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Support of top maths minds equals congress win for Sydney

Support from a who’s-who of Australia’s top science minds has added up to Sydney securing the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME15) for 2024.

The largest international conference on mathematics education was secured with the support of Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO; one of Australia’s leading mathematicians, Professor Nalini Joshi; and the 2018 Top 10 Global Teacher Prize Winner and YouTube sensation, Eddie Woo.

They formed part of a bid led by a consortium of eight Australian bodies in mathematics education, comprising Australia’s leading STEM societies endorsed by the Australian Academy of Science, and supported by strategic bidding organisation, BESydney, together with the NSW Government and Tourism Australia.

Dr Alan Finkel AO, said that from Australia’s perspective the win is extremely timely. “At all levels of government, it is well understood that a workforce skilled in mathematics is critical to our future. Hosting events such as this will help to elevate the ambition of students and educators.”

The congress, which will be held at the ICC Sydney, will be the meeting point for some 2,800 mathematics educators, mathematicians, researchers, teachers and resource producers over eight days.

The Australian mathematics community has played a significant role in shaping the ICME Congress since its founding in 1980 and has been particularly innovative in remote access education, especially in rural areas.

ICME15 Bid Leader and Convenor Professor Kim Beswick, Head of School of Education, University of NSW Sydney said the future of global mathematics education is in “our hands and we offer our full commitment to help to make an impact on this critical issue. Together, we can achieve great things”.

“Our vision for ICME15 in Sydney is for a vibrant meeting characterised by accessibility and embracing diversity,” she added.

The conference was praised at a national and state level as Australia focuses on the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects to its future.

In 2018, the University of Sydney opened a Mathematical Research Institute, aimed at transforming maths in Australia with research and public outreach.

CEO of BESydney, Lyn Lewis-Smith, said: “The opportunity to host ICME15 will provide a valuable and timely opportunity to discuss Australia’s efforts in improving and delivering quality STEM education for future generations and for Australian educators, researchers and policy makers to learn from the experiences of other countries. Together with our highly-engaged mathematics community, well-documented congress credentials, strong logistical capabilities and global destination appeal will all contribute to a memorable congress.”

The Consortium for Mathematics Education, created for the Australian ICME15 bid, included representatives from eight leading national organisations involved in mathematics education – the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, the Australian Mathematical Society, the Statistical Society of Australia, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance, the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences, and the Mathematical Association of NSW. The bid was fully supported and endorsed by the National Committee for Mathematical Sciences, a committee of the Australian Academy of Science.

The win was jointly announced by The Australian Minister for Education, The Hon. Dan Tehan MP, and the New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MP. The bid was supported by Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund.

(Via BESydney)