Speakers

The European Conference on Education (ECE) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Anne Boddington
    Anne Boddington
    University of Brighton, UK
  • Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Jo Van Herwegen
    Jo Van Herwegen
    UCL, UK
  • Barbara Lockee
    Barbara Lockee
    Virginia Tech, USA
  • Bruce Monk
    Bruce Monk
  • Thanassis Rikakis
    Thanassis Rikakis
    Virginia Tech, USA
  • Mary Stuart CBE
    Mary Stuart CBE
    University of Lincoln, UK
  • Svetlana Ter-Minasova
    Svetlana Ter-Minasova
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  • Zachary Walker
    Zachary Walker
    University College London, UK

Previous Speakers

View details of speakers at past ECE conferences via the links below.

Anne Boddington
University of Brighton, UK

Biography

Professor of Design Innovation and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Anne Boddington was educated as an architect and cultural geographer. She has particular interests in the spaces of learning and research and the symbiosis of arts and humanities education as agents of cultural, social and civic transformation. The founding Head of the School of Architecture & Design (1999-2006) and since 2006, as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, she was also the Director of the University’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) (a unique partnership between the University, the V&A, the Royal College of Art and the RIBA) and co-director of the HEA’s Subject Centre in Art Design and Media.

A registered architect, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), she has been an independent governor, trustee, chair and an elected member of many regional and national councils in the cultural sector and in higher education including as a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council Advisory Board (AHRC); Vice Chair of Council for Higher Education in Art& Design (CHEAD) and a trustee of the Design Council/CABE. Working with HEFCE she was a panel member of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) and Deputy Chair of D34 for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) panel in 2014 as well as a member of the REF 2014 Equality & Diversity Panel. Her research has been supported and funded by the EU, EPSRC, AHRC, the HEA and HEFCE. She has an international profile as a speaker and advisor for research development, quality assurance, enhancement and teaching innovation in Architecture, Art and Design across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She undertakes regular peer review and research assessment for academic journals and conferences and has worked with and for research councils of Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Germany, Israel and Canada.

Panel Presentation (2019) | Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence

Previous Presentations

Plenary Panel I (2017) | Think Like a System, Act Like an Entrepreneur
Jean-Marc Dewaele
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Biography

Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London. He does research on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. He has published over 250 papers and chapters, seven books and seven special issues. He is the author of the monograph Emotions in Multiple Languages in 2010 (2nd ed in 2013). He is former president of the European Second Language Association and the International Association of Multilingualism. He is former General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and current General Èditor of Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013) and the Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of Foreign Language Learners and Teachers
Panel Presentation (2019) | Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence
Jo Van Herwegen
UCL, UK

Biography

Dr Jo Van Herwegen is an associate professor in developmental psychology at UCL Institute of Education. Her research focuses on improving educational outcomes of children, especially those with special educational needs. She has examined mathematical abilities, language abilities, transitions and the impact and quality of Education, Health, and Care plans for a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders. She is an associate editor for Research in Developmental Disabilities, and educational needs advisor for the Williams Syndrome Foundation.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Challenges and Solutions to Improving Educational Outcomes
Barbara Lockee
Virginia Tech, USA

Biography

Barbara Lockee is a professor of Instructional Design and Technology in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. Since 1996, she has engaged in teaching and research related to instructional design and distance education, and has advised the research of more than three dozen doctoral students. Her scholarly inquiry is focused on mediated and online education and has been funded by various federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Agency for International Development, among others. She has also consulted for a variety of organisations, including the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the US Army Training and Doctrine Command and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Her recent co-authored book, Streamlined ID: A Practical Guide for Instructional Design, strives to make the design of learning solutions accessible and pragmatic for those who develop educational courses and programs in workplace contexts.

Dr Lockee is Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her PhD in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), MA in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Interaction in Online Learning: A Design Paradox
Bruce Monk

Biography

Bruce Monk was an English language lecturer at Moscow State University (MSU) under the Anglo-Soviet Cultural Agreement from 1980 to 1984, and 1988 to 1989. He also worked on the British Council Summer Schools for Soviet English language teachers in Higher Education in July and August 1981 to 1984. From 1989 to 1994 he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at MSU.

He is the co-author with Alexander Burak of the chapter on Russian Speakers in Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems (Smith & Swan eds. Cambridge University Press, revised 2001). With Tatyana Klementyeva he wrote Happy English 1 for the school system of the Soviet Union/Russian Federation, and between 1989 and 1994 he was a presenter on BBC radio and TV programmes for Soviet/Russian television and radio.

Special Interview Presentation (2019) | Nation-Specific Peculiarities of Language Learning and Teaching: An Interview
Thanassis Rikakis
Virginia Tech, USA

Biography

Thanassis Rikakis is professor of Bioengineering and of Performing Arts. His research spans systems design, arts and technology with a special focus on interactive neurorehabilitation, experiential media, adaptive learning and cyber-human intelligence. He is the founding chair of the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program and director of the Calhoun Center for Higher Education Innovation. These initiatives focus on adaptive, transdisciplinary learning and on advancing the interconnection of difference and excellence. They furthermore investigate life-long learning structures spanning K-12, higher education and industry. From 2015 until 2017 Thanassis served as executive vice president and provost at Virginia Tech. He led the development of transdisciplinary discovery communities (Destination Areas) and a new resource model (Partnership for an Incentive Based Budget). From 2012 to 2015 he served as vice provost for design arts and technology at Carnegie Mellon University where he founded the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDEATE) network. He has also served as founding director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University and Associate Director for Research and Development of the Computer Music Center at Columbia University.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Trandisciplinary Knowledge Ecosystems can Advance Interdependence and Agency
Mary Stuart CBE
University of Lincoln, UK

Biography

Professor Mary Stuart is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on life histories, social mobility, higher education policy and students, Leadership in 21st Century organisations, place-making, economic and community development. Mary has a strong track record in all aspects of university management, having worked in senior roles in three different universities. Since joining Lincoln she has established and grown the first new Engineering School to be created in the UK for more than 20 years (in collaboration with Siemens plc). Mary has also successfully led the development of Science provision at Lincoln (including the Schools of Chemistry, Pharmacy, Physics and Mathematics) and has established the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology, to develop the future of farming and grow our food industry’s competitiveness. Passionate about the student experience, Mary seeks to continually drive change and improvements in partnership with students and the academic community, working closely with the Students’ Union at Lincoln.

National Commitments

Mary is currently a member of the Student Information Advisory Group (SIAG), Trustee of the Universities Partnership Programme (UPP), and a Fellow of the Bridge Group. Mary is also a Commissioner on the Civic University Commission, and Director of ±21st century Lab, examining the future of Universities in our world.

Regional And Local Business Community Groups

Mary is committed to working to support the region where her University is located. This includes pro-bono work for the arts and culture locally, economic and community regeneration and work with Schools and Colleges. She is Chair of the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership (LCAP) and the Founding Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP). She is a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board, Director of Lincoln Science and Innovation Park (LSIP), Director of Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), Chair of the Members of Lincolnshire Educational Trust (LET) and member of the Lincoln UTC.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence
Panel Presentation (2019) | Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence
Svetlana Ter-Minasova
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Biography

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova is President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and Distinguished Professor in the University. She holds a Doctorate of Philology from the University, has published more than 200 books and papers on Foreign Language Teaching, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

She is Chair of the Russian Ministry of Education’s Foreign Language Research and Methodology Council, President and founder of both the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia, and the National Association of Applied Linguistics. She holds the Lomonosov Award, Fulbright’s 50th Anniversary Award, and was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Birmingham, in the UK, the State University of New York, in the USA, and the Russian-Armenian University, in Armenia. She is Yunshan Professor of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China, and Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences, in Georgia. She is also Visiting Professor at P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University and National Research Tomsk State University, in Russia.

Special Interview Presentation (2019) | Nation-Specific Peculiarities of Language Learning and Teaching: An Interview

Previous Presentations

Keynote Presentation (2017) | The Three Barriers on the Way to International Communication: Which Is the Most Difficult to Shatter, and How Can It Be Done?
Zachary Walker
University College London, UK

Biography

Dr Zachary Walker is an academic, author, and speaker. In 2018, Zachary joined the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE) as an Associate Professor. At IOE, Zachary currently serves in the Department of Psychology and Human Development as the Programme Leader for Graduate Programs in Special Education and International Inclusive Leadership. Prior to joining IOE, Zachary was a faculty member at the National Institute of Education in Singapore from 2013-2018, where he served as a leader in Pedagogical Development and Innovation and on the 21st Century Teaching and Learning Framework taskforce. He was named a Think College Emerging Scholar (2012), as well as a Millennium Milestone Maker by the World Academy for the Future of Women (2015). He was awarded the John Cheung Social Media Award for Innovation in Teaching and Pedagogy (2015), and was nominated for the Wharton School Reimagine Education Awards (2016). Zachary's current work focuses on educational neuroscience, mobile technology, and leadership. He has delivered talks to education leaders and higher education faculty in North America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Five Faces of this Generation
Panel Presentation (2019) | Education as a Route to Independence and Interdependence