ALM29 Conference: Numeracy and Social Impact

The Adults Learning Mathematics – 29th conference will be hosted by the University of Barcelona, Spain.

The conference will be held from 10th – 13th July 2022 at the University of Barcelona with as central theme: Numeracy and Social Impact.

The opening session will start at Sunday, July 10th, 2022 at 17h00 at Palau de les Heures (see Venues for more information).

The Program can be downloaded here: Program revised 07 07 2022

Latest news on Social Program. For more information see below.
To make a reservation, please, send an email to with your name, and your choice, before June 27th, 2022. After this date, no more reservations, nor changes, will be allowed.

Conference dinner: on Tuesday 12th 2022 will be a conference dinner at 20:30 CET.
Venue: Restaurant LA FONT DE PRADES.
Address: Poble Espanyol, Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13-27, 08038 Barcelona

Price: 37 Euros per person.

Notice that the fee includes: dinner and entrance to “El Pueblo Español”, which is an open-air architectural museum in BarcelonaCataloniaSpain, approximately 400 metres away from the Fountains of Montjuïc. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the museum consists of 117 full-scale buildings replicated from different places in the Iberian Peninsula, joined forming a small town recreating urban atmospheres of disparate places in Spain. It also contains a theater, restaurants, artisan workshops and a museum of contemporary art.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be a list in the front desk, for register for the conference dinner. Fee is not included in the registration fee. You have to pay in cash. No credit cards will be allowed because we do not have the facilities to accept them.

Pueblo español is also in the Montjuïc mountain, accessible via metro, where you may see the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.

More information:

Keynote speakers

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  • Prof. Ramon Flecha
  • Prof. Paola Valero
  • Prof. Pedro Plaza
  • Prof. Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón
  • Prof. Marta Civil

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Conference theme

ALM29 Conference: Numeracy and Social Impact

Numeracy is gaining momentum and influence in our societies. The pandemic has shown how important numeracy is in our lives. Being able to read numerical information to weigh the risks to our daily activities has been a challenge not only for the authorities, who have had to decide whether to carry out more or less restrictive lockdown measures, but also in our day-to-day lives, where many people have made decisions after assessing the risks (probabilities) of being infected by the disease according to the information available at the time. It is a dramatic example with long term effects, which we hope will not be repeated.

However, it is also a clear example of the importance that numeracy plays in our lives. The latest research is increasingly focused on social impact. The idea being that research (at least research funded with public money) must serve to improve people’s lives. In the field of adults learning mathematics, we have many challenges for the future. Much more research linked to social impact is needed to advance our knowledge about how adults learn mathematics, what aspects are relevant, in what contexts, and what topics.

There is already a long tradition of research into numeracy and thanks to this research we see that the concept of numeracy as a living concept, which must be continually updated to respond to the challenges of our societies.

In this 29th edition of the ALM annual conference, we welcome papers from a range of topics, including those aimed at:

  • 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
Keynote Themes

Papers focusing in 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.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Ramon Flecha

He is Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona and Doctor Honoris causa from the Vest Timisoara University. Number 1 in the world in the Google Scholar ranking in two research areas: Social Impact and Gender Violence. The FP6 INCLUD-ED project, which he directed, has been the only one in Social Sciences and Humanities selected by the European Commission in its list of 10 successful scientific researches. Hired by the European Commission as Chair of the Group of Experts that has defined the criteria for the political and societal impact of all sciences in Horizon Europe. Advisor on policies and social impact of research in various sciences. He has published in scientific journals such as Nature, Harvard Educational Review or Violence Against Women, obtaining the award for the best article of the year 2013 in the Cambridge Journal of Education.

Prof. Paola Valero

Paola Valero is Full Professor of Mathematics Education at the Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research explores the significance of mathematics education as a field where power relations are actualized in producing subjectivities and generating inclusion/exclusion of different types of students. She leads the Swedish Research Council funded national Graduate school “Relevancing mathematics and Science Education (RelMaS)”. This doctoral program has doctoral students in mathematics and science education, whose projects explore ways of generating more relevant and equitable education in the face of the many current crises of political, social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Prof. Pedro Plaza.

He is Bachelor of Mathematics from the Complutense University of Madrid. Doctor in Educational Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, with the PhD thesis “Mathematics in Adult Education”. Postgraduate in Quantitative Research Methodology: Statistical Techniques, he has been Professor of the ETS of Aeronautical and Space Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid until 2019. He is a volunteer teacher at the Porto Popular School in Carabanchel (Madrid). Author of the book: “Critical and transformative mathematics in adult education”. He has been author for many articles, presentations and conferences on Everyday Mathematics, Mathematical competences in adults, the Euro, PIAAC, Curricular materials, Ethnomathematics, among others.

Prof. Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón

Title of the talk: The mirage of the majority

He is Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computing at the University of La Rioja (Spain). He develops his research in the area of computer algebra and its applications, to which he regularly contributes with publications in scientific journals and conferences.

He carries out an intense work of communication of science and mathematics in different media and through talks, conferences and shows. He is a founding member of the scientific dissemination group BigVanCiencia, author of the YouTube channel “Derivando” dedicated to the dissemination of mathematics (more than one million three hundred thousand subscribers) and presenter of the RTVE program “Órbita Laika”. He is the author of the books ” Inteligencia Matemática”, “El árbol de Emmy” and “Apocalipsis Matemático”. He has received various awards and recognitions for his teaching, research and dissemination work.

Prof. Marta Civil

Title of the talk: Mathematics teaching and learning practices for adults within a funds of knowledge framework

Marta Civil is a Professor and the Roy F. Graesser Chair in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Arizona. Her research looks at cultural, social, and language aspects in the teaching and learning of mathematics; participation in the mathematics classroom; connections between in-school and out-of-school mathematics; and parental engagement in mathematics.She has led multiple funded projects working with children, parents, and teachers, primarily in Mexican American communities. Her work is grounded on the concepts of funds of knowledge and parents as intellectual resources, with a focus on developing culturally sustaining learning environments in mathematics education.

Session Proposals (call closed)

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals was extended up to May 1st, 2022 (23:59 CET) and is closed now.

Abstracts for the following forms of presentation were welcomed:

– Research Report (400-800 words) Long presentation (45 Min)
– Experience Report (400-800 words) Short presentation (20-30 Min)
– Workshop (400-800 words) (90 Min)
– Poster presentation (200-500 words)

Submitting main authors will receive the result of the review around May 15th, 2022.
When indicated by the reviewers, authors will have two weeks (due May 29th, 2022) to make minor improvements to the abstract.
The revised abstracts will be published in the program of the conference.

When the abstract has been accepted for the conference, the author will be asked to extend the abstract up to 1000 words.
That Final Version of the abstracts will be published in the proceedings.
Please, use the following template strictly to make this Final Version  (deadline, June 19th, 2022).

To be scheduled as presenter after acceptance of the proposal, authors have to register as conference participant.

Important deadlines 

Paper, workshop, poster proposal May 1st, 2022
Final notification of accepted proposals May 15th, 2022
Final date for small revisions to abstracts (for programme) May 29th, 2022
Final date for Final Versions of an extended abstract (for proceedings). June 19th, 2022
Conference July 10th to 13th, 2022

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Organising Committee at

Program overview

Program overview

Sunday 10th July 2022 at 17h00: opening reception and welcoming session
Monday 11th July 2022: full conference day
Tuesday 12th July 2022: full conference day with Annual General Meeting and Conference Dinner
Wednesday 13th July 2022: conference ends at lunch time

For more information, see Venues

Registration and payment module

1.  How can I participate?

Registration rates

Deadline for registration: June 30th 2022

ALM29 registration: 280 euros
ALM29 registration for students: 150 euros

* Please, notice that the gala dinner is not included in the registration fee.
More information about the price for the gala dinner and how to make a reservation will be published before the conference.

Registration for the conference

To register, please, click on the following link (or copy and paste it on your browser):

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Organising Committee at

Conference dinner

If you’ve been to an ALM conference, you might value the conference dinner as an integral part of the ALM community.
You (and your loved ones) are welcome to join us at the conference dinner at Tuesday evening.
Please, notice that the conference dinner is not included in the registration fee.
More information about the price for the conference dinner and how to make a reservation will be published before the conference.

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 free tickets 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 ALM29. To apply for financial support, please complete the ALM_bursaryform_2022. Please return the form to the


Welcoming session on Sunday    NEW!

PALAU DE LES HEURES [Les Heures Palace] Street: Montbau, 08035 Barcelona
Metro: L3 – stop “Mundet”
Go to the “mountain” up to the round about (1 minute walking, outside the metro)
Take the free bus up to the last stop. Follow the “signs.”


Conference venue on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Edifici de Migdia, University of Barcelona
Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron, 171, Barcelona
Metro: L3 stop “Mundet”  (from the city centre in about 20 minutes)
Tickets: Ticket machine or Hola card

Monday: full conference day
Tuesday: full conference day with Annual General Meeting and Conference Dinner
Wednesday: conference ends at lunch time

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Organising Committee at

Programme Committee and Organizing Committee

Programme Committee

  • Javier Díez-Palomar, UB, Spain  – Chair
  • Beth Kelly, UCL, United Kingdom
  • Kees Hoogland, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Lisanne Heilmann, HSU, Germany

Local Organising Committee (Barcelona)

  • Javier Díez-Palomar, UB – Chair
  • Adriana Breda, UB
  • Albert Mallart, UB
  • Alicia Sánchez, UB
  • Àngel Alsina, UdG
  • Diana Hidalgo, UB
  • Elvira Garcia-Mora, UB
  • Gemma Sala, UB
  • Juan Pablo Vargas, UB
  • Maria Padrós, UB
  • Muntasir Taamneh, UB
  • Nathalia Valderrama, UB
  • Rosa Valls, UB
  • Telesforo Sol, UB
  • Vicenç Font, UB
  • Vivianne Hummes, UB
  • Yuly Vanegas, UdLL


You can book your room at the Researchers Residence:

This is a facility that we use to offer to our visitors to the University of Barcelona.

However, if you want to book a hotel, in the following link, you can search for all the accommodations that are in Barcelona downtown. You may select the code: 08001, which is the district near to Catalunya Square. It is around 30 minutes away from the Conference setting, by metro.

Or you can use: to search for you accommodation.

If you scroll down the website, you can choose the neighborhood. Easy places to move around and attend the conference are:

Barcelona City Centre (downtown), Horta-Guinardó (near the conference venue), or Ramblas (downtown). Of course, you can choose your accommodation in another place of Barcelona. There is a good network of public transportation that makes easy to move around.


Hotel Alimara (10 minutes walking distance):

Residència Àgora (in Campus):

If you want to book your room near to the conference site, you can use the same website, but then the code is 08035. Please, notice that although you are close to the Campus where the conference is going to be held, the setting is not in Barcelona downtown, so if you want to go for dinner, etc., you may have to use the public transportation (which is not a problem, this residence is 30 minutes away from Catalunya Square by metro). In Barcelona the metro is working every day (Sunday to Thursday) from 5:00am to 0:00am (midnight); Friday two more hours, from 5:00h to 2:00am. Saturday works 24 hours, non-stop.

Also you can use: to search for you accommodation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Organising Committee at

Social program

The tours will take place at Monday 11th July 2022 after the conference sessions.
To make a reservation , please, send an email to with your name, and your tour choice, before June 27th, 2022. After this date, no more reservations, nor changes, will be allowed.

Tour 1. Labyrinth

Monday July 11th, 2022, Guided tour from 17h00 – …..

Horta Labyrinth Park is a garden-museum in the Horta-Guinardó District. It has several areas, including an ancient palace with neo-Arab and neo-Gothic elements, terraces, stairs, various sculptures, different gardens, the labyrinth and numerous water facilities. All this on a limited surface that makes it ideal for taking students on a mathematical hunt.

Shapes, calculations of measures of length, surface and volume, graphs of the labyrinth, symmetries and other regularities are some of the mathematical topics found in this context. In addition, flora and fauna (especially birds) and history make it suitable for proposals for interdisciplinary work.

Carme Burgués Flamarich
Roser Codina Pascual
Faculty of Education , UB

Tour 2. Newton to Tibidabo

One of the funniest places to feel Newton’s laws on your own is an amusement park. And of all of them, what better than our beloved TIBIDABO park!

The toy crashes of the CrashCars, the extreme accelerations of the roller coaster, or the momentary weightlessness of the Pirate ship, produce emotions that we can explain with the classic mechanics. And not only that, we can even measure them!

On this walk you will enjoy the acceleration produced by some of the most emblematic attractions of TIBIDABO and, if you dare, you will even be able to measure them with our mobile phone.

Requirements for doing this activity
Download the arduino science journal app :

It is essential to carry a mobile phone case that can be hung.
For example, of this type: link   or those of the Decathlon.

Luis Carlos Pardo
EEBE , Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Tour 3.  The Cerdà plan and mathematical photography

We present an interdisciplinary activity on the Cerdà plan for Barcelona (1st year of ESO). An explanation of the urban growth of the city of Barcelona since the middle of the 19th century is given along the route. The main theme of the activity is the mathematical study of this historical fact: analysis of demographic evolution, calculation of growth areas of the city with the help of plans and description of flat geometric figures. At the same time, links are established with other disciplines (arts, social sciences, technology and the Catalan language). In addition, there are activities based on mathematical photography that relate the visit to other concepts in the mathematics curriculum of higher courses (classical geometry, linear reasons and surface reasons).

The itinerary aims to provide tools and strategies for teachers to define learning activities through mathematical photography. And submit them to the mathematical photography competition

David Alonso
Teacher of mathematics

Tour 4. A walk through the Eixample

Why is the Eixample a grid of quadrilaterals and octagons?
What are the mathematical motivations for the dimensions of house blocks and streets?
Can we change the shape of the tiles on Passeig de Gràcia?
Can we build rosettes with ruler and compass?
What role does symmetry and geometric shapes play in the aesthetic pleasure of architecture?

We will try to answer these questions by walking along Carrer Còrsega from Roger de Llúria to Enric Granados, observing the interiors of the blocks of houses, the structure of the corners, the decorative elements of the facades of the modernist houses and the pavements of the sidewalks.

A dossier with materials will be provided.
Teresa Ticó Angerri,
Teacher of mathematics

How to get to Barcelona?

 By “aerobus”

Take the aerobus from the airport terminal. You can buy your ticket in the bus (you will need cash), next to the bus stop, in the self service machine (you will need a credit card), or online here:

One way is 5.90 EUR. Roundtrip is 10.20 EUR.

You may find the timetable here:

From the airport, there are 4 stops. Last stop is “Plaça Catalunya” (Catalunya Square), which is Barcelona downtown. Catalunya square is easily and well connected via metro to any part of Barcelona.

By metro (subway)

It is possible to use the metro to go from the aiport to Barcelona. The line going to the airport is L9. More information here:

One way is 4.60 EUR. If you plan to move around the city, is hughly recommended to buy the T-casual (10 trips), for 11.35 EUR. Make sure that when you buy the T-casual, you mark “1 zone” (Barcelona has several metropolitan areas, and “zone 1” means Barcelona city -and airport-; if you plan going farder, then you will need to add zones to your ticket).

By train

Please, notice that this option is only valid if your terminal is T2 (terminal 2). However, most of the international flights work on T1 (terminal 1). Be careful because T1 and T2 are far away one from each other.

You have all the information about how to get to Barcelona by train from T2 here:

You may hae a train every 30 minutes, from 5am to 11pm. Timetable information here:

One way is: 4.60 EUR. It works the same travel card as the one used for the metro (subway).

By taxi

Taxis are available outside the airport. The fare from/to Catlunya square is around 35-40 EUR. More information here:

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