ALM29 Conference: Numeracy and Social Impact

In 2022 we are welcome at the 29th Adults Learning Mathematics conference which will be hosted by colleagues at the University of Barcelona, Spain.

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

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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

ALM29 Conference: Numeracy and Social Impact

The keynotes will address from several perspectives the social impact numeracy policies and numeracy education can have.

Session Proposals

Call for Session Proposals

Session proposals are due by 23:59 CET on March 31st, 2022. Please review the Guidelines on ALM29 Session Proposal Submission document prior to composing your proposal.

Abstracts for the following forms of presentation will be 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)

When your abstract has been accepted for the conference, you will be asked to provide a longer abstract of up to 1000 words.

For more detailed information, please see the document Guidelines on ALM29 Session Proposal Submission.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Organising Committee at
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 2022.

Important dates 

Paper, workshop, poster submission Before March 31st 2022
Final notification of accepted sessions May 15th 2022
Conference July 10th to 13th 2022
Extended manuscripts for proceedings Until September 15th 2022

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

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
  • Gemma Sala, UB
  • Maria Padrós, UB
  • Rosa Valls, UB
  • Vicenç Font, UB
  • Vivianne Hummes, UB
  • Yuly Vanegas, UdLL
Social program


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:

Registration and payment module

How can I participate?

1.      Register to participate at the conference:  will be open in February 2022

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.

2.       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.

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 bursary form which will be published here in February 2022.

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