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Second Announcement of the

Fifth ERME TOPIC CONFERENCE (ETC 5) on Mathematics Education in the Digital Age (MEDA)

5-7 September 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark


As technology and digital resources have become ubiquitous in mathematics education research and practice, it is time to examine the particular ways that digital technology is affecting the different knowledge domains. It is clear that the discerning use of technology requires a deeper understanding of how the mathematics shapes and is shaped by the technology. This prompts a rethinking of curriculum hierarchies and closer examination of the relationship between technological and non-technological approaches.

Rationale of the Conference

The CERME conferences in the last 20 years have revealed how research on technology has evolved from its early focus on interactions between mathematics and students, to involve a broader dialectic with theories and, more recently, aspects relating to resource and task design alongside the concepts of teachers’ professional knowledge and practice.

Inspired by the contributions to the Thematic Working Groups 15 and 16 in the last CERME 10 in Dublin, which highlighted the diversity of current research and its overlaps with other TWG themes, the ETC 5 MEDA ‘Mathematics Education in the Digital Age’ is an interdisciplinary, multifaceted collaboration that will bring together participants who would normally attend a range of CERME Thematic Working Groups and will provide the opportunity for further in-depth discussion and debate.

We propose the following three themes:

Theme 1: Mathematics teacher education and professional development in the digital age

Theme 1 will focus on how the digital world has impacted on mathematics teacher education (pre-service and in-service); professional development and teachers’ professional growth; teachers' professional development practices, collaboration and communities of practice; models and programmes of professional development (contents, methods, and impacts); and the professional development of teacher educators and academic researchers.

Theme 2: Mathematics curriculum development and task design in the digital age

Theme 2 will address issues related to digital curriculum materials, resources (including those using digital technology) and e-textbooks with a focus on their design, appropriation, use, and wider dissemination.

Theme 3: Theoretical perspectives and methodologies/approaches for researching mathematics education in the digital age

Theme 3 will address how different theories shape research in this field and how they can possibly be combined in a synergic way to address the complexity of teaching and learning processes with digital technology, by providing a particular insight into: the relationship between uses of technology and the development of students’ mathematical knowledge; the role of teachers in a technology-rich environment; and teachers’ professional development needs, for example, concerning task design.

Cross-theme Relationships

Whilst we propose these three themes to support more focused work during the conference, we are acutely aware of the overlaps and relationships between all three. Consequently, we will also work to integrate these themes by scheduling sessions during the conference for the separate groups to come together.

Keynote Speaker

Dame Professor Celia Hoyles, UCL Institute of Education, London:

Mathematics Education in the Digital Age: Promise and Reality
In this talk, I will present my vision of what mathematics education in the digital age might comprise in the interests of promoting a broader engagement with mathematics. As a strategy, I will revisit the themes I presented in my ICME Keynote in 2008 on the transformational potential of digital technology use by teachers and learners, and reflect on developments in the educational landscape in the intervening decade through the lens of research and curriculum development.

Proceedings and Publications

Accepted papers, posters and results of workshops will be published as peer reviewed digital proceedings on the HAL Archive (
Selected and invited extended papers will be published in a new title “Mathematics Education in the Digital Age”, to be published by Springer after the conference. This book will be shaped by the collaboration, cooperation and communications that take place during the conference and it will aim to draw together the conference themes in a text that has relevance for teachers of mathematics and those who support their wider professional learning.

Ways of working during the conference

Not all accepted papers will be presented during the conference. Each theme leader will group selected papers according to the relevant sub-themes to support participants to work to synthesise key ideas. These ideas will then be shared and discussed with participants in the other two themes to foster exchange between the three ETC groups.

There will be a special poster session.

An award for the best paper by an early career researcher will be selected. An ‘early career researcher’ is a participant who finished his PhD no longer than three years ago.
The deadline for submissions of papers and posters is already over. However, see the paragraph “Proceedings and Publications”.

Important Dates

Acceptance notification: 15 June 2018
Papers available online on the conference website: 1 July 2018
Early bird registration deadline: 30 June 2018
Registration closes 31 July 2018
Conference: 5-7 September 2018

Social Events

There will be a conference dinner Thursday evening. We recommend visiting Copenhagen before or after the conference.


See the link on the Homepage. Also here

There is a reduced payment for PhD students

Planned programme structure


Wednesday, 05.09.18

Thursday, 06.09.18

Friday, 07.09.18



Session 2: Working Group sessions

WG1, WG2, WG3

Session 6: TWGs reflect on their interactions with the other TWGs

WG1, WG2, WG3







Session 3: Working Group sessions

WG1, WG2, WG3

Joint plenary talk

Celia Hoyles and

Hans-Georg Weigand – integrating WG1, WG2, WG3 – group reports





Announcement of the Award for best paper from an Early Career Researcher

Closing ceremony


Lunch and registration


Farewell lunch


Welcome, aims and objectives and meeting each other.

Session 4: Working Group exchange sessions

WG1, WG2, WG3



Opening plenary by Dame Professor Celia Hoyles, UCL Institute of Education, UK







Session 1: Working Group sessions

WG1, WG2, WG3

Session 5: Working Group exchange sessions

WG1, WG2, WG3



Poster presentations and informal social event





Conference Dinner



The opening of the conference will be at
Grand Lecture Theatre
Faculty of Science
University of Copenhagen
Bülowsvej 17
DK-1870 Frederiksberg C

Accommodation and how to find us:

For budget accommodation try one of
CABINN Scandinavia Hotel
CABINN Express Hotel
Wakeup Copenhagen

Travel directions and further hotels can be found on the webpage

Members of the International Program Committee (IPC):

Chair of the IPC: Hans-Georg Weigand (Germany)
Co-chairs: Alison Clark-Wilson (UK)
Ana Donevska-Todorova (Germany)
Eleonora Faggiano (Italy)
Niels Grønbæk (Denmark) – Chair of the LOC
Jana Trgalova (France)
Members: Paul Drijvers (Netherlands)
Andreas Eichler (Germany) – member of the ERME board
Ghislaine Gueudet (France) – member of the ERME board
Colette Laborde (France)
Mirko Maracci (Italy) – link with TWG 17 (CERME10)
Sebastian Rezat (Germany) – link with TWG 22 (CERME10)
Michal Tabach (Israel)
Melih Turgut (Turkey)
Stefan Zehetmeier (Austria) – link with TWG 18 (CERME10)

Members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC):

Niels Grønbæk – Chair of the LOC
Henrik Bang
Louise Meier Carlsen
Uffe Jankvist
Claus Larsen
Morten Misfeldt
Charlotte Krog Skott