- Venue and dates

  - Organization

  - Aims of MES5

  - International Advisory

  - Programme

  - Call for Symposia, Papers
    and Project Presentations

  - Guidelines for submission of
    Symposia, Papers and
    Project Presentations

  - Registration

  - Payment

  - Important dates

  - Contacts and Information

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Second Announcement

Following previous conferences that took place in Nottingham (UK, 1998), Montechoro (Portugal, 2000), Helsingør (Denmark, 2002) and Golden Coast (Australia, 2004), we are now pleased to announce the 5th Mathematics Education and Society Conference (MES5).


Download Second Announcement or read the following.


Download registration form.

Venue and dates

MES5 will be held at Albufeira (Portugal) from the 16 to 21 February 2008. Conference activities, accommodation of participants and meals will be at the Hotel Baia Grande. The Hotel is located in Sesmarias, 3 Km from the center of Albufeira and on the coast line, overlooking the sea, and 35 minutes drive from Faro International Airport. (See http://baiagrandehotel.com and/or http://www.hotel-baia-grande.com)


The conference is organized collaboratively by colleagues at the Centre for Research in Education of the University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Algarve (Portugal), Department of Education, Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University (Denmark) and the Faculty of Education at University of Technology Sydney (Australia).

Aims of MES5

There is a need for a wider discussion of the social, ethical and political dimensions of mathematics education, for disseminating theoretical frameworks, discussing methodological issues, sharing and discussing research, planning for action and the development of a strong research network on mathematics education and society.

MES5 Conference aims at bringing together mathematics educators from around the world to provide such a forum, as well as to offer a platform on which to build future collaborative activity.
It is expected that topics discussed will be wide-ranging. It is also expected that all issues will have clear and underpinning social/political/cultural/ethical themes. The general topics of the conference are:

  • The politics of mathematics education
  • Cultural and social aspects of lmathematics learning and teaching
  • The sociology of mathematics and mathematics education
  • Alternative research methodologies in mathematics education

International Advisory Committee

Joao Filipe Matos, Candia Morgan, Dimitris Chassapis, Elsa Fernandes, Eric Gutstein, Karin Brodie, Keiko Yasukawa , Mamokgethi Setati, Madalena Santos, Margarida Belchior, Monica Mesquita, Nelia Amado, Ole Skovsmose, Paola Valero, Peter Gates, Robyn Zevenbergen, Susana Carreira, Tony Cotton, Valeria Carvalho.


Following the general model of previous MES conferences, this conference will open on the evening of the 16th February with a reception and will close before lunchtime of the 21st February.
During the five days of the conference there will be invited plenary addresses followed by two invited reactions by a researcher and a teacher; permanent discussion groups which will run all throung the conference; symposia; agora; and papers and project presentations.

It is desirable that participants prepare for the conference so that discussion and academic debate be possible. Therefore all accepted contributions will be available at the conference website prior to the conference.

The Programme will be regularly updated on the Conference website and the names of plenary speaker will be announced.


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Call for Symposia, Papers and Project Presentations

Symposia, papers and project presentations are invited for submission. All submissions will be peer reviewed. A critical evaluation suggesting possible revisions and recommending its acceptance will be provided to authors. Papers should meet the aims of the conference.

The deadline for submission is November 12, 2007.

Guidelines for submission of Symposia, Papers and Project Presentations

  • Papers should be submitted in English.
  • All submission should use the template available here. Please use this template without modifying it and without exceeding the limit indicated below.
  • Symposium: The proposal should include the aims of the symposium, a rationale for its relevance to the conference and a suggested plan of how the symposium will be conducted. Extension: maximum 4 pages.
  • Papers: Papers could be theoretical papers, empirical research reports or discussion essays addressing themes of relevance to the conference. Extension: maximum 10 pages.
  • Project Presentations: Shorter on-going projects of theoretical, empirical or developmental character are welcomed for discussion during the conference. The project description in written form should address a topic of relevance to the conference. Extension: maximum 4 pages.

The accepted symposia, papers and project presentations will be published in the MES5 website previously to the conference and in the printed proceedings that participants will receive upon arrival to the conference.

Please submit your contribution electronically in a mail to mes5@fc.ul.pt, as a Word readable attachment.


The Conference Secretariat will be in charge of handling registrations, payments and receipts. The registration deadline is the 31st of December 2007. After this date an additional rate of €100 will be charged to the registration fee.


The fee before the 31st of December 2007 is:      Twin room=€550  Single room=€650

Registration after the 31st of December 2007 is:  Twin room=€650  Single room=€750


The registration fee includes:

  • Conference registration
  • Set of printed proceedings
  • Accomocation at the Hotel Baia Grande (16th to 21st February - 5 nights)
  • Meals at the Hotel Baia Grande (Dinner on the 16th; breakfast, lunch and dinner from the 17th to the 20th; and breakfast and lunch on the 21st)
  • Coffee breaks

The registration fee for one accompanying person staying in a couble room with a conference participant is €550 (Accompanying persons staying in single room should pa a fee of €650).

This fee includes:

  • Accomodation at the Hotel Baia Grande (16th to 21st of February - 5 nights)
  • Meals at the Hotel Baia Grande (Dinner on the 16th; breakfast, lunch and dinner from the 17th to the 20th; and breakfast and lunch on the 21st)
  • Access to all the facilities of the Hotel.

We follow the refund policy of the hotel, which is:

Cancellation before 31st of December 2007: 90% refund.

Cancellation between 1st of January and 31st of January 2008: 50% refund.

Cancellation after 31st of January 2008: No refunds are possible.


Download registration form.



You can pay all registration charges using one of the following methods:


International credit card

In this case you have to print the registration form, fill in the information for your card, sign for authorisation and send it by fax or mail to the Conference Secretariat.


Portuguese or international bank check

You can send a check in Euro to the Conference Secretariat for the full amount of your payment. The check needs to be issued to the order of Fundação FCUL. In the registration form you need to indicate the bank that issued your check and the number of the check.


Bank transfer

A bank transfer for the full amount of your payment in Euro can be made. The bank information is:



Account name: FUNDAÇÃO FCUL

Account number: 0840 0119 0009

IBAN: PT50 0007 0084 0000 1190 0098 5

Swift code: BESCPTPL


Please make sure that your name is included in the bank transfer.

Please attach a copy of the bank transfer to the registration form.


Important dates

  • Registration: until December 31, 2007 (a charge of €100 is applied after this date)
  • Paper and Symposia submission by email: November 12, 2007
  • Decisions on acceptance of proposals: December 15, 2007

Contacts and Information on MES5



For contacting the Organizing Committee:
Joao Filipe Matos
Department of Education
Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
Campo Grande, C6
1749-016 Lisboa — Portugal
Phone: +351 21 7500155
Fax: +351 21 7500116
e-mail: mes5@fc.ul.pt or jfmatos@fc.ul.pt