Speakers

A virtual Tour in the City of Chania (Opening)

Ms. Martha Vandoulaki, a licensed tourist guide

ResumeMy name is Martha Vandoulaki and I am a licensed tourist guide. However I studied chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the rich history not only of the island of Crete but of Greece generally combined with the long local tradition made me work to the tourism sector more than 6 years, passing on knowledge and information to visitors. Moreover, I have attended trainings to accompany groups to national parks and protected areas as the island famous for its beaches offers in the same time a unique mountainous landscape.

Tour in Archeological Museum and in the Old City of Chania (Saturday, 1st of June)

Dr. Gareth Owens, HMU, Greece

Resumehttps://daidalika.hmu.gr/author/

Workshop in Effective Communication (BIP in Soft Skills)

Associate Professor Nicoletta Vegni, UCUSSANO, Italy

Workshop ‘When culture does not translate-case study analyses & practical implications for work enviroments’ (BIP in Soft Skills)

Dr. Anna Stefanowicz Kocol, UAS Tarnow, Poland

Resume(PhD in Humanities (Applied Linguistics), M.A. in English Philology, the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland). EFL and ESP teacher with over 20 years of experience as an academic teacher and Erasmus+ coordinator. She is also an author and co-author of several academic publications in the field of Applied Linguistics, ESP, Blended Learning and Teaching, and Intercultural Communication. Apart from being an active lecturer and researcher, since 2015 she has also been Head of International Office of the UAS in Tarnow and manager of national and international projects (Malopolska Educational Cloud, several Erasmus+ KA2 projects (HED, SCH, VET), Visegrad Funds projects).

How to make a poster presentation (BIP in Soft Skills)

Dr. George Kakavelakis, HMU, Greece 

The mutually supportive role of local governments and Universities:
The case study of Crete.

Professor Nektarios Papadogiannis, HMU, Greece 

Motivating students in creative technologies educations: PBL and Gamification.

Associate Professor Georgios Triantafyllidis, AAU, Denmark

ResumeGEORGIOS TRIANTAFYLLIDIS is an electrical & computer engineer with more than 25 years of experience in conducting research in various fields of computer vision, educational technology and intelligent lighting systems. He served at various universities and research centres and now is an Associate Professor at the department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology at Aalborg University Copenhagen (Denmark). Dr Triantafyllidis has been involved in more than 30 national and international research competitive projects and published more than 130 research papers.

Fusion: Learning, Teaching and Storytelling

Lecturer David Reid Anderson, VGTU, Lithuania

ResumeDavid Reid Anderson. My background was in Advertising as a creative/board director for nine years prior to joining higher education as a new blood appointment at Leeds Arts University (formally Leeds College of Art & Design) in 1994. I authored and led a highly successful award-winning BA (Hons) Creative Advertising Course until 2013 before joining The University for the Creative Arts as course leader for their Advertising course, where I rewrote it as an award-winning course too. I am a published playwright, academic and writer of short stories, and still act as a consultant and speaker within industry. I am a lecturer with Vilnius Technical University.

Role Playing and its Effects in a First Semester Computer Programming Course

Dr. Nikolaos Spanoudakis, TUC, Greece

Digital STEM Environments for Higher Education

Professor Dimitris Stavrou, UoC, Greece

ResumeProfessor of Science Education and Head of the Science Teaching Lab as well as of the Department of Primary Education, University of Crete. He has been the principal investigator from the University of Crete in various Erasmus plus European projects focusing on STEM Education, e.g. IDENTITIES, STEM DIGITALIS, DIGITAL STEM LABS and STAGE. His current research interests include pre and in service teachers training in using digital technologies in science courses and STEM teaching in school and out of school contexts focused on advanced STEM topics e.g. nanontechnology, climate change.

Skills Development in Higher Education

Dr. Lia Krasadaki, TUC, Greece

ResumeEvangelia Krassadaki is affiliated with the Production Engineering & Management School at the Technical University of Crete, where she received her PhD and MSc degrees.
Acknowledged for teaching excellence with an award in 2017, Krassadaki instructs undergraduate and postgraduate courses, alongside involvement in research projects funded by the EU or National Programmes. She actively contributes to scientific and organizing committees for conferences and serves as a reviewer for various journals in higher education, engineering education, and operational research. Krassadaki has authored over 40 papers and co-edited/co-authored two books. Since 2022, she has served as the scientific director and coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Support Center at the Technical University of Crete.

Applying soft-skills for coordinating major international programs and developing a cultural of collaboration

Professor Rhonda Sofer, Director of International Projects, GACE, Israel

ResumeProf. Rhonda Sofer, Phd., Director of International Projects at Gordon College, Israel , is an applied anthropologist and an expert in designing and coordinating international educational programs that
promote diversity, children’s rights, and, civic engagement. She has designed and coordinated two European Commission KA2 CBHE programs, a UNICEF program that was aimed to improve
inclusive education for Georgia and a WORLD BANK program was aimed to provide recommendations to the MoE of Armenia’s National Center for Educational Development and Innovation. She is currently coordinating a UNICEF program aimed to improve the Teacher-Training Strategy for the Country of Zambia.

A creative look at QA Process for PBL and International Courses

Dr. Nava Shaked, HIT, Israel

Times Higher Education Impact Ranking: Tips and Challenges

Unveiling the Potential and Challenges: AI’s Role in Revolutionizing Science Education

ResumeRon Blonder is a Professor in the Department of Science Teaching at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. She is the head of the Chemistry Group, the head of the Rothschild-Weizmann Master’s Program for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the Head of the Early Career Science Teachers Unit. Her research focuses on chemistry teachers’ professional development in the context of contemporary topics in science, and while using innovative technological tools and environments. She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Science Education. Prof. Blonder is the recipient of the 2023 NARST Fellows Award.

How to apply EduScrum – Workshop

Mr. Willy Wijnands, Founder of EduScrum, Netherlands

ResumeWilly Wijnands, creator & founder of eduScrum® and has been a chemistry teacher since 1976 at Ashram College, a Highschool in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands until January 2021. Since 2023, I teach chemistry at Agora, a new innovative Highschool in Leiden.
I wrote and contributed to several books on agility and eduScrum; eduScrum guide, Scrum in Actie, ‘Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning’, and ‘Industry Practices, Processes and Techniques in Education’ by Springer Books.
I want to build a bridge between the educational system and market requirements, and believe that we can empower each other by collaborating. Together we create projects and products that contribute to a bright new world and develop students into lifelong learners and leaders of tomorrow.
Ever since 2011, I trained more than 2000 teachers in more than 40 countries, online and on location, with eduScrum®, together with my eduScrum® trainers and I worked with more than 2500 own students. These numbers continue to increase every day.

An approach to the study of SDG awareness among university students

Dr. Raquel Perez, UCM, Spain

ResumeProject Management and Business Process Management. She guides doctoral, master and bachelor theses. She also has worked in several public and private universities in various positions. She has several articles, presented in international congresses, published in relevant journals indexed in JCR or Scopus. She has participated in several funding research projects and is member of the research group READEES (https://wereadees.com/). Outstanding paper Award 2011 by Emerald LiteratiNetwork.

Navigating the GenAI transformation into higher education: opportunities and challenges.

Prof. Gila Kurtz, HIT, Israel

ResumeProf Gila Kurtz is the Dean of the Faculty of Instructional Technologies at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in Israel. Currently, she is leading national and international projects on
implementing Generative AI in educational settings. She also serves as an editorial board member in several leading academic journals and is a member of the organization committees of conferences in Israel and worldwide. She has published over 30 referred papers in various journals and three textbooks focusing on using ICT for teaching and learning purposes.

How can AI be useful in Mathematics’ learning & teaching.

Professor Carla M.A. Pinto, IPP, Portugal

ResumeCarla M.A. Pinto is a Coordinating Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. She is the Coordinator of the Innovation Lab at the Center of Pedagogical Innovation of the Polytechnic of Porto. She is a member of the Research Center Open Steam Group - University of Cantabria, Spain, and Overseas Director of International Society for the Advancement of STEAM, South Korea. She is certified and licensed
eduScrum representative in Portugal. She is the Contact Person of SEFI-Mathematics Working Group in Portugal. She is the Coordinator of the Group in Mathematics for Engineering Education for SPEE. She is also Co-founder of Agile in Education Europe. She has published more than 150 papers in international journals and conferences. Her h-index is 24 and she has more than 2265 citations. She is a lifelong learner.

How to setup a Blended Intensive Program

Interfacing Minds with Machines: The Role of XR in Revolutionizing Learning and Research

Dr. Alexandros Tzallas, UoI, Greece

ResumeDr. Alexandros Tzallas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications at the University of Ioannina, specializing in "Analysis and Processing of Biomedical Data. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Dr. Tzallas has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers, edited 2 books, and holds 2 patents in wearable devices and neurodegenerative diseases. He isactively involved in peer review and editorial roles for journals like BioMedical Engineering Online and Frontiers in Neuroinformatics. His research interests include EEG, wearable devices, biomedical signal processing, and medical expert systems, focusing on biomedical applications and human-computer interaction technologies.

A way to add a pinch of fun to your teaching: Gamification.

Ass. Prof. Selay Arkün Kocadere , HU, Turkiye

ResumeSelay Arkün Kocadere is an associate professor at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Türkiye. Following her bachelor's degree combined with master's in Mathematics Education, she received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Education and Instructional Technology. Dr. Kocadere worked as an instructional designer in the private sector before moving into academics. Interested in technology-enhanced mathematics education, online learning, and mentoring, Dr. Kocadere's recent research focuses on educational games and gamification. Some of her taught courses are Distance Education, Instructional Design, Gamification in Education, and Teaching Practice. She is experienced in both national and international projects; two of her ongoing projects are about games and gamification.

The Role and Potential of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education Institutions

Oman Carmen  Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in, Austria

ResumeAfter her teaching degree in History and Italian, Mag. Carmen Oman completed two extension programs in “Inter- and Transcultural Competencies” and “Transdisciplinary Peace Studies” and is currently undergoing the continuing education program “Global Citizenship Education”. She works at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) in Austria. In her professional life she focuses on the topics of further training for lecturers, open educational resources and the peer tutoring certificate program for students.

Design Thinking and Global learning: Harnessing Empathy as Intercultural Tool

ResumeDr. Dominic DelliCarpini is Dean of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and Naylor Endowed Professor of Writing Studies at York College of Pennsylvania, where he also has
served as Chief Academic Officer and Writing Program Director. His expertise in Design Thinking informs his work as Director of the Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows. DelliCarpini earned his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and Masters and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, where he was an Edwin Earle Sparks Fellow. As a Professor, DelliCarpini’s presentations and publications have focused on civic engagement, writing program administration, and first-year writing. He is the author/editor of five writing textbooks as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He has served as President of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Designing digital learning enviroments by merging a dynamic mathematics system and a computer-aided assessment system

Dr. Mirela Vinerean-Bernhoff, KSU, Sweden

ResumeMirela Vinerean Bernhoff has a doctor degree from Karlstad University and the Graduate School in Mathematics and Computer Science Uppsala Sweden, 2005, in the field of Kinetic Theory. Since 2016, she is an accomplished university teacher in mathematics at Karlstad University. This title was a result of many years of work in developing university courses and programs, focusing on the
creation of new ICT and new methods of using it in the teaching of mathematics. Moreover, she has been involved in several international projects concerning improvement of teaching methods in mathematics.

ChatGPT for teaching and learning purposes 

Career development – skills matrix techniques for students and staff

Mr. Jonathan Westlake, Staffordshire University, UK

ResumeJonathan is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with StaffordshirenUniversity Business School and a part-time lecturer in the Dept of Computing and at University of Salford Business School. Other activity includes being an external examiner with a number of award bodies/universities and a regular media commentator on all thing’s information technology. 2024 industry projects include assisting small and medium enterprises with business/digital transformation via the Social Prosperity Funding (SPF) and the Help to Grow Management initiative. The British Computer Society (BCS) represents Jonathan’s contribution to a professional body where he is vice-chair and treasurer of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire branch.

Opportunities and Challenges around Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL): Experiences from years of COILing

Dr. Stefan Dreisiebner, CUAS, Austria

ResumeStefan Dreisiebner is Professor for Digital Business Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Villach, Austria. His research interests include information literacy and technology-enhanced learning, where he currently especially focuses on applications of Massive Open Online Courses, Open Educational Resources and Collaborative International Online Learning. He serves as member of the board of the German Academic Association for Information Science and is member of the Editorial Board of the open access journal Open Information Science.

All learning counts: digital badges for learners empowerment

Dr. Ingrida Leščauskienė, VGTU, Lithuania

ResumeDr. Ingrida Leščauskiene is a scientist, innovator, and the head of digital badge system at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VILNIUS TECH). Her research delves into the transformative potential of video games and gamification. By analyzing game mechanics, rewards, and engagement strategies, she sheds light on their impact on humans behavior, learning, and motivation. These knowledge were applied in designing VILNIUS TECH digital badge system for non-formal learning recognition within university environments.

Workshop: Recognise your key skills by creating a personal digital badge

Dr. Milena Sezante, VGTU, Lithuania

ResumeDr Milena Seržantė is a Director of the Center for Strategic Partnership at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VILNIUS TECH), previously working as a Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Business Management and still is an assoc. professor there. She has defended two PhDs in Technological Sciences – in 2014 at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania; and in 2017 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. She is actively participating in science policymaking, in 2015-2018 she was a President of Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers and 8 years already takes a managing position in the board of the Lithuanian Scientific Society. Milena also has a wide range of international experiences as well as in policy-making, as in international research projects (Horison2020, Erasmus+, etc.).

Teaching methods in management sciences. The case of education at the University of Tours in France.

Mrs Adeline Mbey, University of Tours, France

The Model to create a Virtual Exchange Program

Mrs. Angela Maria Alonso Morais, UNILEON, Spain

ResumeÁngela M. Alonso is a PhD Candidate in the department of Modern Languages at the University of León, Spain, where she also works as an EFL/ESP teacher. She has collaborated on the Erasmus+ European Policy Experiment Virtual Innovation and Support Networks for Teachers (VALIANT) (2021-2024) and has been coordinating the GearUp! Virtual Exchange. Her major research interests lie in the area of pre-mobility virtual exchange, foreign language education and intercultural learning. Her talk, entitled, The model to create a Virtual Exchange to prepare students for physical mobility, will offer an overview of a VE model implemented in 2022 and 2023 as a tool to prepare undergraduate students to go on exchange. The model highlights the importance of authentic and meaningful intercultural experiences and the need to provide more comprehensive international education for all students. Email: aalonm@unileon.es

Welcome Center for Foreign Academics & Students 

ResumeI am a representative of the International Cooperation Center at the Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, specializing in international research programs. As part of the ATHENA Alliance, I am in charge of the Research Task Force and I am ARIC,ATHENA Research and Innovation Coordinator, facilitating research collaboration between Partners. Additionally, I support foreign scientists through the Welcome to Poland program at the Welcome Center for Foreign Academics at UMCS.

Workshop: How to kick off a creative innovation process? – A high-paced practical format based on Design Thinking Principles’ (BIP in Soft Skills)

Ms. Eveline Vervoort, FONTYS, Netherlans

Workshop in ‘Growth Mindset and Self-Talk, with special guests Shame and Vulnerability’ (BIP in Soft Skills)

Ms Susan Gagliano, Europass Teacher Academy , Italy

ResumeBorn in New Jersey (USA)
BA in English Literature from Boston College (Massachusetts)
Professional Advanced Counselor since 2009, member of AssoCounseling and the International Association of Counselors.
Completed training in Professional Counseling in 2009, Scuola di Psicoterapia Comparata, Florence (IT)
Completed Training in Group Counseling in 2013, Centro Scuole Counseling e Psicoterapia, Florence (IT)
Instructor of Communications in counseling at the Professional Counseling School, Florence, since 2016
Erasmus + Teacher Trainer at Europass Teacher Academy, Florence (IT) since 2015. I work with teachers to enhance their soft skills and how to bring them back to the classroom..

Workshop in ‘Practical Creativity’ (BIP in Soft Skills)

Dr. Elad Segev, HIT, Israel

ResumeDr. Elad Segev A lecturer and researcher at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), where he has several roles. As the head of the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit, he fosters courses the aim in developing creativity and entrepreneurship. As faculty member in the School of Multidisciplinary Studies he teach a course named "Biomimicry as a model for innovation". As a faculty member at the Department of Applied Mathematics, he teaches
mathematical courses. Beyond his teaching roles, Dr. Segev is a passionate researcher in the field of computational biology, with a specific focus on uncovering the epigenetic processes of aging.

Workshop in ‘Building Team by empowering leadership skills’ (BIP in Soft Skills)

Dr. Agnieszka Zielinska, UBB, Poland 

How IUF can boost your internationalization

Mr. Giorgos Vardalachakis, IUF director

Chania City Tour for Students

Mr. Antonis Kontokrithinakis, ESN HMU/ATHENA President

Nailing it: writing short descriptions of your research for LinkedIn

Dr. Toby Erik Wikstrom, Project Manager, The Graduate School, University of Iceland, Iceland

ResumeDr. Toby Erik Wikström is a scholar of French literature and Project Manager at the Graduate School of the University of Iceland. His research explores the intersection of globalization, law and French literature in early modernity. At the Graduate School he directs the soft skills training program for PhD students and the supervisor training program for researchers. He also organizes international PhD summer schools for the Aurora European University Alliance, which is led by the University of Iceland.

Innovate and Create: AI Tools Workshop for Student Project

Dr. Elena Mizrahi, Virtual Exchange Center, Western Galilee College, Technion.

ResumeAdd a Tooltip Text

International relations, student life, and scientific projects at the University of Debrecen

Assistant Professor Mester Tamas, University of Debrecen, Hungary

Round Table Discussion: The Mutually supportive role of local goverments and Universities

Ms. Eleni Zervoudak, Deputy Mayor in Social Policy and Equality, Municipality of Chania, Greece

Round Table Discussion: The Mutually supportive role of local goverments and Universities

Ms. Theodora Koutentaki, Regional Councillor for Youth and Young Entrepreneurship

Generative AI chatbots and learning English as a second language

Dr. Biljana Božinovski

ResumeBiljana Božinovski is a linguist, specialising in English for special purposes and terminology work. Having been a professional translator for Slovenian blue-chip companies for 15 years, she is closely familiar with financial and investment terminology, and the trade of translating annual and interim performance reports. At the University of Maribor, she is an English-language lecturer and personal tutor for international students, dealing with various cross-cultural and integration-related challenges. Recently, her research focus has turned to generative AI and, particularly ChatGPT and how students use it for academic purposes.

Designing digital learning environments by merging a dynamic mathematics system and a computer-aided assessment system’

Associate Professor Florin Sofonea,  Dean, Faculty of Sciences, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania

The University of Gdańsk – open and modern space

Anna Wojewnik-Filipkowska  University of Gdańsk, Poland

ResumeAnna Wojewnik-Filipkowska is an Associate Prof. of Gdańsk University and the Head of Department of Investment and Real Estate. She specializes in sustainable investment management and is the author of the city's fundamental power concept and index, which indicates the need for integrated sustainable, smart, and resilience development. She combines teaching and research activities with expert activities, in which she promotes the principles of partnership, responsible consumption and production. Privately: wife of Paweł, mother of Mateusz (17) and Szymon (15), an amateur of slow travel in any direction, all kinds of sports and cuisine, especially waste less and Greek.

Krakow University of Economics cooperation opportunities

Dr. Marek Oramus   Krakow University of Economics, Poland

ResumeMarek Oramus holds a Ph.D. in political science and works as a project management specialist in Malopolska School of Public Administration at Krakow University of Economics. His research focuses on new trends in public management and the use of innovative solutions in public administration, especially at the level of local government.

Future proofing your career: Essential skills for the electrical engineer of the 2030s

Professor Aristides Kiprakis  University of Edinburgh, UK

ResumeI am an electrical power engineer by training, holding the Personal Chair of Agile Energy Systems at the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh.
As a member of the Institute for Energy Systems I lead the Agile Energy Systems Research Group, conducting interdisciplinary research in the areas of renewable energy conversion and integration, smart grids, and robotics and smart materials for energy applications. Our group currently comprises 9 Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers and has already graduated an additional 10 PhDs. Our research has generated ~100 peer-reviewed publications.
My teaching includes courses on renewable energy, power and control engineering and research methods. I have a strong track record in developing and delivering courses and programme curricula at both under- and postgraduate levels.
My administrative roles include the School's Directorship of Internationalisation - Students, responsible for the strategic development and delivery of the School's international academic partnerships, while I am also the founding Programme Director of the MSc in Electrical Power Engineering and the 2-year MSc in Advanced Power Engineering.

SDR-radio workshop

Dr. Pedro M.J. Wyns,  University of Applied Sciences, Thomas More, Belgium

ResumeAfter a classic languages secondary I studied electronics. My first 14 years I worked in the field of high end medical electronics. Then I made a dramatical move into broadcasting as chief operations of the Belgian public broadcaster. Here I designed the first EASA certified mobile digital video coverage system for cycling races and some novel News gathering techniques like TNG and Ka-band contribution and I was the first to start exploiting a retired satellite in inclined orbit for live TV contribution. When the outsourcing monster hit I moved back into my first love teaching electronics, now at university level. Currently teaching electronics and telecommunication related subjects at Thomasmore Belgium and doing RF consulting.

The University of Gdańsk – open and modern space

Dr. Aleksandra Koszarek-Cyra,  University of Gdańsk, Poland

ResumeAleksandra Koszarek-Cyra - Assistant Professor at the Department of Investment and Real Estate, Faculty of Management, University of Gdansk. PhD in Economics, Master of Science in Biology, Engineer in Management and Production Engineering. In her research, she combines environmental and economic knowledge. Currently, her scientific interests are focused on sustainable development, particularly in the field of urban greenery and spatial management. She is the author of many publications covering the aforementioned area. Privately, a motorcyclist and a fan of punk music.

Prince2 project management versus Agile project management for Software projects

Dr. Christine Smeets, University of Applied Sciences, Thomas More, Belgium

ResumeChristine is Master in Computer Auditing and Master of Science in Business and Information Systems Engineering. Before 2000 she worked for EY as an IT auditor. Since 2000 she is lecturer at Thomas More teaching courses like Analysis & Design, Java, and project management in the IT Bachelors programmes (Bachelor Applied Computer Science and Bachelor Electronica & ICT) at Thomas More in Belgium. Besides that, she is also the Internship Coordinator for the IT Bachelors.

Round Table Discussion: The Internationalization for Higher Education

Dr. Yiannis Kaliakatsos, HMU, Greece

ResumeI graduated from the Physics Dept. Athens University, and I hold an MSc degree in Electronics Automation and a PhD in Solid State Electronics from the same University.I joined the T.E.I. of Crete in 1986 and since that time, apart of my other duties as head of department, dean of School, vice-rector for economics and R&D, I gave a special attention to the Internationalization of T.E.I. and then of HMU, as Erasmus coordinator, and academic director of IRO. I participated in almost all Erasmus actions, and I established the Erasmus Week in the University and the International Mobility with non-Erasmus countries.

Challenges Faced by New Universities Amid Emerging Technological Shifts

Dr. Rifat Morina,  Faculty of Education, University “Ukshin Hoti” Prizren, Kosovo

ResumeMy academic journey began at the University of Tirana, expanding my expertise in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. This advanced education provided a robust foundation in molecular biology. My academic quest continued at the Georg-August University, where I embarked on PhD studies at the Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology. My academic contributions have been recognized with professorial titles. Currently, My focus is on advancing educational standards and contributing to the academic community. My journey in academia and professional development continues to be driven by a commitment to excellence in science and education.

 History and Facts of Freie Universität Berlin.

Dr. Knöspel, Lina,  Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

ResumeAfter training as a foreign language secretary at the Upper School Center for Business Languages in Berlin, I have been working in this position at the Freie Universität since 1994. I worked at the Institute for Romance Philology until 2006 and have been employed at the English Institute ever since. My special skills are quick comprehension and reliability. Motivation and team spirit. Care and attention to detail. It should also be noted that I started studying English philology and primary school education in 1998 at Freie Universität. My strengths are in English and French in the areas of commercialcorrespondence, translation of business texts and interpreting.

Round Table Discussion: The Mutually supportive role of local goverments and Universities

Dr. Samia Zeid, Head of English Studies, Western Galilee College, Israel

ResumeDr. Samia Zeid, Head of the EPIC unit ( English for Purposes of International Communication) at the Western Galilee Academic College in Israel, specializes in course administration and syllabi development, with a focus on supporting students with English language challenges. She teaches postgraduate courses and is actively involved in committees aimed at fostering communication between Arab and Jewish students and teaching Hebrew to Arab students. Dr. Zeid's interests include meta-cognitive learning strategies, cultural diversity, and student- centered learning. She participates in the international Erasmus IMPACT project and teaches courses on soft skills. Additionally, she offers workshops on self-regulation, intercultural competence and tackling linguistic challenges in international courses.

Making soft skills visible and relevant for students.

Dr. Karen Verswijvel, Thomas More university of applied sciences, Belgium

ResumeDr. Karen Verswijvel obtained her master’s degree in educational sciences in 2014. After completing her master's degree, she started working as a researcher at the University of Antwerp. Some of her research topics included gender-strategic language use in study brochures and job advertisements, and the pairwise assessment of documents. In 2017, she began her doctoral research, which she successfully completed in 2019. She investigated the friendships of adolescents on social media (friendship quality, unfriending behavior, etc.) and examined adolescents’ attitudes towards sharenting. Since 2020, she has been working as a lecturer at Thomas More, where she teaches courses related to soft skills.

Introduction to University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Barry Hayes, University College Cork, Ireland

ResumeBarry is an Associate Professor in Electrical Power Systems Engineering at University College Cork, Ireland. Prior to joining UCC in 2018, he was with University of Galway (2016-2018), and IMDEA Energy Madrid (2013-2016). He holds a PhD in from the University of Edinburgh (2013) and has held visiting researcher positions at National Grid (UK) and the University of Tennessee (USA). Barry leads a research team at UCC focused on the operation and planning of future electrical power systems. He also works with energy communities around Ireland, providing technical advice on the development and grid connection of community-owned renewable energy projects.

Masaryk University – Choose your own path

Ms Dagmar Hábová, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

ResumeBarry is an Associate Professor in Electrical Power Systems Engineering at University College Cork, Ireland. Prior to joining UCC in 2018, he was with University of Galway (2016-2018), and IMDEA Energy Madrid (2013-2016). He holds a PhD in from the University of Edinburgh (2013) and has held visiting researcher positions at National Grid (UK) and the University of Tennessee (USA). Barry leads a research team at UCC focused on the operation and planning of future electrical power systems. He also works with energy communities around Ireland, providing technical advice on the development and grid connection of community-owned renewable energy projects.

Where theory and practice meet

Dr. Pawel Filipkowski, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland

ResumePhD in Biotechnology. Strong background in Food research, but also genetic engineering and molecular biology connected with overexpression of proteins with using of
bioreactors and fermentation process. Supervisor of the science students club where he combines teaching and research activities. Currently, his scientific interests are focused on microplastics and functional food. Sailing, cycling & DIY.

The University of Lisbon

Liliana Xavier Pinho, University of Lisbon, Portugal

ResumeLiliana Pinho has degree in accounting and administration from the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon since 2005. In 2016 she graduated in Management from the same Institute.
Initially she worked in a non-profit, non-governmental institution with several lines of activity, including school support.
Currently, since 2019, she have been working at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Lisbon in the Financial, Technical and Patrimonial Services Division – Procurement and Heritage Unit, where I am responsible for the acquisition of goods, services and equipment for the regular functioning of the Faculty and respective Clinic. This presentation is about the University of Lisboa, which is the largest University in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe

The University of Lisbon

Vera Almeida, University of Lisbon, Portugal

ResumeVera Almeida has a degree in Organization and Business Management from the Higher Institute of Labor and Business Sciences – ISCTE (in 2003), and has a postgraduate degree in Public Administration from the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ISCSP-UL). She is currently completing her’s Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) at this same institution. Since 2015, she is working at the University of Lisbon at the Faculty of Dental Medicine in the financial and accounting area. This presentation is about the University of Lisboa, which is the largest University in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe.

Masaryk University – Choose your own path

Ms Dagmar Hábová, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

ResumeBarry is an Associate Professor in Electrical Power Systems Engineering at University College Cork, Ireland. Prior to joining UCC in 2018, he was with University of Galway (2016-2018), and IMDEA Energy Madrid (2013-2016). He holds a PhD in from the University of Edinburgh (2013) and has held visiting researcher positions at National Grid (UK) and the University of Tennessee (USA). Barry leads a research team at UCC focused on the operation and planning of future electrical power systems. He also works with energy communities around Ireland, providing technical advice on the development and grid connection of community-owned renewable energy projects.

Where theory and practice meet

Dr. Pawel Filipkowski, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland

ResumePhD in Biotechnology. Strong background in Food research, but also genetic engineering and molecular biology connected with overexpression of proteins with using of
bioreactors and fermentation process. Supervisor of the science students club where he combines teaching and research activities. Currently, his scientific interests are focused on microplastics and functional food. Sailing, cycling & DIY.