The first SMC Conference took place at Jordanhill College of Education (as it then was) in November 1968. The theme was “Mathematics in the Initial Stages of the Secondary School”, a topic which is still a source of lively debate more than fifty years on. Further conferences took place fairly regularly. Some were repeated at two different venues, such as Dundee and Glasgow.
Initially the conferences were fairly small-scale. There was a significant change in 1987 with the conference taking place for the first time at the University of Stirling. Since then the conference has been held every year in Stirling. In 2021, for the first time, the conference was held online.
The SMC conference is now a major event in the school year, typically attracting 300-400 teachers with between 20 and 30 workshops on offer. It also serves as a social gathering at which teachers can meet and network with colleagues from other parts of the country.