PME, the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, came into existence at the Third International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-3) held in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1976 and it has been an Affiliated Study Group of ICMI since then. Its former presidents have been Efraim Fischbein (Israel), Richard R. Skemp (UK), G?rard Vergnaud (France), Kevin F. Collis (Australia), Pearla Nesher (Israel), Nicolas Balacheff (France), Kathleen Hart (UK), Carolyn Kieran (Canada), Stephen Lerman (UK), Gilah Leder (Australia), Rina Hershkowitz (Israel), and Chris Breen (South Africa). The current president is Fou-Lai Lin (Taiwan).
The major goals of PME are:
Membership is open to people involved in active research consistent with the Group's goals, or professionally interested in the results of such research.
The main activity of PME is its yearly conference of about 5 days, during which members have the opportunity to communicate personally with each other about their special and general interests. There are plenary lectures, research paper presentations, working groups, poster sessions and many other activities. Every year the conference is held in a different country.