Androulla Vassiliou studied law and international relations in London. She practised law for 25 years. She was elected for two consecutive terms in the Cyprus House of Representatives (1996-2006). She was appointed European Commissioner for Health (2008-2010). From 2010 to 2014 she served as European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Androulla Vassiliou now serves on different Boards including the High Council of the European University Institute of Florence and she chairs the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Oncology Centre. She is also member of the Atlantis Group for Education. She is married to Dr George Vassiliou, an economist and former President of the Republic of Cyprus and she has three children.
Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley
Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley is a member of the House of Lords and combines this with her work at the Institute of Effective Education which aims to transform the relationship between education research and practice so that policy making and teaching can become more evidence based. She taught in a comprehensive school for 18 years, was elected as an MP in 1992 and in 2001 became the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. She was then Minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport for two years.
Ambassador Karl-Erik Norrman
Ambassador Karl-Erik Norrman is founder and Secretary General of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP). As a Swedish diplomat for 30 years he dealt mainly with foreign policy, trade negotiations, cultural affairs, development cooperation, humanitarian affairs and the United Nations. As Ambassador since 1989 he was posted in Spain and Swedish Commissioner General at EXPO 92 in Seville and in the 1990s head of the Cultural Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Today he is lecturing in cultural diplomacy and European affairs at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, ICD, in Berlin.
Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen
Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen has been Professor of Education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki since 2012. She is the vice-dean for research and the founding member and scientific director of the Playful Learning Center (www.plchelsinki.fi) where she leads several research projects focusing on digital creative learning, multiliteracies and teaching. She also holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Turku. Previously Professor Kumpulainen has directed the national interdisciplinary research network on learning, CICERO Learning at the University of Helsinki and been Director of the Information and Evaluation Services Unit at the Finnish National Agency for Education (2009-11).
Professor Sten Ludvigsen
Professor Sten Ludvigsen is professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Oslo, where he gained his PhD in educational sciences. During the last 16 years he has been carrying out research on how to foster social and cognitive skills using digital learning resources in the educational sector and in workplace settings. Ludvigsen has long experience in academic leadership and in research education teaching, supervision and leadership at both international, national and university level, having led and has chaired numerous educational research institutions, committees and networks. Currently he participates in a RCN project; Didiac (2016-2019), a project financed by the Brookings Institution which measuring students’ development of critical thinking and problem-solving in science (2016-2018). He is the Editor-In-Chief of The International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL) (2016-2019).
Professor Rupert Wegerif
Professor Rupert Wegerif is Professor of Education (2000) at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on education for dialogue in the context of the Internet Age. He has been working on a general dialogic theory of education as well as conducting research on ways of teaching through dialogue and teaching for dialogue in classrooms and teaching the complex competence of ‘learning to learn together’ online. He has worked on some substantial funded projects developing Internet based technology supports for dialogic education.
Dr James Biddulph
Dr James Biddulph has been a primary school teacher since 2001 and is now the first Head Teacher of the University of Cambridge Primary School, the first University Training School for Primary in the UK. Prior to this he started and was the Head teacher of a new Hindu faith school in East London. In 2002, his creative approach to teaching gained him Advanced Skills Teachers (AST) status in Music and in 2003 he was awarded ‘Outstanding New Teacher of the Year for London’. He completed his PhD in 2017 which focused on creative learning in ethnic minority immigrant children’s family homes.
Pam Dix was a librarian and lecturer in children’s literature. She is the chair of IBBY UK (International Board of Books for Young People). IBBY Italia established the Silent Book Project, initially to work with refugee groups, and IBBY UK manages the UK tours of these books and other IBBY international collections. Working with IBBY Europe, Pam organises a biennial conference at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. She also works with two charities involved with library and book provision in sub Saharan Africa. Pam has recently edited the proceedings of the 2016 IBBY World Congress, published as Children's literature in a multiliterate world, by Trentham Books at UCL IOE Press. She is currently working on a book exploring the history of illustration in children's information books.
Dr Alison Fox
Dr Alison Fox is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at the Open University, UK. Alison’s research over the last 18 years has involved national and international projects related to teachers’ professional learning, professional social media use and the ethics of educational research. She leads an open online course People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society and a web-based ethical appraisal framework Doing Ethical Research. She holds national roles with the British Educational Research Association in revising their ethical guidance, co-convening their Research Methods in Education special interest group and as an editor of the BERA Blog.