During the weekend of 2-4 May 1997, representatives from 16 European countries met in Osnabrueck, Germany, to establish a new society, ERME, to promote communication, cooperation and collaboration in mathematics education research in Europe. The foundation of this Society took place in CERME 1, in 1999, also in Osnabrueck. The communicative/cooperative/collaborative nature of this society is reflected in the following activities:
- The Society organises congresses with a wide spectrum of themes to profit from the rich diversity in European research, summer schools where experienced researchers work together with beginners, and other thematic activities.
- The Society fosters and supports cooperative activities on common themes, topics and interests, aimed at:
- finding out what research is going on in different places in Europe which might benefit from wider investigation;
- going beyond local contexts to enhance knowledge and understanding in scientific areas;
- bringing together and drawing on expertise in related areas to broaden scientific knowledge;
- identifying key areas of scientific interest or concern which should be a major focus for collaborative research on a wider scale;
- The Society aims to enable communication of information to enhance the visibility and availability of European research on mathematics education (in Europe and all over the world). Potential media of communication include proceedings, journals, newsletters, books, the internet, web sites, video-Congress, interactive CD-ROMs, virtual groups.
- The Society supports graduate students, thus preparing researchers in mathematics education through Congress, summer schools, provision of information, student and teacher exchanges, post doctoral opportunities, and inter-European collaboration on thesis presentation.
- The Society also supports other activities that help to achieve the objectives of communication, cooperation and collaboration between members.
Previous CERME Congress were held at Osnabrueck, Germany (1999), Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic (2001), Bellaria, Italy (2003) and Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain (2005), Larnaca, Cyprus (2007), Lyon, France 2009). The proceedings of these conferences can be found in ERME’s official website: ermeweb.free.fr.
The directing body of the Society is the ERME Board.
The ERME constitution was approved by the General Assembly at CERME 3 in Bellaria (Italy) in February 2003. Details can be found on the ERME website, together with the Byelaws of the Society.