USA), Erik van Haren and Rosa Alberto (The Netherlands) and Sarah Howe (Australia) who each spoke about their own work to improve the maths skills of prisoners and reflected on their experiences. Anyone who works in prisons or is interested in further discussion is welcome to join the ALM special topic group about Maths is Prisons by emailing either or

If you missed Maths in Prisons or any other recent ALM seminars, it is not too late! You can find all our seminars on the ALM YouTube channel at

Our final seminar in this series will take place on Monday March 27th 2023 at 19.00 London time. At this seminar Jenny Stacey (UK) will present her research about ESOL learners in GCSE mathematics classes and talk about approaches which may be beneficial for adult learners generally to challenge stereotypical assumptions. Jenny’s presentation will be followed an opportunity for discussion about the issues raised and practical strategies for the classroom.

Please make sure you register in advance for the event on the website at


We are looking forward to our next conference, ALM 30, which will be held on July 3rd-5th, 2023 in Limerick, Ireland. The main theme for the conference is Numeracy Theory and Practice in a Changing World, which reflects the need to consider the changing numeracy and mathematics demands on adults resulting from recent developments in different aspects of our lives.

Several key international speakers have already agreed to present, including (provisional titles):
  • Why adult numeracy matters for active citizenship (Professor Merrilyn Goos)
  • ‘Travelling a Rocky Road’ – Insights into the impact of mathematics anxiety on adults’ mathematics journeys and how this can inform practice (Dr Maria Ryan)
  • Adult Numeracy in a Digital World: Challenges and Opportunities (Ms Colleen Dube)
Although the original deadline for session proposals has passed, we have been informed that this has been extended to April 11th and therefore it is not too late to submit an abstract. The Programme Committee would welcome abstracts from ALM members and supporters for both paper presentations and practical workshops under the following headings (please note this is a targeted but not an exhaustive list of topics):
  • Numeracy in a Digital Era
  • Numeracy in a Sustainable, Healthy and Peaceful Global Environment
  • Numeracy Teaching and Learning across all Educational Sectors
  • Changing Numeracy Policies
Abstracts should be 250 – 350 words in length (excluding references).

Please watch the conference website for further updates and information on how to submit an abstract at

ALM Membership

As explained in an earlier bulletin, we have asked all members to start paying their annual membership fee in January each year from 2023 onwards. We are very grateful to all those who have already made this adjustment and paid their membership fee for 2023. All existing members should have received an invoice from the Membership Secretary as a reminder. If you are a member of ALM and have not received an invoice, or are unclear about your membership status, you can contact the Membership Secretary at

We also realise that some members may have difficulty making this adjustment. If so, you are very welcome to contact the Membership Secretary using the email address above to discuss the matter.

Future bulletins

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