Second European Education Summit

26 September 2019
Brussels, Belgium

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, will host the second European Education Summit on 26 September 2019 at SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Place du Mont Des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. This second edition of the Summit will focus on the teaching profession and is entitled: 

‘Teachers first: excellence and prestige for the European Education Area’

What challenges are teachers facing today and what future developments do we need to anticipate? Are teachers adequately recognised by society? Do they receive the support they need? What is teachers’ role in bridging education and active participation in society and the labour market?

These are just some of the questions to be explored in a discussion led by teachers with ministers, academics and civil servants at this year’s European Education Summit.

During the Summit, Commissioner Navracsics will present the 2019 Education and Training Monitor. The Monitor investigates how well teachers are faring, and builds on the latest results of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Teaching and Learning International Survey data, among other research. 

Alongside a number of in-depth discussions and keynote speeches, this year’s Summit will also include a workshop series entitled ‘The Classroom Experience’, which will examine innovative teaching methods and technology use enhancing modern learning experiences across Europe.

Due to limited capacity, the Summit is by invitation only, but there are plenty of ways in which you can keep up with what’s happening…

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Will appear here on 26 September
17 Sessions from 3 Locations

What else will be happening?

We will also celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September 2019, which promotes linguistic and cultural diversity, intercultural awareness and language learning across the EU.

Both the European Education Summit and the European Day of Languages support ongoing efforts to create a European Education Area by 2025. In a crucial step, the European Commission has already proposed to increase the budget of the next Erasmus programme during the 2021-2027 legislative cycle.

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PROGRAMME

(Timings and sessions may be subject to change)

8:00 - 9:00   | Registration

9:00 - 9:10   | Opening statement

  • Tibor Navracsics - European Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

9:10 - 9:50   | Keynote interventions

  • Mario Monti - President, Bocconi University, Senator for Life of the Italian Republic.
  • Christoph Schiebold - Teacher, International Montessori School, Brussels, Belgium.

9:50 - 10:00 | Greetings from the Finnish Presidency

  • Li Andersson - Minister of Education, Finland.
A diagnosis of the teaching profession: excellence, motivation, autonomy and prestige. How can we make teaching more attractive?

10:00 - 11:00 | High-level panel 1 - 'Teachers: the neglected cornerstones of the European Education Area?'

This high-level panel discussion will explore the crucial role of teachers in achieving the vision of creating a European Education Area by 2025, in particular by supporting the learning mobility of students and by fostering inclusive, innovative teaching practices.

  • Blaženka Divjak - Minister of Science and Education, Croatia.
  • Iris Eliisa Rauskala - Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Austria.
  • Jean-Michel Blanquer (tbc) - Minister of Education and Youth, France.
  • Lorenzo Fioramonti - Minister of Education, University and Research, Italy.
  • Inger Enkvist - Professor of Spanish, Lund University, Sweden.
  • Pasi Sahlberg - Professor of Education Policy and Research Director, University of New South Wales, Australia.

11:10 - 12:05 | First parallel sessions

Competitive salaries and career progression are essential for attracting and retaining talent in the teaching profession, but other factors, such as job security and working conditions, are also crucial. This session considers these elements and how to make careers in teaching more attractive.

  • 1a - 'Who is afraid of becoming a teacher? What else matters beyond salaries?'

    Competitive salaries and career progression are essential for attracting and retaining talent in the teaching profession, but other factors, such as job security and working conditions, are also crucial. This session considers these elements and how to make careers in teaching more attractive.

    • Evarist Bartolo - Minister for Education and Employment, Malta.
    • Li Andersson - Minister of Education, Finland.
    • Margit Timakov - School teacher and vice-principal, Tallinn, Estonia.
    • Maria João Horta - Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Education of Portugal.
  • 1b - 'Teaching is teamwork: the role of school directors and parents'

    Collaborative leadership structures encouraging cooperation among teachers are key to creating a ‘whole school approach’ characterised by inclusive learning environments. Participants will discuss how to foster a supportive, reflective environment for teachers, stakeholders and between schools.

    • Iben Lundager Rausgaard - Educational leader, Fredericia Gymnasium, Denmark.
    • Rodrigo Queiroz e Melo - CEO, Portuguese Association of Independent Schools (AEEP), Portugal.
    • Valérie Gardette - Vice-President, European Parent’s Association (EPA), France.
  • 1c - 'Excellent training for excellent teachers: continuous professional development for an attractive profession'

    Teaching is sometimes seen as having less opportunities for career progression and professional development than other skilled professions. This workshop will explore how the attractiveness of a teaching career might be enhanced by expanding the options for professional development.

    • Ilga Šuplinska - Minister of Education and Science, Latvia.
    • Jernej Pikalo - Minister for Education, Science, Youth and Sport, Slovenia
    • Jari Lavonen - Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.
    • Jorrit Blaas - Teacher, policy officer, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands.
  • 1d - 'The importance of wonder in a world with more screens than windows' 

    This masterclass from Catherine l’Ecuyer will explore the concept of ‘wonder’ – children's innate, inner desire to learn and central motivation for action. The ‘wonder approach’ calls into question ideas about educational theory derived from neuroscience and brain-based learning.

    • Catherine l’Ecuyer - Best-selling author, Dr of Education and Psychology, Spain and Canada.

 12:15 - 13:00 | Presentation of the 2019 Education and Training Monitor

The quality of teachers is considered to be the single greatest factor within schools impacting students’ educational outcomes. Yet, across the EU, the teaching profession is facing several important challenges – shortages in staff, attracting and retaining talent, and ensuring continuous innovation in teaching and learning practices. This year’s Education and Training Monitor uses the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) TALIS data on school environments, career progression, opportunities for lifelong learning and more to provide comparative insights into national education and training systems and policies across the EU.

  • Tibor Navracsics - European Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

14:30 - 15:20 | Second High level panels

  • 2a - 'Teaching foreign languages in schools: a must or a luxury?'

    Language competences are at the heart of the ambitious vision to establish a European Education Area. Accordingly, the Council of the European Union recently adopted a Recommendation with the aim of making language teaching more efficient across the EU. But, how can Member States and individuals raise their ambition in this area? 

    • Anna Ekström - Minister for Education, Sweden.
    • María Isabel Celaá Diéguez - Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Spain.
    • Alex Rawlings - Author, blogger, polyglot, United Kingdom.
    • Fabrice Jaumont - Researcher, author on multilingualism, diplomat, France.
    • Irina Pravet - Language coach, Finland.
  • 2b - 'Who is afraid of new technologies in the classroom? The challenges of ICT and AI'

    Digital transformation continues to have a major impact on all aspects of society. Possessing digital skills has, for example, become essential to gaining employment on the modern labour market. Alongside the development of emerging technologies comes unique ways of improving access to quality education and training. However, national education institutions need to adapt to this transformation to be able reap its benefits. This High Level Panel will discuss how we can tackle the purposeful use of digital technology for reflective teaching and learning.

    • Niki Kerameos - Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Greece.
    • Frédéric Panier - Junior partner, McKinsey and Co.
    • Przemysław Staroń - High school teacher and coach, current Teacher of the Year, Poland.
    • Wolfgang Schimpf - School Director, Max-Planck Gymnasium, Göttingen, Germany.

15:30 - 16:20 | Second parallel sessions

  • 2a - 'Erasmus+ mobility for teachers and pupils: from eTwinning to physical mobility'

    The  Erasmus+ programme supports mobility in education and training through physical exchanges for pupils and online tandem exchanges for teachers. Furthermore, eTwinning – part of Erasmus+ – has become one of the world’s largest collaborative platforms for teachers with around 700,000 members. This session takes stock of achievements to date regarding educational mobility and future developments foreseen during the next Erasmus+ programme period (2021-2027). 

    • José Angel Agudo - Project coordinator, Lycée international des Pontonniers, France.
    • Lidija Kralj - Assistant Minister, General Director, Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia.
    • Melanie Rosenbaum - Department of International Organisations, Congregation for Catholic Education, Germany.
    • Stéphanie Siklossy - Project Manager, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, Austria.
  • 2b - 'More culture in the classroom: better results, more inclusion?'

    Is culture a means or an ends to education? How can the study of culture and cultural heritage enhance and reinforce links between traditional subjects featuring on school curricula? Carmen Ion and Nunzia Nigro present two examples of how to engage pupils in learning, skills and social development using creative methods. 

    • Carmen Ion - Literature teacher, Founder, Boovie short film festival, Romania.
    • Nunzia Nigro - Director, Department of Education and Training Public Promotion, Rome Opera, Italy.
  • 2c - 'European Universities: a game changer for higher education in Europe?'

    Representatives of diverse higher education institutions (HEI) from across Europe belonging to three HEI alliances will reflect upon their vision to transform university teaching to allow it to better adapt to future challenges. They consider how these actions might support the vision to create a European Education Area.

    • Pedro Duque Duque - Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Spain.
    • Ann De Schepper - Vice-Rector, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
    • Imre Hamar - Vice-Rector for international affairs, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary.
    • Sigbritt Karlsson - 19th President, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
  • 2d - 'Full STE(A)M ahead: how to make science more attractive in the EU?'

    Integrating art and humanities subjects into STEM education through the STEAM approach may help to make studying science and pursuing a career in STEM-related fields more attractive across the EU. The panel will consider the challenges and opportunities for teaching professionals and policymakers in achieving this transformation of existing education structures.

    • Ann Dooms - Mathematician, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
    • Anne Borg - Acting Rector, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.
    • Lena Nasiakou - Founder, Lena’s Moves, co-founder Maths & Moves and Maths in Motion, Greece, Netherlands.
    • Marc Durando - Executive Director, European Schoolnet, France.
  • 2e - 'Teaching in rural areas: challenges and solutions to keep rural areas alive'

    Schools are often the heart of rural communities connecting them to their broader region. In the context of ever-ageing societies and an ongoing trend towards urbanisation, schools face unique challenges requiring resolute and innovate policy responses – not least, ensuring the provision of quality training for teachers.

    • Csaba Borboly - Member of the European Committee of the Regions, President, Harghita County Council, Romania.
    • Jean-Baptiste Nouailhac - Director, Cours Clovis, Co-Founder and Director, Espérance Ruralités Foundation, France.
    • Vittoria Volterrani - eTwinning ambassador, teacher trainer, Piacenza, Italy.

16:30 - 17:20 | Third parallel sessions

  • 3a - 'Inclusive education: does the social elevator still work?'

    ‘Everyone has the right to inclusive and quality education, training and life-long learning’, states the first principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The panel will discuss contemporary challenges related to ensuring the inclusivity of education and explore possible avenues towards creating a community-based model for education institutions. 

    • Cor J. W. Meijer - Director, European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Netherlands.
    • Daisy Mertens - Primary school teacher, Netherlands.
    • Sindy Joyce - Member of President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State, Ireland.
  • 3b - 'Neurosciences, brain-based learning: the next evolution in education?'

    ‘Brain-based learning’ refers to teaching methods, lesson design and school programmes supported by neuroscience research on the acquisition of knowledge and cognitive development. Acclaimed neuropsychologist, Dr Alvaro Bilbao, will consider the potential of brain-based learning as the next evolution in education, and debunk some myths about this emerging paradigm.

    • Álvaro Bilbao - Expert in brain development and care, certified instructor of the ‘Positive Discipline’, Spain.
  • 3c - 'Do teachers have the blues? Civil society’s point of view'

    Teachers and educators are catalysts for learning and the development of skills. Social partners and civil society members will share their knowledge on what is already being done to address teachers’ and educators’ needs, and what still needs to be addressed to restore the attractiveness and prestige of the teaching profession in Europe.

    • Daniel Wisniewski - General Secretary, European Federation of Education Employers, Poland.
    • Klaus Heeger - Secretary General, European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions, Germany.
    • Pavel Trantina - Professor for Romance Philology and Ladin, Italy.
    • Susan Flocken - European Director, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), France.
  • 3d - 'A healthy lifestyle: a given or something to be taught?'

    Physical activity is essential to create a healthier environment in schools, but how can we make our schools more active? Angeles García Álvarez, Gábor Balogh and George Adrian Oprea will offer food for thought on how to energise the school community.

    • Angeles Garcia - Headmistress of Miguel de Cervantes State School, Gijón, Spain.
    • Gábor Balogh - Olympic medallist, President, Hungarian National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation.
    • George Adrian Oprea - Non-formal education trainer, Romania.
  • 3e - 'Teaching common values, promoting a shared sense of belonging in diverse classrooms'

    Recent research shows that efforts to instil common values through school education are typically lacking and, often, unsystematic in approach when compared to the teaching of traditional subjects. In socially and culturally diverse areas it can be particularly difficult for teachers to ensure a shared sense of belonging and identity in the school environment. This may result in violent radicalisation. To what extent can teachers be expected to prevent radicalisation by fostering a shared sense of belonging?

    • Amanda Spielman - Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, United Kingdom.
    • Barbara Lefebvre - History and Geography teacher, France.
    • Christiane Höhn - Principal adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Germany.

17:30 - 18:20 | Fourth parallel sessions

  • 4a - 'Vocational excellence: skills-ecosystems for innovation and social inclusion'

    Rapid technological development, globalisation and climate change all call for innovative ideas to ensure that vocational education and training (VET) systems adapt to and help steer future societal developments. This session examines the initiative to establish transnational platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in response to these, and other, societal challenges.

    • Adrijana Hodak - Board member of EUproVET, Slovenia.
    • Jorge Arévalo Turrillas - Deputy Minister of Vocational training, Basque Government, Euskadi region, Spain.
    • Pieter de Jong - EU representative, Wetsus and WaterCampus, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
    • Shyamal Majumdar - Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, India.
  • 4b - 'The importance of regional and minority languages in Europe: why they belong in the classroom and not museums'

    Many EU Member States have schools successfully applying bilingual or trilingual education strategies, in which one language is a regional or minority language. A new Eurydice report examines some examples of policies and practices in Member States to promote the continued use of these languages. What lessons can be learned from the results of these measures?

    • Ans Wallinga - Frisian language teacher, Netherlands.
    • Loránt Vincze - President, Federal Union of European Nationalities, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Romania.
    • Paul Videsott - Professor for Romance Philology and Ladin, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.
  • 4c - 'Schools and companies: why and how bring them closer together?'

    Cooperation between schools and local businesses is one of the most important ways of reducing early school leaving and encouraging students to pursue STEM careers. This workshop will discuss best practice examples of private-public collaboration of this kind across the EU and will offer conclusions about the next steps for this form of collaboration in EU Member States.

    • Alexa Joyce - Leader on global strategy, Microsoft, Belgium.
    • Antti Korhonen.
    • Eleanor Walsh - Assistant manager, Business Action on Education, Business in the Community Ireland.
    • Maja Makovec Brenčič - Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • 4d - 'Teachers, what about Europe? Why and how bring Europe closer to pupils?'

    Recent years have confirmed a trend across Europe: the European Union appears vague and unknown to many of its citizens, including young people. How can we change this pattern to ensure that pupils learn about the EU, from kindergarten to university and beyond? What role do stakeholders in Member States have to play in engaging citizens’ interest in and promoting the sharing of knowledge about the European project?

    • Lucja Karnelutti - Board member, Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), Slovenia.
    • Yoana Konstantinova - Secondary school English teacher, Bulgaria.
    • Zorana Simić - Project manager, EUROSOC#DIGITAL, Germany.
  • 4e - 'For the best start in life: quality and staff development in early childhood education'

    Countries across Europe are working to increase access to and the quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC) provision. High-quality ECEC lays the foundation for further learning and success in life. This workshop will discuss the professionalisation of ECEC and the role of (continued) professional development in ensuring the best possible start in life.

    • Claude Meisch - Minister of Education, Childhood and Youth, Luxembourg.
    • Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca - President, Eurochild, Malta.
    • Nathalie Casso-Vicarini - Founder and leader, ‘Ensemble pour l'Education de la Petite Enfance’, France.

18:30 - 18:50 | Closing remarks and way forward

  • Themis Christophidou - Director-General, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission.

18:50 - 19:30 | Closing reception 

Workshop Series - The Classroom Experience

Morning session 

11:00 – 12:10 | Magritte Foyer (Playground Corner), SQUARE

  • 11:00 - 11:20 | Learn better with mindfulness 
    Céline Rebiere is the coordinator of the Erasmus+ project ‘Feel Better, Learn Better, Live Better’ and will show you how to promote well-being at school through mindfulness practices. After an introduction on how to teach self-awareness and emotional intelligence to students, experience the benefits of yoga and meditation for a healthier class back home.

  • 11:25 - 11:45 | Gamify your teaching!
    Have you ever tried to teach through the use of gamification? Mihaela Breaz, coordinator of the Erasmus+ vocational education and training (VET) project ‘Gamify Your Teaching’, will delve into the topic of entrepreneurship as a driver of innovation in society. Discover more through game-based learning and play the game to inspire future entrepreneurs.

  • 11:50 - 12:10 | Developing collaborative digital projects between schools 
    eTwinning offers a platform for school staff with a variety of secure digital tools. Join Siegfried Maillard, a French teacher, to explore the most exciting learning community in Europe and to find out how to easily connect students, teachers and your schools by taking part in collaborative digital projects.

11:00 – 12:10 | Cube Foyer (Whiteboard Corner), SQUARE

  • 11:00 - 11:20 | Raise the next renewable energy supporters!
    Are you looking for inspiration on how to make your students aware of climate change and to take action? Anja Warnke and Petra Meier, project managers of the Erasmus+ project 'Improving Teaching Methods in Europe ', will tackle the topic of renewable energy through games and exercises designed during the project, in which you take the role of the students.

  • 11:25 - 11:45 | Build your active school community
    Physical activity is essential to create a healthier environment in schools. But how can we make our schools more active? Bilyana Mileva, coordinator of the Erasmus+ project 'Active School Communities ', will provide food for thought on how to link schools with sport organisations and involve you in a fun 'energizer' game.

  • 11:50 - 12:10 | Make an impact with ‘bioplastics’ 
    Plastics are littering our environment, harming our planet and our health. Are there alternatives that our students should know about? Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral research fellow, Alexandra Peregrina Lavin, will delve into the world of 'BterBioPlastics' and demonstrate how to make science teaching more impactful and fun.

Afternoon session 

14:00 – 15:30 | Cube Foyer (Whiteboard Corner), SQUARE

  • 14:00 - 14:20 | Teaching the EU in a fun way 
    The new 24-language Learning Corner website is dedicated to presenting the EU in a fun way. Children aged 5 to 18 and their teachers can discover a rich repository of games, quizzes and materials focusing on the EU and its benefits. Find out how you can best use the Learning Corner in your classroom, with Marianne Hintjens, a Belgian teacher.

  • 14:25 - 14:45 | Getting to know Europe and Europeans 
    Magdalena Stasiak is the coordinator of 'Discovering Europe', an Erasmus+ project that has designed several activities for students to know more about Europe and Europeans. She will inspire you across her European journey and will help you to design the next activity to take back to your school.

  • 14:50 - 15:10 | Living side by side as citizens of Europe 
    Join Anja Warnke, project manager of the Erasmus+ project 'Improving Teaching Methods in Europe', and her project partner, Petra Meier, to explore the opportunities and challenges of different cultures living side-by-side in Europe and to find out more about 'cooperative learning'.

  • 15:10 - 15:30 | Let’s do it together: unity in diversity 
    We all know that cooperation and understanding are key ingredients to build an inclusive society. How can we share this message with students in the classroom? Sander van Rooijen – researcher of the Erasmus+ project 'Cohesion' – will take you through a role play in which two teams will experience the essence of togetherness.

14:30 – 15:40 | Magritte Foyer (Playground Corner), SQUARE

  • 14:30 - 14:50 | Bringing Europe’s cultural heritage into the classroom
    As part of the legacy of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Commission has developed exciting activities to promote cultural heritage among teachers and students. Explore Europe’s Cultural Heritage Toolkit to find out how to make teaching culture more fun back home.​​​​

  • 14:55 - 15:15 | Enabling teachers with tools for inclusion
    Discover the European Toolkit for Schools, which provides you with a range of materials designed to help and inspire you to promote inclusive education and to tackle early school leaving. Learn how to use this online resource in a variety of situations, with Aristea Politi, from the European Commission.

  • 15:20 - 15:40 | SELFIE: supporting schools in the digital age
    Join this workshop with project leader, Deirdre Hodson, to learn about SELFIE, the free online self-reflection tool, which helps schools to see their progress in integrating digital technologies into teaching and learning. By collecting the views of teachers, school leaders and students, SELFIE gives the whole school community the chance to share their evaluation of technology use in the classroom.

     

SPEAKERS

8:00-9:00
26 Sep
Registration
Entrance
9:00-9:15
26 Sep
Opening statement
Room 1
9:15-9:45
26 Sep
Keynote interventions
Room 1
9:45-10:00
26 Sep
Greetings from the Finnish Presidency
Room 1
10:00-12:00
26 Sep
First block - 'A diagnosis of the teacher profession'
Various
A diagnosis of the teaching profession: excellence, motivation, autonomy and prestige - what is the recipe to make this profession more attractive?
10:00-11:00
26 Sep
First High-level panel - Teachers: the neglected cornerstones of the European Education Area
TBD
First block - A diagnosis of the teaching profession: excellence, motivation, autonomy and prestige - what is the recipe to make this profession more attractive?
11:00-12:00
26 Sep
First parallel sessions
12:15-13:00
26 Sep
Presentation of the 2019 Education and Training Monitor
TBD
14:30-16:30
26 Sep
Second block - Challenges facing teachers for today’s and tomorrow’s education
Various
14:30-15:30
26 Sep
Second High-level panels
15:30-16:30
26 Sep
Second parallel sessions
16:30-17:30
26 Sep
Third parallel sessions
17:30-18:30
26 Sep
Fourth parallel sessions
18:30-19:00
26 Sep
Closing remarks and way forward
TBD
19:00-19:30
26 Sep
Closing reception
TBD
11:00-15:30
26 Sep
Workshop Series - ‘The Classroom Experience’

Keynote speakers

Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Biography
Themis Christophidou

Director-General, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission.

Biography
Mario Monti

President, Bocconi University, Senator for Life of the Italian Republic.

Biography
Li Andersson

Minister of Education, Finland.

Christoph Schiebold

Teacher, International Montessori School, Brussels, Belgium.

Biography

Speakers

Adrijana Hodak

Board member of EUproVET, Slovenia.

Biography
Alexa Joyce

Leader on global strategy, Microsoft, Belgium.

Biography
Alex Rawlings

Author, blogger, polyglot, United Kingdom.

Biography
Álvaro Bilbao

Expert in brain development and care, certified instructor of the ‘Positive Discipline’, Spain.

Biography
Amanda Spielman

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, United Kingdom.

Biography
Angeles Garcia

Headmistress of Miguel de Cervantes State School, Gijón, Spain.

Biography
Anja Warnke

Secondary school teacher of Physical Education and French, Germany.

Biography
Ann De Schepper

Vice-Rector, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Biography
Ann Dooms

Mathematician, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium.

Biography
Anne Borg

Acting Rector, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Biography
Ans Wallinga

Frisian language teacher, Netherlands.

Biography
Antti Korhonen
Barbara Lefebvre

History and Geography teacher, France.

Biography
Bilyana Mileva

Project manager, association BG Be Active, Bulgaria.

Biography
Blaženka Divjak
Minister of Science and Education, Croatia.
Carmen Ion

Literature teacher, Founder, Boovie short film festival, Romania.

Biography
Catherine L’Ecuyer

Best-selling author, Dr of Education and Psychology, Spain and Canada.

Biography
Céline Rebiere

Primary school teacher and certified trainer for future teachers, France.

Biography
Christiane Höhn

Principal adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Germany.

Biography
Cor J. W. Meijer

Director, European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Netherlands.

Biography
Csaba Borboly

Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Romania.

Biography
Daisy Mertens

Primary school teacher, Netherlands.

Biography
Daniel Wisniewski

General Secretary, European Federation of Education Employers, Poland.

Biography
Deirdre Hodson

SELFIE project leader, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission.

Biography
Eleanor Walsh

Assistant manager, Business Action on Education, Business in the Community Ireland.

Biography
Fabrice Jaumont

Researcher, author on multilingualism, diplomat, France.

Biography
Frédéric Panier

Junior partner, McKinsey and Co.

Biography
Gábor Balogh

Olympic medallist, President, Hungarian National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation.

Biography
George Adrian Oprea

Non-formal education trainer, Romania.

Biography
Iben Lundager Rausgaard

Educational leader, Fredericia Gymnasium, Denmark.

Biography
Imre Hamar

Vice-Rector for international affairs, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary.

Biography
Inger Enkvist

Professor of Spanish, Lund University, Sweden.

Biography
Irina Pravet

Language coach, Finland.

Biography
Jari Lavonen

Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education, Finland.

Biography
Jean-Baptiste Nouailhac

Director Cours Clovis, co-founder, Espérance Ruralités Foundation, France.

Biography
Jorge Arévalo Turrillas

Deputy Minister for Vocational training, Basque Government, Euskadi region, Spain.

Biography
Jorrit Blaas

Teacher, policy officer, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands.

Biography
José Angel Agudo Ríos

Project coordinator, Lycée international des Pontonniers, France.

Biography
Klaus Heeger

Secretary General, European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI), Germany.

Biography
Lena Nasiakou

Founder, Lena’s Moves, co-founder Maths & Moves and Maths in Motion, Greece, Netherlands.

Biography
Lidija Kralj

Assistant Minister, General Director, Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia.

Biography
Loránt Vincze

President, Federal Union of European Nationalities, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Romania.

Biography
Lucija Karnelutti

Board member, Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions, Slovenia.

Biography
Magdalena Stasiak

Primary school teacher of English, Poland.

Biography
Maja Makovec Brenčič

Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Biography
Marc Durando

Executive Director, European Schoolnet, France.

Biography
Margit Timakov

School teacher and vice-principal, Tallinn, Estonia.

Biography
Maria João Horta

Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Education of Portugal.

Biography
Marianne Hintjens

Pedagogical supervisor and head teacher, nursery and primary schools, Belgium.

Biography
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

President Eurochild, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador, Malta.

Biography
Melanie Rosenbaum

Department of International Organisations, Congregation for Catholic Education, Germany.

Biography
Mihaela Breaz

Director, National Council of Small and Medium Private Enterprises, Romania.

Biography
Nathalie Casso-Vicarini

Founder and leader, ‘Ensemble pour l'Education de la Petite Enfance’, France.

Biography
Nunzia Nigro

Director, Department of Education and Training Public Promotion, Rome Opera, Italy.

Biography
Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Education Policy, Research Director, Gonski Institute for Education, Australia.

Biography
Paul Videsott

Professor for Romance Philology and Ladin, Italy.

Biography
Pavel Trantina

Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Czech Republic.

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Pieter de Jong

EU representative, Wetsus and WaterCampus, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

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Przemysław Staroń

High school teacher and coach, current Teacher of the Year, Poland.

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Rodrigo Queiroz e Melo

CEO, Portuguese Association of Independent Schools (AEEP), Portugal.

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Sander Van Rooijen

Policy advisor, researcher, Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, Netherlands.

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Shyamal Majumdar

Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, India.

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Siegfried Maillard

Mathematics teacher, lower secondary school, Bordeaux, France.

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Sigbritt Karlsson

19th President, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

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Sindy Joyce

Member of President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State, Ireland.

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Stéphanie Siklossy

Project Manager, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, Austria.

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Susan Flocken

European Director, European Trade Union Committee for Education, France.

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Valérie Gardette

Treasurer, board member, Vice-President, European Parent’s Association (EPA), France.

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Vittoria Volterrani

eTwinning ambassador, teacher trainer, Piacenza, Italy.

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Wolfgang Schimpf

School Director, Max-Planck Gymnasium, Göttingen, Germany.

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Yoana Konstantinova

Secondary school English teacher, Bulgaria.

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Zorana Simić

Project manager, EUROSOC#DIGITAL, Germany.

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Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

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Tibor Navracsics is the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport for the Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker (2014 – 2019).

Before this mandate, he served as Head of the Prime Minister's Office in Hungary, member of the Hungarian Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Administration and Justice, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

In the 1990s, Tibor Navracsics started to teach at the University of Economics in Budapest. From 1997 until taking up office as European Commissioner, he taught at the Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Law and Political Sciences in Budapest, where he became an associate professor in 2001.
 


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Themis Christophidou

Director-General, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission.

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Themis Christophidou is the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, since March 2018. She is a civil engineer with 33 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. Having held various positions in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, she worked as Deputy Head of Cabinet of Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport in 2010-11. From 2011 to 2014, Themis Christophidou was the Head of Cabinet of Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and from 2014 to 2018, she was the Head of Cabinet of Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.


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Mario Monti

President, Bocconi University, Senator for Life of the Italian Republic.

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Mario Monti is President of Bocconi University and Senator for Life of the Italian Republic. He was Prime Minister of Italy (November 2011 ‐ April 2013) and Minister of Economy and Finance (November 2011 ‐ July 2012). Mario served for ten years as a member of the European Commission, in charge of the internal market, financial services and tax policy (1995 ‐ 1999), then of competition policy (1999 ‐ 2004).

He then collaborated with the European Union in preparing the reports 'The future of EU finances' (published in 2017) and 'A new strategy for the Single Market at the service of Europe’s economy and society' (2010). Born in Varese, Italy, in 1943, he graduated from Bocconi University and pursued graduate studies at Yale University.

Li Andersson

Minister of Education, Finland.

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Li Andersson has held the role of Finnish Minister of Education since June 2019. Li has also acted as a Member of the Parliament of Finland since 2015 and Party Leader of the Left Alliance since 2016.

From 2015 to 2016, Li was the First Vice-Chair of the Left Alliance Parliamentary Group. Prior to this, Li held the role of Chair of The Left Youth of Finland. In 2015, she contributed to the publication ‘Äärioikeisto Suomessa’ (‘The Far Right in Finland’). Li holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

Christoph Schiebold

Teacher, International Montessori School, Brussels, Belgium.

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Christoph Schiebold is a teacher at the International Montessori School in Brussels, Belgium. He was just 20 years old when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Christoph learned to live with his condition and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to teaching.

He used his circumstances to help children see that life really is what you make of it. Christoph teaches alongside children rather than in front of them. ‘Guided failure’ is an instrument he uses to teach children to master disruptive situations and to see them from a different perspective. 

Adrijana Hodak

Board member of EUproVET, Slovenia.

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Adrijana Hodak is a board member of EUproVET, one of the six major European Associations for Vocational Education and Training providers. She used to be a teacher and is a manager at the School Center, Nova Gorica, where she has been working for 22 years. Since September 2007, Adrijana has been the Head of Intercompany Training Center and representative of the Consortium of Slovenian School Centers in EUproVET.

An experienced manager, she is now leading the European Social Fund (ESF)-financed project ‘Munera 3’, which aims to train employees according to the needs of the modern labour market and Industry 4.0. The project has connected VET providers and businesses in Slovenia and, as such, represents one of the best collaborative ecosystems in the field in Europe.

Alexa Joyce

Leader on global strategy, Microsoft, Belgium.

Biography

Alexa Joyce leads global strategy at Microsoft for engaging and supporting education system leaders in transforming school systems. She was formerly Microsoft’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Director of Policy, Teaching and Learning.

Prior to this, Alexa was a Senior Business Development Manager at European Schoolnet. She has also held senior positions at UNESCO Bangkok, the Hewlett Packard STEM+ Catalyst Global Programme for Education, and was an executive committee member at the European Centre for Women and Technology and the European e-Skills Association. 

Alex Rawlings

Author, blogger, polyglot, United Kingdom.

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Alex Rawlings was named Britain’s most multilingual student in 2012 after being tested for fluency in 11 different languages. His studies of German and Russian at Oxford University led him to study in provincial Russia and to work in the Press Office of the Greek Embassy in Berlin. After graduating, he studied Hungarian for a year in Budapest before living in Valencia, London and finally moving to Barcelona in 2018. 

Alex has published two books: ‘How To Speak Any Language Fluently’ (Hachette, 2017), and ‘From Amourette to Żal: Bizarre and Beautiful Words from Europe’ (History Press, 2018). He has worked as a writer, freelance journalist and videographer. Having studied more than 15 languages, Alex writes about languages, intercultural dialogue and multilingualism.

Álvaro Bilbao

Expert in brain development and care, certified instructor of the ‘Positive Discipline’, Spain.

Biography

Dr Álvaro Bilbao is an expert in brain development and care. He is the author of the international bestseller ‘The brain of the child explained to the parents’ (translated into 11 languages). He is also a certified instructor of the ‘Positive Discipline’. Álvaro is a passionate teacher running more than 400 courses and seminars in Spain and America.

His students (ranging from neuroscientists to parents and educators) describe him as a dynamic teacher who uses his enthusiasm to improve people's lives. He is one of the most experienced neuropsychologists in the field of memory rehabilitation and brain development, having helped hundreds of patients to develop their brain potential. 

Amanda Spielman

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, United Kingdom.

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Amanda Spielman has been Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills since January 2017. She was one of the founders of the Ark academy chain, and worked in the senior leadership team from 2005 onwards. From 2011 to 2016, she was Chair of Ofqual, the exam regulator.

Before this, Amanda worked in the financial sector. She was a director at Newstead Capital from 1992 to 1994, and of Bridgewater Business Analysis from 1994 to 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Amanda was a principal at Mercer Management Consulting, Boston, and then at Nomura Principal Finance from 1997 to 2004.

Angeles Garcia

Headmistress of Miguel de Cervantes State School, Gijón, Spain.

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Angeles Garcia is Headmistress of Miguel de Cervantes State School in Gijón, Spain. She has been awarded a silver medal in recognition of her promotion and development of physical activity and health by the town hall of Gijón. In 2016, Angeles acted as Ambassador of Gijón, the then European City of Sport.

She coordinated the project ‘The island of life’, a winner of the 2017 EU BeActive Award, and the road education project ‘School bike: I ride,...and you?’, 2016 winner in the ‘school challenge’ category of the European Transport Commission Road Safety Awards. Angeles is a member of the network of school promoters of physical activity and health in Asturias. She is also a level 3 volleyball coach, and Spanish Cup and League champion with Medina de Gijón club.

Anja Warnke

Secondary school teacher of Physical Education and French, Germany.

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Anja Warnke is a secondary school teacher of Physical Education and French. She previously coordinated the Erasmus+ project ‘Improving Teaching Methods for Europe’ together with 10 educational institutions from Estonia, Germany, Poland, and Slovenia; with Switzerland as an additional partner.

Under the direction of the Ministry of Education and Schools in North Rhine-Westphalia, the project aimed to foster innovation and the exchange of best practices.

Ann De Schepper

Vice-Rector, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

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Ann De Schepper is the current Vice-Rector responsible for education and quality assurance at the University of Antwerp. In 2016, she coordinated the process of the university’s institutional review, including the development of a new programme assessment system, which has now been fully implemented.

Ann will also be responsible for the quality plan and quality assurance of YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe), one of the 17 transnational alliances recently selected as part of the European Commission's European Universities Initiative.

Ann Dooms

Mathematician, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium.

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Prof. Dr Ann Dooms is a professor at the Department of Mathematics (DWIS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where she leads the research group Digital Mathematics (DIMA). She holds a PhD in Mathematics (2004) and is specialized in Digital Forensics and Security. Ann was elected a member of the Jonge Academie and the IEEE Technical Committee in Information Forensics and Security.

She was also nominated for EOS magazine’s Gouden Pipet Award for the most promising young researcher of 2013 in Flanders. She received the Second Prize in Science Communication of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium in Sciences and Arts in 2014, and the Senior Cera Award in 2018. 

Anne Borg

Acting Rector, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

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Since 2017, Anne Borg has been the Pro-Rector for Education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Before this, she was Dean at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Vice-Dean for Education at the NTNU.

Anne became a professor in condensed matter physics in 1998 at the university’s department of physics. She became an Honorary Doctor at Lund University in 2018. Her research areas are surface and materials physics, scanning probe microscopy, photoemission spectroscopy and density functional theory.

Ans Wallinga

Frisian language teacher, Netherlands.

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Ans Wallinga became a Frisian language teacher in 2001. Since 2011, she has been working at the secondary school and high school ‘Drachtster Lyceum/OSG Singelland’ in the province of Fryslân.

In 2012, she completed her master’s studies in Frisian at NHL Stenden University.

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Barbara Lefebvre

History and Geography teacher, France.

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Barbara Lefebvre is a French teacher, author of ‘Génération j'ai le droit - la faillite de notre éducation’ (2018) and co-author of ‘Les Territoires Perdus de la Republique’ (2002). She has been teaching History and Geography at high schools since 1998.

From December 2008 to August 2011, Barbara was a senior member of the French High Council for Integration. During her studies, she focused on the pre-colonial period and early colonisation in West Africa. She holds a master's degree in History and another one in Modern Literature, both from Sorbonne University (Paris 1 and Paris 3).

Bilyana Mileva

Project manager, association BG Be Active, Bulgaria.

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Bilyana Mileva is currently project manager at BG Be Active in Bulgaria. She joined the association in 2013 as a volunteer supporting the coordination of ‘MOVE Week’, the flagship event of the ‘NowWeMOVE’ campaign, for which she later became the national coordinator.

In 2017, Bilyana was appointed Report Card Leader for the development of the first Bulgarian report on Active Heathy Kids, part of the AHK Global Alliance. She began working with Erasmus+ projects in 2014. Bilyana holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Media Communication (Journalism, Advertising, PR). 
 

Blaženka Divjak

Minister of Science and Education, Croatia.

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Professor Dr Blaženka Divjak is the Croatian Minister of Science and Education appointed in July 2017. In this role, she has been leading reform processes in four major areas: general education curricula, vocational education and training, research excellence, and enhancing the relevance of higher education. 

Blaženka holds a PhD in Mathematics and is a professor at the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Organization and Informatics. She has also served as Vice-Rector for students and study programmes at the university, and was twice elected the faculty’s Vice-Dean for scientific work and international cooperation. Blaženka has acted as a coordinator and researcher for various national and international projects and networks.

Her expertise include: e-learning, the assessment of learning outcomes and learning analytics, quality culture and strategic decision-making in higher education, the popularisation of science, and the Bologna process. 

Carmen Ion

Literature teacher, Founder, Boovie short film festival, Romania.

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Carmen Ion is a teacher of literature in a high school in Focsani, Romania. Her biggest challenge was to convince her high school students to read books. She had the idea to set up a book contest, as part of which she asked her students to create a short video summary based on a book selected by them.

Carmen called this a 'book trailer'. Her idea became an international contest in less than 10 years. In 2019, the festival 'Boovie' that which she founded, has almost 1,300 participants - 1,050 students and 125 teachers - making it the biggest extracurricular educational event in Romania.

Catherine L’Ecuyer

Best-selling author, Dr of Education and Psychology, expert on the impact of digital technology on childhood, Spain and Canada.

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Catherine L’Ecuyer holds a Law degree, an MBA, an Official European Master of Research, and a Doctorate in Education and Psychology. The Swiss journal 'Frontiers in Human Neuroscience' published her article 'The Wonder Approach to Learning', which converted her thesis into a new theory of learning. It has has since been published as a best-selling book.

In 2015, Catherine received the Pajarita Award from the Spanish Association of Toy Manufacturers for 'promoting a culture of play in the media' and was invited to speak in front of the Spanish Congress' Education Commission. Catherine has served as a consultant to the Spanish government regarding the use of digital technology by minors, as well as to the government of the state of Puebla in Mexico concerning preschool reform.

She has also contributed to a UNESCO report on the use of digital media in childhood for the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean. Catherine currently collaborates with the University of Navarra's Mind-Brain Group and works as a columnist for El País, one of the most-read newspapers in Spanish.

Céline Rebiere

Primary school teacher and certified trainer for future teachers, France.

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Céline Rebiere is a primary school teacher and certified trainer for future teachers. She was also teacher in a bilingual programme in a Florida (USA) elementary school. Céline has participated in several European trainings, such as Content and language integrated learning (CLIL), Digital learning and ICT in Education, and uses video to boost learning.

She also coordinated the Erasmus+ project ‘Feel better, Learn better, Live better’ connecting five European schools between 2017 and 2019 in Belgium, France, Finland, Hungary and Spain. Céline has focused her teaching methodology on well-being at school and on new learning methods as a key to success for students and teachers.

Christiane Höhn

Principal adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Germany.

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Dr Christiane Höhn is the principal adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, for whom she has worked since 2010. Her previous assignments at the EU were transatlantic relations, non-proliferation and disarmament. Prior to joining the Council of the EU in 2004, she was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg and an affiliate at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Christiane holds a PhD in international law from Heidelberg University, an LLM from Harvard Law School and the two German State examinations in law. She has published one book and several articles on international law and international affairs.

Cor J. W. Meijer

Director, European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Netherlands.

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Since 2005, Cor J. W. Meijer (PhD) has been the Director of the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. The European Agency is an independent organisation that acts as a platform for collaboration for 31 European ministries of education and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

In his former position as staff member of the European Agency, Cor was responsible for major projects, such as special provision and inclusion, the financing of special needs education and classroom practice studies in Europe. He has consulted the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and various other (inter)national bodies on special needs issues and inclusion.  

Csaba Borboly

Member of the European Committee of the Regions, President, Harghita County Council, Romania.

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Csaba Borboly is a member of the European Committee of the Regions and President of Harghita County Council in Romania. Since high school he has been active in several civil and youth organisations. He joined the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR) department of Csík region in 1994. Later, Csaba became President of the Youth Council and, then, President of the department of the Csík region.

Since 2000, he has been an active member of Harghita County Council - as a county councillor between 2000 and 2004, as Vice-President of the institution between 2004-2008, and since 2008 as President. He has simultaneously acted as President of the National Council of Local Authorities' representatives of DAHR.

Daisy Mertens

Primary school teacher, Netherlands.

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In 2016, Daisy won the National Primary Teacher of the Year award in the Netherlands and was among the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Daisy works in a large community-based school in Holland with 440 students of 30 different nationalities.

She also collaborates with the Number 5 Foundation, a social innovation incubator based in The Hague, where she contributes to the ‘High 5’ initiative. The movement connects children and adults as equal stakeholders in the school ecosystem by advocating and implementing child emancipation in schools, through research and community-building worldwide.

Daniel Wisniewski

General Secretary, European Federation of Education Employers, Poland.

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Daniel Wisniewski is the General Secretary of the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE), which represents 45 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 Hodson

SELFIE project leader, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission.

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Deirdre Hodson has been a member of the digital education team in the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission in Brussels for the past four years. She has been leading the SELFIE project for the past two years - working every day with colleagues in Seville, Spain, to build SELFIE, to improve how it works and raise awareness about the tool amongst schools. 

Deirdre also coordinates a network of ministries of education, social partners and NGOs from across Europe working on digital education. She is a student of the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Education completing a master’s in Digital Education. 

Eleanor Walsh

Assistant manager, Business Action on Education, Business in the Community Ireland.

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Eleanor Walsh is the assistant manager of Business Action on Education, part of Business in the Community Ireland. 

The Business Action on Education initiative facilitates one-to-one partnerships between schools and local businesses to help increase student retention and school completion rates, to improve literacy and numeracy levels, and to support school leadership in post-primary schools. 

Fabrice Jaumont

Researcher, author on multilingualism, diplomat, France.

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Fabrice Jaumont is a French educator, researcher and author living in New York. He serves as Education Attaché for the Embassy of France to the United States and as Research Fellow at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris.

Fabrice also serves as President of the Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education and Communities, a non-profit organisation with a focus on multilingualism, cross-cultural understanding and the empowerment of linguistic communities. He is the author of 'The Bilingual Revolution' and host of a podcast focusing on the importance of bilingualism and multilingual education today.

Frédéric Panier

Junior partner, McKinsey and Co.

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Frédéric Panier is a junior partner at McKinsey and Co. He consults core stakeholders in national education systems on strategic issues. Frédéric has, for example, recently supported school networks on the deployment at scale of collaborative practices for teachers and school improvement plans. 

He also contributed as a key expert to McKinsey’s 2017 report ‘How to improve student educational outcomes: New insights from data analytics’. Frédéric holds a master’s in Law from the Free University of Brussels and a PhD in Public Economics from Stanford University.  

Gábor Balogh

Olympic medallist, President, Hungarian National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation.

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Gábor Balogh is the president of the Hungarian National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation. He is a former Hungarian pentathlete who won silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Gábor was elected Hungarian Sportsman of the Year in 1999 and 2001 for winning gold medals at the World and European Championships. He has been advisor to the Prime Minister in the field of sport and the President of the Hungarian School Sport Federation.

George Adrian Oprea

Non-formal education trainer, Romania.

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George Adrian Oprea is a non-formal education trainer and the founder of Outdoor360. For over 10 years, he has worked as an entrepreneur, project manager and innovator in the field of outdoor education for youth and adults.

With over 1,600 participants involved in his outdoor team building activities each year, George has fostered a greater understanding of healthy living, outdoor-based learning and leadership through sports and physical activity.

Iben Lundager Rausgaard

Educational leader, Fredericia Gymnasium, Denmark.

Biography

Iben has ten years of experience in teaching and project development. The teams in which she has worked focus on the development of improved collaborative teaching methods, involving student councils and related organisations, companies and cultural institutions.

Iben has facilitated teams working in the field of innovation and global skills, e.g. teaching social entrepreneurship and in relation to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The school at which Iben was previously employed as Innovation Coordinator was awarded a European Prize for Innovation (Teaching Entrepreneurship School Award) in 2016.

Imre Hamar

Vice-Rector for international affairs, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary.

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Prof. Dr Imre Hamar gained his degree in Chinese and Tibetan Studies at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in 1992. In 1997, he completed his PhD and, in 2016, he became a doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Imre is an expert in Chinese Buddhism and Philosophy. He started his academic career as an assistant professor at ELTE's Department of Chinese Studies in the Faculty of Humanities in 1997.

Imre has been Head of this department since 2002, as well as Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies and the ELTE Confucius Institute. He was twice appointed Vice-Dean of International Affairs between the periods 2006-2007 and 2015-2017. Currently, Imre serves as Vice-Rector for International Affairs at ELTE, and is also President of the Budapest University Athletics Club.

Inger Enkvist

Professor of Spanish, Lund University, Sweden.

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Inger Enkvist is a professor of Spanish at Lund University. With a degree in French Philology, Enkvist began to work in secondary and middle schools in Sweden as a teacher of French, and then of English.

After completing her PhD on Spanish literature, she started to work as a university teacher of Spanish. Inger has researched the work of Mario Vargas Llosa and Juan Goytisolo. She has also published a number of essays on the problems with education and teaching in contemporary Europe.

Irina Pravet

Language coach, Finland.

Biography

Irina Pravet coaches language learning and helps foreign citizens settled abroad to find a sense of belonging outside their home countries. She was born in Romania, moved to Canada with her parents at the age of 5, where she learned French and English, and learned Spanish and German during her school education.

Irina moved to Finland at 21 and now speaks on diversity, belonging and well-being. She is the creator of the language programme 'Finnish Through New Eyes'.

Jari Lavonen

Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Biography

Dr Jari Lavonen is a Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is a director of the National Teacher Education Forum and a member of the steering committee of the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. Jari is also a visiting professor at the Michigan State University and the University of Johannesburg.

His main research interests are science and technology teaching and learning, curriculum development, teacher education and use of ICT in education. Jari has been active in international consulting, for example, involving the renewal of teacher education in Norway, Peru and South Africa.

Jean-Baptiste Nouailhac

Director, Cours Clovis, co-founder and Director, Espérance Ruralités Foundation, France.

Biography

Jean-Baptiste Nouailhac is the Director of Cours Clovis, co-founder and Director of the Espérance Ruralités Foundation. Responsible for the development of a network of suburbian schools for three years, Jean-Baptiste realised that education could present solutions to some socio-cultural problems previously considered unsolvable.

Growing up in rural France, Jean-Baptiste wanted to help the local youth, so he founded the Espérance Ruralités Foundation with Hervé Catala in March 2017. He recently moved with his wife to La Fère (Aisne) to lead the pilot school model 'Espérance Ruralités'.

Jorge Arévalo Turrillas

Deputy Minister for Vocational training, Basque Government, Euskadi region, Spain.

Biography

Since 2012, Jorge has held the role of the Deputy Minister for Vocational Training of the Basque government in the Euskadi region of Spain. Jorge was the author and rapporteur of the Basque Country Law on Vocational Training approved in July 2018.

He has also held the positions of Director-General of Vocational Training (1995 - 2001) and Deputy Minister for Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning (2001 - 2005). Jorge was responsible for drafting and implementing the first Basque Vocational Training Plan in 1997, its successor Plan in 2014, as well as the fourth and fifth Plans in 2014 and 2018, respectively.

Jorrit Blaas

Teacher, policy officer, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands.

Biography

Jorrit Blaas is a teacher, and a policy officer at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands. He was also a trainee at the European Commission.

Jorrit has both practical and policymaking experience, simultaneously being a part-time secondary school Economics teacher and a policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. "What I see at the micro-level in the classroom, I can adjust at the macro-level at the policy level", he said in an interview.

José Angel Agudo Ríos

Project coordinator, Lycée international des Pontonniers, France.

Biography

José Ángel Agudo coordinates the project 'Radio, Teenagers and Information' for inclusive education in Europe at Lycée international des Pontonniers, Strasbourg (France). 

The project is managed in cooperation with five education institutions from Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain, Romania and France, and financed by the Erasmus+ programme.

Klaus Heeger

Secretary General, European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI), Germany.

Biography

Klaus Heeger has been the Secretary General of the European Federation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) since 2012. He grew up in Germany, Switzerland and the former USSR. Alongside German, he speaks English, French, Spanish, Estonian and Russian. 

A lawyer by education, Klaus worked for CESI between 1996 and 2002, at the European Parliament from 2002 until 2009, and as an entrepreneur in Estonia from 2010 until 2011. He was later elected Secretary General of CESI.

Lena Nasiakou

Founder, Lena’s Moves, co-founder Maths & Moves and Maths in Motion, Greece, Netherlands.

Biography

Lena Nasiakou is the founder of Lena’s Moves, offering innovative training and executive coaching sessions with a strong focus on Embodied Methodology. She believes that learning is a full-body experience and, in cooperation with Despoina Rafailidou, co-founded Maths & Moves and Maths in Motion.

Both projects are powered by the Olde Vechte Foundation in the Netherlands funded by Erasmus+ and aim to train teachers in Embodied Mathematics Education. Lena's educational background includes an Master of Science in Lifelong Learning and a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies, Coaching and Training Certification.

Lidija Kralj

Assistant Minister, General Director, Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia.

Biography

Lidija Kralj is an Assistant Minister in the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, and General Director of the department working to provide support to and improve the education system. She is currently leading a comprehensive reform of the general education curriculum entitled ‘School for life’, as well as reforming several EU-funded projects in the national context. 

Lidija is a member of expert working groups for the development of national education strategy, primary education curriculum, the use of ICT in education and Computer Science as a school subject. She is a professor of Mathematics and Computer science with 26 years of teaching experience, who has authored Mathematics and Computer Science textbooks, and digital learning resources. Lidija was previously an eTwinning ambassador and project leader for national campaigns about better internet and e-safety for young people.  

Loránt Vincze

President, Federal Union of European Nationalities, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Romania.

Biography

Loránt Vincze is a Hungarian politician from Romania. In May 2019, he was elected a Member of the European Parliament. He studied Journalism and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and e-Government from the University of Bucharest. Since 2009, he has been working in the field of European minority protection, representing non-governmental organisations.

Loránt is the International Secretary of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ). Between 1997 and 2009, he worked as a radio journalist and manager at various Hungarian media outlets in Romania. He also worked for several years as an advisor in the European Parliament. Since 2016, Loránt has acted as President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN). He also coordinated the 'Minority SafePack' European Citizens' Initiative under the auspices of the FUEN.

Lucija Karnelutti

Board member, Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), Slovenia.

Biography

Lucija Karnelutti has been a board member of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) since 2019. Her areas of activity include global citizenship education, education funding, the environment, migration and the rights of minorities. Prior to this, Lucija was elected President of the Slovenian School Student Organisation, where she gained valuable experience representing school students from different backgrounds and their interests, and monitoring youth policy at the national and European level.

Lucija has experience working in various youth organisations, was a former member of the OBESSU working group on Global Citizenship Education and is a current Member of Council of the Government of Slovenia dealing with youth working groups for digitalisation and apprenticeships.

Magdalena Stasiak

Primary school teacher of English, Poland.

Biography

Magdalena Stasiak graduated from the Silesian University of Technology and for fifteen years worked in different companies, first as an ICT specialist and later as a sales coordinator. In 2007, she decided to switch her career to teaching, took a training course in pedagogy and started working as a teacher of English at primary school level.

Magdalena is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to education, utilising ICT in teaching and blending different methods actively involving students in the learning process. These topics were the focus of the three international school cooperation projects, which she coordinated over the past seven years -  ‘European Legends on Stage’ (Comenius), ‘Discovering Europe’ and ‘Learning with the Arts’ (Erasmus+).  

Maja Makovec Brenčič

Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Biography

Dr Maja Makovec Brenčič was a full-time professor in International Business and Vice-Rector of the University of Ljubljana. Between 2015 and 2018, she acted as Minister of Education, Science and Sport. Maja has over 400 scientific and professional publications to her name. 

She was also the candidate of the Modern Centre Party in the 2017 Slovenian presidential election and co-founded the Student Business Conference, which helps to link students’ study and research with the needs of companies and institutions. 

Marc Durando

Executive Director, European Schoolnet, France.

Biography

Marc Durando has over 35 years of experience in the field of education and training, both at the European and the national level. He has worked in the education and training sector since 1983. After five years in the field of continuing education for enterprises, Marc developed specific expertise on European cooperation in the field of education and training, especially as director of the COMETT (Community Programme for education and training for technology), the SOCRATES and YOUTH Technical Assistance offices.

Marc is currently the Executive Director of European Schoolnet. European Schoolnet’s mission is to support ministries of education, schools, teachers and relevant education stakeholders in Europe in the transformation of education processes for digitalised, modern societies. 

Margit Timakov

School teacher and vice-principal, Tallinn, Estonia.

Biography

Margit Timakov, master teacher (EQF level 8), has been teaching children and youth since 2004. She has participated in several projects and working groups on school at the national and international level, cooperating with students, teachers, school leaders and policymakers. 

Margit is the head of the teachers’ national occupational qualification committee in Estonia.  She has organised seminars and conferences on teaching-related topics, including the importance of stakeholder collaboration and mental health.

Maria João Horta

Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Education of Portugal.

Biography

Maria João Horta started working as a teacher and later became the Director of the teacher training centre, EDUCOM, in Portugal. She is currently Head of the INCoDe.2030 Technical Secretariat for Education, an integrated public policy initiative aiming to enhance digital competences and to educate the younger generations by stimulating and reinforcing digital literacy at all levels of schooling.

Maria holds a PhD in ICT and Education, and has been developing several activities as a teacher trainer and a researcher in the field of educational digital technology, as well as being an ICT consultant in this area. Maria is currently serving as the Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Education of Portugal.

Marianne Hintjens

Pedagogical supervisor, nursery and primary school head teacher, Belgium.

Biography

Marianne Hintjens, is a member of the Education Council of the Flemish community ‘GO!’ in Belgium, an honorary teacher, pedagogical supervisor, primary and nursery school head teacher (at ‘GO!’ and European School BXL1 & 3).

Marianne continues to take part in several projects supported by the Erasmus+ programme, among which ‘s.a. Talking Art & Art Talking’, ‘It takes a Community to raise a Child’, ‘Building Bridges in Bruges’, The European Days of Languages’ and ‘the Teachers Panel EU Learning Corner’.

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

President, Eurochild, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador, UNWTO Special Ambassador for Sustainable Tourism, Malta.

Biography

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the ninth President of Malta, has played an active role in Maltese politics for forty years. She has dedicated her life to the well-being of the most vulnerable in society. Notably, she established ‘The Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society’, ‘The Malta Trust Foundation’ and the ‘Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation Malta’, which she now chairs.

In April 2019, Marie-Louise was elected President of Eurochild, a pan-European network of children’s rights organisations. She has been awarded an Honorary Professorship by the University of Warwick and an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the University of Leicester. 

Melanie Rosenbaum

Department of International Organisations, Congregation for Catholic Education, Germany.

Biography

Dott.ssa Melanie Rosenbaum is responsible for the Department of International Organisations, specifically the European Network of Information Centres (ENIC) office of the Holy See, within the Congregation for Catholic Education in Germany. 

ENIC deals with the recognition of higher education qualifications in the Holy See and represents the See in international fora, such as the Bologna Process, the Council of Europe and the UNESCO Recognition Conventions. Melanie’s academic studies specialised in Public International Law and International Relations.

Mihaela Breaz

Director, National Council of Small and Medium Private Enterprises, Romania.

Biography

Mihaela Breaz has been the Director of the National Council of Small and Medium Private Enterprises, Romania-Arad branch, for almost 15 years. During this time, she has coordinated the organisation’s work to support the local and regional business environment by providing educational and financial support.

Mihaela has been the project manager of more than 25 projects (of a total value of €11 million) dedicated to SMEs and their employees. The funding for these projects came from various EU programmes, among which Phare, Interreg and Erasmus +. Mihaela was also involved in the Erasmus + project ‘Gamify Your Teaching’, featured in the 2019 European Education Summit. 

Nathalie Casso-Vicarini

Founder and leader, ‘Ensemble pour l'Education de la Petite Enfance’, France.

Biography

Nathalie Casso-Vicarini founded and leads the association ‘Ensemble pour l'Education de la Petite Enfance’. For 30 years, she has been studying and comparing various pedagogic methods in different Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, working from France, Australia and India.

Nathalie also created nurseries for companies in France and abroad, and has trained early childhood education professionals. She is an advisor both for public and private entities in the early childhood education sector, encouraging fair and quality initiatives. Nathalie is also the Co-President of the Inter-ministerial Commission for the Eradication of Child Poverty.

Nunzia Nigro

Director, Department of Education and Training Public Promotion, Rome Opera, Italy.

Biography

Nunzia Nigro is the Director of the Department of Education and Training Public Promotion at Rome Opera and project manager at Europa InCanto. The main projects of the association are ‘Scuola InCanto’, which involves seven Italian regions, and ‘Opera InCanto’, which has six contributing European partners. 

At the base of the projects, there is a didactic methodology developed by Europa InCanto, which fosters involvement in the study and appreciation of opera - often considered difficult and elitist. Nunzia wrote the project’s didactic materials.

Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Education Policy and Research Director, Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Biography

Pasi Sahlberg is a professor of Education Policy and Research Director at the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales. He has analysed education systems and advises governments about education reforms around the world.

Pasi work experience includes acting as Director-General at the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland, senior education specialist at the World Bank, lead education specialist at the European Training Foundation, and visiting professor at Harvard University. His latest book is 'Let the Children Play: How more play will save our schools and help children thrive' (2019).

Paul Videsott

Professor for Romance Philology and Ladin, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

Biography

Paul Videsott is professor for Romance Philology and Ladin at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. His main areas of research and pedagogic work are multilingualism in the South Tyrol area and the promotion of the Ladin language. Ladin is a Rhaeto-Romance language, still spoken in five valleys in the Dolomites region - compromising around 32,000 speakers.

In South Tyrolian Ladin public schools, all subjects are taught in two languages (Italian and German). English is taught as foreign language and Ladin is a compulsory subject and allowed for use at every level. This multilingual setting contributes to the survival of the Ladin language.

Pavel Trantina

Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Czech Republic.

Biography

Pavel Trantina is a member of the EESC, representing the Czech Council of Children and Youth. His life has been strongly influenced by the Scout Movement, for which he has been an active volunteer for almost 30 years. 

Pavel formerly worked as a political analyst for Czech President, Václav Havel, as well as a coordinator of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

Pieter de Jong

EU representative, Wetsus and WaterCampus, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

Biography

Pieter de Jong is the EU representative for Wetsus and WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology. He is also a member of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) management board.

The Centre’s education portfolio covers all European Qualifications Framework (EQF) levels and collaborates with 25 European universities, three universities of applied sciences and three Vocational Education and Training (VET) schools to support breakthrough innovation.

Przemysław Staroń

High school teacher and coach, current Teacher of the Year, Poland.

Biography

Przemysław Staroń is a high school teacher and coach. He is the current Teacher of the Year in Poland. Przemysław introduces himself a ‘neo-child’ who has been questioning his environment for a long time. This led to him becoming an expert in creative education, the usage of new technologies and social media in working with the youth.

Przemysław is also a faculty member at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, a psychologist and a coach at the Jump Center for Development.

Rodrigo Queiroz e Melo

CEO, Portuguese Association of Independent Schools (AEEP), Portugal.

Biography

Rodrigo Queiroz e Melo is a counsellor at the National Confederation of Education and Training of Portugal (CNEF), CEO of the Portuguese Association of Independent Schools (AEEP), assistant professor at the Portuguese Catholic University's Faculty of Human Sciences and Chairman of the European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools (ECNAIS).

Sander Van Rooijen

Policy advisor, researcher, Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, Netherlands.

Biography

Sander Van Rooijen has been working as a policy advisor and researcher for Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group since 2017. After studying a bachelor’s degree in European Studies and a Master of Science in International Relations, he participated in multiple projects regarding radicalisation and polarisation (e.g. EU FAIR and EU Pericles). Currently, Sander works on the European project ‘Cohesion’, for which Arq is the lead partner.

This project develops lesson materials for primary and secondary education, a handbook to support teachers and a programme to foster bonds between parents and their children’s schools. Besides this, Sander works on a buddy support system for officers within the Dutch Police who have been diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is part of a research project for the National Coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism.

Shyamal Majumdar

Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, India.

Biography

Dr Shyamal Majumdar became the Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in May 2011. Prior to this, he served as the Director-General of the Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC), an intergovernmental organisation for human resources development in the Asia-Pacific Region, based in Manila (the Philippines).

Shyamal was also the Vice-President of IVETA (the International Vocational Education and Training Association) and a professor at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) in Kolkata, India, where he is originally from.

He has published over 150 research papers and has received various international awards, including the International Partnership award from UNESCO-UNEVOC, an IVETA (International Vocational Education and Training Association) Award and a Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) Leadership Award. Shyamal holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, a master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a PhD in Educational Computing.

Siegfried Maillard

Mathematics teacher, lower secondary school, Bordeaux, France.

Biography

Siegfried Maillard has been a lower secondary Mathematics teacher in the Bordeaux region since 1996. He is the head of his school’s Mathematics department and is responsible for international projects. Siegfried has participated in several pedagogical projects, among which ‘Class for special needs students’, ‘Cooperation maths class / maths searcher’, ‘Training for Teachers’, etc. 

Since 2007, he has been involved in eTwinning (part of the Erasmus+ programme) and, in 2009, he became an eTwinning ambassador. Four of his international projects based on STEM subjects have won national or European prizes, as well as one European prize in 2018. Since 2009, Siegfried has coordinated 4 Comenius/Erasmus+ multinational partnerships related to Mathematics and ICT teaching. 

Sigbritt Karlsson

19th President, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Biography

Sigbritt Karlsson has been the 19th President of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden since November 2016. She was also President of the University of Skövde from 2010 to 2016.

Sigbritt was awarded her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering with a specialisation in biotechnology from KTH. She also has a PhD in polymer technology from KTH, and is professor researching polymeric materials. KHT is a European University which participating in the UNITE! alliance.

Sindy Joyce

Member of President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State, Ireland.

Biography

Dr Sindy Joyce is a Human Rights Defender (HRD) and a member of President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State. She was named one of the ‘50 brilliant Irish women who inspired us in 2018’ by the Daily Edge. In 2014, she won the Traveller Pride Award for Education. She is the first Mincéir (Irish Traveller) in Ireland to graduate with a PhD and to be appointed to the Council of State.

Her research interests include both direct and indirect forms of racism, ethnicity and identity, social and political constructions of Mincéirí, and the production of space-related inequalities. Sindy was successful in winning the prestigious Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme with a top score of 95.5%.

Stéphanie Siklossy

Project Manager, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, Austria.

Biography

Stéphanie Siklossy is the project manager for the European Commission's pilot Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative, which seeks to enable the youth in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to engage in meaningful intercultural experiences online through formal and non-formal education programmes.

Susan Flocken

European Director, European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), France.

Biography

Susan Flocken is the European Director of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE). Representing more than 11 million teachers at all levels of education in Europe, ETUCE is a recognised social partner in education at the EU level.

Susan advocates ETUCE policies across a range of areas, especially regarding social dialogue in education, human and trade union rights, healthy and safe education environments, digitalisation and inclusion in education; equal access to quality education, mobility, democratic citizenship, teacher training and the attractiveness of the teaching profession.

Valérie Gardette

Treasurer, board member, Vice-President, European Parent’s Association (EPA), France.

Biography

Valérie Gardette is the treasurer, a board member and Vice-President of the European Parent’s Association (EPA). Specialising in marketing and communication, she has been active with EPA member association APEL (Association de parents d'élèves de l'enseignement libre) for ten years as a volunteer. This led her to develop her support for the application of the 'Positive Discipline' in education.

Vittoria Volterrani

eTwinning ambassador, teacher trainer, Piacenza, Italy.

Biography

Vittoria Volterrani is an Italian teacher in a rural area near Piacenza, an eTwinning ambassador and a teacher trainer. She was one of the 30 winners of the Europeana Education Competition in 2019.

Wolfgang Schimpf

School Director, Max-Planck Gymnasium, Göttingen, Germany.

Biography

Dr Wolfgang Schimpf is School Director at the Max-Planck Gymnasium in Göttingen and President of the Lower Saxony School Director Association.

During nation-wide debates about boosting digitalisation in German schools last fall, Wolfgang wrote a number of notable essays for major German newspapers arguing for a more cautious digitalisation policy in educational contexts. One of them, published by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, is called ‘Nachdenken first’ (‘Reflection first’).

Yoana Konstantinova

Secondary school English teacher, Bulgaria.

Biography

Yoana Konstantinova is a secondary school English teacher in Bulgaria, an international project coordinator and certified translator. Yoana has been teaching for 18 years and working on many national and international programmes, including e-Twinning, Comenius/Erasmus+.

She is a senior ambassador in the European Parliament Ambassador School (EPAS) programme and, this year, her school won the opportunity to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Yoana has attended many seminars and trainings around the world and incorporates innovative methods into her teaching.

Zorana Simić

Project manager, EUROSOC#DIGITAL, Germany.

Biography

Zorana Simić is a project manager at EUROSOC#DIGITAL with a special focus on educational projects. 

Through her work, she helps to provide simulation games, future labs and other innovative learning methods on a variety of topics, including the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), asylum policy and sustainable development, to students from vocational and high schools.
 

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Date

26/9/2019

Location

Mont Des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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