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).