The International Congress on
the Problem Solving in Mathematics
ProMath 2004~
June 30 -  July 2, 2004
Lahti, Finland

The aim of the conference

The International Congress on the Problem Solving in Mathematics, ProMath 2004, is organised as a satellite conference to ICME-10 in Copenhagen June 30 – July 2, 2004 in Lahti, Finland. 

The aim of the conference is to highlight the latest advances, problems and challenges in the field of problem solving research. Selected aspects related to designing and using of open problem solving will also be discussed.

It is a great pleasure to invite you to join ProMath 2004 congress. The final program will be decided upon by the Program Committee, and will be composed of invited presentations (Stacey, Schupp, Cai), voluntary papers, workshops and poster sessions. We are looking forward to meet you in Lahti. 


English will be the official language of the conference.

Symposium date

June 30 – July 2, 2004 in Lahti, Finland.


Palmenia Centre for Research and Continuing Education, Kirkkokatu 16, FIN-15140 Lahti    

Preliminary program


(1) Problem solving in primary education
(2) Problem solving in secondary education
(3) Problem solving in tertiary education
(4) Problem solving in vocational education
(5) Problem solving and gender
(6) Problem solving and technology
(7) Conceptions on problem solving
(8) Open approach as a teaching method

The final program will be decided upon by the Program Committee, and will be composed of invited presentations, voluntary papers, workshops and poster sessions.

Preliminary program:

Wednesday, June 30

9-11 Registration Aula
10.45 Opening Auditorium
11-12.30 Prof. Kaye Stacey (Melbourne, Australia), Open Problem Solving as a Teaching Method + discussion Auditorium
12.30-14.00 Lunch Fellmanni
14.00-15.00 Section lecture #1+ discussion Classes
15.00-15.30 Coffee break Aula
15.30-16.30 Section lecture #2 + discussion Classes
16.30-17.30 Section lecture #3 + discussion Classes
19-22 Reception by City Lahti City Hall

 Thursday, July 1

9.00-10.30 Prof. Hans Schupp (Saarbrücken, Germany), Classroom Variations on Mathematical Problems + discussion Auditorium
10.30-11.00 Coffee break Aula
11.00-12.00 Section lecture #4 + discussion Classes
12.00-13.30 Lunch Fellmanni
13.30-14.30 Section lecture #5 + discussion Classes
14.30-15.00 Coffee break Aula
15.00-16.00 Section lecture #6 + discussion Classes
16.00-17.00 Discussion on the future of ProMath Auditorium
19-22 Ship cruise on the lake Vesijärvi Harbor

 Friday, July 2

9.00-10.30 Prof. Jinfa Cai (Philadelphia, USA), Problem Posing as Lenses for Understanding and Improving Learning: Issues and Practice + discussion Auditorium
10.30-11.00 Coffee break Aula
11.00-12.00 Section lecture #7 + discussion Classes
12.00-13.00 Section lecture #8 + discussion Classes
13 Closing  

The groups for short talks

Time slot Group 1                  Group 2  
#1 Chapman                Zimmermann  
#2 Graumann               Hähkiöniemi  
#3 Kaasila                   Karadag  
#4 Merenluoto              Krzywacki  
#5 Attorps                   Gazit  
#6 Leppäaho                Kivelä  
#7 Cheng                     Pesonen  

Important dates

Before March 31 2004: Registration through the Internet: CLICK HERE
May, 2004: Final Program


The ProMath 2004 conference will be held in Lahti at the Palmenia Centre for Research and Continuing Education (Kirkkokatu 16).

Lahti is a city with population of about 100 000, located 100 km northeast of Helsinki on Lake Vesijärvi. Being the centre for winter sports and the gate to the Finnish Lake District, Lahti offers memorable experiences to conference participants. The PME-21 conference took place 1997 in the same location. There are good connections by bus direct from the international Helsinki airport, and numerous daily bus and train connections between Helsinki and Lahti. In southern Finland, the daytime temperature in July is about +18°C. The timing of  conference (a week after the midsummer) means that there is only one hour twilight in the night.


The registration fee for the conference will be 250 euros including registration, conference material, social program as well as lunch and coffee during the conference days. For young doctoral students (aged under 30 years) the fee will be 150 euros. Remittance of the registration fee is expected by March 31, 2004. Late registration (after April 1, 2004) is subject to an additional charge (50 euros). For participation in the conference you are kindly requested to complete the registration form on the conference www-page ( ).


Accommodation of the participants will be in hotels centrally located in Lahti within a walking distance from the conference place. Hotel prices range from 50 euros to 80 euros/ single/ night/ person and from 40 euros to 60 euros/ double/ night/ person including breakfast. Detailed information will be found on the conference www-page: CLICK HERE. Participants are urged to contact directly to the hotels.


Pre- and post-conference tours to Helsinki and Lapland as well as to Russia (St. Petersburg) and Estonia (Tallinn) will be organized, if there is enough interest. Please, indicate your interest to participate in the abstract submission : CLICK HERE.


Inquiries should be directed to prof. Erkki Pehkonen (scientific program)
or PROMATH 2004 Secretariat (registration and local arrangements)                                                                

Prof. Erkki Pehkonen
Dept Applied Sciences of Education
University of Helsinki

Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20R)
FIN-00014 Helsinki University

PROMATH 2004 Secretariat            
University of Helsinki              
Palmenia Centre for Research and    
Continuing Education                
Kirkkokatu 16                       
FIN-15140 Lahti                     
 fax +358 3 892 20219                

The second and final announcement will be published on the www-page of the conference ( in May 2004. Those preliminary registered will be on the e-mailing list.


University of Helsinki
Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association
Palmenia Centre for Research and Continuing Education

Travel to Lahti

Finland and Lahti is easy to reach
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Proposals (papers)

Paper sessions consist of oral presentations (30 min) of individual papers followed by discussion (30 min).

There will be a 'book' of abstracts available at the beginning of the symposium.

The proceedings of the symposium (in English) will consist of a selection of refereed papers. Papers should be written according to the APA format and include: title, author(s), the institute and e-mail address of the corresponding author; abstract; text; and references ( ) (Word document). All papers will be reviewed. The proceedings will be published by the Department of Applied Sciences of Education, University of Helsinki.

Scientific Committee

Prof. Erkki Pehkonen,
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Dept Applied Sciences of Education
University of Helsinki
Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20R)
FIN-00014 Helsinki University

Prof. Ole Björkqvist (University of Åbo Akademi, Finland)
Dr. Jari Lavonen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Dr. Kaarina Merenluoto (University of Turku, Finland)
Prof. Kaye Stacey (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Prof. Bernd Zimmermann (University of Jena, Germany)

Local arrangements

PROMATH 2004 Secretariat
University of Helsinki,
Palmenia Centre for Researh and Continuing Education
Kirkkokatu 16
FIN-15140 Lahti
fax +358 3 892 20219


Tourist information

Map of Finland
City of Lahti
City of Helsinki


Finland Convention Bureau
The 10th International Congress on Mathematics Education

Virtual Finland
Helsingin Sanomat-
International Edition
University of Helsinki
Department of teacher education
Education System in Finland
(Ministry of Education, Finland) 
Higher education policy in Finland
(National Board of Education)