December 11 - 14, 2017 | University of Cambridge, UK

Keynote Speakers

Michael Shevlin is Professor in Inclusive Education, Trinity College Dublin since 1996. His teaching and research has focused on facilitating the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs within mainstream schools, promoting the voice of marginalised people within decision making processes that affect their lives, and addressing access issues for young people with disabilities within compulsory and higher education. He, along with a number of colleagues, have completed a number of national studies including Study of Special Classes in mainstream schools (in association with ESRI team), Quali-TYDES project longitudinal study of lives of young people with disabilities (European Social Fund), Transition Experiences of Students with Disabilities into Further and Higher Education, and Project IRIS longitudinal study of special education in Ireland. Michael has been involved in a number of policy making initiatives within Irish education in relation to the development of inclusive learning environments in schools and higher education.

Dr Vassilios (Bill) Argyropoulos is an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaly (Greece) in the area of visual impairment since 2003. He has participated in a number of national and international special educational projects and EU projects coordinator. He serves in the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) as the contact person in Balkan Countries. He holds BSc in Mathematics from the University of Patras (Greece) and a PhD in Education from the University of Birmingham. His research area is special education and more specifically haptic apprehension, braille literacy skills, assistive technology and auditory recognition of documents by users with severe visual impairments.

Michael Plummer is the new Education Program Supervisor for Phillips Programs for Children and Families (Maryland, USA). He received a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University and an M.A. in Education and Curriculum, Theory and Development from Temple University. He is a 2009 Fulbright Scholar with international experience that includes research, programs and consultancies in China. His background also includes work in both the private and for profit education sector with diverse experience in the design and implementation of curriculum, along with extensive experience in both standardized and informal assessment development and coordination.

Professor Jim Nyland took up the role of Associate Vice-Chancellor (Brisbane) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in October 2011. Previously, he has held academic appointments at the University of Queensland, where he was the Director of Corporate Education and Director of UQ Business School Downtown. Prior to this he was Manager and Principal Advisor in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Engagement at Griffith University and has held managerial positions in a number of universities in the UK. . He holds a doctorate in Education and has published research covering curriculum change, the nature of learning and the impact of modernity on educational opportunity. Professor Nyland’s work has been international in scope and he has developed programs in the UK and Australia as well as keynote academic papers in Ireland and South Africa. He is particularly interested in extending our knowledge and capacities in ‘new learning’ both in work and professional settings and in communities which are in transition and face challenges. He is Editor of the new Australian journal Transform: Journal of Engaged Scholarship and contributes to current educational debates and issues in regional and national publications.

Professor Yulia Lopukhova holds a PhD degree in Educational Studies (2001) and an EdD-degree (Doctor of Education, the highest degree focusing on the practice of education in Russia, 2013) from Samara State University of Education and Social Studies. Her scientific research was focused on the issue of tolerance in the global world. She started her professional carrier in 1996 as an EFL teacher. From 2001 until now she has been working at Samara State Technical University, as Head of the Department of Linguistics, Intercultural Communication and Russian as a Foreign Language. Yulia Lopukhova is the chief coordinator of TEMPUS IV project “Entrepreneurs for Tomorrow”, the European and Russian Master joint program for Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Volga Region (Russian Federation) contributing to a sustainable economic development of this region (people-planet-profit) in which she focuses on students and staff mobility and gives lectures on Academic Skills and Business Ethics. Yulia Lopukhova is the author of more than 100 scientific papers in the field of educational studies. Her recent research activities focus on Globalisation and Internatiolisation of Higher Education and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).


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