ALM 21, Switzerland

“Adults Learning Mathematics –

inside and outside the classroom”

June 29, 2014 until July 2, 2014

Bern, Switzerland

ALM21 is hosted jointly by the Institute for Educational Science of the University of Bern as well as the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training and the Swiss National Umbrella Organisation for Adult Education.

The following two conference sessions will be broadcast in the form of webinars:

Session 1: What do we know about the mathematics teaching and learning of multilingual adults and why does it matter?
Monday, June 30, 13.45-14.30 (Swiss time, i.e. 12.45-13.30 Irish time)
Presenter: Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin, National University of Galway

Session 2: “Don’t ask me about maths – I only drive the van”
Tuesday, July 1, 12.00-12.45 (Swiss time, i.e. 11.00-11.45 Irish time)
Presenter: Dr John Keogh,
Lifelong Learning, ITT Dublin

Click here  if you want to join the two webinar sessions of the conference.

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Conference programme

The three days of the conference will focus on the following aspects:bern1

Day 1: Learning inside the classroom

Day 2: Learning outside the classroom

Day 3: Coordinating learning inside and outside the classroom

Each day will start with two key note presentations, highlighting specific aspects of the day’s theme. The rest of the days will be filled with presentations and discussions in smaller groups. Furthermore there will be a poster display as well as a preconference workshop focusing on academic writing.

Participation in the workshop is free, click here if you wish to participate.

Key Note Speakers:

Prof. Dr Mamokgethi Setati, University of South Africa: Multilingual mathematics education in South Africa
Prof. Dr Walter Herzog, University of Bern: Can there be an evidence base for teaching mathematics?
Susan Easton, NIACE, United Kingdom: Maths Everywhere – an interactive learning tool for everyday life
Cäcilia Märki,  Project Leader SVEB: Improving basic skills through in-company trainings – first experiences from Switzerland
Dr Hansruedi Kaiser, SFIVET: Coordinating learning inside and outside the classroom in Vocational Education and Training
Prof. Dr Corinne Hahn, ESCP: The French Alternance Model – the question of the relationship between professional skills and academic knowledge

Click here for full details of the conference programme

 Call for papers

We welcome proposals from practitioners and researchers for a variety of sessions addressing any issues related to the theme of the conference. The session types range from paper presentations to workshops and topic groups. We encourage all presenters to involve delegates in interactive sessions. While the official deadline for submitting papers has passed, a few papers can still be accommodated by the programme. If you are interested in presenting at ALM21, please contact the local conference organiser as soon as possible. Thank you.

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ALM Annual General Meeting

The ALM Annual General Meeting will take place between 4 and 5 pm on Tuesday, July 1st. The required documents can be found here

 Social programme

There will be a welcome reception on the evening before the conference. The official conference dinner will take place in the evening of the second day. Furthermore the ALM general meeting will take place in the afternoon of the second conference day. In addition a guided tour of the Swiss parliament will be organised as well as some other voluntary acitivities in and around the city of Bern.


Conference fees

The regular conference fee is 360 € for the entire conference.

The individual conference days can be booked separately for 140 € each.

ALM members get a discount of 30 € on these prices.



You will have to make your own reservations for your stay in Bern. Preliminary reservations have been made in a number of hotels and can be booked here. Other options for accommodation can be found here.


Further information

For information on the precise location of the conference click here

The local website for the conference can be found here

More information about the host institutions can be found here:

Institute for Educational Science of the University of Bern

Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

Swiss National Umbrella Organisation for Adult Education

Local Conference Organiser: Ms Sonja Beeli, +41 31 631 47 09

We look forward to seeing you in Bern this Summer!