Our Keynote Speakers

Maria Assunção Flores

Maria Assunção Flores works at the University of Minho, Portugal. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interests include teacher professionalism and identity, teacher education and professional development, curriculum, assessment, leadership and higher education. She has published extensively on these topics both nationally and internationally. 

She is past Chair of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Education for Teaching. She is currently co-editor of the European Journal of Teacher Education.

Dominic Wyse

Dominic Wyse is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society. He is Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 Years) (HHCP), a research centre devoted to improving young children’s education. Dominic is also President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) (2019 – 2022).

The main focus of Dominic’s research is curriculum and pedagogy which includes a sustained contribution to knowledge about teaching writing, reading and creativity. Dominic has extensive experience of working at the interface of research, policy and practice, particularly in relation to his work on national curricula but also including his work on education as an academic discipline. Dominic’s research on reading, writing and curriculum has attracted widespread media attention. His current research projects include Children’s Agency in the National Curriculum (CHANT funded by The Leverhulme Trust).

Artis Svece

Artis Svece, Ph. D., is an Asst. Professor at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the  University of Latvia.

His main interests are critical thinking, human-animal studies, and environmental humanities, and social philosophy. He has published widely in Latvian culture and general interests media.