ALM28 Conference: Numeracy and Vulnerability

The ALM28 conference will be a Hamburg-based virtual conference from the 5th to the 7th July 2021.

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Conference theme

Numeracy and Vulnerability

Research on numeracy often takes the form of large-scale quantitative studies, a prominent example being the PIAAC study (OECD, 2019). Numeracy is understood here as a measurable construct, and numerical competence can be related to various socio-demographic and socio-economic factors. Numeracy as a social practice, on the other hand (Yasukawa et al., 2018) is more the subject of smaller qualitative studies. Regardless of the approach taken, numeracy can be related to exclusion from participation. Low numerical skills and the infrequent practice of numerical practices can, it is assumed, lead to increased vulnerability (Gal et al. 2020) to social disadvantage or exclusion among individuals and social groups.

The ALM Conference in Hamburg in 2021 will focus on this connection between numeracy and vulnerability. We are looking forward to contributions that address this issue, for example by exploring the links between numerical competences and practices on the one hand and possible disadvantages in the context of finance and consumption, work and family, health (e.g. context Covid 19) or digitisation on the other. Also of interest are contributions on educational needs and educational policy frameworks that become visible in the context of numeracy and vulnerability.

Gal, Iddo; Grotlüschen, Anke; Tout, Dave; Kaiser, Gabriele (2020): Numeracy, adult education, and vulnerable adults: a critical view of a neglected field. In: ZDM Mathematics Education, 1–18. DOI: 10.1007/s11858-020-01155-9.

OECD (2019): Skills Matter. Additional Results from the Survey of Adult Skills. Paris: OECD Publishing (OECD skills studies).

Yasukawa, Keiko; Rogers, Alan; Jackson, Kara; Street, Brian (Hg.) (2018): Numeracy as Social Practice. Global and Local Perspectives. New York.

Keynote Themes
– Vulnerability and social inequality
– Climate change
– Digital transformation (social challenges, e.g. algorithms)
– Covid-19 and learning numeracy
– Financial numeracy


Session Proposals

Call for Session Proposals!

Session proposals are due on March 14th, 2021. Please follow this link  in order to submit a proposal. Abstracts for the following forms of presentation will be welcomed:
– Long presentation (45 Min)
– Short presentation (20-30 Min)
– Workshop
– Poster presentation

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
To be scheduled as presenter after acceptance of your submission, you have to register as conference participant. Registration for the conference will start in mid January 2021.

To be scheduled as presenter after acceptance of your submission, you have to register as conference participant.

Programme Committee and Organizing Committee

Programme Committee

  • Jeff Evans
  • Kees Hoogland
  • Lisanne Heilmann
  • Beth Kelly

Local Organising Committee (Hamburg)

Social program


Registration and payment module

We welcome you to our conference and invite you to be part of it. Registration will start mid January. You can register for the conference here.

The conference fee will be EUR 30 (EUR 35 after 31st May 2021).
We encourage all members to join us for the banquet dinner. Additional guest can register for the conference dinner. The conference meal (breakfast/ lunch/ dinner – depending on your time zone) is expected to take place on Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 8 pm ECT.

For those having difficulty participating at the conference, 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 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 ALM28. To apply for financial support, please complete the bursary form attached here: ALM_bursaryform_2021, 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


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