University of Gothenburg
Campus Pedagogen
Photo: Anna-Lena Lunqvist

Conference theme

The theme for the conference is Teaching mathematics as to be meaningful – foregrounding play and children’s perspectives. To emphasize the theme we have invited two distinguished keynote speakers: Professor Bert van Oers and Professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson. In line with the traditions of the POEM community and to promote constructive discussions, we invite researchers to submit papers for presentations at the conference.


Deadline for registration has passed.

The POEM 5 conference is organized by the EMELI network - Early Mathematics Education studies of Longitudinal Interventions, funded by the Swedish Research Council (grant no. 2020-03476) and the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg.


The conference starts traditionally with a get-together Dinner (limited number of participants) at Wednesday 11th May, followed by two days of interaction and exchange, keynotes and presentations of research within the field of early mathematics education. 

Wednesday 11 May

18:45 Get together dinner at hotel Pigalle in the center of Gothenburg

Thursday 12 May

09:00 Opening of POEM5 with Keynote: professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson
10:20 Parallel sessions
  Fika (coffee break)
11:30 Parallel sessions
14:00 Parallel sessions
  Fika (coffee break)
15:50-16:30 Parallel sessions

Friday 13 May

09:00 Parallel sessions
  Fika (coffee break)
11:00 Parallel sessions
11:50 Keynote: professor Bert van Oers
13:00 Closing of POEM5
  Lunch to go

Keynote speakers

Bert van Oers

Bert van Oers is Endowed Professor in Cultural-historical Theory of Education at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Educational Studies VU University Amsterdam. He has for the last 25 years significantly contributed to the field of Early Childhood Mathematics Education and from the point of view of Cultural-historical Activity theory (CHAT), developed a play-based curriculum. He has shown, based on empirical studies with preschool and primary school children the fundamentals of learning in play-based environments, particularly conceptualizing the idea of play as motor for mathematics learning – learning mathematics as a meaningful activity. The studies have resulted in what he calls Developmental Education, in which teachers and children are actively engaged in making meaning of phenomena occurring in play.

Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson

Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson is Senior Professor in Early Childhood Education at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning at University of Gothenburg. She also holds a UNESCO Chair in Early Childhood Education since 2008 and have been the world president of World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) during 6 years. She has during more than 40 years done research on preschool children’s learning and development, and preconditions for learning in ECE. Based on empirical studies in preschools together with preschool teachers, she developed an approach to ECE called Developmental Pedagogy, which is goal directed, but emphasize integration of play and learning. The approach means that children’s own perspectives become central to both research and the pedagogical approach. Her extensive experiences and research embracing the child’s perspective have contributed to deeper understanding of how ECE practices can contribute to children’s mathematics learning, among other content areas.

Accomodation and things to do in Gothenburg

Location for the POEM conference

The location for the POEM conference will be at the Faculty of Education, campus Pedagogen, right in the centre of the city.

Address: Läroverksgatan 25, Gothenburg See map


There are many affordable hotels and hostels within walking distance from the Faculty of Education ”Campus Pedagogen”.  Please, make sure you reserve your room well in advance, since Gothenburg is a popular city to visit in spring time.

Useful links

Official Visitor’s Guide to Gothenburg - getting to Gothenburg