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ICMI as an organization

The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction was established at the Fourth International Congress of Mathematicians in Rome, 1908. Following interruptions in activity as a result of the First and Second World Wars, ICMI was reconstituted in 1952 and became an official commission of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).

As a scientific union, IMU is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU). This implies that through IMU, ICMI is to abide by the ICSU statutes, one of which (Statute 5) establishes the Principle of the Universality of Science, the essential elements of which are non-discrimination and equity. Through this principle, ICSU affirms the right and freedom of scientists to participate without discrimination and on an equitable basis in legitimate scientific activities, whether they be conducted in a national, transnational or international context, regardless of their citizenship, religion, political stance, ethnic origin, sex, etc. Apart from observing IMU and ICSU general rules and principles, ICMI works with a large degree of autonomy.

The General Assembly of ICMI meets during the International Congresses on Mathematical Education (ICMEs), held every four years.  This Assembly is responsible in particular for the election of the Executive Committee of ICMI, which includes the presiding officers of ICMI.

The General Assembly of IMU formally adopts ICMI's Terms of Reference as well as the procedures for the election of the Executive Committee of ICMI. Moreover the vast majority of the current funding of ICMI comes from an IMU subvention that is approved by the IMU General Assembly. ICMI files an annual report of its activities and a financial report to the IMU Executive Committee for endorsement.  Furthermore, ICMI files quadrennial reports at General Assembly meetings of both IMU and ICMI.

ICMI General Assembly

As a commission, ICMI is defined by two constituent components. 

The first component is the Executive Committee (EC) and the General Assembly of ICMI elects the EC for a four-year term.  The responsibility of the EC is to conduct the business of ICMI in accordance with its Terms of Reference and subject to the direction and review of its members. 

The second component is the set of ICMI Representatives of the member states. The Representatives are appointed by or on behalf of the Adhering Organizations or the Committees for Mathematics of the respective countries. 

The EC members and the ICMI Representatives constitute the General Assembly of ICMI, which is summoned every four years in conjunction with the quadrennial International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME). Representatives of ICMI Affiliate Organizations are invited to attend the General Assembly but have no right to vote.

The last General Assembly was held in Seoul, Korea on July 7th, 2012.

ICMI GA 2016

The next General Assembly (GA) will be held in Hamburg, Germany on Sunday, July 24, 2016 the day prior to the opening of the International Congress for Mathematical Education (ICME-13) held July 24- 31, 2016 in Hamburg Germany.

The General Assembly will be held at the CCH in Hamburg from 09:00 until 17:00.

In case of any questions regarding the GA, please contact the ICMI Secretary General.

Agenda link

The reports of the Affiliated Organizations and Study Groups can be found here:

Multi-national Mathematics Education Societies

CIAEM: Inter-American Committee on Mathematics Education

CIEAEM: International Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Teaching

ERME: European Society for Research in Mathematics Education

MERGA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia

Study Groups:

HPM: The International Study Group on the Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (1976)

ICTMA: The International Study Group for Mathematical Modelling and Applications (2003)

IOWME: The International Organization of Women and Mathematics Education (1987)

MCG: The International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (2011)

PME: The International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (1976)

WFNMC: The World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions (1994)

Photos of the GA 2016:

Some Pictures can be found here.

Terms of Reference

(Seventh version, adopted in 2009)

Previous versions of the ICMI Terms of Reference were adopted in

These versions can also be found as pdf files on the ICMI history website.

Election Procedure

The current Procedures for the Election of the ICMI Executive Committee have been adopted by the General Assembly of the International Mathematical Union held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, August 19-20, 2006.

ICMI Activity and Finance Reports

Annual Reports to the International Mathematical Union and the ICMI General Assembly

ICMI Activity and Financial Reports (2010-2015)

ICMI Reports on Activities (2004-2012)

ICMI Financial Reports (2004-2011)