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Antoaneta Angelova-KrastevaAntoaneta Angelova-Krasteva is Director for Innovation, International cooperation and Sport at Directorate-General (DG) Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in the European Commission. Prior to joining DG Education, she was Head of the Stakeholders Unit at the European Commission’s DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). Before joining the Commission, Ms Angelova-Krasteva was the Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor at the Bulgarian Permanent Representation to the European Union. She holds a Master of Arts in Political Science Studies from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as two post-graduate qualifications from the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung in Berlin, and the Sussex European Institute in the United Kingdom.

mario cardonaMario Cardona is Director of Lifelong Learning and Early School Leavers in the Maltese Ministry of Education and Employment, where he is charge of implementing Malta’s Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Early School Leaving. Mario Cardona studied adult education and training at the Universities of Malta, Rome and Edinburgh. His areas of professional and academic interests include adult education and training, particularly in relation to community development and cooperatives. He has also done research and published books related to education and social justice. He regularly participates in European fora in areas related to adult education and VET.

Mart lampereMart Laanpere is Senior Researcher in the Centre for Educational Technology at Tallinn University, Institute of Digital Technologies. Mart is an experienced lecturer, an educational technologist and a researcher. He is a co-founder of the Centre for Educational Technology, which is an international research group within the Institute, currently he is coordinating the ERA Chair project CEITER in Tallinn University. His research interests are related with designing innovative online learning environments, school-level educational innovation, instructional design, learning analytics, assessment of digital competences and supporting professional development of teachers with e-portfolio. He has been the convenor of EERA network on Open Learning and an contributing to e-learning development in various countries, such as Georgia, Moldova, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Senegal, Croatia and Serbia. Mart is a member of the steering group of the Estonian Strategy of Lifelong Learning 2014 – 2020. He holds a degree in educational technology (M. Sc) from the University of Twente, the Netherlands and Ph.D. degree in educational science from the Tallinn University.

ilse marienIlse Mariën is working as a senior researcher at imec-SMIT, a research centre attached to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) where she has been involved in several projects related to digital inequalities, e-skills and other policy aspects related to digital media. For the moment, she is leading a 4-year federal research project – IDEALiC – that aims at setting the future scene of e-inclusion policies in Belgium at a local, regional and federal level. In 2016, she successfully defended her Ph.D. that entails (1) a more contextualized and comprehensive theoretical framework for digital inequalities; and (2) a concise strategic framework for developing sustainable e-inclusion policies. It is based upon a critical analysis of the transition in digital divide theory; the relation between digital and social exclusion; the approach used in grassroots initiatives; and existing digital inclusion policies. As such, Ilse’s doctoral research project also examines if and how low media literacy levels relate to mechanisms of digital and social exclusion. In addition, it examines the informal learning settings, methods and practices that are used by grassroots initiatives to enhance the development of media literacy amongst at-risk groups. Read more…

Leo PekkalaLeo Pekkala works as the Deputy Director of the National Audiovisual Institute of Finland (KAVI) and as the Head of its Department for Media Education and Audiovisual Media (MEKU), a government authority under the Ministry of Education and Culture. Dr. Pekkala has a long academic career both in Finland and internationally. He has coordinated and participated in several international multidisciplinary research endeavours and networks. He has worked in media education, teacher education and school development sectors both in the developing country context and in the developed country context.

PasqualePolicastroPasquale Policastro is professor of Constitutional Law and European Law at the University of Szczecin, Poland, and has been awarded of the “Rientro dei cervelli” distinguished professorship of the Italian Ministry of University and Scientific Research at the University of Salerno, Department of Civil and Economic Relations in Contemporary Legal Systems. Professor Policastro’s research interest in, among others, the constitutional interpretation and the theory of legal arguments and of the balancing of values between different layers of legal enactment, has brought him to explore the effects of the process on individual and social learning, as well as of international, intercultural and intergenerational patterns of interdependent activity, namely within the Great Green Wall project.

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