Candidate City of ICME-12, 2012


Seoul,  Rep. of Korea



   The Korean community of mathematics and mathematics education cordially invites ICME11 which will be held in 2008. The Korean Sub-Commission of ICMI representing all Korean communities of mathematics and mathematics education, hereby, submits a proposal for the invitation.




0.     Korean National Presentation at ICME 10 July 2004

1.      About ICMI

2.      About ICME,   ICME-10 Copenhagen 2004

3.      About KSICMI  

4.      Our Presentation for ICME-11 Seoul 2008

5.      Candidate City (Venue – COEX, Seoul, KOREA)  

6.      Inviting bodies

7.      Others


Korean Sub-Commission of ICMI,      Aug.  2003

   April 2003 Site Visit Photo :


6. Inviting Bodies


  The inviting bodies are following:

              1. Korean Sub-Commission of ICMI

              2. Korean Mathematical Society

              3. Korea Society of Mathematical Education

              4. Korean Society of Educational Studies in Mathematics

              5. Korean Society for History of Mathematics

              6. Korean School Mathematics Society


  The Korean Sub-Commission of ICMI is comprised of members from the other five societies, and as such represents the core invitee. It was organized about seven years ago and hosted ICMI-EARCOME1 successfully. Right after ICME9 in Japan, the Korean Sub-Commission of ICMI decided to invite ICME11 and has already held several meetings to discuss hosting the ICME 11. It is believed that the Korean Sub-Commission of ICMI, as an integrated body, can justly reflect most opinions of mathematicians and mathematics educators in Korea.

  The next group, the Korean Mathematical Society, is a comprehensive body representing Korean mathematicians. This society acquired its reputation by successfully hosting the International Mathematics Olympiad in 2000. The society’s accumulated experience and know-how will be useful resources to host the ICME 11.

  The third group, the Korea Society of Mathematical Education (KSME), is a leading society in mathematics education with the largest number of members (more than 1000 members) and the longest history (established 1962). 

  The Korean Society of Educational Studies in Mathematics (KSESM) is another society in the field of mathematics education, but with a relatively short history. The studies of this society are mostly theory-oriented, and thus KSESM compensates KSME which is rather practice-oriented.

  The fifth group, the Korean Society for History of Mathematics focuses mainly on the history of mathematics, and as such supports HPM (International Group for the Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics).

  The last organization, the Korean School Mathematics Society is composed mainly of mathematics teachers. This society has a strong inclination toward real practice of teaching and learning of mathematics. The large number of school teachers from this group will be a strong advocate for ICME 11.


These societies encompass almost all Korean communities of mathematics and mathematics education. These communities, with their diverse backgrounds and specialties, are confident in planning and preparing for the ICME 11. Many dedicated mathematicians and mathematics educators will work hard to ensure the success of the conference and develop a program that will provoke, inform, and encourage ideas and discussions.



7. Others


We believe that many foreign mathematics educators are interested in the mathematics education of Korea as well as that of China, Singapore, and Japan. One of the reasons for the interest is that Korean students have ranked highly at TIMSS, TIMSS-R, IMO’s and PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment). Despite such an interest, mathematics education in Korea has been little studied in depth beyond students' academic achievement. We believe that hosting ICME-11 will give special opportunity for participants to look closely at the teaching and learning of mathematics in Korea.


  ICME seems to grow both in excitement and in the number of participants. Networking with mathematics educators via the prestigious conference is the fundamental basis for sharing responsibility on the quality of mathematics education from an international perspective. We have witnessed that the Congress provides attendees with incredible opportunities to share their ideas on mathematics education and to learn from each other through various kinds of presentations and interactions. We hope that all this will happen in Korea, a country full of enthusiasm for teaching and learning mathematics.


We are certain that Korea is an appropriate country that can successfully host international conferences. We hope that the invitation for ICME-11 will be positively considered and the anticipating participants will be ready to become immersed in issues and discussions across the spectrum of all aspects of mathematics education.


The Korean Sub-Commission of ICMI is scheduled to give a National Presentation at ICME10. We will use that opportunity to educate foreign colleagues all about Korean education of mathematics.