Keynote speakers

3 keynote speakers will be invited, addressing various aspects of the conference topic. Confirmed keynote speakers are:

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Helen Melander (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Helen Melander is Associate Professor in Education at Uppsala University in Sweden, where she received her PhD in 2009. Using ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, her research centers on social interaction, in particular how participants in interaction orient to epistemic issues, how learning can be analyzed and described as a social process and interactional accomplishment, and how social phenomena such as norms and affect are organized in talk and action. Helen Melander has explored a variety of empirical areas ranging from children’s and young people’s interaction in classrooms and homes, to pilot training, nursing education, and performance appraisal interviews.


Pierre Dillenbourg (EPFL, Lausanne)

Pierre Dillenbourg is is the director of the Swiss Leading House for Technologies on VET. A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for educational software. He is currently full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: "Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction ». He is also the academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL.


Claire Tourmen (University of California, Berkley)

Claire Tourmen has worked as an Associate Professor of Education at AgroSup Dijon (France) during 10 years, where she has specialized in the study of professional learning. Following a Piagetian and a vocational didactics tradition, she has studied the learning of occupations such as evaluation, hospital management, farming and professional training. After a 2 years visiting period at UC Berkeley's school of Education (CA, USA), she is now a Lecturer at UC Berkeley (French Department) and continues to do research on professional and cultural learning. She develops a particular interest in the new probabilistic theories of learning.