Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jose M. Martínez-Sánchez
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Dr. Jose M. Martínez-Sánchez, PhD, MPH, BSc

Keynote 1: Screen Time and Public Health

Keynote Title:

Screen Time and Public Health: Balancing Digital Education with Well-being in the Modern Age

About Keynote Speech:

Digitalization is a symbol of our modern age. For current children and adolescents —the ‘digital natives’— “screen time” is a major part of their life, as reflected in the exponential increase in the number of hours that children, adolescents, and young adults are exposed to screen of digital devices. The vital stages of childhood and adolescence represent a critical period for the acquisition of healthy habits. For instance, critical thinking, emotional maturation, self-perception and personal image, individual resilience and, of course, literacy in the use of various tools at their disposal (such as digital tools) are all important components of the child and adolescent landscape. This is precisely why the value of schooling (formal and non-formal) during the first two decades of life. In this sense, certain knowledge, and skills, such as healthy habits, acquired during childhood and adolescence (until 24 years old according to World Health Organization) will remain in use throughout the life of individuals, helping them to continuously improve their digital and health literacy. However, patterns of usage of digital devices (screens) are not free of risks, such as digital addiction. In this sense, it is unclear what the recommendations for the use and exposure to digital devices, including screens devices is, with some disagreement between health care professionals and educational authorities. This has even generated polarization between researchers and the population regarding the relative benefits or harms of digital devices, particularly smartphones, during childhood, adolescents, and young adults. This keynote will focus on the current challenge of the educational sector to promote an acquisition of digital autonomy during childhood and adolescence (correctly use of digital devices without parental supervision avoiding the risks of digitalization) —focus in healthy and safety use of digital devices.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Jose M Martínez-Sánchez is an Associate Professor and Epidemiologist (currently he has the accreditation of full professor by AQU). He leads and coordinates the accredited research group on Evaluation of Health Determinants and Health Policies. The research group is formed for a multidisciplinary team of more than 10 members of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers with different academic training (e.g.: paediatricians, epidemiologists, statistics, psychologists, etc.). He is the founder of Kenko Lab —Lab to promote a healthy use of screen during childhood. He published the book “El Código de la Ciencia: Claves para investigar en Ciencias de la Salud”. He is also Adjunct Research of Tobacco Control Unit of Catalan Institute of Oncology (WHO collaborator centre).

His scientific production includes more than 140 articles indexed in the Science Citation Index (Thomson-ISI) and published in the most prestigious Public Health journals around the world. He has participated in three research monographs as expert for the Government of Spain (Ministry of Health) and World Health Organization. Moreover, his research has helped to promote legislative changes in Spain that have favoured social changes behaviour and improved the health of Spanish population. He has received recognition by the external agency Expertscape that has catalogued him among the 20 best global experts on tobacco control.

Dr. Martínez-Sánchez has also been Principal Investigator and co-investigator of several projects funded by national and international agency (ISCIII, Maratò TV3, European projects, Government of Spain, etc.). In average, the projects lead by Dr. Martínez-Sánchez has resulted in a PhD thesis being the supervisor of 11 PhD. Dr. Martínez-Sánchez has an extensive experience as an epidemiologist and researcher in different national health and research institutions and he has collaborated in different universities in Spain, Europe, and United States of America.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Kirtsi Lonka, PhD
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Prof. Dr. Kirsti Lonka, PhD

Keynote 2: AI: Transforming Education

Keynote Title:

Redefining Teaching for the New Era of AI

About Keynote Speech:

In her compelling keynote, "Redefining Teaching for the New Era of AI," Prof. Dr. Kirsti Lonka will address the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on education. With her extensive expertise in educational psychology and a deep understanding of digital learning and educational innovations, she will explore how AI is reshaping teaching methodologies and learning experiences. This speech will delve into how educators can adapt to this new era, focusing on enhancing student engagement, motivation, and learning outcomes through the integration of AI technologies. Prof. Lonka will provide insights drawn from her rich academic background and international research, offering forward-thinking perspectives on the evolution of teaching in the rapidly advancing digital age.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Kirsti Lonka is a renowned Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and an Extraordinary Professor at the Optentia Research Focus Area, NWU, South Africa. Her academic journey includes a PhD in Psychology from the University of Helsinki and extensive research work at OISE, University of Toronto, Canada. She is a pioneer in educational psychology, with a focus on student learning, motivation, emotion, digital learning, and educational innovations. Prof. Lonka's career includes notable positions such as Professor of Medical Education at Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and the J.H. Bijtel Honorary Chair at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. A prolific author, she has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and several popular books, including 'Phenomenal Learning from Finland'. Her global influence is evident in her role as a popular keynote speaker and her diverse array of publications translated into numerous languages.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jan Vermunt, PhD
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Professor Jan Vermunt, PhD

Keynote 3: Equipping Students for Technological Challenges Ahead

Keynote Title:

How can students learn to deal with tomorrow’s societal and technological challenges?

About Keynote Speech:

Societal and technological developments are proceeding at an ever-faster speed. Education needs to prepare students to be able to deal with these developments and the uncertainty that is inherent to them. Artificial intelligence is one of the most salient areas where this development has been incredibly rapid. Widely used educational models of the past no longer suffice to prepare students for these current and future challenges, and new educational models are being designed that are better suited for that aim. Challenge-based learning (CBL) is a new educational model especially suited to dealing with challenges for which the solution is not yet known. The challenges are derived from real life, socially and/or technologically relevant, and related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. External stakeholders, who can be local communities but also partners from industry, often introduce the challenges to the students. Through working in teams on the challenges, students' disciplinary and transdisciplinary competence development are encouraged, and self-regulated and collaborative student learning are both fostered. Co-creation and collaboration between students, teachers, and stakeholders are emphasized (Doulougeri et al, 2023). In the keynote, I will share new research on the design and effects of CBL and what it means for learners and learning, for teachers and teaching, and for curriculum design.

About the Speaker:

With effect from 1 December 2018, Jan Vermunt has been a Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Innovation at Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven School of Education. Before that, he worked as an assistant professor at Tilburg University, associate professor at Leiden University, and full professor at the universities of Maastricht, Utrecht, and Cambridge. His expertise area is the learning sciences, with a focus on teaching and student learning in higher education, and teachers' learning and professional development. Current research interests include effective ways to support personal learning pathways, using student learning data to improve teaching and learning, developing innovative teachers, benefitting from diversity among students, promoting deep and self-regulated learning, and new pedagogies for challenge-based learning. His scientific work was published in journals such as Learning and Instruction, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology Review, Teaching and Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, Academic Medicine, Medical Education, and Vocations and Learning.