MAV19 conference Email Alert - 15 May

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The Mathematical Association of Victoria are excited to announce the 56th Annual Conference (MAV19) will be at La Trobe University, Bundoora from Thursday 5 – Friday 6 December 2019.

The theme this year is Making+Connections.

Making connections is crucial to the success of mathematics education in the future. Mathematics educators should work collaboratively, across schools, with university, industry partners and various other stakeholders. Mathematical connections are about developing educators’ breadth and depth of knowledge for teaching including knowledge of curriculum and knowledge of how students learn.

Making connections will ensure both rigour and innovation and provide opportunities for increasing impact in mathematics education.



 Annual Sponsors

anzuk education

 Cambridge University Press


Texas Instruments 

Call for Options is now open!

At the heart of MAV’s Annual Conference are teachers. Each year over 1500 mathematics educators including teachers, academics, policy makers, curriculum experts and resource developers come together to share their collective expertise, experiences and ideas. This year the conference will focus on best practice, new ideas and innovative approaches around:

  • Tools and Technology – explore possibilities for embedding technology and collaborative tools to advance mathematical teaching and learning
  • Curriculum/Assessment – support and enhance excellence through curriculum understanding, planning, delivery and assessment
  • STEM – linking mathematics education to industry and further study
  • Networks as Communities of Practice – working together to achieve excellence in mathematical teaching and learning
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge – integration of mathematical content knowledge with the skilled teaching of that knowledge
  • Context for Learning – creating connections using contexts for learning

This is a chance for you to share your experiences and knowledge with your colleagues and we encourage you to submit an abstract.

Submissions will only be accepted online.  Click here to access the Call for Options Google form.

Call for Options will close on 15 June 2019.

Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities!

The Mathematical Association of Victoria invites your organisation to attend the 56th Annual Conference (MAV19) in Melbourne from Thursday 5 – Friday 6 December 2019.  Hosted at the La Trobe University, sponsors and exhibitors will be able to achieve brand positioning and have access to networking opportunities with educators from the mathematical industry.


MAV19 exhibition is an integral part of the conference and provides a great opportunity for organisations to showcase products and services in a face-to-face environment. The Exhibition will provide delegates and exhibitors with an intimate and interactive environment that provides a central meeting place for all participants. 

We have had a wonderful response and are over 50% sold.  If you or your organisation are interested in becoming an exhibitor please click here.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Jacqui Diamond on Tel: +61 3 9380 2399 or email:


We have had a great response with several packages already sold.  If you or your organisations are interested in our new and exciting sponsorship opportunities click here.

For more detail regarding both annual sponsorship and sponsorship for MAV19 conference contact Peter Saffin on Tel: +61 3 9380 2399 or email:

Early bird registration is open!

Not only do you get the early bird rate, be the first to select your sessions before the program is released!

The Mathematical Association of Victoria invites you to participate in its annual conference; MAV19: Making+Connections.

All two-day conference registrations include:

  • Conference morning and afternoon teas and lunches
  • Complimentary conference satchel
  • Access to the conference sessions
  • Pass to the exhibition hall
  • One ticket to the Meet & Greet social event on Thursday evening
  • Parking

One day conference registrations are entitled to lunch and morning tea on the day they are registered (Thursday registration includes the social event).

All registration fees include a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Early bird registrations close Friday 28 June 2019.
To register and for further information click here.

Confirmed Keynotes

A dynamic program is currently being developed designed to explore the theme Making+Connections. MAV is pleased to confirm Professor Kate Smith-Miles as a keynote presenter.

Professor Kate Smith-MilesKate Smith-Miles is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at The University of Melbourne and holds a five-year Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. She was awarded a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1996, following a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, both from the University of Melbourne, and has held Professorships in three disciplines (mathematics, engineering and IT) throughout her academic career. Kate has produced over 250 publications on a variety of applied mathematics topics in modelling and optimization, with applications in fields as diverse as manufacturing design, epidemiology, neural prosthetics, computer vision, finance, and stem cell modelling. She was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 2010, and the E. O. Tuck Medal in 2017.

In 2017 she became the first woman and first Australian to give the annual Alan Tayler Applied Mathematics lecture in its 31-year history at University of Oxford. She has previously served as President of the Australian Mathematical Society (2016-2018), Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University (2009-2014), Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Deakin University (2006-2009), and is currently finishing a 3-year term on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s Choose Maths program - aiming to increase female participation in mathematics - and has created a YouTube video on “Mythbusting Mathematics”, along with public lectures to encourage all students, especially girls, to see how mathematics can shape and influence the world.

Kate joins the following keynotes advertised in our April email alert.

Mike Askew

Professor Mike Askew is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, having previously held Professorships at King’s College, University of London and Monash University, Melbourne.

Originally a primary school teacher, Mike moved into teacher education and developed his research interests. He has directed many research projects including the influential 'Effective Teachers of Numeracy in Primary Schools' and was deputy director of the five-year Leverhulme Numeracy Research Programme. His books include: Transforming Primary Mathematics, A Practical Guide to Transforming Primary Mathematics (Routledge).

Mike believes that mathematical activity can, and should, be engaging and enjoyable for all learners and that the majority of learners can come to see themselves as mathematicians, in the sense of having confidence in their ability to do maths. For the year from April 2018 Mike was pleased to be the President of the UK’s Mathematical Association.

Janette BobisProfessor Janette Bobis is Professor of Mathematics Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. She was a primary school teacher for over eight years before transitioning to the tertiary sector where she now teaches mathematics education to primary pre-service and inservice teachers.

Janette’s research and teaching focus on student engagement in mathematics, early mental computational strategies and the enhancement of teacher mathematical knowledge and pedagogy for teaching.

Jill Cheeseman

Dr Jill Cheeseman’s academic interest is challenging children mathematically.  Her current research project is entitled Fostering Inquiry in Mathematics. This research involves classroom-based research encouraging and supporting teachers to implement problem based learning with young children.

Jill comes from a background of primary teaching and she has subsequently taught mathematics education in contexts ranging from Early Childhood to tertiary in Australia and overseas. Her main ambition is to help teachers to share their enthusiasm for mathematics teaching and learning.

Greg OatesDr Greg Oates is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, where he currently teaches pre-service teachers in primary and secondary mathematics. He is also the Programme Director for the BEd (primary) programme at UTAS. Greg is a cheerleader for mathematics and has taught maths at all levels from middle through to senior school as well as many years teaching undergraduate calculus, linear algebra and mathematics education at the University of Auckland, before moving to UTAS in 2016. His passion is the promotion of productive disposition for mathematics in teachers and students alike; to inspire a love of the beauty and power of mathematics for all.

A focus of this is the creation of “safe” classrooms, where learners can make guesses, follow their intuitions and are comfortable making mistakes in the path to better understanding. His research interests include the integration of technology into mathematics curricula; the use of technology to promote collaborative learning in mathematics; and professional development for teachers at all levels (primary to undergraduate), with a specific focus on pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and the use of videos as a focus for lesson study.


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