Keynote speakers


The Conference will feature a special video-message from Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions.

Markku Markkula

Markku Markkula was elected President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in February 2015 for a two and a half year term of office.

He has been a member of Finland’s Espoo City Council since 1980 – where he was President from 1990–1992 and again in 2010 – he is a member of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and has been Chairman of the Espoo City Planning Board since 2004.

Learn more about him here.

Eva Hemmungs-Wirtén

Professor of mediated culture, Tema Kultur och samhälle (Tema Q), Linköping University. A scholar of intellectual property, she has looked at the emergence of the modern international copyright regime in No Trespassing: Authorship, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Boundaries of Globalization (2004) and the history of the public domain and the commons in Terms of Use: Negotiating the Jungle of the Intellectual Commons (2008). In recent years, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén has increasingly focused on the impact of intellectual property, especially patents, in resaerch and higher education. Her most recent book, Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information, was published by the University of Chicago Press in the spring of 2015.

For more information, see her website.

Stefan Hrastinski

Stefan Hrastinski is Professor and Director for the Technology for Learning unit at the The School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Visiting Professor at Mid Sweden University. His research focuses on how to support online learning, communication and collaboration across various contexts, including higher education, school settings, companies, the public sector and informal settings.

Learn more about him here.

Georgi Dimitrov

Deputy Head of the Unit on Innovation in Education and the EIT. Georgi Dimitrov joined the European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture, as a Policy Officer in 2008. He was involved in various roles in setting up the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a recent initiative of the EU addressing innovation by integrating education, research and business activities.

Learn more about him here.

Frans Mäyrä

Frans Mäyra is a professor of Interactive Media, Digital Culture and Game Studies and Vice Dean at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at University of Tampere. He is a “techno-humanist researcher with an avid interest in digital culture in its many forms, currently heading a games research group in the new media department of a major university, aiming to change the world to better by making us better aware of our multidimensional, immaterial as well as material existence.”

Learn more about him here.

Manjula Srinivas

Manjula Srinivas is a Professor and Head of the Department of Mass Media at the Kishinchand Chelaram College, better known as K. C. College, in Mumbai, India. She is a self-starter with over 15 years of teaching experience across varied colleges and roles, including, teaching, administration, content & syllabi development.

Learn more about her here.

Hanqin Qiu

Hanqin Qiu is a professor international tourism at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her BA from Nankai University in Mainland China, her MA from University of Waterloo in Canada, and her PhD from University of Strathclyde in UK. Her research interests are tourism studies, consumer behaviour, and China hotel and tourism development and policy issues. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism since 2016.

Learn more about her here.

 Jean-Marie Filloque 

Former Vice Rector for Lifelong Learning and academic affairs, University of Brest, France

He was Director of University Continuing Education Department of the University of Brest (F) between 1998 and 2008 and President of the French National Network of University Continuing Education from 2005 to 2012. He was the Vice Rector for Lifelong Learning and academic affairs at the University of Brest.

Learn more about him here.

Elsebeth Sorensen

Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen is Professor in Digital Communication & Learning and head of the AAU research group, D4Learning at the Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University. She was previously director of the successful master programme in ICT and Learning (MIL), offered in equal collaboration between five Danish Universities (Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, the Danish Pedagogical University, and Roskilde University).

Learn more about her here.

Rosie Jones

Director of Library Services,The Open University

Responsible for setting the strategic vision for the Library ensuring that the Open University deliver a leading-edge service by responding positively to new opportunities and challenges within a rapidly changing environment.

Learn more about her here.

Cecilia Bjursell

Director of Encell, the National Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Dr. Cecilia Bjursell is the Director of Encell at the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University. Her research interests are organization, learning, metaphors, organizational ethnography and narrative perspectives in various empirical contexts. Her earlier studies focused on post-merger integration processes and women’s enterprise in family businesses.

Learn more about her here

Stephan Rapp

Dean, School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University

Learn more about him here.

Andreia Inamorato dos Santos

Scientific Officer, ICT for Learning, Skills and OER, Human Capital and Employment Unit, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Andreia joined the JRC in September 2013. Her role involves research and policy support on ‘ICT for Learning, Skills and Open Educational Resources (OER)’. Her work contributes to finding opportunities and challenges of ICT and OER implementation at a policy level to innovate and modernise teaching, learning and training practices in Europe.

Learn more about her here.

Willem van Valkenburg

Manager of Production and Delivery at TU Delft Extension School, Member of the Board of Directors of the Open Education Consortium

He is part of the leadership of the TU Delft Extension School. He is responsible for the production and delivery of OpenCourseWare, DelftX MOOCs, online Professional Education and online BSc and MSc programmes.

He has been a part of the Open Education Consortium since 2008. First as assistant of former president Anka Mulder and since 2013 as a board member of the Consortium. He holds a Master of Science in System Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management of Delft University of Technology.

Learn more about him here.

He will be giving a Report on the “Year of Open” at the closing plenary session.

Mats Jägstam

Acting President, Jönköping University

Learn more about him here.

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