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 2022

Welcome to this March issue of the bulletin. As you can see there is plenty going on in relation to the world of adults learning mathematics. We are looking forward to seeing ALM members in person for our conference in Barcelona in July 2022. More information about this exciting event is detailed below. Meanwhile we are continuing with the Virtual Seminar Series, which remains popular and has attracted good attendance from right across the world.

Many ALM Trustees also attended the CERME conference this year. This event remains important for ALM as the Adults Learning Mathematics thematic group was the only one, out of twenty-seven, that focused on working with adult learners across a variety of settings and contexts.

As I am sure you are aware, ALM is currently a member of the Joint Mathematics Council of the United Kingdom and we are now being invited to join networks in the US and Australia, to help share our important research and experiences with other groups in these countries. It is early stages, but we will keep you up to date and aim to discuss any further plans with you at the AGM in Barcelona.

We really hope to see you there.

Beth Kelly
Chair of ALM trustees

ALM 29 Barcelona

ALM is delighted that the ALM29 conference will be held in Barcelona from July 10th to 13th, 2022. The theme for the conference is Numeracy and Social Impact. We are in a very crucial time, in which numbers and number sense are of great significant for an understanding of the world we live in (e.g. pandemic consequences, economic markets, effects of the global warming). The second international PIAAC survey, the biggest in terms of adult numeracy, is taking place right now in many countries and the results will provide up to date scientific evidence into the numeracy skills of adults across the globe. These are two very good reasons why need to be ready to discuss the scope of adult numeracy within the context of what we know from the previous and current research in the field of ALM.

We are honoured to have Professor Ramon Flecha, Chair of the Expert Group on Evaluation Methodologies for the Interim and Ex-post evaluations of Horizon 2020, DG Research and Innovation (European Commission) as one of the keynote speakers. Other speakers will be announced soon on the conference website (see below).

Registration for the ALM 29 conference, with details of early bird prices, will be available in the next two weeks. For further information on the conference please visit the website at We encourage everyone to submit session proposals on their experiences and research into adults’ mathematics education, especially in relation to numeracy and other mathematical aspects of how adults learn and share contributions in terms of social impact.

Papers focusing on the following topics are welcome:
  • Defining numeracy now and for the future;
  • The social impact of numeracy practices in different contexts (i.e., workplace, formal, non-formal and informal education, everyday practices, etc.,)
  • Successful educational practices in the field of ALM,
  • Communication and ongoing discussions with education authorities and policy makers, as part of a dialogue to further develop ALM;
  • Numeracy and critical thinking.
The deadline for paper, poster or workshop proposals will be March 31st. You can send your contribution to using the template (see ALM website) or the google form (

ALM virtual seminars 2022 - some reflections

The virtual seminar series showcases the international nature of ALM, with speakers and participants from across the world. The first speaker in our 2022 series, Lena Lindenskov, took place in January. Lena’s topic was “How to encourage citizenship for democracy through mathematics – Exploring how mathematics can strengthen adults’ participation in formal and informal democracy”. It was followed by lively discussion, which demonstrated the high level of interest in this theme from ALM members. This is an important theme that ALM may well return to in future.

The second virtual seminar in February was in a different format and was called “Takeaways from the CERME12 conference”. It gave an overview of the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Adult Mathematics Education at the 12th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME12). This is the second CERME conference that has hosted the adult mathematics education group and ALM trustees were involved in its organisation.

The event gave an overview of the challenges and initiatives in the field of adults learning mathematics, which were presented at CERME. We would encourage others who are interested in this field to consider presenting at future CERME conferences.

ALM Virtual Seminar Series - next events

The next speaker in this series will be Iddo Gal, (retired, University of Haifa, Israel), on Monday 14th March 2022, 19h00 (UTC). This event is presented in association with the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE).

Iddo’s topic is “What every (numeracy) educator working with (young) adults should know about Civic Statistics, and why”. He will focus on understanding “Civic Statistics” which pertain to “hot”’ domains such as health, crime, poverty, employment, income, (in)equality, environment and other societal topics. It promises to be a relevant and stimulating event.

The final event in the 2022 ALM virtual seminar series will be “Secondary Teachers’ Perspectives on Mathematics Teaching for Newly Arrived Students in German Schools” and will take place on Monday 25th April 2022 at 19h00 (UTC), 8PM (UK) or 21h00 (CET). The speakers are Gabriele Kaiser and Maike Lüssenhop (University of Hamburg). This is a very topical subject, looking at the impact of international migration on Mathematics education. There is a rising number of students learning mathematics in a second or other language, and the speakers will focus on the needs of students arising from this phenomenon in the German context.

Registration, profile of speakers and full abstracts are available on the ALM website,

Nordic conference on adult mathematics learning 2022

ALM members and bulletin readers from Scandinavia (and Scandinavian speakers elsewhere) may be interested in attending the Nordic Conference for mathematics education. This will be held in Copenhagen, April 25th - 26th, 2022. The organisers are very much hoping that Covid 19 will allow everyone to meet in person, especially since the conference was initially planned for April 2020 and has already been postponed twice. Presentations will be in Scandinavian languages, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish but translations are available through google translate. You can find more details at Nordisk konference om voksnes matematiklæring 2022>Content>NVL - Nordiskt nätverk för vuxnas lärande.

International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness

ALM members are warmly invited by the International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (, an affiliate of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (, to their 12th International Conference which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 25th – 28th, 2022. The purpose of this organisation is to bring together mathematics educators, teachers, mathematicians, researchers and others who are interested in nurturing and supporting the development of mathematical creativity. This conference will focus on mathematical expertise and innovation, and will include a full programme of keynote speakers, workshops, symposia, research and project reports, and posters. You can find more details on the conference website at and are welcome to contact Linda Sheffield ( with any questions. Although it is now too late to submit a proposal, this promises to be a fascinating conference that ALM bulletin readers may be interesting in attending.

ALM Membership

The work of ALM relies heavily on the commitment and energy of our members. We are very grateful to the members who have already renewed their membership for 2022 and the new members who have joined us this year. If you are a member and have not yet paid your membership for 2022, we would encourage you to do so as soon as possible. If you are unsure about your membership status you are welcome to contact the membership secretary on Readers of the bulletin who are not yet members are encouraged to consider joining our international community and adding their support to the aims and associated work of ALM. You can become a member of ALM by completing the form at and paying the appropriate membership fee.

Future bulletins

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