Third European Education Summit: Digital Education Transformation

10 December 2020

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    Building Resilience in the European Education Area

     

    The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread disruption to education and training provision by schools, higher education institutions, early childhood education and care (ECEC), vocational and non-formal education centres, across Europe.

    The crisis has shown that the use of distance and online learning is essential to ensuring the continuity of education and training provision.

    Yet, numerous obstacles impede the full deployment of online and distance learning, including:

    • lacking availability of stable, high-speed internet connectivity and suitable devices
    • the exclusion of learners who do not have access to necessary technology
    • difficulties in adapting to distance and online learning among educators and training staff
    • challenges for parents and carers in combining work and supporting their children's learning

    The Third European Education Summit provides the opportunity to stakeholders, including national education ministers, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives of the education and training ecosystem, to gather online to:

    • discuss the digital transformation of Europe’s education systems in the context of the COVID-19 recovery
    • exchange experiences and best practices in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on education and training provision
    • provide feedback on the Commission’s vision to create a European Education Area by 2025 and to implement the Digital Education Action Plan

    Together, we can build a resilient European Education Area which addresses challenges, such as sustainability, digitalisation and ensuring inclusivity.

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    During the run-up to, on and after 10 December 2020, we’ll be regularly updating this page with insights from the Third European Education Summit.

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    Programme

     

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    (Timings and sessions may be subject to change)

    Prior registration is not required to watch the web streaming

    The live streaming will be available in English only.

    General Moderator: Diana Madill, former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) moderator

    Morning session

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    09:45 - 10:00 | Speech from the European Commission President

    • Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

    10:00 - 10:10 | Opening statement

    • Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President, Promoting our European Way of Life

    10:10 - 10:20 | 'Setting the stage for the future of education'

    • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner, Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

    10:20 - 10:30 | Welcome from the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

    • Anja Karliczek, Minister of Education and Research, Germany

    10:30 - 10:40 | Statement

    • Sabine Verheyen, MEP, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)

      10:40 - 11:05 | Keynote speech 1 - 'Designing sustainable digital transformation of learning: BC/AC'

      • Professor Deirdre Butler, Dublin City University (DCU)

      11:05 - 11:30 | Keynote speech 2 - 'The power of chess in education'

      • Judit Polgár, Chess Grandmaster

      11:30 - 12:00 | Break

      ‘How to face the COVID-19 education challenge and master the digital transition in education’

      • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner, Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
      • Antoine Kasel, Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, Jobs and Social Rights
      • Dr Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
      • Lina Gálvez Muñoz, MEP, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
      • Stefanie Schlunk, Chair of Executive Board, Science on Stage Europe 

      Moderator: Diana Madill, former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) moderator

      13:00 - 13:30 | Break

      13:30 - 14:15 | First parallel high-level panels

      1a - 'Beating the odds: New opportunities to step up investment in education'

      • Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, France
      • Li Andersson, Minister of Education, Finland
      • Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria
      • Michaela Šojdrová, MEP, Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
      • Emil Boc, Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) and Mayor of Cluj-Napoca

      ModeratorStefan Zotti, Team Leader, Strategy and Investments, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission

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      1b - 'Education and training fit for a digital and green 21st century'

      • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner, Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
      • Professor Radovan Fuchs, PhD, Minister of Science and Education, Croatia
      • Maria Isabel Celaá Diéguez, Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Spain
      • Dr Václav Velčovský, Deputy Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic
      • Victor Negrescu, MEP, Vice-Chair, Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
      • Gillian Coughlan, Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC)
      • Pierre Dubuc, CEO and Co-founder, Open Classrooms

      Moderator: Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director, Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport, DG EAC, European Commission

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      14:15 - 14:35 | Break

      14:35 - 15:20 | Second parallel high-level panels

      2a - 'European Universities: Paving the way for higher education transformation post-COVID-19'

      • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner, Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
      • Manuel Castells Oliván, Minister of Universities, Spain
      • Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France
      • Simon Harris, Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Ireland
      • Vasileios Digalakis, Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Greece
      • Professor Antoniy Galabov, Associate Professor, New Bulgarian University, ERUA European University
      • Professor Michael Murphy, President, European University Association

      Moderators: Themis Christophidou, Director-General, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission
                          Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission

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      2b - 'Blended learning: The new normal for teachers'

      • Dr Zoltán Maruzsa, Minister of State for Public Education, Hungary
      • Jānis Volberts, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Latvia 
      • Irina Elisabeta Kovacs, Secretary of State, Ministry of Education and Research, Romania
      • Larry Flanagan, President, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE)
      • Daniel Wisniewski, General Secretary, European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE)
      • Lucija Karnelutti, Student representative, Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU)

      ModeratorMichael Teutsch, Head of Unit, Schools and Multilingualism, DG EAC, European Commission

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      15:20 - 15:40 | Break

      15:40 - 16:25 | Third parallel high-level panels

      3a - 'Europe’s hallmark: Towards a more inclusive, digital and green new Erasmus programme'

      • Prodromos Prodromou, Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, Cyprus 
      • Dr Justyne Caruana, Minister for Education, Malta 
      • Monika Filipová, State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Republic of Slovakia
      • Arja Krauchenberg, President, Lifelong Learning Platform
      • Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck, Founder and CEO, Lie Detectors

      ModeratorSophia Eriksson Waterschoot, Director, Youth, Education and Erasmus+, European Commission

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      3b - 'Gender and education: Levelling the playing field for women and men'

      • Dr Iris Rauskala, Director-General for Administrative Issues, Digitalisation, Gender Equality and Diversity Management, Austria
      • Barbora Buhnova, Associate Professor and Vice-Dean, Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics (FI MU) and Co-founder, Czechitas
      • Saskia Van Uffelen, Corporate Vice President Benelux Inetum, Digital Champion Belgium, EU Governing Board Digital Skills and Jobs
      • Kostis Giannidis, President, Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
      • Gohar Hovhannisyan, President, European Students’ Union (ESU)
      • Klas Hyllander, Independent consultant, expert in gender and education

      Moderator: Susanne Conze, Head of Unit, Country Analysis, DG EAC, European Commission

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      16:25 - 16:45 | Break

      Evening session

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      16:45 - 16:55 | Statement from future Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU

      • Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
      • Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, Minister of Education, Portugal

      16:55 - 17:05 | Concluding remarks

      • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner, Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission
       

      Speakers

      Ursula von der Leyen

      President, European Commission.

      Biography

      Margaritis Schinas

      European Commission Vice-President, Promoting our European Way of Life.

      Biography

      Mariya Gabriel

      European Commissioner, Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

      Biography

      Jean-Eric Paquet

      Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission.

      Biography

      Themis Christophidou

      Director-General, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Lina Gálvez Muñoz

      MEP, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

      Biography

      Michaela Šojdrová

      MEP, Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).

      Biography

      Sabine Verheyen

      MEP, Group of the European People's Party (EPP), Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).

      Biography

      Victor Negrescu

      MEP, Vice-Chair, Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).

      Biography

      Emil Boc

      Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) and Mayor of Cluj-Napoca.

      Biography

      Gillian Coughlan

      Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC).

      Biography

      Anja Karliczek

      Minister of Education and Research, Germany.

      Biography

      Frédérique Vidal

      Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France.

      Biography

      Irina Elisabeta Kovacs

      Secretary of State, Ministry of Education and Research, Romania.

      Biography

      Jānis Volberts

      State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Latvia.

      Biography

      Jean-Michel Blanquer

      Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, France.

      Biography

      Dr Justyne Caruana

      Minister for Education, Malta.

      Biography

      Krasimir Valchev

      Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria.

      Biography

      Li Andersson

      Minister of Education, Finland.

      Biography

      Manuel Castells Oliván

      Minister of Universities, Spain.

      Biography

      Manuel Heitor

      Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal.

      Biography

      Maria Isabel Celaá Diéguez

      Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Spain.

      Biography

      Monika Filipová

      State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Slovak Republic.

      Biography

      Prodromos Prodromou

      Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, Cyprus.

      Biography

      Professor Radovan Fuchs, PhD

      Minister of Science and Education, Croatia.

      Biography

      Simon Harris

      Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Ireland.

      Biography

      Dr Simona Kustec

      Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia.

      Biography

      Tiago Brandão Rodrigues

      Minister for Education, Portugal.

      Biography

      Dr Václav Velčovský

      Deputy Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic.

      Biography

      Vasileios Digalakis

      Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Greece.

      Biography

      Dr Zoltán Maruzsa

      Minister of State for Public Education, Hungary.

      Biography

      Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva

      Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Professor Antoniy Galabov

      Associate Professor, New Bulgarian University, ERUA European University.

      Biography

      Arja Krauchenberg

      President, Lifelong Learning Platform.

      Biography

      Barbora Buhnova

      Associate Professor and Vice-Dean, Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics (FI MU) and Co-founder, Czechitas.

      Biography

      Daniel Wisniewski

      General Secretary, European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE).

      Biography

      Deirdre Butler

      Professor, Dublin City University.

      Biography

      Diana Madill

      Former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) moderator.

      Biography

      Gohar Hovhannisyan

      President, European Students’ Union (ESU).

      Biography

      Dr Iris Rauskala

      Director-General for Administrative Issues, Digitalisation, Gender Equality and Diversity Management, Austria.

      Biography

      Judit Polgár

      Chess Grandmaster.

      Biography

      Klas Hyllander

      Independent consultant, expert in gender and education.

      Biography

      Kostis Giannidis

      President, Erasmus Student Network (ESN).

      Biography

      Larry Flanagan

      President, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE).

      Biography

      Lucija Karnelutti

      Student representative, Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU).

      Biography

      Professor Michael Murphy

      President, European University Association.

      Biography

      Michael Teutsch

      Head of Unit, Schools and multilingualism, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Saskia Van Uffelen

      Corporate Vice President Benelux Inetum, Digital Champion Belgium, EU Governing Board Digital Skills and Jobs.

      Biography

      Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot

      Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Stefan Zotti

      Team Leader, Strategy and Investments, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Stefanie Schlunk

      Chair of Executive Board, Science on Stage Europe.

      Biography

      Suzanne Conze

      Head of Unit, Country Analysis, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Ursula von der Leyen

      President, European Commission.

      Margaritis Schinas

      European Commission Vice-President, Promoting our European Way of Life.

      Mariya Gabriel

      European Commissioner, Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

      Jean-Eric Paquet

      Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission.

      Biography

      Jean-Eric Paquet became Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) on 1st April 2018. However, his involvement in EU research policy dates back from 2002, as Deputy Head of Cabinet of Philippe Busquin, then Commissioner in charge of Research and Development. Jean-Eric’s career at the European Commission started in 1993. Since then he contributed in shaping EU policy in various fields and achieved major breakthroughs, notably in DG Transport, where he led the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy and was responsible for Europe’s transport infrastructure policy and investment strategies, the single European rail area, inland waterways and port policy.

      He also gained considerable experience at international level: in DG Enlargement, his portfolio covered Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia. He was also EU Ambassador in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 2004 to 2007. In 2015, he was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission, in charge of Better Regulation and Policy Coordination. In all his endeavours, he puts co-creation and systemic change at the heart of the decision-making process, and strongly believes that citizens should be more involved in shaping public policy agendas.

      Themis Christophidou

      Director-General, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Themis Christophidou has been the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission since March 2018. She is a civil engineer with 35 years of experience in private and public sector management.

      After having worked in the private sector for 15 years, she joined the European Commission in 2001 and has held various positions, including in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), as Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and as Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

      Themis Christophidou is an alumna of the civil engineering faculty of the Metsovio Polytechnic University of Athens, specialised in transport infrastructure and urban transport. Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, she is trilingual in Greek, French and English.

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      Lina Gálvez Muñoz

      MEP, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

      Biography

      Lina Gálvez Muñoz has been a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019. In the EP, she is vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and a member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee and of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). She also belongs to the committees on Employment and Social Affairs. Lina Gálvez Muñoz has a PhD from the European University Institute (Florence) and is full professor of economic history and institutions at the Economics Department at Pablo Olavide University (Seville).

      She has also been professor at the Universities of Reading and Carlos III (Madrid), and a visiting professor at the Centre for Time Use Research at Oxford University. She has more than 100 scientific publications to her name, was vice-rector of her university from 2007 to 2012 and served as Regional Minister of Knowledge, Research and University of the Government of Andalusia from 2018 to 2019.

      Michaela Šojdrová

      MEP, Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).

      Biography

      Michaela Šojdrová has been a Member of the European Parliament (EPP Group, CZ - KDU-ČSL) since 2014, and currently serves on the Committee on Culture and Education (EPP coordinator) and the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. From 2010 to 2014, Ms Šojdrová worked as director of department of external relations at the Czech School Inspection and as representative of the Ministry for Education, Youth and Sports to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

      Between 1996 and 2010, Michaela Šojdrová served as a Member of Parliament of the Czech Republic representing Christian democrats (KDU-ČSL), holding the position of vice-chair of the Committee for Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. Michaela Šojdrová has been awarded French Order of Merit for significant contribution to Czech-French relations. She’s a lifelong supporter of youth programmes such as scouting, as well as volunteering, lifelong education and protection of children’s rights.

      Sabine Verheyen

      MEP, Group of the European People's Party (EPP), Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).

      Biography

      MEP's profile

      Victor Negrescu

      MEP, Vice-Chair, Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).

      Biography

      Victor Negrescu is the vice-chair of the Culture and Education Committee and rapporteur on the shaping of a European digital education policy. He is an emerging leader, active in the fields of education, digital innovation, entrepreneurship, European financing, citizens’ rights, and institutional affairs. His latest success was to promote in the European Parliament a resolution on education and to introduce in the Recovery and Resilience Facility a recommendation to Member States to allocate 10% for education and 2% for the cultural and creative sector.

      A former Romanian Minister for EU Affairs in charge of the preparation of the EU Council Presidency, he was previously a digital innovator and a professor before becoming an MEP. Victor Negrescu is an active promoter of EU values, chairing the PES Activists Romania and European Movement Romania organisations. In 2015, he won the MEP of the Year Award for the digital agenda and recently won an award from the Romanian digital industry for his efforts in promoting digital skills and education.

      As a civic activist, he promoted several European petitions calling for citizens’ and social rights at the EU level. He is a strong advocate for a fair social Europe, based on common policies in the fields of education, innovation & digital, protection of the environment, healthcare and infrastructure.

      Emil Boc

      Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) and Mayor of Cluj-Napoca.

      Biography

      Emil Boc is Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, the second-largest city in Romania in terms of size and economic development. He was Prime Minister of Romania from 2008 to 2012 and President of the Democratic Liberal Party from 2005 to 2012. He is a European People's Party (EPP) Committee of the Regions Member, Rapporteur on Brain Drain in the EU and on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025.

      Emil is a member of the 'A Soul for Europe' Advisory Board, holds a PhD in Political Science, is an associate professor at Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, and was awarded an honorary degree - Doctor of Law - from Michigan State University in East Lansing, USA. 

      Gillian Coughlan

      Member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC).

      Biography

      Gillian Coughlan is a member of Cork County Council and the Irish Southern Regional Assembly, representing the Bandon - Kinsale Municipal District. A secondary school teacher by profession, with a degree in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, she teaches History through the Irish language.

      A passionate proponent of subsidiarity and the importance of improving the effectiveness of local authorities, Gillian is currently preparing an opinion for the European Committee of the Regions on the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan.

      Anja Karliczek

      Minister of Education and Research, Germany.

      Biography

      Minister's profile

      Image: © 2020 Press and Information Office of the Federal Government.

      Frédérique Vidal

      Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France.

      Biography

      Before being appointed as the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal was the President of the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (UNS) since 2012. She holds a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, a post-graduate degree from the Institut Pasteur and a doctorate from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis where she became a lecturer in 1995. Since 2004, Frédérique Vidal has been a professor of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology at the UNS.

      In addition, she was Associate Dean of the Department of Life Sciences from 2007 to 2009 and was appointed Research Assessor to the Dean of the Faculty and then Dean of the Department in 2009. Previously, she was responsible for internships before becoming the Deputy Director of the post-graduate diploma in Pharmacology.

      An outside member of the Inserm Regional Scientific Council from 1999 to 2003, Frédérique Vidal has been on the assessment panel for the master’s degree in virology at the UPMC-Paris Diderot-Institut Pasteur since 2004. She was also co-responsible for the European Tempus project in relation to the implementation of the LMD system in the Balkans, from 2006 to 2009. Frédérique Vidal has been a “Chevalier” of the French Legion of Honour since 2013.

      Irina Elisabeta Kovacs

      Secretary of State, Ministry of Education and Research, Romania.

      Biography

      Irina Elisabeta Kovacs was appointed Secretary of State within Romania’s Ministry of Education in July 2017. She graduated from the University Babes-Bolyai of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Biology, and pursued master’s degrees in educational management and English language and literature, and PhD studies in biology.

      She has extensive experience in the field of pre-university education as a teacher, trainer, high-school manager and deputy general school inspector, and in the field of higher education, as a lecturer. She has published numerous books and articles in the field of educational management. She has received awards for excellence in education during her career as a teacher and educational manager. 

      Jānis Volberts

      State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Latvia.

      Biography

      Jānis Volberts is the State Secretary of Latvia’s Ministry of Education and Science. His background is in change and performance efficiency management in combination with financial and legal education. His main role at the ministry is to help ensure the effective execution of the ministry’s tasks with a particular focus on increasing the level of excellence of Latvian educational institutions, as well as the international competitiveness of Latvian higher education institutions, teaching staff and graduates and on promotion of the wider involvement of Latvian scientists in international projects and the development of science. Mr Volberts is one of the founders of TV teaching channel Your Class, which gained recognition and was of considerable assistance for pupils during the COVID-19 pandemic in spring.

      Jean-Michel Blanquer

      Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, France.

      Biography

      Jean-Michel Blanquer has been the French Minister of National Education and Youth since May 2017 and his remit was extended to Sport in July 2020. From 2009 to 2012, he served as director of ESSEC business school and previously held several positions of responsibility in the French education system, including rector of the Guyana and Créteil academies, and director general of school education.

      He has a doctorate in Law from Panthéon-Assas University and an MA in Politics from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). He has been heavily involved in relations with Latin America, notably as president of the Institute of the Americas and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the New Sorbonne University.

      Dr Justyne Caruana

      Minister for Education, Malta.

      Biography

      Minister's profile

      Image: © Government of Malta, 2020.

      Krasimir Valchev

      Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria.

      Biography

      Minister's profile

      Image: © Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.

      Li Andersson

      Minister of Education, Finland.

      Biography

      Li Andersson was appointed Minister of Education in Finland in June 2019. She is the chair of the Left Alliance party, former chair of her party’s youth organisation and current member of the City Council of Turku. She is serving her second term as a Member of Parliament, having been elected to Parliament in 2015. Before and during her political career, Ms Andersson has had numerous responsibilities in civil society organisations and trade unions.

      She has been a consistent advocate for human rights, equality and civil society, as well as social and ecological sustainability. She holds a bachelor degree in social sciences (international law) from Åbo Akademi University, which is the only exclusively Swedish-language multi-faculty university in Finland. She was born 1987 in Turku. 

      Manuel Castells Oliván

      Minister of Universities, Spain.

      Biography

      Manuel Castells is Minister of Universities of the government of Spain, appointed in January 2020. Educated in Barcelona and Paris in Law, Economics and Sociology, he has been professor of Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1970-79), professor of Planning and Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley (1979-2003), professor of Sociology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (1984-93) and university professor of Communication at the University of Southern California (2003-2020).

      He has also taught at MIT, Oxford University and Cambridge universities. He is a founding board member of the European Research Council and of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He has published 35 books, has received 23 honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics, of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, of the British Academy and of Academia Europaea. He was awarded the Holberg Prize in 2013 and the Balzan Prize in 2014.

      Manuel Heitor

      Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal.

      Biography

      Minister's profile

      Image: © Portuguese Republic Government, 2017.

      Maria Isabel Celaá Diéguez

      Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Spain.

      Biography

      Minister's profile

      Monika Filipová

      State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Slovak Republic.

      Biography

      Monika Filipová was appointed as Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic in March 2020. She completed primary and secondary education at schools with Hungarian teaching language in Slovakia close to the Hungarian border. She obtained her university degrees in various fields and universities in Slovakia and abroad, including Chinese language and intercultural communication at Comenius University in Bratislava. She obtained a master’s degree in diplomacy at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, and gained her doctoral degree at Comenius University.

      She speaks Slovak, Hungarian, English and Chinese fluently. She started her professional career in the private sector, before transferring to public administration, working at the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic for seven years. She was a member and representative of councils of European and international organisations, such as the Council of Europe and OECD. In 2018 she was included on a list compiled by the British NGO Apolitical of the “100 most influential young people in public administration in the world”.

      She participated in the USA’s International Visitor Leadership Programme and undertook a two-week seminar at the prestigious École nationale d’administration in Paris. In 2019, she ran for the office of the president of the Office for the Protection for Anti-social Whistle-blowers and was among the two successful candidates. In 2019, she was elected as chair of the Council of Democracy and Governance of the Council of Europe. She is the founder of the NGO The Good Civil Servant.

      Prodromos Prodromou

      Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, Cyprus.

      Biography

      Prodromos G. Prodromou is the Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth in Cyprus. He was born in Germany, studied at the Pancyprian Gymnasium in Nicosia and completed military service in the National Guard. He holds postgraduate degrees and diplomas in economics and political science from Université de Paris-X-Nanterre and in sociology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris. He has authored several books and many articles. Prior to his appointment as Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, on 3 December 2019, he served as Government Spokesman.

      He was previously employed as an economist in the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Cyprus and taught at a number of academic institutions. He was the publisher and director of the weekly newspaper Neos Typos (New Press), which he founded in 1999, and a producer, host and contributor for TV and radio talk shows. He was also correspondent for a number of French publications. Mr Prodromou was a member of the House of Representatives for 13 years (11 years with the Democratic Rally and two years with the European Democracy party). He served as a member and Chairman of many professional, social and cultural organizations. He is married and has three children.

      Professor Radovan Fuchs, PhD

      Minister of Science and Education, Croatia.

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      Simon Harris

      Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Ireland.

      Biography

      Simon Harris is the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in the government of Ireland. He previously served as Minister for Health from May 2016 to June 2020, and as Minister of State at the Departments of Finance PER and Taoiseach with special responsibility for the office of public works, public procurement and international banking from 2014 to 2016.

      Simon was first elected as a TD in 2011 and served as a member of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee. His involvement in politics began after he established an autism support and lobby group in County Wicklow to seek to give a voice to people living with autism and their families and to articulate their concerns and needs. Simon is married and a father of one.

      Dr Simona Kustec

      Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia.

      Biography

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      Image: © Nebojša Tejić, STA.

      Tiago Brandão Rodrigues

      Minister for Education, Portugal.

      Biography

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      Image: © Portuguese Republic Government, 2017.

      Dr Václav Velčovský

      Deputy Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic.

      Biography

      Václav Velčovský combines academic and policymaking assets in his career. Since 2015, he has been the Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, in charge of European Affairs and the European Structural and Investment Funds. Previously, he worked at the Ministry of Interior, where he was responsible for international affairs in public administration, and at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic with a focus on civil service reform.

      He studied Czech language, literature and history at the Charles University in Prague (Master), Slavonic studies at Leipzig University, and pedagogy at the Charles University (PhD). He is author of four monographs and dozens of scientific articles on the history of Czech-German relations, language policy and pedagogy. He is fluent in English and German.

      Vasileios Digalakis

      Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Greece.

      Biography

      Vassilios V Digalakis was born in Chania in 1963. He holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1986) and a PhD in Electrical and Systems Engineering from Boston University (1992). His research interests are in machine learning, pattern and speech recognition, speech processing, multimodal interfaces and dialogue systems. From 1992 to 1995, he was senior staff member of the Speech Technology and Research Laboratory of SRI International in Menlo Park, CA, developing algorithms for the DECIPHER speech recognition system.

      Since 1995, he has been a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the Technical University of Crete. He has also been chair of the department (2003-2005) and Director of the Telecommunications Systems Institute (2005-2013). From 2013 to 2017, he was rector of the Technical University of Crete, while serving as president of the Hellenic Universities Rectors’ Synod (2015). In the 2019 national elections, Prof Digalakis was elected MP in Chania with the New Democracy party and was appointed Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, responsible for higher education affairs. He is married and a father of two. 

      Dr Zoltán Maruzsa

      Minister of State for Public Education, Hungary.

      Biography

      Dr Zoltán Viktor Maruzsa has been Hungary’s State Secretary for Public Education since 2019. Prior to this he was Deputy State Secretary for Public Education, Ministerial Commissioner to the President of Educational Authority, Deputy State Secretary for Higher Education and Science Policy, and associate professor at Eötvös Loránd University and Eötvös József High School. He studied history, political science and German language and literature at Eötvös Loránd University, where he also gained his PhD and habilitation. He has won numerous scholarships and his research interests are international relations in the Cold War and the history of German and Austrian diplomacy after World War II.  

      Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva

      Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva has been Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport at DG EAC since 2016. Her main activities relate to the areas of education, including digital education, academic and business cooperation, research and innovation, sport. Her Directorate is also responsible for managing the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, which are key programmes of Horizon 2020, as well as for developing and monitoring the implementation of the EU Digital Education Action Plan. 
       
      Antoaneta joined the European Commission in 2008. She has occupied various positions across the Commission and dealt with external relations and enlargement, internal security and police cooperation, cyber security, stakeholder relations and international affairs. Prior to entering the Commission, Antoaneta worked as a Bulgarian diplomat in Brussels. She is a graduate in Political Science of Sofia University, with training and qualifications in European studies from Germany (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung) and the UK (Sussex University).

      Professor Antoniy Galabov

      Associate Professor, New Bulgarian University, ERUA European University.

      Biography

      Since 2008, Antoniy Galabov has been an associate professor of Sociology of Politics and Culture at the New Bulgarian University. Since 2015, he has been an adviser in the cabinet of the president and a chief expert at the National Center for Parliamentary Studies, the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.

      Since 2008, Galabov has served as vice-president of the Scientific Council of the EUROPA Association, France. He has been an expert at Transparency International - Bulgaria since 1998 and director of the Laboratory for Public Policies, NBU since 2010. He is also an associate researcher at the Management Research Laboratory of the University of Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. Antoniy Galabov is a Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms of the French Republic (2012).

      Arja Krauchenberg

      President, Lifelong Learning Platform.

      Biography

      A lifelong learner herself, Arja Krauchenberg was elected President of the Lifelong Learning Platform in September 2020. Trained as a linguist in romance languages, she works as a tourist guide while pursuing teacher training studies at Vienna University with a special focus on multilingualism, diversity and multiculturalism. 

      Mother-of-three Arja has lived abroad for almost 20 years and has been actively involved in parents’ representation in the schools attended by her children in different countries. Upon return to Austria – her home country – she started to engage in the regional parents’ association and was later elected member of the board of the European Parents’ Association where she served as president from 2018 to 2019 and is currently a project coordinator.

      Barbora Buhnova

      Associate Professor and Vice-Dean, Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics (FI MU) and Co-founder, Czechitas.

      Biography

      Barbora Buhnova is an associate professor and vice-dean at Masaryk University (MU), Faculty of Informatics in Brno. Following her research career in Germany and Australia, she now leads multiple research teams at the Faculty of Informatics MU (software architecture), the Institute of Computer Science MU (big data analytics) and Czech CyberCrime Centre of Excellence C4e (critical infrastructures). Next to her academic activities, she is a co-founding and governing board member of Czechitas, a non-profit organisation aiming at making IT skills more accessible to girls and women.

      Barbora is a member of multiple initiatives engaging more women in tech such as the Informatics Europe working group Women in Informatics Research and Education (WIRE) and EU COST Action: European Network for Gender Balance in Informatics, reaching across the whole of Europe. Within the EU COST Action, which involves 37 European countries, she is the leader of the work package on girls’ transition from school to university in informatics. Furthermore, she is a devoted speaker and author of multiple research studies on gender-sensitive education.

      Daniel Wisniewski

      General Secretary, European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE).

      Biography

      Daniel Wisniewski is the General Secretary of the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE), which represents 52 institutions from 23 European countries serving as employers in the national framework of social dialogue and collective bargaining in education.

      He is also the co-founder and President of YouthProAktiv, a global network promoting pro-activity, personal and professional development, and entrepreneurship among young people through education and policy.

      Deirdre Butler

      Professor, Dublin City University.

      Biography

      Deirdre Butler, a professor at DCU’s Institute of Education, is a leading scholar and creative practitioner of methods supporting teachers’ professional development and students’ learning. Deirdre’s passion in life is exploring what being digital in learning can mean and what competencies are needed to live in today’s complex globally connected world.  

      She is driven by discovering how using digital technologies can revolutionise learning, challenging us to examine how we learn and questioning our assumptions about 'traditional' models of schooling. Deirdre’s record of professional accomplishment demonstrates vision, energy and research excellence combined with a deep and passionate commitment to teaching and learning.

      Diana Madill

      Former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) moderator.

      Biography

      Originally from Northern Ireland, Diana Madill studied Spanish with Business Studies at the University of Edinburgh, then worked for 20 years as a presenter and reporter in BBC radio and television, hosting live news, interviews and debate programmes. For more than 10 years, she has been working with Prospex in Brussels facilitating conferences, seminars and workshops for the directorates of the European Commission, especially DG GROWTH, DG EMPL and DG EAC.

      In the UK, she works with private companies and government agencies on media training, presentation and business conversation skills. She is also a fully qualified Blue Badge Guide to London (official tour guide) and is married with four children.

      Gohar Hovhannisyan

      President, European Students’ Union (ESU).

      Biography

      Gohar Hovhannisyan is the President of the European Students’ Union (ESU) – an umbrella organisation for national student unions from 40 European countries. Her main focus is on the quality of higher education, with an emphasis given to quality assurance, learning and teaching, digitalisation and meaningful student participation in governance.

      She has extensive experience of student representation that started from the local level at the governing board of the Armenian State University of Economics and continued to national and European levels. She serves as an executive board member of EQAR, advisory board member of CHARM-EU university alliance and external experts’ group member of the ECIU alliance, and represents the ESU in the advisory group on learning & teaching of the Bologna Follow-up Group. 

       

      Dr Iris Rauskala

      Director-General for Administrative Issues, Digitalisation, Gender Equality and Diversity Management, Austria.

      Biography

      Iris Rauskala is the Director-General of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. She studied International Economics and Management with a specialisation in Public Finance and Public Management at Innsbruck University (Tyrol). In 2007, she joined the Federal Ministry of Economy and Labour. From 2009 to 2011, she was a member of the Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Science and Research. From 2011 to 2015, she worked as senior lecturer and research associate in the field of public financial management and public accounting at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZUAS) in Switzerland.

      From 2014 to 2015, Iris was team leader at the Competence Center of Public Financial Management at the Institute of Public Management at ZUAS. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Director-General at the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, with responsibilities for HR, budget, ICT, facility management, gender and diversity, science communication and student support services. From 2017 until 2019, Iris served as DG in similar fields of responsibilities at the Ministry of Education, Science and Research. From June 2019 until January 2020, she was Minister for Education, Science and Research in the Cabinet of Chancellor Bierlein. Since January 2020, she has been DG and Chief Digital Officer at the Ministry of Education, Science and Research. 

      Judit Polgár

      Chess Grandmaster.

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      Klas Hyllander

      Independent consultant, expert in gender and education.

      Biography

      Klas Hyllander, independent consultant, is a renowned expert in the field of men, masculinities and gender equality. Klas played a leading role in developing the national Swedish NGO Men for Gender Equality and in forming the European chapter of the global alliance MenEngage.

      Klas has worked with the Department of Education at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions on issues related to masculinities and gender equality, in part on a project on the improvement of school performance of boys as well as on improving the prevention of bullying and violence in schools. He is currently involved in an EU study of the underperformance of boys in schools for the DG EAC.

      Kostis Giannidis

      President, Erasmus Student Network (ESN).

      Biography

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      Larry Flanagan

      President, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE).

      Biography

      Larry Flanagan, ETUCE president, is the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, the country’s largest teacher union. Prior to taking up this post Larry had 33 years of experience as a practitioner across a variety of roles but primarily as a principal teacher of English. He is a council member of both the UK and Scottish Trades Union Congresses.

      Lucija Karnelutti

      Student representative, Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU).

      Biography

      Lucija Karnelutti has been a board member of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) since 2019. Prior to that function, she was a president of the School Student Organisation of Slovenia, where she gained valuable experience representing pupils from different backgrounds and monitoring and working on youth interests in various public policies at the national and European level.

      Besides that, she has experience working in youth organisations, as well as being a former member of the OBESSU working group on Global Citizenship Education and is a current member of the Council of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth working groups on digitalisation and apprenticeship. As an OBESSU board member, her portfolio consists of global citizenship education, education funding, COVID-19 response and environment.

      Professor Michael Murphy

      President, European University Association.

      Biography

      Michael Murphy is president of the European University Association and president emeritus of University College Cork. During a decade on the Faculties of Pharmacology, Physiology and Medicine at the University of Chicago, he served as director of the Hypertension Service and chair of Clinical Pharmacology and was co-founder of the Chicago Hypertension Forum. Dr Murphy was appointed professor of clinical pharmacology at UCC in 1992, dean of medicine in 2000 and president in 2007.

      An expert on cardiovascular therapies (most notably calcium channel blockers and dopamine receptor agonists), he has published some 160 articles, book chapters and editorials and served on editorial boards of six international journals. Active in many academic organisations in Europe and the United States, Professor Murphy has served as chair of the Health Research Board of Ireland, board member of the Irish Health Service Executive, chair of the Irish Universities Association and chair of the Permanent Working Group of European Hospital Doctors. He currently chairs the European Forum on Teaching and Learning.


       

      Michael Teutsch

      Head of Unit, Schools and multilingualism, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Michael Teutsch is Head of Unit 'Schools and multilingualism' in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC). The unit is a policy and programme unit contributing to the building of a European Education Area. Michael deals with: policy cooperation in the areas of schools and multilingualism on topics, such as key competences development and equity in education, education for environmental sustainability, teachers' professional development, language learning, or quality early childhood education and care; with the European flagship programme Erasmus+ in the areas of schools, vocational education and training, and adult learning; and the digital education platforms eTwinning/eTwinning Plus, the European School Education Gateway, and the European adult learning platform EPALE.

      Saskia Van Uffelen

      Corporate Vice President Benelux Inetum, Digital Champion Belgium, EU Governing Board Digital Skills and Jobs.

      Biography

      Saskia Van Uffelen has worked in information and communication technology (ICT) for more than 25 years. She has held national and international sales and marketing functions in leading companies such as Xerox, Compaq, HP, Arinso, Bull and Ericsson. As corporate vice president for the French ICT group Inetum, she oversees the development of the Benelux region for the group. In 2012, the federal ministry of economic affairs appointed Saskia Van Uffelen Digital Champion for Belgium representing the European Commission.

      As a manager, she always pays attention to the human aspects of collaboration in a company. She focuses on ensuring the synergies between the generations in the workplace and encourages others to do the same. As a role model she has received various awards including ICT Woman of the Year (Data News), Inspiring Women in Science, Technology and research (Luxembourg), Gulden Spoor voor Economische uitstraling (Flanders) and Leadership Award (Etion). She was nominated as Manager of the Year 2019 (Trends). Saskia Van Uffelen is married and a mother of five. 

      Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot

      Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot is Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+ at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. She is in charge of European cooperation on higher education, schools and youth policy, including Europe's flagship programmes Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps.

      She has previously held various positions within the Commission in the field of strategy and investment in education, labour market policy, the European Semester and the European cohesion funds. She studied Economics, Business and Political Science, and did an Erasmus student exchange in France. She is an Eisenhower Fellow.

      Stefan Zotti

      Team Leader, Strategy and Investments, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Stefan Zotti is Team leader at the Unit ‘Strategy and Investments’ in DG EAC. Before rejoining the European Commission in 2020, he worked as a political adviser to the Austrian Minister for Science and Research and as a member of cabinet of the European Commissioner for Regional Policy (2010-2013).

      Between 2016 and 2018 he led the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) as Director General and was the founding CEO of the ‘Foundation for Innovation in Education’. Since 2011, he has taught regularly at Austrian Universities of Applied Science with a main focus on European policies.

      Stefanie Schlunk

      Chair of Executive Board, Science on Stage Europe.

      Biography

      Stefanie Schlunk has been the chair of Science on Stage Europe, the leading network for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers in Europe, since 2011. With her team she supports teachers’ continuous professional development by offering them a platform to exchange best practice teaching ideas in more than 30 countries.

      Stefanie is responsible for the initiation and coordination of cross-border activities, such as the Science on Stage festivals, teacher workshops, competitions and international projects between teachers. Since 2003, Stefanie has also been the managing director of Science on Stage Germany. 

      Suzanne Conze

      Head of Unit, Country Analysis, DG EAC, European Commission.

      Biography

      Susanne Conze is Head of Unit for ‘Country Analysis’ in the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC). The unit supports the development and implementation of education policies through the analysis of national education and training systems. 

      During her career, both in the Commission and before, Susanne worked in different areas of education, especially school education and social inclusion policies and in the management of European education programmes. Most recently, she was the Commission’s Spokesperson for education, youth, sport and culture. She studied history, sociology and political science and holds a PhD in history.