ALM27 Conference

27th Adults Learning Mathematics Conference – CANCELLED

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) organised the 27th International Adults Learning Mathematics Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada to take place in the summer of 2020.

In March 2020, The ALM Trustees had to decide to cancel the conference due to the global situation with COVID-19.

ALM immediately decided to plan a series of virtual seminars to give ALM members and other interested colleagues an opportunity to attend the presentations of the key-note speakers. You can find more information on the Virtual Seminars Series here.


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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 Sydney

Cynthia Nicol, University of British Columbia

Peter Liljedahl, Simon Fraser University

Ralf St. Clair, University of Victoria

Nat Banting, University of Saskatchewan

…and more to be announced!

Session Proposals

Call for Session Proposals!

Session proposals are due by 23:59 PST on March 20th, 2020. Please review the Guidance on ALM27 Session Proposal Submission document prior to composing your proposal.

When you are ready to submit, please proceed to complete and submit the ALM27 Session Proposal Submission FORM.

Take into consideration that to be scheduled as a presenter after acceptance of your submission, you will have to register as a conference participant.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Programme Committee and Organizing Committee

Programme Committee

Judy Larsen, University of the Fraser Valley

Beth Kelly, UCL Institute of Education

Richard Brand, Capilano University

Jeff Evans, Middlesex University

Lynda Ginsburg, Rutgers University

Charlotte Arkenback-Sundström, University of Gothenburg

David Pimm, Simon Fraser University

Organizing Committee

Judy Larsen, University of the Fraser Valley

Costa Karavas, Vancouver Community College

Michelle Vandepol, Adult Basic Education Association of British Columbia

Richard Brand, Capilano University

Rob Sidley, Simon Fraser University

Sandy Bakos, Simon Fraser University


Vancouver Community College (VCC) Downtown Campus

250 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Social program

The social program will involve an opening ceremony on Monday July 6th, 2020, followed by a meet-and-greet meal at VCC.  There will also be a conference dinner at a local Vancouver restaurant on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020. Part of the costs of this special meal will be subsidized, but participants may be asked to contribute a portion of the cost of dinner if they choose to attend. Participants will have an option to bring a guest to the event for an additional fee.

The social program will also involve an optional excursion to tour the University of British Columbia grounds and visit the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. This will be organized to occur on the afternoon of Thursday, July 9th, 2020, after the conference formally ends. A small fee may need to be paid to enter the Museum.

Further details will be provided closer to the date of the conference.


Accommodation in Vancouver is diverse.

There are several options for accommodation:

  • The YWCA Hotel is the most affordable option and within short walking distance of the conference. This hotel will be providing us with a group discount rate link that will be included here when available.
  • The Ramada Downtown Vancouver is a more upscale hotel that is also within short walking distance of the conference.
  • The River Rock Casino Resort is another option. It is located near the airport, but is right by a skytrain line that runs almost directly to where the conference is, with a 30 minutes commute.
  • Other options may be found via various hotel booking websites.
Registration and payment module

ALM27 registration fees are as follows:

  • Full conference (including banquet dinner) – early bird $380CAD (until May 6, 2020), $410CAD after May 6, 2020
  • Full conference (without banquet dinner) – early bird $290CAD (until May 6, 2020), $320CAD after May 6, 2020
  • Student rate (without banquet dinner) – $200CAD; must prove student status
  • One day ticket (without banquet dinner) – $150CAD; will need to select day(s)
  • Extra banquet dinner ticket – $100CAD (includes meal, drink, and excursion component)

All days include one hot lunch (or reception meal on Monday) and two coffee/snack breaks as well as costs associated with programming.

We encourage all members to join us for the banquet dinner. Extra dinner tickets may be purchased for visiting guests. The banquet dinner includes an upscale meal and an excursion component, and is held on Wednesday July 8th, 2020 in the evening.

For those travelling from afar, particularly from countries that typically have low representation at the conference, and those with little to no funding to attend such a conference, there are some bursaries available. Please see the next tab for details on financial support options and how to apply.


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 ALM27. To apply for financial support, please complete the bursary form attached here: ALM_bursaryform_2020, and email it to
Support is given on a first-come-first-served basis. For additional questions, please contact the ALM treasurer directly by e-mailing
How to get to Vancouver


Please note for those looking to save money on flights, you may also land in Seattle and use a train or bus to get into Vancouver if that proves more favourable for you than landing in Vancouver.


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