to the website of the Society for Didactics of Mathematics. The GDM is a scientific association with the aim to promote the didactics of mathematics – especially in German-speaking countries – and to cooperate with corresponding institutions in other countries. Mathematics didactics deals with the learning and teaching of mathematics at all ages.

Young Talent

01 Intro

The junior representation

The GDM junior representation sees itself as a contact point for young scientists in the field of mathematics didactics and pursues the goal of representing and networking young scientists and their interests within the GDM as well as supporting their further qualification.

In the early 2000s, the GDM-Nachwuchsvertretung was founded to represent the interests of young scientists within its own community and to promote networking among them. The GDM-Nachwuchsvertretung is composed of a group of doctoral students and post-docs from German-speaking countries in Europe. If you have any questions, requests or suggestions, you can contact the members at any time (see linked e-mail addresses below the picture):

Colleagues standing in a small group discussing something while working at an office.

02 The junior representation

Caren Feskorn


Gerrit Loth


Maximilian Pohl


Lukas Baumanns


Sebastian Geisler


Franziska Tilke


Marco Böhm


Judith Huget


Ralf Nieszporek


Niclas Bradtke


Norbert Noster


Silke Neuhaus-Eckhardt


Theresa Büchter


Julia Joklitschke


Franziska Peters


03 Offers

Businessman lectures at conference event,

Offers for the junior representation

On this website we, the junior staff representation, inform about our current offers. For more in-depth information and previous offers, we gladly refer to our Madipedia page.

Important information of various kinds can be sent to young scientists via the mailing list. In addition to job advertisements, conference announcements or invitations to meetings of young scientists, the young scientists’ representatives on the GDM Advisory Board also have the opportunity to obtain an opinion or to point out interesting developments.

Our regular major event is the GDM Young Scientists’ Day, which we organize every year and hold at the beginning of the GDM Annual Meeting. The objectives of the Young Scientists’ Day are networking and getting to know other PhD students as well as further scientific qualification. In particular, we want to make it easier for doctoral students who are in the first year of their doctoral project and are attending the annual meeting for the first time to find their way around and get started in their research activities and the GDM community – networking always turns out to be a central element here.


As event formats, we usually offer various workshops (e.g. on dealing with literature, self-management, giving a talk or designing a scientific poster). In addition, we moderate discussion and discussion rounds on current topics or challenges in the own qualification projects and enable the participants to give their conference presentation as a rehearsal. The Young Researchers’ Day ends with a roundtable discussion in which professors and faculty with doctorates share their experiences from their own doctoral years.


We will again organize a program for young scientists at the next GDM meeting: this will take place from Sunday, August 28, 2022, vsl. At 1:00 pm until Monday, August 29, 2022, around noon.

The number of participants is limited. Registration for the junior day is possible from 01.03.2022 up to and including 05.06.2022 via the registration for the junior day. More detailed information about the event formats is also available in the given link. If you have any questions about the Nachwuchstag, please feel free to contact Maximilian Pohl (maximilian.pohl@uni-due.de) or Caren Feskorn (caren.feskorn@paedagogik.uni-halle.de).

During the GDM conference, we also offer other events for young scientists in addition to the Young Scientists’ Day: In Experti:nnen-Sprechstunden there is the possibility for individual consultation on the doctoral project and the Kennenlern- und Kneipenabende serve the networking with other people from the young scientists.


During the GDM Annual Meeting, we also offer workshops aimed at advanced young scientists. Here, for example, we discuss how to write scientific journal articles or how to obtain DFG funding.


Sometimes it can be good to turn to an experienced professor in confidence – for example, if the members of the junior staff representation cannot offer adequate help in the specific situation or in particularly critical situations. For this case, we have created the support format of the trusted professors.

The trusted professors are ready to act as contact persons for the doctoral students in our community in conflict or problem situations, especially with regard to doctoral supervision. Together with you they will discuss possible solutions.



In the near future we will announce the contact professors and how to get in touch with them.


We would like to express our sincere thanks to the persons who have taken over this office so far: Prof. Dr. em. Regina Bruder (2020 – 2022)

Prof. Dr. em. Rudolf Sträßer (2020 – 2022)

03 Support

Support by GDM

The GDM supports young scientists with various funding measures. Inform yourself here about the different support offers.

GDM-members who fulfill one of the following conditions and prove this unsolicited every year until 31.3. at the latest by appropriate proofs, receive a reduction of 50% of the current membership fee:

  1. a maximum of 1/2 position (so-called 50% positions) as a scientific employee at a university or similar research institution
  2. full-time student
  3. scholarship holder
  4. trainee teacher

Please send an email to the treasurer with the subject “GDM discount for young scientists” and the supporting documents.

The GDM supports the participation of young scientists in the GDM annual conference or in major international conferences on the didactics of mathematics (ICME, PME, ICTMT, CERME, ICMI, ERME).

You can apply for a travel grant if one of the following conditions applies to you:

  1. a maximum of a 2/3 position (so-called 65% positions) as a research associate at a university or similar research institution
  2. full-time student
  3. scholarship holder
  4. trainee teacher

In addition to membership in the GDM, acceptance of a submitted conference contribution (lecture or poster) is required. In principle, only one conference participation per person and year can be funded. The applications have to be submitted to the treasurer together with a statement of travel expenses. Here you can download the corresponding form.


Every two years, the Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Mathematik (Society for Didactics of Mathematics) awards the Förderpreis der GDM for an outstanding dissertation to a young mathematics didactician.

The award winners so far were:




Jury des Förderpreises

Back view of a senior professor talking on a class to large group of students.

04 Young talent conference

GDM Young Scientists Conference

Once a year, in addition to the GDM conference, the GDM Young Researchers Conference is organized, which is explicitly aimed at people from the next generation of researchers. The GDM Young Scientists Conference focuses on an intensive discussion of research methods in mathematics didactics. In addition, there is the possibility to present one’s own qualification project and to discuss it with experts.

The Young Researchers Conference is hosted by a different university each year, an overview can be found on Madipedia. The next Junior Researchers Conference in 2022 will be hosted by the University of Leipzig. All information about the next Young Scientists Conference can be found here.

The Young Investigators Association is constantly trying to find hosting university locations for the Young Investigators Conference for the next years. If your location is interested in hosting the conference, please contact Sebastian Geisler (sebastian.geisler@rub.de).



Please contact us via mail.

For general inquiries about the association, please use the contact form.


Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin

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