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: November2021

Welcome to the November ALM Bulletin. We hope you are all well.

This issue includes updates on the work of the ALM Trustees who are currently busy behind the scenes preparing new publications, arranging our next virtual seminar series starting in 2022 and planning for a face-to-face conference in June 2022 in Barcelona. There is also news on the contributions Trustees and members are making to other conferences and reaching out to discuss the important work we do with practitioners, researchers and policy influencers working in many different contexts around the world.

As this will be the last bulletin before the Christmas and New Year break, the ALM Trustees wish you all a peaceful and relaxing time with as many friends and family as restrictions may allow. We look forward to seeing you all virtually and in reality (fingers crossed) in the New Year.

Beth Kelly
Chair of ALM trustees


The ALM-IJ editorial team is delighted to announce that they are publishing Online First a series of articles about numeracy and digital technology, each of which has a different focus but raises some challenging points for consideration. The following articles are now available at
  • Numeracy in Paramedicine Education. Andrew Bell, Linda Galligan and John Latham
  • Adjusting to a Digital Environment. Marcus Jorgensen
  • Family Learning Online During Lockdown in the UK. Beth Kelly, Mary Devlin, Tessa Giffin and Linda Smith.
The main objective was to offer a platform for teachers around the world to share their experiences of adult numeracy and pedagogies through the use of digital tools. We would like to thank all the authors for these interesting articles and the ALM-IJ Editorial team for their work in getting these published online.

Getting ready for ALM29 in Barcelona

We welcome you all to the 29th Adults Learning Mathematics conference next summer, which will be hosted by colleagues at the University of Barcelona. The conference will run from 10th – 13th July 2022 with the theme of Numeracy and Social Impact. We plan to hold this as a face-to-face conference and look forward to meeting ALM members as well as interested practitioners, researchers and policy influencers.

The submission process for proposals, presentations, posters and workshops opens in December and guidelines will be available on the conference webpage (see below). Early Bird Registration for the conference will open in January.

You can find more information and book for this exciting conference by clicking here We will be regularly updating the ALM 29 conference webpage with information about keynote speakers, social events and advice for getting to the conference.

ALM Virtual Seminar Series

We plan to hold more virtual seminars starting in the New Year 2022 and full details should appear on the website very soon. We are planning four or five seminars, to be held at a similar time to last year (weekday evenings, around 7pm UK time). The proposed seminars will include interesting and highly relevant contributions from a mixture of ALM members and partner organisations that are also interested in adults learning mathematics. Please check the ALM website and the next bulletin for further announcements of dates and speakers. If anyone is interested in proposing a seminar which would be of interest to our members please do email Beth Kelly at chair@alm-online.

ALM members 'out and about'

Tatiana Harrison and Catherine Byrne are giving a presentation on the ALM Maths in Prison Topic Group at the 14th International ACEA Correctional Education and Training Conference 2021: Innovation in Interesting Times. This is a virtual event with a wide range of speakers and an international audience. We are very pleased that the ALM Maths in Prison group is being represented and making these connections with other groups across the world with similar interests. The event is scheduled for Tuesday November 16th to Wednesday November 17th, 2021. If you are reading this bulletin before the event it may still be possible to register using the link


The Twelfth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME) will be taking place as a face-to-face event from February, 2nd to 6th, 2022 at Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Papers and posters have been received for the proposed Topic Working Group (TWG 07) about Adults Learning Mathematics and this strand of the conference is going ahead. The Working Group organisers are looking forward to discussions in person on a variety of topics and contexts related to Adult learning Mathematics which they hope to share with members as part of the Virtual Seminar Series.

Future bulletins

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