Konrad Krainer

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.
Konrad Krainer



University diploma as teacher of mathematics and geography & economics (partially study assistant at the Institute of Mathematics)

Position as child-care worker, mathematics teacher, teacher educator and researcher
Doctorate and habilitation in the field of mathematics education

Qualification as academic adviser in the educational sector

Since 2001 Full professor for further education with special regard to school development at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU)

Guest professor or Visiting scholar for mathematics education at universities in Australia (Melbourne/Monash), Germany (Duisburg), The Czech Republic (Prague) and the USA (Athens and Iowa City)

Main scientific interest

Mathematics education, in particular its interconnection with teacher learning, school and system development (scaling up innovations in mathematics teaching)

Selected positions in Austria

  • Research project IMST (Innovations in Mathematics and Science Teaching): Scientific leader (1998-1999, analysis of TIMSS results and suggestions for improvement in Austria)
  • Austrian-wide development project IMST (Innovations Make Schools Top): Scientific leader (since 2000, building on preceding project), see e.g. Krainer & Zehetmeier 2013
  • Senate of the AAU: Member (2004-2007, 2007-2010)

  • Scientific advisory board of BIFIE (Institute for Educational Research, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System): Member (2008-2012, 2013-2017)
  • School of Education of the AAU: Founding Director (2013-2014)
  • National Education Report Austria 2015: Co-Editor (published 2016)
  • Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies of the AAU: Dean (since 2016)
  • Board of Trustees of the University College of Teacher Education Carinthia: Member (since 2016)

Selected positions international

  • European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME): Founding member and board member (1997-2003, 2005-2007)
  • Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education (JMTE, Springer): Associate Editor (1998-2009), Editorial board member (since 2010)
  • Education Committee of the European Mathematical Society (EMS): Chair (2009), member (2010-2014)
  • Scientific advisory board of the German Centre of Teacher Education in Mathematics (Deutsches Zentrum für Lehrerbildung Mathematik, DZLM): Member (since 2011)
  • CERME 9 (Prague): Chair of the International Programme Committee (2013-15)
  • EUSO 2015: Chairman of the Scientific Jury (European Union Science Olympiad)


Award for outstanding scientific performance in mathematics, natural science and technology (related to Doctoral thesis; Kardinal-Innitzer-Förderungspreis, Austria, 1991)

Sustainability Award for the IMST project in the category „Regional cooperations“ (Leader: K. Krainer; Leader of Subproject “Regional networks”: F. Rauch; Austria, 2012)