May 28, 2018
11-13 November, 2011

The colloquium will run Friday November 11, 4pm until Sunday November 13, 1 pm
Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
To be hosted by the Mathematics Education Research Unit and
the Pi Lab, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

Organizing committee:
Richard Barwell, Barbara Graves,
Christine Suurtamm, Georges Touma (University of Ottawa)


What has mathematics got to do with climate change? How can mathematics educators engage with climate issues in their teaching? What should mathematics educators know about climate change? How can research in mathematics education contribute to the understanding of climate change?

We invite participants to work on these questions through:

  • Engaging with climate scientists and environmental educators.
  • Engaging with research in mathematics education on, for example, modeling, critical mathematics education, mathematical literacy, mathematics for social justice etc.


Brad de Young, PhD, Memorial University,
oceanographer and expert on climate change
Mike Pisaric, PhD, Carleton University,
geographer and expert on how climate change affects vegetation

Bob Jickling, PhD, Lakehead University,
environmental educator and co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education.

Useful information

Registration costs 50$ and includes participation in the colloquium, coffee breaks, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday night. We are grateful for the generous support of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, the Mathematics Education Research Unit (MERU), the Faculty of Education and the University of Ottawa

Places are limited. To reserve a place, submit the attached registration form to Osnat Fellus (Osnat.Fellus(at) and mail your registration fee of 50$, payable to University of Ottawa, to Richard Barwell, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, 145 J-J-Lussier, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5.

Ottawa offers a range of accommodation including hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Student support
Some funding is available to support graduate student participation. For more information, contact Osnat Fellus (

For any other information, contact Richard Barwell (


The colloquium will be hosted by the Mathematics Educational Research Unit (MERU), of the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, in association with the PI Lab, a CFI funded research facility for mathematics education. MERU comprises 4 researchers and around a dozen graduate students with a range of research interests and methodological perspectives on research in mathematics education. The Faculty of Education has previously hosted the annual meeting of the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group (CMESG, May 2005) and a Fields Institute sponsored colloquium on methodological issues in mathematics education research (December 2009).

Outline program

The colloquium will comprise 11 hours of organized activity spread over three days, as well as more informal opportunities to continue discussions. Activities will include:

  • 3 invited speakers of international standing in climate science (e.g. glaciology, Arctic or Antarctic research, oceanography, climate modeling etc.) (these presentations will be open to the scientific public);
  • Structured small group activities in which participants will discuss the presentations and consider how they connect with issues in mathematics education;
  • Plenary discussions.

Participants will not be expected to present a paper.

Day 1
16.00 – 16.30 Introductions
16.30 – 17.30 Climate Science Presentation 1
18.00 – 19.30 Small group discussions; questions to speaker
20.00 Dinner

Day 2
9.00 – 10.00 Climate Science Presentation 2
10.30 – 12.00 Small group discussions; questions to speaker
14.00 – 15.00 Climate Science Presentation 3
15.30 – 17.00 Small group discussion; questions to speaker
18.00 Dinner

Day 3
9.00 – 10.30 Consolidation work in small groups.
11.00 – 12.30 Plenary discussion – reporting from small groups