We are pleased to announce that the 12th International Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness Conference (MCG12) will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 25th – 28th 2022. The International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (MCG) aims at promoting mathematical creativity and giftedness in students of all ages and backgrounds, and supporting interested mathematics educators, mathematicians, researchers, teachers and other practitioners. Proposed conference topics include presentation of research and suggestions for practice that allow for fruitful debates and opportunities for interaction among professionals at all levels with interdisciplinary interests.

Specifically, this includes:

  • Developing mathematical expertise and innovation in individuals or groups of students, inside or outside the classroom

  • Mathematical creativity for all students, from all backgrounds and of all ages

  • Interactions among mathematical creativity, aptitude and achievement

  • Mathematical giftedness, talent development and exceptional mathematical promise

  • Mathematics competitions

  • Controversial topics such as tracking, acceleration, growth vs fixed mindset, access and equity, social justice, identification, …

Keynote Speakers

Yeap Ban Har
Yeap Ban Har, Ph.D., was a faculty member at the National Institute of Education Singapore at Nanyang Technological University. Since then he has held concurrent positions as principal of a teacher professional development institute, director of curriculum and professional development at the Pathlight School in Singapore and the Anglo Singapore International School in Thailand. His research interests include problem posing and solving, challenging all students, and teacher professional development.

Marianne Nolte
Prof. Dr. Marianne Nolte trained students of elementary and middle school as well as special education in the field of mathematics didactics for elementary school at the University of Hamburg until her retirement at the end of September 2019. Her experiences as teacher at school dealing with heterogeneous learning provided important impulses for her research at the university. She worked as a dyscalculia therapist and developed a master’s program for prospective learning therapists at the University of Hamburg.

During her time as a teacher, she also taught particularly gifted children. The encounter with Prof. Dr. Karl Kießwetter and the desideratum of offers in the primary school sector motivated her to develop a research and support project on special mathematical giftedness. PriMa (Kinder der Primarstufe auf verschiedenen Wegen zur Mathematik) is now a cooperative measure between the Hamburg Authority for Schools and Vocational Training (BSB), the Faculty of Education at the University of Hamburg, and the William Stern Society Hamburg, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in August 2019. Because of the success of the measure a further project PriSMa continues research and fostering for students from 5th to 10th grade.

Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern co-direct MoveSpeakSpin, the non-profit umbrella for the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, which toured internationally for over 25 years. Karl and Erik are on the Teaching Artist Roster of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for their work integrating dance and mathematics on stage and in the classroom. Their California-based company has received five grants from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, and their collaborative and individual interdisciplinary work includes a book, Math Dance, and numerous articles, workshops, presentations – and performances.

Erik Stern
Erik Stern (BS Biology, UC Santa Cruz, MFA Dance, CalArts) has choreographed over sixty works for professionals and students. His evening-length work Demolition Derby, when a mind loses its license to drive addressed the issue of caring for parents with dementia, and forged a consortium linking faculty, students and staff with researchers, healthcare, arts and caregiver organizations, concluding with a tour to New York City. Erik danced with Tandy Beal & Company for 10 years, and has appeared as a guest artist with Repertory Dance Theatre and other groups. In November 2021, Erik will be a visiting fellow at the University of Bologna’s Institute of Advanced Study, where he will share recent publications and scholarship related to Pattern Play, an innovative college mathematics and movement course he co-designed.

Karl Schaffer
Karl Schaffer is a dancer/choreographer and mathematician whose recent dance concerts include Nevertheless She Persisted: The Daughters of Hypatia, on the lives, work, and struggles of women mathematicians; Mosaic, on issues of culture, conflict, peace and justice in the Mideast; Choreocopia, a festival of food, song and dance; and Pitter Pattern, exploring beautiful and enchanting patterns in dance, rhythm, and shape. He has published over 20 papers on dance and math, one of which appeared in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012. He was a Mellon Creative Resident artist at the Tri-Colleges in Pennsylvania, holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Univ. of California Santa Cruz, and is an emeritus professor at De Anza College, where he has integrated movement and dance activities in his math classes for many years.

Zal Usiskin - The Road from Ordinary to Extraordinary (Tentative Title)
Zalman Usiskin is a professor emeritus of education at the University of Chicago, where he was a faculty member and director of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP). His research has focused on the teaching and learning of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, with particular attention to applications of mathematics at all levels. He is the author or co-author of over 150 articles and dozens of books and book-length research monographs and has served on the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council, the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the United States National Commission on Mathematics Instruction. He is well-known as a speaker in the U.S. and abroad and has spoken at conferences or colloquia in all 50 U.S. states and 25 foreign countries about a variety of topics, matching his broad interests in mathematics education. He has received the Glenn Gilbert (now the Glenn Gilbert/Ross Taylor National Leadership) Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and Lifetime Achievement Awards from NCTM and the International Society for Design and Development in Education.

Additional Keynotes Coming Soon


All sessions will take place at Alexis Park All Suite Resort and Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Family-Friendly Resort in the Heart of Las Vegas | Alexis Park Resort is the premier all-suite, non-gaming hotel in Las Vegas.

Our resort-style property is only one mile off the famous Las Vegas Strip and seven minutes from the airport.

Reserving housing online is the easiest way to book your stay at Alexis Park Resort. The hotel online booking engine is fast and secure. The Alexis Park Resort will provide a group link to its attendees who prefer to book their room online via the internet. Click here to book your room online. Room rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their group affiliation at the time the reservation is made.

Individual Call In option - The Resort understands that individual guests associated with this conference will be making their own reservation for suites in the guest suite block by calling the reservation office at 800-582-2228 (in the Continental United States) or by international call to 001-702-796-3322.

In order to receive the group rate, the caller must identify their affiliation with the "12th MCG Conference" group or refer to Group Code: MCG2022. Room rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their group affiliation at the time the reservation is made.


Registration opens November 1, 2021

Important Dates

  • Early Registration: November 1, 2021 - May 1, 2022

  • Submission of Proposals: December 1, 2021 - February 15, 2022
    ** Proposals must be submitted online and include brief papers as described

  • Notification of Proposal Decision: March 21, 2022

  • Speaker Registration Deadline: May 1, 2022

  • Submission of Final Version of Accepted Papers for Conference Proceedings: April 1 - April 21, 2022

  • Regular Registration: May 2, 2022 - August 31, 2022

  • Late Registration: September 1, 2022 - September 26, 2022

Tentative Schedule

Final Program due April 15, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Coming Soon


  • Local Chair - William Speer

  • International Program Committee

      • Linda Sheffield, USA, Chair

      • Marianne Nolte, Germany, MCG President, Co-Chair

      • Roza Leikin, Israel, Co-Chair

  • Local Organizing Committee

      • Conference Website and Registration

          • Tyler Clark, USA

          • Marianne Nolte, Germany

      • Proceedings - Scott Chamberlin

      • Publicity

      • Exhibitors


Call For Papers


Submissions will open in late 2021

The Scientific Committee encourages researchers, faculty members, teachers, psychologists, and students to submit papers to the Conference. The papers should be written in English, which is the official language of the conference.

The submitted papers can be of the following types: Research Report, Project Report, Symposium, Poster, and Workshop

The submitted papers should be of up to 6 pages for a Research Report, or a Project Report, and up to 2 pages for Symposia, Workshops and Posters, addressing, but not restricted to the following topics:

  • Developing mathematical expertise and innovation in individuals or groups of students, inside or outside the classroom

  • Mathematical creativity for all students, from all backgrounds and of all ages

  • Interactions among mathematical creativity, aptitude, and achievement

  • Mathematical giftedness, talent development, and exceptional mathematical promise

  • Mathematics competitions

  • Controversial topics such as tracking, acceleration, growth vs fixed mindset, access, and equity, social justice, identification, …

The acceptance of papers for all types of presentations will be based on a peer review process. All accepted papers will be published in the electronic proceedings.

Authors who are non-native English speakers are kindly asked to proofread their work prior to the submission by a proficient English speaker. Papers can be rejected due to poor standard of English.

NOTE: Due to the number of papers expected for this conference, the committee only allows an author to register for at most two papers.

Research Report

The goal of a research report is to present authentic research in the field of mathematical creativity and giftedness. A Research Report can be either an empirical or a theoretical paper.

  • Empirical papers should include: the focus of the paper, an indication of the theoretical framework for the study, an indication of and justification for the methodology used, and relevant empirical data and results.

  • Theoretical papers should include: the focus or theme of the paper, an indication of the theoretical or philosophical framework within which the focus or theme of the paper is developed, a clearly articulated statement of the author's position about the focus or theme, and implications.

The duration of each presentation will be 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the oral presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Project Report

This type of presentation will include descriptions of the teaching practices, curricula, projects and programs aiming at the development of students' mathematical creativity and giftedness. A project report should include the purpose of the project, its instruments, the challenges addressed, and the outcomes that demonstrate the effectiveness of the project. The duration of each presentation will be 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the oral presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.


The goal of a symposium is to initiate dialogue and discussion on related important issues. We expect that each symposium will frame a research agenda for future research. The symposia will focus on selected topics related to the conference and coordinated by members of the international program committee and invited experts. Proposed symposia could address the following themes:

Mathematical creativity and giftedness in:

  • Kindergarten and elementary school

  • Middle and high school

  • Formal and informal learning

  • Teacher professional development

  • Controversial topics such as tracking, acceleration, fixed mindset, identification, …

The symposia papers should present their focus on research ideas in the field, authentic research questions and offer an outline of the discussions and interactions that will take place among the participants. The short papers for the symposia will be reviewed by the international program committee who will consider their relevance to the scope of the symposia. The discussions stimulated by the symposia can be further developed as research papers involving the collective work of teachers and researchers. The symposia will run simultaneously during a 90-minute time slot.


This type of presentation will require the active involvement of the participants and will emphasize problem-solving and hands-on activities. Short papers (two pages only) should include the goals of the workshop and the ways in which the participants will be involved in the activities. Each workshop will be allotted in total 90 minutes.

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations are available for those whose work is more suitably communicated in a pictorial or graphical format or demonstration (e.g., computer program), rather than through an oral presentation. Poster presentations require a two-page short paper that describes the content of the poster.

During the conference, the authors will discuss their findings in small groups and answer the attendees' questions. During a specified time period, the authors will be expected to be near their posters.


The MCG12 Template will be available later in 2021.


Participants are invited to submit a paper of up to 6 pages (for a Research Report or a Project Report) or up to 2 pages (for Symposia, Workshops and Posters), using the Template given within the conference site. Please ensure that all papers carefully adhere to American Psychological Association (Seventh Edition) conventions". For additional information, please click here. Papers should be written in English.

Papers should include

  • The title

  • Information about authors (name, surname, institution, country, e-mail)

  • Abstract (6-10 lines)

  • Key words

  • Main text

  • List of references

  • Max-6 pages

Poster Template

The poster size should be: 70 cm x 100 cm, portrait. The poster should be readable from about 2-3 meters distance.

Poster contents (Possible structure)

  • Title: [Maximum length: 1-2 lines].

  • Introduction: [Maximum length: approximately 200 words.]

  • Materials and methods: [Maximum length: approximately 200 words.]

  • Results: [Maximum length: approximately 800 words.]

  • Conclusions: [Maximum length: approximately 200 words.]

  • References: [Maximum length: approximately 10 entries.]

  • Acknowledgments: [Maximum length: approximately 40 words.]

  • Further information: [Maximum length: approximately 20 words.]