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Alexandre Castro Caldas

Full Professor. Current Director of the Institute of Health Sciences at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, he was until February 2004, Full Professor of Neurology at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon and Director of the Neurology Service of Hospital de Santa Maria in Lisbon. He was also president of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Neurologia [Portuguese Society of Neurology] between 1989-1992 and chaired the International Society of Neuropsychology between 2001-2002. He is the author of more than 200 scientific articles and chapters and of some books on Brain Sciences. Among the prizes received, we highlight the Grand Prize Bial de Medicina in 2000 and the Distinguished Career Award of the International Neuropsychological Society in 2009.Full professor in Educational Research (M-PED/04, 11/D2), Department of Human Studies, Libera Università Maria SS Assunta di Roma. President of the degree course in Primary Education Sciences (LM85bis) at the same University, PhD in Educational Research and Educational Measurement (LUMSA University, Italy). Member of the Council of the International Doctorate Course in “Contemporary Humanism” (LUMSA) Project manager and scientific supervisor for Italy in the Erasmus+ REGAP – Reducing the Educational Gap for migrants and refugees in EU countries with highly relevant e-learning resources offering strong social belonging and for ACUMEN –  Career Management Skills on OERS’ development for career management. Member of the Joint Management Committee for IEA – International Civic and Citizenship Education Study, a large scale assessment study promoted by International Association for Educational Achievement, and aimed at measuring grade 8 students’ learning outcomes, attitudes and beliefs in civic and citizenship education.


Ana García-Valcárcel Muñoz-Repiso 

Ana García-Valcárcel has a degree in Pedagogy, Universidad de Comillas, Madrid and a PhD in Pedagogy, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. She is Professor of Educational Technology (Didactics and School Organization Area) at the Faculty of Education of the University of Salamanca, Department of Didactics, Organization and Research Methods, and Director of the GITE-USAL Excellence Research Group. She is author of several books and articles, with emphasis on: Competencias de los profesores para el uso de las TIC en la enseñanza”. El marco europeo de enseñanza superior. El nuevo modelo de enseñanza-aprendizaje en la Universidad. Construyendo la nueva agenda de la Educación a Distancia. Causas del bajo rendimiento del estudiante universitario (en opinión de los profesores y alumnos). Propuestas de mejora en el marco del EEES. La formación metacognitiva de futuros profesores de matemáticas a través de la utilización del vídeo. Investigar el cambio curricular en el Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior, Herramientas tecnológicas para mejorar la docencia universitaria. Una reflexión desde la experiencia y la investigación.

António Dias de Figueiredo

Emeritus professor of Information Systems at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a senior researcher of its Center for Informatics and Systems (CISUC), where he concentrates on IT in Learning & Education, Strategy and Quality in Education, Information Systems in Organizations, Research Methods and the Philosophy of Engineering and Design. He was a Full Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, where he created the CISUC, the Department of Informatics Engineering. He co-founded Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), a prominent industry-university interface and enterprise-incubation institute. Part of his research and diffusion of innovation takes place in collaboration with CISUC and IPN. He was Vice-President for Western Europe of the Intergovernmental Informatics Program of UNESCO, Paris. He integrated for four years the NATO Special Program Panel on Advanced Educational Technology of the NATO Science Committee, Brussels. He has participated in various European projects, both as a partner and as a science advisor, and acted on various occasions as a consultant to the European Commission in matters regarding the definition of strategies for Information and Communication Technologies in Education. He has collaborated with OECD on various instances in initiatives regarding Information and Communication Technologies in Education. He was the Chairman of PROMETEUS (PROmoting Multimedia access to Education and Training in EUropean Society). He was the chair of the Context & Learning special interest group of the European network of excellence Kaleidoscope. He was the proponent of the MINERVA Project, the Portuguese national computers in schools program, which he coordinated during its pilot. He was the chair of the Accreditation Committee for Informatics Engineering of the Portuguese Engineers Association. He chaired the Evaluation Committee for Informatics Engineering and Computer Science of the Foundation of Portuguese Universities, and chaired R&D panels for the evaluation of projects submitted to the Portuguese Innovation Agency. He has been awarded a Honoris Causa by the Portuguese Open University, and the Sigillum Magnum by the University of Bologna, Italy. He also received the title of Information Society Personality of the Year 2005, awarded by APDSI, Oracle Portugal, and Sun Portugal. He has been a speaker and has lectured extensively at national and international events. He is the author of over three hundred papers and contributed with chapters to several books published both at home and abroad. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, and obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, U.K.


Gabriella Agrusti

Full professor in Educational Research, Department of Human Studies, Libera Università Maria SS Assunta di Roma. President of the degree course in Primary Education Sciences (LM85bis) at the same University. Ph.D. in Education, Roma Tre University. Post-doctoral research fellowship in Education, Roma Tre University. Was permanent researcher in Educational Research, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Design, Roma Tre University and Member of Laboratorio di Pedagogia sperimentale. Is member of the Council of the Doctorate Course in “Contemporary Humanism” (LUMSA Università) from 2017 (coordinatrice B. Papasogli). The Doctorate has an international board composed by LUMSA (Coordinator), Australian Catholic University (ACU), Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC). Was member of the Council of the Doctorate Course in “Innovazione e Valutazione dei Sistemi di Istruzione”. Is member of the Council of  the Doctorate Course in “Cultura, Educazione, Comunicazione”. The Doctorate Course is part of an International Doctorate School composed by: the following universities: Avignon and Paris X (France), Potsdam (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). Also was Council Member for the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe ( from 2006 to 2014. Awarded Fellow of the Association in 2008 on the basis of a blind peer review of her research experience and works. Co-director of post-lauream courses in Assessing learning outcomes (1st level Master Degree) and Education system evaluation of (2nd level Master Degree) and co-director of the first level distance master in Evaluation of learning and of the second level distance master in Evaluation of education systems. Is member of the Scientific Council of CRESPI – Centro di Ricerca Educativa sulla Professionalità dell’Insegnante (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna) from September 2014. Is project manager and scientific supervisor of many international research projects. She is the author of numerous scientific texts.