Past keynote speakers

Keynote speakers 2010-18

Ivana Batarelo Kokić, University of Split,  Croatia

Dr. Ivana Batarelo Kokić is Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Split, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She held positions at academic institutions and research and development centres including Lecturer at Arizona State University, Researcher at Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, and Assistant Professor at University of Zagreb. She holds an M.Ed. in Educational Media and Computers and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on special education and assistive technology from the Arizona State University. Currently, she teaches courses in distance education, adult education, comparative education, and educational policy.  Her research interests focus in the following areas where she has published extensively: teacher education, e-learning, information literacy development and social inclusion.  She has been working as a coordinator, lead researcher or evaluator on several EU funded projects.

Title of keynote speech: Preparing future teachers for creating, using and sharing OER

Stefania Bocconi, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute for Educational Technology

Stefania Bocconi is researcher at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute for Educational Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences and Education from Cà Foscari University of Venice.

Her research interests are in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning and include innovative use of ICT in education and training, as well as the impact of technologies on learning organisations. In particular, she studied the role of digital technology for learning, creativity and innovation, exploring the conditions for scalability and sustained impact at system level. Much of her work focused also on blended and online learning in higher education settings, including the access and reuse of open educational resources, inclusive education and, the integration between formal and informal learning. In 2012, she worked as Scientific Officer at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre(JRC-IPTS) examining what essential elements characterise innovative learning environments in formal education settings.

Recently, she conducted two studies to examine the introduction of computational thinking and programming in compulsory education curricula in Europe (CompuThink study, founded by the European Commission, JRC and in Nordic Countries (CompuThink Nordic, founded by the Nordic Steering Group She also coordinated the Italian piloting of SELFIE, a self-reflection tool for digitally capable schools developed by the European Commission (

She regularly presents at conferences and she has (co-)authored numerous scientific publications in national and international journals, books and conference proceedings.

Brian Dorn, University of Nebraska at Omaha

He is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and holds the Union Pacific Community Chair in Computer Science Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Along with colleagues and students in the BRIDGE lab, he conducts human-centered computing research with a particular emphasis on education and the learning sciences.  He actively designs and evaluates educational technology to support the teaching and learning of computing content.  As a community chair, he also is actively involved in advocacy and training work to support universal access to computing education in primary and secondary schools across Nebraska.  He holds a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is an active member of the ACM, ISLS, and AERA, and serves as co-editor of the journal Computer Science Education.

Irena Brifordová, Microsoft, Czech Republic

Ing. Irena Briford, Director of Education, Microsoft, Czech Republic. She has been in this position for more than 10 years. She tries to work on meanigfully using technology in education  and helping teachers and students to improve the learning processes at all levels of education.

Anastasia Syzenko, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Anastasia Syzenko, Ph.D. is a lecturer and researcher at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her background is in modern languages and applied linguistics. Currently Anastasia teaches ESP, Innovation Management and International Investment. Anastasia has extensive international academic and research experience at UC Berkeley and University of Michigan (USA), University of Turku (Finland), KU Leuven (Belgium), Mykolas Romeris University, (Lithuania) etc.  In Ukraine Anastasia focuses her efforts on the advancement of innovative industries, community engagement and development of higher education. She is also a Board member and co-founder of Smart City Public Council, a non-profit public organization aimed at developing democracy and fostering transparent governance in Ukraine via digitization and introduction of the world’s best practices of e-governance into local city councils.

Petra Aczél, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Petra Aczél is a full professor of communication and rhetoric at Corvinus University of Budapest and head of the Institute of Behavioural Science and Communication Theo­ry, as well as member of the Social Communication Doctoral School. She studied at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, earned her PhD degree in 2003, and gave her habilitation lecture in 2011. She was appointed full professor in 2016. Her re­search interests are focused on the theory and prac­tice of communication, new media and media literacy. Participating in researches on national and regional media literacy she has become a leading figure in this field in Hungary and the region. She is author of four and co-author of other four books and has published more than 200 publications on verbal and visual com­mu­ni­ca­tion, rhetoric, (new) me­dia com­munication and media literacy. She is chair and member in five editorial boards of Hungarian and international periodicals and holds memberships in Hungarian and inter­national com­mu­ni­cation as­socia­tions. She is a researcher, professor and loving mother. Web:

Irena Brifordová, Microsoft, Czech Republic

Ing. Irena Briford, Director of Education, Microsoft, Czech Republic. She has been in this position for more than 9 years. She tries to work on meanigfully using technology in education  and helping teachers and students to improve the learning processes at all levels of education.

Francesco Pisanu (IPRASE, Trento, Italy)

I am a research fellow in educational research at IPRASE (Provincial Institute of Educational Research and Experimentation ), in the Province of Trento, Italy. I study, among other topics, psychosocial aspect related to the use of technology in education and training, special educational needs and inclusion, innovation in teaching practices and organizational issues in educational context. I have always been interested in research methodology, mostly in computer mediated environments. I have studied (work and organizational) Psychology and I got a PhD in Information Systems and Organization at the University of Trento. I taught Social Psychology of groups and I am currently teaching Educational and Guidance Psychology at the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences, University of Trento.

Wolfie Christl,  Austria

Wolfie Christl is game designer, web developer, artist and net activist. Communication engineer by profession, he studied arts, computer science, sociology and theatre-, film- and media studies in Linz and Vienna (without degree). He works in the fields of serious games, digital literacy, web technology and multimedia. From 2000 he was part of the famous Viennese net culture organization Public Netbase, which hosted many international conferences, exhibitions and tactical media projects dealing with the socio-cultural impact of ICT. He has also played a major role in creating, which is the most popular vote match tool in Austria and has been used by more than 3 million times in about 30 elections in Austria and Italy. Since 2006 he runs a small internet agency focusing on open source web technology.   In 2011, together with a team from Vienna, he started the project „Data Dealer“, which is an online game about collecting, collating and selling personal data. „Data Dealer“ provides a unique casual and humorous way to engage in issues of personal data and privacy in the digital age. It received outstanding media coverage both in serious media and in yellow press in German speaking countries and substantial feedback from young people, teachers, media educators and the general public. The international release of the English version is planned for May 2013. Links: Data Dealer Online Game  Article about Wolfie Christl at (2012): Upping the game. Wolfie Christl co-created online social game Data Dealer, which promises to change the way we think about privacy and the business of information.

Wolfie Christl (2012): How to Gamify Personal Data Business. Talk at TEDxVienna Conference, Vienna/AT