Speakers

The European Conference on Education 2017 (ECE2017) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on Language Learning 2017 (ECLL2017). 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.


  • Professor Kwame Akyeampong
    Professor Kwame Akyeampong
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Matthew Taylor
    Matthew Taylor
    RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), UK
  • Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova
    Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  • Professor Anne Boddington
    Professor Anne Boddington
    University of Brighton, UK
  • Professor David Hicks
    Professor David Hicks
    Virginia Tech, USA
  • Professor Brian Hudson
    Professor Brian Hudson
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Dr Bernard Montoneri
    Dr Bernard Montoneri
    Tamkang University, Taiwan
Professor Kwame Akyeampong
University of Sussex, UK

Biography

Kwame Akyeampong is Professor of International Education and Development at the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Sussex, UK. He has international research experience in educational evaluation and research and has worked on education and development research projects in a range of countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda and Malawi. His research interests include education policy analysis, teacher governance, educational access and equity, impact evaluation studies in education, and employing quantitative and qualitative research methods. He also has experience managing large research education projects. He has consulted for the World Bank, DFID, and JICA on education evaluation projects and programmes. He was senior policy analyst with UNESCO, Paris, from 2011 to 2013. He is currently the co-chair of the Teacher Alliance for the Global Education and Skills Forum.

Plenary Panel II | Education for Change: Addressing the Challenges of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4
Matthew Taylor
RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), UK

Biography

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) since 2006. He has blogged over 1,200 times on topics ranging from policy, politics, public service reform and cultural theory to the RSA itself. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of the RSA, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, has written numerous articles, and is a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Moral Maze.

Plenary Panel I | Think Like a System, Act Like an Entrepreneur
Professor 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 Professor Emeritus in the University. She holds a Doctorate of Philology from the University, and 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.

Keynote Presentation | The Three Barriers on the Way to International Communication: Which Is the Most Difficult to Shatter, and How Can It Be Done?
Professor 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.

Plenary Panel I | Think Like a System, Act Like an Entrepreneur
Professor David Hicks
Virginia Tech, USA

Biography

David Hicks is a professor of history and social science education (Social Studies) in the School of Education at Virginia Tech, USA. He is the programme area leader for History and Social Science (Social Studies Education) in the faculty of Teaching and Learning and affiliate faculty of Learning Sciences and Technologies. He holds a BA (Honors) in Social History from Lancaster University (UK), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with distinctions in theory and practice from Leeds University (UK), an MA in History from the State University of New York at Cortland, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, USA. His research and teaching interests include examining the integration of digital technologies and multimedia to support the learning of history and social science as an inquiry-based discipline, and specifically how to scaffold historical source analysis.

Featured Presentation | Teaching Difficult Histories Through Film: Examples and Perspectives from the Field
Professor Brian Hudson
University of Sussex, UK

Biography

Brian Hudson is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex. He is the main Organiser of the World Education Research Association (WERA) International Research Network on Didactics - Learning and Teaching; a member of the WERA Outreach Committee; an Associate Editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies and a Board Member of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) Network. He is Honorary Member of the EERA Network on Didactics - Learning and Teaching; Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education Studies and Leadership at the University of Ghana.

Plenary Panel II | Education for Change: Addressing the Challenges of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4
Dr Bernard Montoneri
Tamkang University, Taiwan

Biography

Bernard Montoneri is the co-founder of the IAFOR Journal of Education. He earned his PhD (African, Arab, and Asian Words; History, Languages, Literature) and his BA in Chinese from the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I, France. He taught Literature (European, Children, American, and British) and languages (French, English, and Italian) at Providence University for 16 years. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tamkang University, French Department, Taiwan. Bernard has around 40 publications, including journal papers (including SSCI, SCI, and THCI), conference papers, and books and has obtained many teaching and research projects. His research interests include French literature, children literature, English writing, automated scoring systems, teaching and learning evaluation, data envelopment analysis, networking, and teaching methods. He is a reviewer for top academic journals such as Review of Educational Research (ranked #1 in Education), American Educational Research Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, and European journal of Operational Research.

Spotlight Presentation | The Impact of Weekly Correction and Feedback in a French Composition Class