Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers of the ICCL2021

Prieto, Benita (Writer and Storyteller, Brazil)

Benita Prieto was born in Rio de Janeiro, but currently lives in Lisbon. Consultant, producer and mediator of reading projects. She studied Electronic Engineering, Theater and did specializations in Children and Youth Literature and in Reading: Theory and Practices. Writer and Storyteller with more than 2000 lectures, presentations and workshops in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Mozambique, Chile. Since 2012 research and teach courses on promoting reading and literature in digital media. He participates in the Group of Studies in Children and Youth Literature of the Interdisciplinary Reading Institute of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, which chooses the books for the Seal 10 Chair. She is president of Actions & Connections, cultural association of Portugal.

Mendes, Elsa (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

PHD in Cultural Studies – North American Studies – Film Studies, in the University of Lisbon (2012). Master’s Degree in History of Art – History of Contemporary Art (2000), in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the New University of Lisbon. Graduated in History (1983) in the Faculty of Letters, at the Lisbon University. Since 2014, she is the National Coordinator of the National Programme for Cinema at the Directorate-General for Education. Researcher in the research Group Media and Cultural mediations (Open University). Member of the Association of Moving Image Researchers (AIM).  Member of the Scientific Committee of the National Programme for the Arts. Associate member of the Portuguese Cinema Academy. Member of the Pedagogical Committee of the Association of History Teachers (APH). Co-supervisor and member of juries of academic works in the area of Cinema, History and Education. Jury at several Film Festivals. She has made several public presentations in the area of Cultural Studies and Film Studies, and, more recently, within the scope of implementation of the National Programme for Cinema. Her privileged areas of research are History of Contemporary Culture, Film Studies, Cinema and History and Cinema and Education.

Lobo, José (University of Extremadura, Spain)

Dr. Jose Luis Canito Lobo, Head of School of Industrial Engineering, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Graphic Expression of the University of Extremadura. Industrial Engineer (1998) and Doctor (Ph.D.) Industrial Engineer from the University of Extremadura (2005). Member of the Research Group, Alcántara, which develops research work in fields such as air pollution, graphic project management, biomass energy, biothermic processes, geographic information systems, climatological analysis and precision agriculture. He has extensive experience in R & D contracts with companies (more than 15 contracts), as well as numerous contributions to Congresses (more than 30), publications in scientific impact journals and competitive teaching research and innovation project (more than 20 in total). He has made a postdoctoral research stay in Portugal (7 months in total). He has extensive experience in management, having been director of the Department of Graphic Expression in the School of Industrial Engineering and Director of the School of Industrial Engineering of the UEx. His main research has focused on the recovery and energy use of tires out of use, as well as other urban solid waste, pyrolysis processes, kinetic studies, preparation of activated carbons. With respect to 3D design and modelling, he has developed research and technology transfer work for the aeronautical industry, bioprinting projects for biomedical applications and efficient bioreactors for the treatment of effluents.

Polícia, Maria Lucinda (Coordenadora das Bibliotecas do Agrupamento de Escolas André de Gouveia de Évora)

She holds a degree in Languages and Literatures (Portuguese-English) at the university of Évora, being a teacher of Portuguese language, since 1992 and a teacher librarian, since 2006 in André de Gouveia school, in Évora.
Master in Portuguese Studies – Modern Portuguese Literature (Book History), by NOVA FCSH in Lisboa (2003), has a Specialization Course in Documentation and Training of Readers by the Open University (2010); a Post-Graduation in Libraries and Reading Promotion by the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (2014) and a Post-Graduation in School Library Management, by the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (2016).
Author of some publications, in the scope of the use of information and communication technologies in reading promotion, in school libraries, she has also participated in national and international projects related to the promotion and animation of reading, to the use of different literacies (media, reading and information) and in the area of exploration of technologies applied to school libraries.

Miguéns, Manuel (Secretary of the National Education Council, Portugal)

Manuel Miguéns, General Secretary of the National Education Council, since 2000, he is Coordinating Professor at the Higher School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. President of EUNEC-European Network of Education Councils. World Bank Consultant (Education Sector Review in Timor-Leste, 2017-2018). Degree in Biology (Educational Branch) from the University of Lisbon and Master in Education (Science Education) from the University of Bristol. Developed research work at King’s College – University of London. He completed the first Senior Management Course in Public Administration (CADAP) at the National Institute of Administration. He was a teacher of basic, secondary and higher education and member of the Installing Committee of the Higher School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. He was a journalist, chief editor and columnist for local and regional newspapers and radio. He developed several activities in the area of education, coordinated and participated in national and international projects, namely, in terms of research, teacher training and European cooperation. Member of the European Commission’s team of experts that assessed applications to the Socrates and Comenius Programs.

Pinto, Manuel (University of Minho, Portugal)

Degree in History at the School of Letters of the University of Porto; PhD degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Minho. He is currently a full professor at the Institute of Social Sciences at University of Minho, an institution where he teaches subjects such as Media Literacy Education and Journalism. He is also director of the PhD Programme in Communication Sciences and a member of the Board of the Communication and Society Research Centre at the same institution. He co-directs MILOBS – Observatory on Media Literacy ( and is a member of GILM – Informal Group on Media Literacy, which brings together, since 2009, ten Portuguese public entities of national scope linked to the sectors of communication, education and science.

Arriaga, Miguel (Head of the Division of Literacy, Health and Well-being (Directorate-General for Health, Portugal)

Head of the Head of the Division of Literacy, Health and Well-being, at the Directorate-General for Health since 2015; Lecturer at Faculdade de Ciencias da Saúde from Universidade da Beira Interior, Preventive Medicine and at Escola Superior de Desporto of Rio Maior teaching the subject of Health Policy Implementation, also collaborates with other Universities. Working in different European Joint Actions, with special focus on the areas Chronic Diseases, Promoting Healthy Aging Across the Life Cycle, Health Inequalities and Frailty assuming in this last the role of Quality Manager of Joint Action. Responsible for the development of several national health promotion and disease prevention campaigns, with special focus on health literary. Work developed within the scope of the National Program of Health Literacy and Integration of Care. Coordination work under the National School Health Program and the National Accident Prevention Program. Also working in the field of Stress management/ Psychological first aid/ Psychosocial Support in Crisis and Emergency situations.

Avillez, Miguel (Department of Mathematics, Technical University Berlin, Germany).

Miguel Avillez (Ph. D in Astrophysics) is a professor at the Department of Mathematics, University of Évora, where he chairs the Computational Astrophysics Group, and a guest professor at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Technical University Berlin, Germany. He is a member of the General Council of the University of Évora and the Coordinator of the supercomputer OBLIVION installed in Évora, Portugal. His research focus on theoretical and computational astrophysics, computational atomic physics, numerical analysis, and involves supercomputing. Over the years has been involved in scientific working groups of major international projects involving the construction of space telescopes and lead international consortia in computational astrophysics. Currently participates in the European research infrastructure Partnership for Advanced Computing (PRACE) and leads the ERASMUS+ Consortium HPC+HPDA (High Performance Computing + High Performance Data Analytics). Publishes regularly in top journals in his field and has published in the Nature journal.

Georgieva, Nely (Trakia University of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria)

Nely Georgieva has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Ph.D. and she is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing technology. She has twenty years’ experience in the areas of education and administrative activities in higher education. She has held various management positions – Dean, Vice Dean for Science and International Affairs, Head of Sector “Quality of Education” and she is responsible for organizing the Erasmus + program. She is a member of the Regional Lifelong Learning Coordination Group. The professional interests are in the range of the automated design of the technological processes, CAD-CAM organization of the manufacturing, Reverse engineering, and renewable energy. She is a member of: Editorial board of Trakya Journal of Sciences (1312-1723 – ISSN TJS (print), 1313-3551 – ISSN TJS (online); Editorial board of Applied Researches in Technics, Technologies, and Education (ARTTE), ISSN 1314-8788 (print), ISSN 1314-8796 (online), The Scientific Journal of the Faculty of Technics and Technologies of Yambol, Trakya University of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria; Editorial board of Proceeding of the International Conference “ICTTE – Technics, Technologies, Education” ISSN 1314-9474;  Program Committee of the International scientific conference “Management and quality” for young scientists -Union of the Scientists – Bulgaria. She has participated in a number of national and international projects.  She has been a manager of a project funded by the Operational Program “Development of Human Resources” on “The Connection with the Business – Sustainable Realization of the Engineers Trained in the Faculty of Technics and Technologies – Yambol”. As a participant, she takes part in: Development of Electronic Forms of Distance Learning in Higher Education “BG051PO001-4.3.04-0026; Building a Sustainable System for Qualification and Career Development of the Lecturers “, BG051PO001 – 3.1.09 – 0015; Open Dialog Network for Interprofessional Education and Training”, 2007CB16IPO008-2009-1-055. Languages: English Language – B2; Russian Language – B2.

Ávila, Patrícia (ISCTE, Portugal)

Patrícia Ávila ( PhD and Masters in Sociology. Associate Professor in the Department of Social Research Methods at ISCTE-IUL School of Sociology and Public Policy. Integrated Researcher at CIES-IUL.
Director of the PhD in Sociology (CIES and ISCTE-IUL). Deputy Director of CIES-IUL and Deputy Director of the Department of Social Research Methods at ISCTE-IUL. Co-coordinator of the Research Group “Knowledge, Skills and Communication Society” of CIES-IUL. She has participated in several research projects on different topics, with particular emphasis on literacy, adult education and science and society. She is the author of several articles and books.

Silva, Rosália (Directorate-General for Education, Portugal)

Degree in Economics, Planning Area (Higher Institute of Economics and Management – ISEG, University of Lisbon). Qualification Course in Educational Sciences for teaching in economics (Open University). Completed the teaching part of the Master in Economics and Social Policy, (ISEG). Completed the teaching part of the PhD in Education: Evaluation in Education: Evaluation of Policies, Programs and Learning (Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon). Trainer accredited by the CCPFC in the areas: Economic and Social Development and Economy. Professional experience: Between 1988 and 1998 she was a teacher in basic and secondary education; Between 1998 and 2008 exercise of pedagogical functions, as a teacher in the central services of the Ministry of Education; From 2008 she joined the Directorate-General for Education. From 1998 to 2020 she participated in several projects, on curriculum development initiatives such as program design and continuous teacher training. In this context, she is a member of working groups for the implementation of the current curriculum, known as Autonomy and Curricular Flexibility. Within the scope of Financial Education / Literacy, since 2011, she has been supporting the work of promoting Financial Education in schools. She is a liaison element of the Ministry of Education for the National Plan for Financial Education (PNFF), promoted by financial supervisors (Banco de Portugal, Comissão de Mercado de Valores Mobiliários e Autoridade de Supervisão de Seguros e Fundos de Pensões).

Correia, Paula (Coordenadora Interconcelhia de Bibliotecas Escolares no Algarve, Portugal)

Paula Correia

Professora do ensino secundário. É licenciada em Filosofia pela FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Possui pós-graduação e mestrado em Ciências Documentais pela FCHS- Universidade do Algarve. Tem dedicado a sua investigação às literacias, sendo coautora do Referencial Aprender com a Biblioteca Escolar e de alguns artigos, capítulos de livros e relatórios nessa área. Participa em vários grupos de trabalho e projetos regionais e nacionais de valorização da leitura e das literacias e da sua relação e integração na escola e nos currículos educativos. É formadora nas áreas das Expressões (Dramática), das Didáticas Específicas (Filosofia) e Organização de Bibliotecas Escolares. Exerce o cargo de coordenadora interconcelhia de bibliotecas escolares no Algarve desde 2008.

Wilson, Máirín (Chairperson of the Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA))

Máirín Wilson is the current Chairperson of the Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA) and is committed to the growth of the Federation as a vibrant network of associations devoted to the development of literacy in all its forms. A former Associate Professor in the Institute of Education, Dublin City University she continues to contribute there to the Postgraduate Course on Inclusive Education. Máirín is a Past-President of the Literacy Association of Ireland and has presented at many conferences/webinars. She has a special interest in the areas of literacy and the importance of teaching pupils how to read the world! She is the Secretary of the European Literacy Network. Máirín has co-authored a teaching package, Make a Difference! (5th Ed., 2021), for second level students studying Civic, Social and Political Education. Máirín delivers a course on this subject area for the Professional Masters in Education, Trinity College Dublin. Having worked in her early career as a teacher in Post Primary education, she is keenly interested in active learning approaches and the range of literacy skills that makes learning accessible to all students.

Volpato, Arceloni

Arceloni Neusa Volpato is Doctor in Psycholinguistics, graduated in Humanities. Her interests are technology education, language acquisition, learning, deixis. At Unifacvest Univesity Center she coordinates the Transcultural Practices Master and also Foreign Affairs Office. She is the Latin american for Science and Techonology Association President. Member of the Executive Council at FAI (India). Vice President at Brazilian GEL and CWSIR chief ambassador for Latin America. Advisory at Brazilian Ministery of Education MEC, Santa Catarina state research foundation FAPESC and Pernambuco state research foundation FAPESE. She got some awards and takes part at scientific comittess at academic journals (Abralin, Holos (Brazil), SAYOD, JAPSS, JOHMAL (Turkey)) and academic events as invited speaker and also as a promoter. She organized some books and papers published in Brazil and abroad. 

Keleman, Gabriela (“Aurel Vlaicu” University, Romania)

Gabriela Kelemen is full professor of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Social Work of “Aurel Vlaicu” University, and she is the head of Department of  Pedagogy, Psychology and Social Work, and also the editor in chief of Journal Plus Education
She has a Ph D. in Educational Science obtained at Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science, of University Babes Balyai Cluj Napoca, under the direction of Vasile Chiş, PhD.
Her domain of expertise are: Pedagogy of preschool and primary school, Romanian Language didactics, Psycho Pedagogy of play, Psycho Pedagogy of learning disabilities, Fundamentals of Special Education Methodology of integrative activities, The didactics of early learning activities and young schooling, The competence profile of educators for early education and young schooling .
She has published over 60 scientific papers. She is author of more 12 books as unique author or in collaboration and she has participated in over 60 scientific gatherings.

Sevinç Gülseçen (Istanbul University)

Dr. Sevinç Gülseçen is currently working as a Full Professor at the Informatics Department of Istanbul University, Turkey. She works in information and communication technology research field since 1984. She received her PhD in MIS from the Istanbul University in 1993. She has several published papers in conferences and journals. Furthermore, she is the chief editor of the journal ActaINFOLOGICA and an editorial board member of some international journals. Currently, she works on knowledge management, AI, constructivist learning, e-Learning, HCI and Social informatics.

Tetiana Bondarenko (Department of Information of Computer Technologies and Mathematics, Ukrainian Engineering and Pedagogics)

Tetiana Bondarenko, Associate Professor of the Department of Information Computer Technologies and Mathematics, Ukrainian Engineering and Pedagogics Academy (Kharkov, Ukraine). She is the editor in chief of Journal Adaptive Management: Theory and Practice. Pedagogy Series ( ) and Adaptive Management: Theory and Practice. Economics Series ( She has a Doctoral Degree in Pedagogical Science obtained at Ukrainian Engineering and Pedagogics Academy under the direction of Professor Vasyl Yahupov. Her domain of expertise are: IT technologies and programming, robotics, interactive, mobile technologies, STEM-education, mobile cloud technologies, test systems, quality monitoring of higher education, professional competence of specialists. She has published over 100 scientific papers. She is author of 5 books as unique author or in collaboration and she has participated in over 50 scientific gatherings.

Steponavičien, Vaida (Šiauliai University Lithuania)

Vaida Steponavičienė has a degree in mathematics and computer science from Šiauliai University (Lithuania). She taught mathematics and IT from 1999 till 2006 at a middle school. She has been a lecturer at Šiauliai State College since 2006 until present. Her taught subjects are Internet Technologies, Business Management Systems, Information Technologies, therefore her research areas are Internet Technologies and Project management methodology. She is an author of some publications in the scope of using Agile project management methodology for IT projects development in higher education, in student IT projects development process management using software Asana and in creating accessibility of web sites. She is pedagogically active at the Department of Computer Sciences at Šiauliai State College: gives lectures to students who come to Šiauliai State College under the Erasmus + exchange program, has made a public presentation about her experience in international context mentoring during International week 2018, participated in discussion „Sharing Experience in Erasmus+ program“ during International week 2019. Also participates in Erasmus+ Teaching staff Mobility Programme, therefore, she lectured at Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly, Greece, participated in the International week of Polytechnic of Portalegre, Portugal, and lectured there as well. In addition, she organized workshops for students at Istanbul Arel University, Turkey.

Urnikienė, Jovita (Technical University Lithuania)

Jovita Urnikienė has a master’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania). After graduation she worked as an accountant and manager in different companies. She has been lecturing in Siauliai state College since 2011. Her taught subjects include: Database Management, Information and Comunication Technologies, Internet Technologies. From 2011 until 2020 she participated in various projects and activities: “Map of historical and cultural memory of Šiauliai city”, Lithuanian Association of Hotels and Restaurants project “Practise smart”, “Create: a creative, unique, caring generation”, gave lectures for the STEAM project participants in E-shop development. Author (co-author) of some articles. She Actively participates in Erasmus+ Teaching staff Mobility Programme: gives lectures to incoming students, participated in discussion „Sharing Experience in Erasmus+ program“ during  International week 2019, visited Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly (Greece) for lecturing, participated in the International week of Polytechnic of Portalegre (Portugal), had “Entrepreneurship Studies: New Horizons, Short Course” training in Global Business School (Spain).


Visual Artist; teacher in secondary education; and researcher. Coordinates the  CFAN-APECV teacher training center (Portugal) since 2014. As researcher,  she coordinates APECV Research Centre in Art and Community  and collaborates with   with the CIAC -Research Center in Arts and Communication /University of Algarve.   Was President of the International Society for Education Through Art – InSEA  between 2014 -2019, and is President of the Portuguese Visual Communication  teachers APECV  since 2008.  Her  interests are focused on participatory research; social engaged  arts; transcultural educational projects; ecocitizenship  and art education activism.  She  was the assistant editor of the International Journal of Education Through Art during 2008- 2014, and editor of the InSEA visual journal  IMAG  during 2015-2020. currently she is the Principal Editor of  arts education research journal Invisibilidadesand visual arts education journal Imaginar,She organized several E- books and  articles about art education. Have done several exhibitions and conducts activist art and education international projects with C3 collective of artist educators.

Eduard Marquardt

Doctor in Language – Literature from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2008). Professor of the Professional Master’s Degree in Letters – Transcultural Practices (UniFacvest/Lages, Santa Catarina). He wrote the thesis ‘A ética do abandono’ and organized and translated the book ‘Pequeno manual de procedimentos’, by the argentine writer César Aira. He has been working with online education since 2009.

Simone Regina Dias

Graduated in Social Communication at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and graduated in the Human Resources Management Technology Course and Bachelor in Administration, Masters and Doctorate in Literary Theory at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. She works in the area of ​​organizational communication and is a professor at the Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI).

Graça Martins

Teacher Visual arts at the Ourém Schools Group
Finalist – Global Teachers Prize Portugal – Honorable Mention “Adaptation and Innovation in Distance Learning”
PhD Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona
Master in Educational Assessment – Catholic University of Portugal
Degree in Fine Arts Painting FBAUL

Miguel Arriaga

Chefe da Divisão de Literacia, Saúde e Bem-estar na Direção-Geral da Saúde.  Doutorado em Psicologia, Mestre em psicologia clinica e da saúde. Especialista pela Ordem dos Psicólogos em Psicologia Clinica e da Saúde e Psicologia Comunitária. Com trabalho e coordenação de projetos na área da Saúde Pública, Literacia em Saúde, Promoção da Saúde, envelhecimento ativo e saudável, Integração de Cuidados e Implementação de Políticas de Saúde. 
Especialista em Intervenção Psicossocial em situações crise e emergência. Professor auxiliar na Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde da Universidade da Beira Interior, na Unidade Curricular (UC) de Medicina Preventiva  e na ESDRM na UC de Health Policy Implementation, colabora como Docente no Mestrado em Psicologia do Bem-Estar e Promoção da Saúde da Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Membro do CRC-W – Catholic Research Center for Psychological, Family and Social Well-being. 
Membro da Task Force Nacional da DGS e da Task Force de ciências comportamentais para a resposta à COVID-19. É um dos Coordenadores da European Action Network on Health Literacy for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases da Organização Mundial da Saúde.
Complementarmente a estas atividades é também investigador com vários artigos e capítulos de livros publicados. Colabora em diferentes grupos de peritos internacionais e European Joint Actions.  Vencedor do Prémio Nacional de Saúde Pública em 2018.