Luis Pereira, Academic Developer – Senior Lecturer (Coventry University) @lumigopereira

Daniel Villar-Onrubia, Principal Project Lead at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (Coventry University) @villaronrubia

Keynote speakers

Igor Kanižaj (University of Zagreb, Croatia) @igor_kanizaj

Assistant Professor at the University of Zagreb, Department for Journalism and Media Production. He is also Vice president of the Association for Communication and Media Culture (DKMK). Together with his associates he is coordinating the project Djeca medija, the biggest media education project in Croatia with more than 600 workshops held for 12.000 participants in Croatia from 2011-2017. He has experience as a communication expert in several EU funded IPA, CARDS and ERASMUS+ projects. He is the co-author of the first public opinion research on Media Literacy in Croatia and co-author of Paris Declaration on Media and Information Literacy (UNESCO).

Julian McDougall (Bournemouth University, UK) @JulianMcDougall

Professor in Media and Education, Head of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was the founding editor of the Media Education Research Journal and currently edits the Journal of Media Practice. Julian runs the Professional Doctorate (Ed D) in Creative and Media Education at Bournemouth University. He convenes the annual International Media Education Summit, held in a different country each year. He has completed research and knowledge exchange projects for RCUK funding, charities and industry including AHRC, ESRC, the European Union and European Commission, Unesco, EPSRC, the Media Education Association, Sixteen Films, Media for Development, Samsung, the Football Association and the United Kingdom Literacy Association.

Maria José Brites (Lusophone University of Porto & University of Minho, Portugal) @britesmariajose

Assistant professor at the Lusophone University of Porto (ULP) and postdoctoral researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS/UMinho), with a grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology. She had coordinated (in Portugal) the RadioActive project. She is a member of three research networks (CEDAR – Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research, COST IS1401 European Literacy Network and COST IS1410 DigitLitEY) and one cross-national collaborative project (News as Democratic Resources: Cross Cultural Comparative Research). She concluded her PhD in Communication Sciences in the NOVA University of Lisbon in 2013.

Video link keynotes

Carlos Alberto Scolari (University Pomepeu Fabra, Spain) @cscolari

Associate Professor (tenure) at the Department of Communication of the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). Researcher specialized in transmedia storytelling, collaborative culture, user-generated contents, narratology, and semiotics of new media. He coordinated the Latin American Network of Digital Communication (ICOD Network) / Digital Communicators Project – ALFA Programme (2004-06). Author of 15 books about digital media, theories of communication and semiotics of media. His articles have been published in New Media and Society, Communication Theory, International Journal of Communication, Semiotica, Information, Communication & Society, Comunicación y Sociedad, etc. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Communication Languages (Catholic University of Milan, Italy) and a Degree in Social Communication (University of Rosario, Argentina).

Riina Vuorikari (JRC – European Commission) @vuorikari

Dr. Riina Vuorikari contributes to research and policy support in the field of “ICT for Learning and Skilling”. Her work focuses on Digital Competence for citizens and on an exploratory project of Open Science 2.0. She has degrees in education (M.Ed in 1998 in Finland) and hypermedia (DEA in 1999 in France). Her PhD, which was completed in 2009, is from the Dutch research school for Information and Knowledge Systems.Since 1999, she has worked in the field. Her main interest is dealing with issues related to the adoption of new technologies and innovation in education.


Andrew Turner, Associate Pro-Vicechancellor Teaching and Learning at Coventry University.

Holly Singleton, Subject Librarian at Coventry University.

Imran Ali, Senior Learning Technologist at Coventry University.

Linda Martin, Academic Developer – Senior Lecturer at Coventry University.

Martin Jenkins, Head of Academic Development at Coventry University.

Rui Alves, Professor at University of Porto and chair of the European Literacy Network (ELN)


Elena González Tinoco (University of Seville, Spain)

Research Support Staff at the Department of Social Psychology, in the University of Seville. Elena graduated from a BSc in Psychology in 2014 and completed a two-year Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology in 2016, both from the University of Seville. From 2011 to 2014, she collaborated as a Boarding Student in the Department of Social Psychology, University of Seville. In addition, she worked as a Research Fellow at the Research Foundation of the University of Seville (2011-12). Since 2014 she has conducted multiple studies about gamification in educational contexts, all of them presented as conference papers.

Lara Burton (University of Louvain, Belgium)

Teaching assistant in the School of communication and a PhD candidate in the Knowledge Mediation Research Group (GReMS) at University of Louvain (Belgium). Her research focuses on the media literacy competencies mobilized by young adults as part of their civic or political participation.

Maria-Carolina Cambre (Concordia University, Canada)
Assistant professor (Sociology of Education) at Concordia University, Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Her work explores vernacular visual expression asking: How do people produce and direct the visual space. How is the image a doing? What are the social and cultural work/ings of images? She is the author of: The Semiotics of Che Guevara: Affective gateways (2015) based on her award-winning phd dissertation.Her research interests include sociology of information and communication, image-centered theory, visual sociology, critical policy analysis, artistic/creative research practices, and qualitative methodologies.

Maria Raquel Patrício (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal) @patricioraquel

Professor at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, where teaches since 2005 in the areas of educational technology and multimedia. It is a PhD in Educational Sciences in the specialty of Educational Technology at the University of Minho, Master in Multimedia from Porto University and a degree in Visual Arts Education and Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. Research in the areas of pedagogical use of ICT, intergenerational learning, literacy and digital inclusion of adults and seniors, lifelong learning and active aging with technologies.

Marian Popovici (University of Bucharest, Romania)

PhD Student at Faculty of Journalism within University of Bucharest. From january 2017 is teaching assistant at University of Bucharest. Marian graduated from the Faculty of Journalism in 2012 and The Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accounting in 2011, within “Dimitrie Cantemir” University. In 2013, he graduated from the Master of Financial Management and in 2015 graduated from the Thematic Journalism Master. Marian is passionate about sports, travel and new media.

Panayiota Tsatsou (University of Leicester, UK) @PanayTsatsou

Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Her research interests lie in the broader field of digital media and her publications aim at intellectual and research advancement in the following areas: digital divides/digital inclusion, Internet studies, digital research, digital media and civic participation and digital policy and regulation.

Sofia Theodosiadou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) @Sotheodo

Postdoc Researcher on radio and talk at the School of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She has been an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Communication and Media studies at the School of Journalism and Media Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at several other departments in Greece. She has also been working as a radio and magazine journalist in Athens and Thessaloniki. She has been a full trainee at the BBC World Service, London, UK as an EU scholar.

Tiscar Lara (EOI – Spain’s School for Industrial Organisation) @tiscar

Director of Communication at EOI Spain’s School for Industrial Organisation. She has also been Vice Dean of Digital Culture at EOI from 2009 to 2012. She teaches Digital Communication at the University and does research on Free Culture, Mobile Learning, Open Knowledge, Social Web, Media Literacy and Digital Identity.