The Adults Learning Mathematics – 31st Annual Conference

Dates: 1st and 2nd of July 2024

We are delighted to announce that ALM 31 will be held in a new hybrid format which will make it accessible online to members in different time zones. There will be four regional clusters, each in a different zone (provisionally US, UK, Europe, Australia). These clusters will all follow the same basic conference programme but at a time to suit their time zone. Delegates will be able to choose to attend the cluster that is held at the most convenient time for them. Some clusters will include the option of meeting face-to-face (in conjunction with online participants) whilst other clusters will be entirely online.

The conference theme of Relationships with Mathematics in Adult Learning will incorporate a range of different ways in which adults relate to numeracy and mathematics in learning situations and other life experiences, including the workplace.

Further information will be added in due course

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Conference theme

Conference theme: 

The conference theme of Relationships with Mathematics in Adult Learning will include aspects such as:

  • adults’ responses to the changing demands for numeracy or mathematics in their personal and working lives;
  • adults’ emotional or motivational responses to learning mathematics or numeracy;
  • relationships concerning policy and practice for adult mathematics or adult numeracy.
Keynote speakers and Keynote theme

Keynote speakers and Keynote theme

We are delighted to welcome the following keynote speakers for ALM 31.

Dave Tout

Making adult numeracy count – connecting mathematics and context

Dave has worked extensively across Australia and internationally in adult and youth literacy, numeracy and mathematics education, with a focus on professional development, curriculum, teaching materials and assessment. He is particularly interested in, and passionate about, making mathematics relevant, interesting and fun for all students. Dave has wide experience, working across schools, Technical and Further Education institutes, community education providers, universities, national educational bodies and with workplaces and industry. Over the years, Dave has contributed to many Australian state and national curriculum and assessment frameworks, including the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), and the numeracy and mathematics domains of both adult education and Year 11 and 12 school qualifications and certificates. Dave has been involved in the development and writing of the numeracy and maths frameworks and assessments in the OECD’s Programme in Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and is currently Chair of the Numeracy Expert Group for PIAAC. Dave is a Numeracy and Mathematics educator and facilitator and holds positions at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne, and is a numeracy and mathematics education consultant.


Real-world contexts are critical for engaging all learners and providing the purpose for learning about how to use and apply maths in the real world, and that has been the foundations of teaching adult numeracy. Starting with the real-world context in teaching numeracy provides a range of benefits in enhancing learner’s successful understanding of numeracy and maths knowledge and skills, no matter their age, and can help overcome learner’s attitudes about relating to and learning about the world of mathematics. This presentation will look at why and how this works in practice, and why it also makes sense within the world of the teaching and learning of mathematics, and how it connects to the relationships between numeracy, mathematics and adult learning.

Brooke Istas

Further details to be added.

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The ALM31 programme committee would welcome proposals for presentations about research or practice related to the conference theme Relationships with Mathematics in Adult Learning. This might include areas such as those below but other aspects are also acceptable:

  • adults’ responses to the changing demands for numeracy or mathematics in their personal and working lives;
  • adults’ emotional or motivational responses to learning of mathematics or numeracy;
  • relationships concerning policy and practice for adult mathematics or numeracy.

Due to the hybrid format of the conference, submissions are limited to presentations, although we would encourage presenters to include interaction suitable for an online audience where possible.

Presentations will initially be made to one of the four regional clusters but (with permission) will be recorded and made available to all clusters.

A link for submission of proposals will be added below but the following details will be requested: title of presentation; abstract (250-300 words); names and affiliations of authors; contact details of corresponding author. We are also requesting an indication of which cluster you will be attending and whether you are planning to attend in person or online (Europe and Ireland/UK clusters only). Please note that you can change cluster or mode of attendance later but an early indication is helpful for planning purposes.

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Program overview

Program overview

The conference programme will include:

  • pre-recorded presentations from keynote speakers
  • discussions about key topics and questions in regional clusters
  • presentations from delegates to their clusters.

There are also plans for an ongoing online shared discussion space, short live links between clusters in compatible zones and a hybrid combination of in-person and online for some clusters.

Registration and payment module
Financial support to attend conference
Programme and Organising Committee

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is formed by the following ALM trustees: Charlotte Arkenback; Catherine Byrne; Diane Dalby; Linda Ginsburg; Lisanne Heilmann.

Regional cluster organisers

North, South and Central America:

Lynda Ginsburg, Marcus Jorgensen and Judy Larsen


Linda Jarlskog and Lena Lindenskov

Ireland and UK:

Catherine Byrne and Diane Dalby

Australia and New Zealand:

To be confirmed.

Social programme




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