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Clara Sarmento

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Aggregation in Cultural Studies, University of Aveiro. PhD in Portuguese Culture, MA in Anglo-American Studies, Graduate in Portuguese-English Studies, Porto University. Visiting scholar, Department of English, Brown University, USA. MA and PhD lecturer, supervisor and examiner at several universities in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil and Algeria. Researcher at the UNESCO Chair ‘The Cultural Heritage of the Oceans’ and COST action CA18126 “Writing Urban Places. New Narratives of the European City”.

Tenured Full Professor, ISCAP-P.PORTO. Founder, director and researcher, CEI – Centre for Intercultural Studies, ISCAP-P.PORTO. Director of research unit, researcher and member of the executive board, IELT-FCSH/UNOVA. Founder and director of the MA in Intercultural Studies for Business, ISCAP-P.PORTO. Two mandates as director of the MA in Specialized Translation and Interpreting, ISCAP-P.PORTO. Member of the Advisory Board, ISCAP-P.PORTO. Advisory boarder in Anthropology and Guest-Editor, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.

Distinctions: ‘American Club of Lisbon Award for Academic Merit’; CES Award for Young Social Scientists, U.COIMBRA; PRODEP III (EC) grant; ‘Meet our Authors Campaign’, ‘best-selling title on study of poetry’ and ‘book of the month-Social Sciences’, Cambridge Scholars Publishing; PAPRE (P.PORTO) award for papers in high quality journals; Gardners’ (UK) ‘Author of the Month’; Santander UNICOVID Award; Santander Grants ‘Best Practices in Digital Education’ and ‘Social Impact’; jury of the ‘Seven Wonders of Portuguese Heritage’; regular presence on national media.

Books, chapters and articles; conferences; guest-editor and referee; project manager on: Portuguese and Anglo-American Culture and Literature; Intercultural Studies and Communication; Ethnography; Feminist and Gender Studies; Culture Applied to Business, Tourism and Development; Research Methodologies; Graffiti and Street Art.

Luciana Oliveira

Luciana Oliveira is a full professor at ISCAP Porto Accounting and Business School (P.Porto, Polytechnic of Porto). She holds an MSc in Multimedia, a PhD in Communication and is a certified trainer in educational technologies. For more than thirteen years she was responsible for the teacher/student training in e-learning and pedagogy as well as for the management of educational systems/platforms in ISCAP and in other educational providers/organizations. Has been involved in several Erasmus+ and EEA and Norway Grants Fund projects aimed at developing hard and soft skills in young adults and NEET youth employment. She is an active researcher in the field of technology enhanced learning, both as an author and serves as a reviewer for conferences and journals. Has long-term experience in instructional, curriculum, learning and content design, as well as in youth and adult training.

Luísa Bravo Lamas

Degree in Social Work, PhD in Educational Sciences by Universidad Santiago de Compostela, focusing her research on Citizenship Education, a theme she had already developed in the Diploma of Advanced Studies at the Universidad de Valencia. Integrates as a researcher the CEI – Center for Intercultural Studies of ISCAP-P. PORTO. She is an invited senior lecturer at ISCIA – Aveiro and at UMUM in Mozambique.
She taught for nine years in Secondary Education in the Technological Course of Sociocultural Animation and for several years in Higher Education in Portugal and Cape Verde, in the areas of Educational Sciences and Social Sciences. Coordinated and supervised internships and undergraduate dissertations.
In Cape Verde she headed the Department of Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Education and Behavior, which integrated the scientific areas of Sociology, Educational Sciences, Psychology and the degrees of Social Work, Sociology, Psychology and Education.

Isabelle Tulekian

A graduate in Applied Foreign Languages, with a Masters in International Relations from the University of Nice (France) and a PhD in Translation from the University of Porto, Isabelle Tulekian is a professor at ISCAP-Polytechnic of Porto, where she teaches French Language and Culture and Translation. As a researcher and member of the Center for Intercultural Studies, she participates in several projects related to interculturality and migration issues.

Joana Maria Leitão Brocardo

Mathematics graduate (1979) by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), Master’s Degree in Education, specialization in Methodologies for Teaching Mathematics (1992), by FCUL, and PhD in Mathematics Didacticism (2002), by the same institution. She has been a professor at the Higher School for Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal since 1989, and a Coordinating Professor since 2003. She was the Director-General (2008-2009) and the Deputy Director-General (2006-2008) at the Directorate General for Curricular Innovation and Development. She advises several master’s degrees, PhDs, and post-doctorate works in the field of Mathematics Education, some of which have already been concluded. She has coordinated or participated as a team member in several research projects focused on the field of Mathematics Didacticism, with a particular highlight in the study of themes related to teaching and learning Mathematics for ages between 6 and 12 years old. She has also worked in the field of Curricular Development in Mathematics. She has participated in editing and directing several publications focused on teaching and learning Mathematics, with a particular highlight to her position as Director of the Quadrante Magazine, a research magazine in mathematics education, between 2012 and 2016.

Pedro Correia Rodrigues

Applied Biology graduate, Master’s Degree in Nature Management and Preservation, and PhD in Biology. He is currently finishing a second PhD in Sciences and Technology Didacticism – Specialization in Computerized Didacticism. He has been a Visiting Professor in ESE-P.PORTO, integrated in the Technical and Scientific Unit for Mathematics, Sciences, and Technologies, since 2015. He is a researcher at INED. His research interests in Sciences and Technologies Didacticism are focused on the use of microprocessors and sensors as epistemic tools in teaching Natural Sciences in Primary Education and for the Introduction to Programming and Robotics. His research interests in Ecology and Nature Preservation, primarily directed towards sea birds, relate to spatial ecology, distributions modelling, and remote tracking of several target species. He has professional experience in research, preservation, and consulting projects in the field of Environmental Impact Evaluation. He has coordinated several studies about monitoring the impact of the utilization of renewable energy (wind farms and dams) on communities of bats. Over the years, he has worked in several nature preservation entities, universities, and Non-governmental Environment Organizations, having performed tasks related to the Management of Database and Geographic Information Systems

Telma Cabral André

Master’s Degree in Teaching Primary Education from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Master’s Degree in Energy and Environment from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Primary Education graduate, from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, and food Engineering graduate, also from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.
Currently, she is a full professor of a 4th grade class in the Primary education.
During her activity as a teacher, she has taught different subjects for several years in professional courses (level IV), related to laboratory testing, food quality and safety, and catering.
Regarding her research activity, in the context of supervised teaching practice, she has developed a challenge integrated in the Ukids European project – youth start social entrepreneurship programme for kids.

Teresa Maria Regadas da Rocha Rebolo

Academic Degree: Education graduate.
Teaching Duties: since September/1992.
Category: Professor of the Permanent Appointment Board.
Curricular Department: Mathematics/Natural Sciences – Group 230.
School where she is employed – Manoel de Oliveira Group of Schools, Porto.
Cooperating Professor: ESE Viana do Castelo (Education graduate – Primary Education)– 2007/2008 to 2012/2013; ESE Porto (Master’s Degree in Teaching- Primary education) – 2018/2019 present.
Positions: Vice-president of the Executive Council of António Correia Oliveira School, 2nd and 3rd cycles of Basic Education – Esposende – from 1996/1998.
Currently: Mathematics Delegate – Primary education
Mathematics Sprint (Support) Coordinator- Primary and Lower secondary education.
Coordinator of the Mathematics Improvement Action Plan for the Primary and Lower Secondary Education implemented in the school since 2018/2019, with support from the Respective Pedagogical Team.
Activities carried out in the Manoel Oliveira Group of Schools:
Seminar for the Primary teachers on Mathematical Games.

Exploration of Didactic Mathematics Games with students from Primary, and Lower Secondary Education levels.

Participation in several Championships related to Mathematical Games, both on-site and Online.

Implementation of the “Centurium – Sem fronteiras – Jogos Romanos de Tabuleiro” project – in cooperation with students from Primary Education and the S. Martinho de Aldoar day-care centre, with the goal of promoting the exchange of experiences, materials, and activities between children and the elderly, with the purpose of organizing mini-championships.

Nuno Miguel Pinto da Silva

Nuno Miguel Pinto da Silva, Primary Education Teacher graduate, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Variant; Master’s Degree in Education, Specialized in Pedagogical Supervision in Mathematics Teaching, and PhD in Educational Sciences, Specialized in Mathematics Education. 

Mathematics and Natural Sciences Teacher in Primary Education at the D. Pedro IV Group of Schools – Vila do Conde and the Coordinator for the Curricular Autonomy and Flexibility Project. He Collaborates with the Higher School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, having taught Curricular Units in the initial training of Primary Education teachers degrees and master’s degrees, and has held the position of Cooperating Professor under the Supervised Pedagogical Practices.

Certified Trainer by the Scientific and Pedagogical Council for Continuous Training in the following areas and fields: B02 – Evaluation; C05 – Specific Didactics (Mathematics and Natural Sciences), and C15 – Educational Technologies (Computer Science / Computer Science Application). He has also streamlined several actions in the field of Mathematics, with highlight to the Continuous Training in Mathematics Program for teachers of Primary and Lower Secondary Education.

Felismina Leandro

Mathematics graduate – Educational Field, from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, concluded on September 15 1999, with a final grade of 14. She has been teaching the Mathematics subject to Lower and Upper Secondary Education students since 1999. In the current year, she is teaching the Mathematics subject in the Primary and Secondary School of Canelas, to the Lower and Upper Secondary levels.

Helena Lopes Vieira da Fonseca

Mathematics graduate – Educational Field, from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Coimbra. Master’s Degree in Educational Sciences, in the Special Education field. Previously, she specialized in Data Analysis, in the Higher Institute of Viseu, which has allowed her to gain more knowledge in the field of statistics, dedicating herself to the self-evaluation of schools.
She has been a teacher since 1995 and, since 2011, she has been the coordinator of several self-evaluation teams. In the meantime, as a trainer, she has performed several training programs, of which two can be highlighted for their relevance: Curricular Goals in Basic Education – 2013, and Conception of Strategic Action Plans. Thus, she has performed the promotion and the follow-up for the implementation of the Curricular Goals in Basic Education (2013/14), for the group of schools where she taught (with guidance from FCUP). Later, she guided and accompanied the conception of Strategic Action Plans for several groups of schools in the Municipality where she taught, framed in the National Program for the Promotion of Educational Attainment (2015/16).
Every year she is called for the grading of national exams.
In the current year, she is teaching the Mathematics subject in the Primary and Secondary School of Canelas, to the Lower and Upper Secondary levels, particularly to students in the 7th and 11th grades.

Maria de Lurdes Fonseca da Silva

Biology and Geology (teaching) graduate and postgraduate in School Administration and Organization in the Field of School and Educational Administration. She is a Natural Sciences and Citizenship and Development teacher in the Lower Secondary Education, at the Dr. Júlio Martins Group of Schools (Chaves).
She also works as a Homeroom Teacher’s Coordinator / Cycle Coordinator, and a Citizenship and Development Coordinator for the Group. She is a part of the Network of Schools’ Team for an Intercultural Education in the Group of Schools. She is a trainer in the Alto Tâmega and Barroso Training Centre.

Sandra Teresa Afonso Póvoa

Degree in Physics and Chemistry (Teaching of).
Physics and Chemistry teacher in the Lower and Upper Secondary education, in the Sciences and Technologies course (7th, 8th, and 9th grades of several professional courses in the Dr. Júlio Martins Group of Schools (Chaves). She is a Secondary STC Level trainer in the New Opportunities Centre.

Theodora Asteri (Doretta)

Curriculum Vitae, PhD Special Education and Psychology, Advisor Α΄

Theodora Asteri (Doretta) holds a Diploma of Zosimaia Teachers Academy (1985), as transfer student at Psycholinguistics Amherst, UMass (class of 1988), M. Ed on Special Educational Needs, Depart. Of Primary Education, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens –NKUA (2000), candidate for Master of Arts on Drama in Education and lifelong Learning, University of Peloponnese (class 2019).
She holds PhD on Special Education & Psychology (2006) with the thesis: Evaluat-ing the teaching and learning methods to face learning disabilities in primary education through the School For All principles: A Systemic tool
Since 1988 she has been working as a teacher at mainstream and Special Education Schools, she seconded as researcher at the Pedagogical Institute (2000-2003). Since 2008 she works as specialized teacher at Centers of Diagnosis, Differentiated Diagnosis and As-sessment of Pupils with special educational needs of Athens and the last eight years as di-rector of the Center. She served as Director of the Special Educational Needs Department of the Ministry of Educations (2015-16).
Co writer in a) Curriculum for Specific learning Disabilities (2001), b) Handbook for the Cur-riculum or the Differentiation (2003), c) Curriculum for learners with mild mental disorders (2003), d) Educational program on Para Olympic Games (2004), e) Lesson Plans on Poly-thematic Differianted Zone, f) Handbook for the Differentiation for ASD, h) Manual for in service training and i) Manual on Individual Educational Program (2016).
She designed the following educational software: “Valued Circles” (2003) (teaching the value of euro coins for pupils with mental disability), “We disagree- agree” for the peaceful conflict resolution in primary schools (2004) and “We are all Different” a BPL project to re-think prejudgment in secondary schools.
Co-editor for the geek editions at R. Gotte (1998) Playing and Learning Language at Kin-dergarten, the UNESCO, Salamanca Statement and Framework for Action on Special Needs Education (1998), Amnesty International (2011) Human Rights Education My First Steps and co translator at Kerry Kennedy Cuomo (2002) Speak Truth to Power.
As research fellow on vulnerable social groups’ specifications she participated at the Seis-mopolis project on earthquake safety response virtual systems (2003-2006), at the Olympic Paideia project (2004), at the National Bank’s Training Center (2005-10), at the Comenius I & II Committee for Special Schools (2003-2006) and the Aristeia (excellence) Committee for SEN Schools (2010-12).
She had participated at advisory committees for establishing Regulations of Cen-ters of Diagnosis and Assessment (2001), Special Schools Regulations (2003), a Registry for SEN Trainers (2010), Regulations and Ethics in the Interdisciplinary School Committees (2015) Protocol and Ethics for the Special Educational Needs Registry (2016).
She had been teaching at the Teachers School (2001-2009), at the In service training pro-grams on Special Education (2001-2009), at the postgraduate programs of the (Kapodistri-an, Aristotelian, Macedonia, Nicosia Universities). Now she is lecturer at the Adults Cours-es at the Learn Inn -NKUA and academic supervisor at Adults Courses epimorfosi – NKUA.


Curriculum Vitae

Ioannis Grapsas has studied Chemistry at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and continued his studies at Univeristé de Nancy I (France), obtaining D.E.A. in Organic Chemistry. He received his Ph.D degree in Chemistry in 1991 from the Agricultural University of Athens for his research on chemical synthesis of antibiotics. His research interests led him later to a 3-year academic stage at Wayne State University (U.S.A.), where he worked as a Research Associate in Bioorganic Chemistry. In recent years he followed a 2-year graduate studies programme at Open University of Greece, obtaining MSc. degree in Environmental Management (2015). He has published several papers in top international journals of Chemistry, e.g. Journal of the American Chemical Society, Tetrahedron, Journal of Organic Chemistry, etc.
Since 1994, he is a Science Teacher in secondary public schools in Athens, having taught classes of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. He has showed interest for lifelong learning, having taught for over 1,500 hours in teacher professional development courses and he has worked for 3 years as a Studies and Research Officer at the National Centre for Public Administration (EKDDA) with duties on professional development courses for public servants. He has been a lab and experiment enthusiast in science teaching and he has served for more than 6 years in positions promoting the integration of experiment and ICT methodologies in everyday teaching practices. He has also served as Head of upper secondary schools, completing a 5-year experience in administrative positions. He is co-author of official student notebooks and lab manuals and he has taken part in various official initiatives for updating and improving science curricula. Current affiliation is with the Institute of Educational Policy (I.E.P.), where he serves as Scientific Counselor. His current research interests include science curricula, science teaching and school dropout.
Indicative publications:
Loss of Individual Electrostatic Interactions between Aminoglycoside Antibiotics and Resistance Enzymes as an Effective Means to Overcoming Bacterial Drug Resistance. Roestamadji, J.; Grapsas, I., Mobashery, S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995, 117, 11069. ISSN 0002-7863
Conjoint molecules of cephalosporins and aminoglycosides. Grapsas, I.; Lerner, S.A.; Mobashery, S. Archiv Der Pharmazie, 2001, 334, 295-301.ISSN 1521-4184
Teaching titration in Chemistry classes with sensor automated methodology, Ioannis Grapsas, Proceedings of 16th Conference on Chemistry Teaching, Union of Greek Chemists, Athens, 2007, pp. 149-154.
A teaching approach for additive properties of aqueous solutions, Ioannis Grapsas, Proccedings of Conference on Novelty in Science Teaching, Union of Greek Physicists – Centre for School Science Laboratories of Piraeus, Nikaia- Piraeus, 2002, pp. 121-124.

Anastasia Vythoulka

Seconded teacher at IEP

Anastasia Vythoulka is a primary education, school teacher with a degree in Educational Sciences from the Department of Primary Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She further holds an M.A in Education and Human Rights from the Department of Preschool Age Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of London – Institute of Education and an M.A in Educational Sciences from the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus and a Diploma in Educational Studies from the Marasleio Didaskaleio of the Department of Primary Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She has served as a teacher, working at Greek public primary schools for more than 20 years. Since 2017 she has been attached to the Institute of Educational Policy, initially in the President and Administrative Board/ Projects and Actions Department and currently in the Department A’ for innovation and inclusion in education and in particular attached to the Unit for Special and Inclusive Education responsible for the implementation and coordination of activities related to the education of Roma and refugee students such as the organization of teacher trainings in these domains. Her scientific interests focus on the study of issues of equality and justice in education and combine research on egalitarian theories of justice, the capability approach, educational inequalities and marginalization.

Georgia Petropoulou

Curriculum Vitae

 Georgia Petropoulou holds a
o B.Sc in Mathematics from Mathematics Department, University of Patra
o M.Sc. in Didactics and Methodology of Mathematics from Mathematics Department, University of Athens, and
o Ph.D in Didactics and Methodology of Mathematics from Mathematics Department, University of Athens
 She has certifications in Programming Language “QyickBASIC”; “Systems Analysis”; “Utilization and application of ICT in teaching practice”; “Evaluation of the Educational work in Secondary Education” and in the annual educational program “Organization, Administration, Education and Operation of a School Unit”. Moreover, she has participated in scientific Summer Schools organised by University of Athens and Kassel Universitat, and she has attended a large number of shorter trainings in Greece and abroad.
Research/Scientific Profile
 She has published research on the following fields:
o The teaching of mathematical proof at the university level
o University Lecturing and students’ learning
o Teaching practices of research mathematicians
o The invariant characteristics of undergraduate mathematics teaching across settings and countries
o The Learning and Development of Mathematics Teacher Educators
 Her research interests focus on identifying possible connections between university mathematics teaching and teaching mathematics at the secondary level as well as the implications of identifying such connections for teacher training programs.
 She has participated in several international and national conferences such as the first Conference of the International Network for Research in University Mathematics ; several Conferences of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and congresses of European Research in Matheatics Education; the 22nd conference of the Greek Mathematical Society; and four conferences of the Greek Association of Mathematics Education Researchers
Professional Profile
 She is a secondary teacher working at Greek public schools since 2007.
 She has collaborated with National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in the context of its Master’s Program “Didactics and Methodology of Mathematics” both as a secondary and tertiary teacher.
 She is currently attached to the Institute of Educational Policy as a Consultant in the field of Mathematics and as Coordinator of the Sciences, Technology, Arts and Mathematics Unit.
Projects etc
 She has participated in several research projects conducted by the Section of Didactics, Department of Mathematics, University of Athens such as:
o Enhancing Differentiated Instruction and Cognitive Activation in Mathematics Lessons by Supporting Teacher Learning
o Lesson Study as a vehicle for improving achievement in mathematics
 She has organised and implemented three approved cultural programs related to the creation of a school library at the Experimental Lyceum of Agioi Anargyroi

Parisopoulou Evi

Parisopoulou Evi is a chemist. She graduated from the Department of Chemistry of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1994 and has a master’s degree in “Organic Chemistry” (AUTh) and in the “Didactic of Chemistry Using Νew Τechnologies” (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).
She holds a PhD from the Department of Chemistry of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the Didactic of Chemistry with an emphasis on “Augmented Reality”, “The use of original and standard devices”, and “Educational Games”. She has been teaching in Secondary education for 27 years, from which the last 20 years in a private school in Thessaloniki, where she is also the head of the Sciences laboratory.
She was a mentor of the Greek Olympic Chemistry Team at the International Chemistry Olympiad. She has been awarded many times as a mentor of student teams, both in international and national competitions, such as “Science on Stage-Europe”, “Chemistry Rediscovered-European Young Chemists’ Network”, “IYNT International Young Naturalists’ Tournament”.
Her interests are mainly focused on teaching laboratory chemistry and the use of new technologies. She has published and presented scientific papers in Greek and international conferences on mainly educational topics.

Dr. Panagiotis Giannakoudakis

Dr. Panagiotis Giannakoudakis, BSc in Chemistry, BSc in Physics, PhD in Electrochemistry. Professor of Physical Chemistry – Electrochemistry and Director of Laboratory of Chemical Education and Application of Information and Communication Technologies in Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/Greece.
He has 40 years of experience in electrochemistry, with emphasis on electrocatalysis, corrosion and electrode modification and 25 years in Chemical Education.
He is the author of significant number of papers in international journals and conferences, has supervised doctoral dissertations in Greece on elelectrochemistry and chemical education and has participated in research programs.

Ourania Xylouri

Ourania Xylouri is the Director of the Athens Lifelong Learning Institute. She has been awarded a B.A. in Sociology and an M.Sc in Human Resources and Employment Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Ourania Xylouri has extensive experience in lifelong learning initiatives and an expertise in human capital development and social inclusion. Ourania Xylouri has a long professional experience in the field of adult education and in the managerial coordination of European projects and community initiatives. She has been the project manager in a series of large and complex projects in the field of adult, youth and school education.

Margarita Defingou

Margarita Defingou, a project manager in the Athens Lifelong Learning Institute. She has been awarded a MA in the Economics of Educational Planning from the University of Toronto, Canada and has been actively involved in the field of adult education since 1982, from various positions and in different fields of expertise, such as a Consultant of the Greek Minister of Education, a member of the European Bureau of Adult Education etc. She is a member of a number of professional bodies that are active in the field of adult education. Currently she is the Project Manager at the Institute, developing and implementing national and European projects on social inclusion, fundamental rights and unaccompanied minors. She has been involved in numerous projects relating to prison education, the most recent of which was ELMIP that aimed to enrich the knowledge, skills and abilities of prisoners and prison staff through innovative educational programs.

Xenofon Chalatsis

Xenofon Chalatsis is a psychologist and has been awarded a M.Sc. in Social Psychology from the University of Warwick, UK. He is an expert in the development of educational curricula and supplementary training and learning material in the field of adult education and in the implementation of adult education initiatives. He, also, has developed expertise in the support of the learning process of the learners. Xenofon Chalatsis has also involved in many innovative European projects and EC Initiatives.

Fred Dervin

Professor, University of Helsinki 

Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki (Finland). He is Director of the TENSION research group (diversities and interculturality in education) and Vice-Director of the SEDUCE doctoral school at Helsinki (Society, culture and education). Dervin also holds several distinguished and visiting professorships in Australia, Canada, China, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Sweden. Prof. Dervin specializes in intercultural education, the sociology of multiculturalism and student and academic mobility. He has widely published in international journals on identity, the ‘intercultural’ and mobility/migration (over 150 articles and 60 books). Dervin is one of the most influential scholars on intercultural communication education in Europe. 

Ella-Maria Lukala

Assisting researcher, University of Helsinki

I am a master’s student of educational sciences in the University of Helsinki, minoring in intercultural studies. In my degree, I have included an array of studies involved with migration, internationalisation of higher education, and language, culture and religiosity awareness – both in Helsinki and abroad. Recently I wrote my bachelor’s thesis oncultural competence in Finnish comprehensive schools, which highlighted multiple opportunities for creating more equitable classrooms.

Heidi Layne

Researcher, University of Jyväskylä

Dr Heidi Layne has over 10 years of professional experience as a researcher and university lecturer in Finland and in Singapore. She has sound knowledge of Finnish education and teacher education system. Her research covers social context of education, global and sustainable education, teacher education and related fields. She gained her PhD in the Philosophy of Education from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Dr. Layne currently is a University Lecturer in Sustainable and Global Education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Currently, besides this study, Dr. Layne is engaged in research projects on understanding everyday multiculturalism and transitions in education in Singapore and Finland.

Pigga Keskitalo

Researcher, University of Lapland. Docent, University of Helsinki.

I have worked for a long period of time as a teacher educator at a Sámi university in Norway. Nowadays, I work on various development and research projects that address or focus on the role of the Sámi language and Sámi culture in teaching and education. I have also been involved in several projects that aim to develop a culture of teaching and schooling that support immigrant students. I am currently working as a researcher in an international research project investigating the agency and voice of children, focusing in particular on distance learning of the Sámi language.

Leila Sederholm

Matematics teacher

I have a master’s degree in philosophy (majoring in mathematics). I specialize in hands-on materials and learning, and in 2020 I was awarded the 100th Anniversary Foundation by the Technology Industry (Hands-on and other Versatile Teaching Methods).

Nina Ågren

Classroom teacher Developer of mathematics material

I am a classroom teacher, and I am particularly interested in hands-on mathematics. I have e.g. developed a hands-on material book series Matsku, published by the Board of Education. I think it is important that everyone has an equal opportunity to learn mathematics, regardless of their linguistic skills. That is also an important principle in the Matsku textbooks I have developed, as well as in my own teaching. I have also been awarded with Technology Industry 100th Annual Foundation Incentive Award andOKKA Front scholarship for the development of mathematics teaching.


Susanna Toikka

Researcher, University of Helsinki

My goal has always been to work on interesting and challenging tasks that support my professional development. My purposeful desire to learn and develop has driven me to this Augmented Assessment project, among other things. In addition to the project, I work on an in-service teacher training program in mathematics and do dissertation research on self-assessment skills and self-assessment. In the Augmented Assessment project, I have been fascinated by the fact that I have been able to benefit from the understanding I have gained from both my dissertation and my work on assessment, but I have also gained new insights from discussions with professional team members.

Jake McMullen

Teacher educator, University of Turku

Jake McMullen is an Associate Professor of mathematics education at the Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku. His work mainly focuses on the development of mathematical knowledge and the design of learning environments to promote flexible mathematical skills.

Elisa Repo

Researcher, University of Turku

Elisa Repo (M.A.) is a doctoral researcher in applied linguistics and educational sciences at the University of Turku. Her doctoral thesis focuses on increasing linguistic diversity in school. Besides researching, Elisa has been working as a university teacher in the Department of Teacher Education, teaching courses on language-awareness, language learning, multilingualism, and language and literature pedagogy. Before, she has taught Finnish language in multilingual junior high schools in Finland and worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Hamburg in Germany and as a Fulbright FLTA at Indiana University in the USA. In 2022, Elisa works as a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley, USA.

Dr Georgios Tsalakos

Dr Georgios Tsalakos is working at Cyprus Pedagogical Institute as a Teachers Trainer in Science. He has a Master Degree in Physics and a Ph. D. in Physics and Mathematics, from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow.
From 2002 to 2020 he has worked as a Physics teacher in Secondary Education and, partially, in Cyprus Pedagogical Institute for the In-Service Training Department and in Ministry of Education as a consultant for Physics.
He is participating in several programs of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute related with Teachers’ professional development.
He has worked in European projects related with STEM-STEAM-STEAME education.
Every year he contacts several optional In-service Training Seminars.
He is the organizer of the monthly seminar “Teaching practices in the course of Physics in Secondary Education”, where active physics teachers present innovative teaching practices.
His educational research interests among others include: formative assessment in Physical Sciences courses in Primary and Secondary Education, experiment–based inquiry learning environments, project-based learning, interdisciplinary education and the integration of technology and video analysis in Science lessons.

Christina Sidera

Holds a BSc Joint Hons Chemistry and Biochemistry, from Imperial College London, where she also studied for her PhD in Biochemistry, specialising in Neurobiology. She has spent some years in research, through Post-Doctoral Fellowships at St George’s Hospital Medical School, where she also taught Biochemistry at the Medical School. She has also worked at the Cyprus Institute of Genetics and colaborated with the University of Cyprus Biology Department, as special teaching staff. She has been working for the Department of Secondary Education since 2005, having served at all levels of secondary education, teaching Biology. For a number of years, she has held a part-time post at the Pedagogical Institute Cyprus (CPI) where she has been involved in support programs (short and long term, pre-service and in-service), designed specifically for Biology teachers as well as teachers of other scientific disciplines, and has been offering training to teachers through relevant seminars at CPI. Christina Sidera has also supported schools for their professional development, through the program Professional Development Support, run by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute. She has been actively participating in other EU-funded programs as well as programs run by the ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, adressing the teachers’ training and competence in the teaching of science to non-native speakers. She is currently still observing all of the above activities, to date.  

Maria Tsierkezou

I have a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering (1988) and a Master’s degree (1989) on “Catalytic hydrogenation of Hydrocarbons”, both of which were obtained from the National Technical University of Athens.
For the past twelve years, I have been working as a Chemistry teacher in the secondary education with the public sector. Currently, I am teaching Chemistry at the Kolossi Lyceum, Limassol and I am also partly attached to the Ministry of Education as a consultant (2016 to date).

Dr. Irene Kleanthous

Dr. Irene Kleanthous completed her PhD studies in Mathematics Education at the University of Manchester in 2012. She is a holder of an MSc in Educational Research with Mathematics Education (2008) and a MEd in ICT in Education (2006) from the same university. She obtained her BA in Primary Education in 2005, from the University of Cyprus. Her doctoral studies were funded by the School of Education (University of Manchester) and the A.G. Leventis Foundation (Cyprus). She was involved in various research projects at the University of Manchester, where she worked as a Research Assistant for three years. Irene also worked as a Scientific collaborator at the European University of Cyprus, where she taught educational research methods and didactics of mathematics. She is currently working at the Centre for Educational Research and Evaluation (CERE) as a researcher and as a school teacher in primary education. She is coordinating the project Ellinomatheia, which measures immigrant students’ competence in Greek as an additional language, in all public primary schools of Cyprus. Finally, she is involved in developing test material in Mathematics for Year 3 and Year 6 students, for the literacy project run by CERE at a national level.

Dr.Christiana M. Christou

Christiana M. Christou holds a B.A. in Educational Sciences-Primary Education (University of Cyprus), a M.Ed. in Maths and Science Education (University of Birmingham) and a Ph.D. in Learning in Natural Sciences (Department of Educational Sciences, University of Cyprus). She currently works as a Primary School Teacher at local schools in Cyprus. She has been involved in European and other projects concerning innovative ways of teaching, technology enhanced learning and teachers’ professional development. She participated in various research studies in cooperation with European University of Cyprus and Cyprus Pedagogical Institute and contributed to their publication in international journals.

Yiola Palatou

Yiola Palatou is a teacher in primary education. She has worked in many European projects and has been a coordinator in several of them. She has collaborated with the Pedagogical Institute and Universities in many programs related to Mathematics and Literacy. She has big experience in technology utilization in the educational process. She has been an instructor in teachers training programs on the integration of technology and mobile devices, initially in Mathematics and later in the integration of augmented reality in all subjects.

Dr. Panagiota Konstantinou

Dr Panagiota Konstantinou completed her undergraduate studies in Mathematics at the University of Cyprus in 2001. She then continued her postgraduate studies in the US where she received her MSc and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2003 and 2006 respectively. During her PhD studies, her research focused on Geometric Topology. She then worked as a lecturer at Frederick University from 2006 to 2011. She has also frequently worked as an instructor for Quantitative Methods in the MidCarrier-MPA Summer Program at Harvard Kennedy School during past summer terms. Currently she is employed by the Ministry of Education in Cyprus teaching mathematics to high-school students as well as  working on the curriculum development of mathematics for high school. Dr Konstantinou has participated in various research projects related to mathematics education, including differentiation of teaching and learning in mathematics and the usage of ICT technologies in teaching mathematics.

Christina Symeonidou

Christina Symeonidou is a Math Teacher with 15years experience in secondary education. Graduated from Mathematical school in Athens University in 2001, she continued her studies in the University of Cyprus where she got Master’s in Statistics. In parallel with her Master’s studies, she has worked as a postgraduate associate for the Pedagogical Department. During the 15years as a teacher in Secondary Education, she undertook several projects regarding student’s learning and welfare, and being coordinator in many Erasmus Projects, where she had the opportunity to meet, cooperate with teachers from other European countries, and exchange ideas regarding teaching methods. During the last year, she undertaken administrative position in the Private Sector Office at the Ministry of Education where she being responsible for coordinating, evaluating and authorising operational issues in private schools all over Cyprus

Prof. Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheri

Prof. Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris is a Professor at the European University Cyprus (EUC), Director of the ICT Enhanced Education Research Laboratory, and Head of Education and Training Services at the Center of Excellence in Innovation and Technology. She has a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education (University of Texas at Austin), an M.Sc. in Statistics (University of Texas at Austin), an M.Sc. in Engineering (University of Texas at Austin), an M.A. in Open and Distance Learning (UK Open University), a B. A. in Mathematics (University of Texas at Austin), and Teacher’s Certification in Primary Education. She has engaged extensively in research and has established a respected research record through numerous publications in scholarly international journals and books, and repeated invitations to participate in international conferences. Indicative EU-funded programs in which she has participated in the capacity of coordinator or research collaborator, include H2020, Erasmus+, LLP-Grundtvig, Socrates Minerva and Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Tempus, and Eureka. All of these multinational programs focus on technology-enabled STEAM education, specifically on the use of serious games and other technological tools in STEAM teaching and learning at the school and higher education level, and in vocational training. Dr. Meletiou-Mavrotheris’ past research activity includes the coordination of the EU-funded projects EarlyStatistics: Enhancing the Teaching and Learning of Early Statistical Reasoning in European Schools, SMASH: Helping Parents to Help their Children Excel in Math and Science, and Living Book – Augmenting Reading For Life.

Dr Christina Papasolomontos

Dr Christina Papasolomontos is the Head of the Department of Educational Documentation at the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute where she has been working since 2000. She holds an M.Ed in Educational Studies (University of Manchester, UK), M.Sc. in Educational Research (University of Manchester, UK) and Ph.D in Developmental Psychology (University of Manchester, UK). She has worked as a research associate at the Centre for Formative and Assessment Studies (CFAS), School of Education, University of Manchester (1998 – 2000), as a visiting Lecturer at the Cyprus University of Technology and at the Cyprus College/European University teaching Research Methods and Statistical and Qualitative Data Analysis. As of 2005, she is a member of the Scientific Committee for the European Social Survey (ESS) in Cyprus.  She carried out projects funded from the Cyprus Research Foundation Institute and the European  Commission.  She was one of the two coordinators of the project “Measures for Improving Social and Educational Integration of Children coming from third world” funded by the European Funds

Prof. Marios Vryonidis

Marios Vryonides is Professor of Sociology, Sociology of Education and Research Methods and Dean of the School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences. He served as National Coordinator of Cyprus in the European Social Survey (European Social Survey) from 2007-2013 and 2017-2019 and represents Cyprus in the Τhematic Committee for the social changes of Horizon 2020 of the European Union. This period he coordinates the program ESOI (European Safe Online Initiative) funded by the EU. In the past he coordinated programs such as: (a) ELMIP (Learning Models in Empowering Prison), (b) PEBBL BAsic Education and SKills Training in Prisons (2013-2015), (c) FREE (Fundamental Rights Education) (European Commission funded program) and (d) “Children’s voices: exploring the interethnic violence in school environment” (2011 – 2012). These programs are practical applications of educational research, a discipline that he teaches in higher education in the past 16 years. He is the President of the Research Committee on Sociology of Education of the International Sociological Association (2018-2022). His research interests lie in contemporary sociological theory with applications in education, in qualitative and quantitative research methods, theories of cultural and social capital and the sociological dimensions of New Forms of Education.

Ass. Prof. Tasos Anastasiadis

Tasos Anastasiades is an Assistant Professor at the European University Cyprus. In 2004, he started publishing “Plastic Comics”, the first comic book series created in Cyprus. In 2014, he illustrated the graphic novel titled ‘Fascista’ and became a publishing partner and contributing artist at the first Cypriot comic book anthology titled “Current”.Tasos has been involved in numerous cultural events and in 2017, he was selected by the Cyprus Embassy in Romania and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture to represent his country at the 5th European Comics Festival organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC). His latest project is the creation of the graphic novel titled ‘The Traveller’ which was done in collaboration with Neil Gibson, publisher of T-Pub comics in London and editor of Stan Lee’s last comic ‘The Luckman’.

Dr Angelos Sofianidis

Dr Angelos Sofianidis is a Research Collaborator at the Department of Education at European University Cyprus, an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Western Macedonia (Greece) and Adjunct Faculty Member of the Educational Department at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus). He owns a PhD in Science Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), a Master in Education (Didactics of Chemistry and New Educational Technologies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and a BSc in Physics (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). He has participated in professional development programmes regarding Special Education and Intercultural Education (University of Aegean). His research interests focus on the promotion and use of collaborative approaches in Science or STEAM Education (Early years, Primary and Secondary Education), on the use of immersive technologies in Science or STEAM Education, and students’ inclusion in Science or STEAM Education with respect to their diverse needs and teachers’ professional development on the abovementioned areas. He works in European-funded projects focusing on the knowledge assessment and inclusion of migrant students on Science and Math education (Augmented Assessment), immersive technologies and game-based learning in STEAM education (ImTech4Ed), the promotion of STEM skills in disadvantaged women in order to foster their start-up entrepreneurship (FA-ST) and on students’ skills development on Open Science (ENREAC-HEI).

Dr Nayia Stylianidou

Dr. Nayia Stylianidou is a Scientific Collaborator at the Department of Education, European University Cyprus. She holds a PhD in the area of Inclusive Education (European University Cyprus), MA in Special Needs (University of Nottingham) and a BA in History and Archaeology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). Her research interests focus on Inclusive Education, Disability Studies, Disability Studies in Education, Universal Design for Learning, Blended Learning, Augmented Reality, Alternate Reality Games, Teachers’ professional development, Media Literacy. She has participated in projects involving teachers, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds with regards to education, digital technologies and immersive technologies (eg. Living Book: Augmenting Reading for Life). Currently, she is participating in projects related to blended learning and inclusive education (BLENDI – Blended learning for inclusion), to media literacy (European Media Coach Initiative, European Safe Online Initiative) and to a project focusing on effective strategies and tools to promote love for reading among young people (ReadTwinning-Connecting students through shared interests to develop a love for reading).

Dr Andreas Ο. Kyriakides

Dr Andreas O. Kyriakides is a primary school teacher and a scientific collaborator at the Department of Educational Studies of European University Cyprus. Having got his BA in Elementary Education (University of Cyprus), he earned a Fulbright scholarship to study at the USA. He obtained an MA in Curriculum and Teaching (Michigan State University, USA), and then a PhD in Mathematics Education (The Open University, UK). In the field of Teacher Education, he has taught various undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics education courses both in the USA and in Cyprus. He is interested not only in training prospective and in-service teachers to acquire the mathematics knowledge base but also in sharpening their sensitivity to the complexities of learning and directing their attention to practices and constructs which can inform preferences when teaching mathematics. His research is committed to understanding and acting upon issues evolving within the classroom context. Particularly, a great part of his work deals with the design of theory- and technology-based classroom interventions to help address students’ learning difficulties and support the development of mathematical understanding. His research projects involve a diverse group of participants, from kindergarteners to university students, teachers and paraprofessionals working in schools.


Davinia Hernández-Leo

Davinia Hernández-Leo is Full Professor at the Department of Information and Communications Technologies Department (DTIC) at UPF, the head of the Interactive and Distributed Technologies for Education group (TIDE) and Commissioner for Research in Educationa Innovation at UPF. She obtained a degree and a Ph.D, in Telecommunication Engineering at University of Valladolid, Spain, and has been visiting researcher at Open University of the Netherlands, Fulbright Scholar at Virginia Tech and visiting academic at the University of Sydney. She has published extensively and received several awards, including best paper awards and the European award for excellence in the field of CSCL technology. She has also received Teaching Awards (Vicens Vives) and the ICREA Academia Award from the Catalan Government in 2019.

Prof. Hernández-Leo has been Vice-President of the European Association for Technology-Enhanced Learning, a Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions of Learning Technologies, and is currently an elected member of the CSCL Committee within the International Society of the Learning Sciences and member of the Steering Committee of the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning. She is very active in research supervision (PhD students, visitors, etc.), in participation and lead of European and national projects, and in collaborations with companies, non-profit organizations, policy makers and private foundations.  

Her research activity is broadly centered on the domain of learning technologies, spanning fields such as learning design technology, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), community platforms, learning analytics, and architectures and devices for learning. Currently, she is looking into the interplay of learning design with data analytics, with an emphasis in the domain of CSCL.

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