Topic Conferences

Idea of ETCs

General Idea of ERME Topic Conferences
From 2016 on, ERME has held ERME Topic Conferences on different topics.

ERME Topic Conferences (ETC) are conferences organised on a specific research theme or themes related to the work of ERME as presented in associated working groups at CERME conferences. Their aim is to extend the work of the group or groups in specific directions with clear value to the mathematics education research community.

ERME Topic Conferences are led by ERME members who have been working group leaders and have research credentials in the thematic areas proposed. They build explicitly on European research in mathematics education and attract participation from researchers from Europe or beyond. ETCs build on European research while valuing wider perspectives. They have an interdisciplinary or multifaceted nature, bringing together participants that usually attend different Thematic Working Groups in CERME.
The preparation of the ETC follows a procedure similar to the preparation of the Working Groups at CERME, using similar guidelines, with possible adaptations. Besides the communication and collaborations that may evolve from this activity, the expected result of the ETC is to produce a set of refereed proceedings, under the name of ERME, that may be available online or in print or both and that contributes, by itself, to the advancement of knowledge in our field. These initiatives normally take place during the year in which CERME does not take place.

ETC in 2024

ETC 18: GAME. Game-based and Playful Approaches to Mathematics Education
4 – 6 September 2024. Rome, Italy

ETC 17: MEDA 4. Mathematics Education in the Digital Age
3 – 6 September 2024, Bari, Italy.

ETC 16: Language and Social Interaction in Heterogeneous Mathematics Classrooms
20 – 22 August 2024, Halle, Germany.

ETC 15: INDRUM 2014. International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics
10 – 14 June 2024, Barcelona, Spain. First announcement available at

ETC 14: FAME 2024. Feedback and Assessment in Mathematics Education
5 – 7 June 2024, Utrecht, The Netherlands. First and second announcement available at

Previously held ERME Topic Conferences

Up to and including 2022, thirteen ERME Topic Conferences have been arranged. They are listed below, with links to websites and proceedings. 

ETC 13 : Mathematics in the Digital Age, Mitra, Slovakia, September 7-9, 2022. 

This was the third conference on “Mathematics in the Digital Age”. The conference centred around three themes, and featured plenary and panel presentations, as well as a discussion group for early career researchers. The proceedings are available here.

ETC 12 : Language in the Mathematics Classroom, Oxford, UK, September 7-10, 2022. 

The conference featured a pre-conference YERME day, three thematic working groups and many other activities. The proceedings are available here.

ETC 11 : University Mathematics, Hannover, Germany, October 19-22, 2022. 

This was the fourth conference held by INDRUM, the International Network for Didactical Reserach on University Mathematics. This ETC consisted of plenary talks, a panel, four to six thematic working groups, short communications, a poster exhibition and specific activities for young researchers. The proceedings are available here.

ETC 10: Mathematics Education in the Digital Age MEDA from Linz in September, 2020.

The tenth ERME Topic Conference was the second MEDA (Mathematics Education in the Digital Age) conference. It was held virtually from Linz (Austria) in September, 16-18, 2020 and treated research and design concerning (1) mathematics teacher education and professional development in the digital age, (2) mathematics curriculum development and task design in the digital age, and (3) assessment in mathematics education in the digital age. 
The ETC 10 Proceedings are published on HAL Archives and available here. (locally held copy of proceedings available here)

ETC 9 : Arithmetic and Number systems from Leeds, May, 12 / 11, 2021

The ninth ERME Topic Conference on Arithmetic and Number systems took place virtually from Leeds on May, 12, 2021, with a virtual young researcher day on May, 11. The thematic focus was Flexibility, Sense and Mastery in arithmetic thinking across primary and secondary education. 

ETC 8 : University Mathematics from Bizerte, September, 12-19, 2020.

The eighth ERME Topic Conference is INDRUM 3, the third conference of the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics and treated research on and design for tertiary mathematics education. It was held in September, 12-19, 2020, as an online conference, virtually from Bizerte (Tunisia). 
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ETC 7 : Language in the Mathematics Classroom in Montpellier, February, 18-21, 2020.

The seventh ERME Topic Conference on Language in Mathematics Classrooms was the third in a row of Language conferences. It was held on February, 18-21, 2020 in Montpellier (France) and treated research and design concerning (1) language in multilingual contexts, (2) language for meaning making and (3) language in Interaction. The complete ETC7 proceedings are here, the more flexible browsing in papers is possible in the HAL-Archive.

ETC 6 : University Mathematics Education in Kristiansand (Norway), April 5 – 7, 2018.

The sixth ERME Topic Conference was INDRUM 2018, second conference of the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics. It was held April 5 – 7, 2018 in Kristiansand at the MatRIC Centre (University of Agder, Norway). The ETC6 proceedings can be found here. (locally archived copy available here)

ETC 5 : Mathematics Education in the Digital Age (MEDA) in Copenhagen (Denmark), September, 5-7, 2018.
The 5th ERME Topic Conference entitled ‘Mathematics Education in the Digital Age (MEDA)’ took place in Copenhagen (Denmark), September, 5-7, 2018. 
The ETC5 proceedings can be downloaded here. (Locally archived copy available here)

ETC 4 : Classroom-based research on mathematics and language in Dresden (Germany), March 22-24, 2018.

The 4th ERME Topic Conference entitled ‘Classroom-based research on mathematics and language’ took place in Dresden (Germany), March 22-24, 2018.  The ETC4 proceedings e can be found here.

ETC 3 : Mathematics Teacher Education in Berlin, October 5-7, 2016

The third ERME Topic Conference dealt with “Researching mathematics teaching and mathematics teacher professional development”. It took place in Berlin in October, 5-7., 2016. Download the ETC3 preconference proceedings here, (locally archived copy available here) or go to the ETC 3 website.

ETC 2 : INDRUM – University Mathematics Education in Montpellier, March 31 – April 2, 2016

INDRUM 2016 was ETC2: The second ERME Topic Conference on University Mathematics Education was organized by the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics (INDRUM) on March 31– April 2, 2016, in Montpellier (France). The conference website contains more detailed information. (Locally archived copy of the proceedings available here)


ETC 1 : CITAD5 – Anthropological Theory of the Didactic in Castro‐Urdiales (Spain), January, 26-30, 2016.

The trilingual (Spanish-French-English) conference CITADS 5 was ETC1: The first ERME Topic Conference on the Anthropological Theory of the Didactic was held in Castro‐Urdiales (Spain) from 26 to 30 January 2016.