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Keynote speakers

Plenary lectures

Dr.Vaclav Stetka, Leader of the PolCoRe research group at the Institute of Communication Studies, Charles University in Prague
Presentation: Social media and citizen participation: new challenges for research
Vaclav Stetka is Senior Researcher and Leader of the PolCoRe research group at the Institute of Communication Studies, Charles University in Prague. Between 2009 and 2013 he was Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, where he worked on a project Me-dia and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. His research interests encompass political communication and the role of new media, transformation and democratization of media systems, media ownership and globalization. E-mail:
Dr Charlotte Holland, Dublin City University, Ireland
Presentation: Learning Analytics – Empowering learners within higher education
Dr. Charlotte Holland is Chair of Undergraduate Studies and lectures in technology in education, education for sustainable development and creative instructional design in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University. She promotes an interdisciplinary approach to educational practice and research, given the multi-disciplinary nature of her own educational pathway through higher education (with qualifications that include: B.Sc. in Applied Physics, Higher Diploma in Education, Masters in Computers, and a PhD focused on technology in education). She held the Chair of the Institute of Educational Research in Ireland from 2010-2011. She continues to be very successful in attracting research funding at national and EU levels, and actively undertakes research, supervises doctoral research and publishes in the areas of technology-enabled learning, education for sustainability and values-based learning. Her research interests more specifically include: Sustainable online learning communities, Learning 2.0, Science and citizenship education, and Meta-cognition in independent learning.
Dr.Tomaz Dezelan, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Presentation: Political Communication and Social Media: Revolution or evolution?
Tomaz Dezelan, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and a researcher at the Centre for Political Science Research at the same faculty. He is an associate researcher at the University of Edinburgh, School of Law, where he acts as a country expert for citizenship. His research interests include citizenship concepts, debates and regimes, new modes of governance, parliamentary cohesion, electoral studies, political marketing, youth, gender and civil society. He has authored or coauthored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles in international journals and sci-entific volumes and 7 scientific monographs. Past projects he worked on or coordinated were funded by the Slovenian research agency, the European Union's FP framework, European Science Foundation of the European Union, European Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and various other national agencies. E-mail:
Dr. Francesca D'Errico, Uninettuno University, Rome, Italy, Presentation: Horizontal Political Media 2.0. Beyond the "Crowd” toward a socio-political Empowerment of being “follower”
Francesca D'Errico is a Researcher at the Faculty of Psychology (Uninettuno University, Rome) and member of the SSPNet Project (Social Signal Processing European Network of Excellence) - where she works on help and overhelp behavior in multicultural contexts, social emotions and self conscious emotions like bitterness and pride, the multimodal analysis of social signals of agreement, disagreement, evaluation and dominance in political debates. As to psycho-social processes, she is also author of several studies on social media and political participation where she explores in depth both thereotical and methodological aspects. She is author and co-authors of 50 articles and book chapters, and she is the Guest Editor of a book “Multimodal Communication in Political Speech Shaping Minds and Social Action” and a Special Issue on Social Signal Processing for “Cognitive Processing”.
Dr.Martin Ebner, Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. at Graz University of Technology, Austria
Presentation: Interaction in Mass Education
Martin Ebner, Assoc. Prof. PhD is currently head of the Department for Social Learning at Graz University of Technology and therefore responsible for all university wide e-learning activities. He holds an Assoc. Prof. on media informatics and works also at the Institute for Information System Computer Media as senior researcher. His research focuses strongly on e-learning, mobile learning, learning analytics, social media and the usage of Web 2.0 technologies for teaching and learning. Martin gives a number of lectures in this area as well as workshops and talks at international conferences. For publications as well as further research activities please visit the website:
Sandra Hofhues, Dr. phil., Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Chair of Higher Education of Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance. Presentation: Inquiry-based learning and research-based teaching with (social) media
In the Higher Educational Design Research Center (HEDeR) she is responsible for the field of digital education. Previously, she was Deputy Professor of New Media Didactics, Researcher in e-learning and blended-learning and Media Pedagogue in Augsburg, Hamburg and Heidelberg, Germany. Main interests in research, teaching and development are: Media pedagogy and media ecologies, inquiry-based and connected learning as well as open science. Further information (first and foremost in German):
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lucke, University of Potsdam, Germany, Presentation: Inquiry-based learning and research-based teaching with (social) media
Ulrike Lucke is Full Professor of Computer Science and head of the Complex Multimedia Application Architectures group at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her research interests cover heterogeneity and interoperability of network-based architectures, including mobile and pervasive systems, especially in the area of technology-enhanced learning. Moreover, as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the University of Potsdam she is responsible for strategic IT issues and E-Learning. Currently, she coordinates two major projects to intensify the use of digital media in teaching and learning across campus. Among other positions in research associations she is speaker of the SIG E-Learning in the German Informatics Society.
Dr. Mandy Schiefner-Rohs, Technical University in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Presentation: Inquiry-based learning and research-based teaching with (social) media
Mandy Schiefner-Rohs is Assistant Professor for Educational Science at the Department of Social Science at Technical University in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Before she was Senior Researcher at University Duisburg-Essen, Department of Educational Media & Knowledge Management and deputy head of the Center for University Teaching and Learning, from University of Zurich, Switzerland. She received a PhD on "Information and Media Literacy in Teacher Education" and got a Master degree in educational science, information science and art history. Her research interests are in the field of social media in higher education and schools, innovations in teacher education and research based teaching and learning.
Prof. Dr. Gabi Reinmann, Zeppelin University, Germany, Presentation: Inquiry-based learning and research-based teaching with (social) media
Gabi Reinmann, Vice President of Teaching and Learning, Full Professor of Higher Education and head of the Higher Educational Design Research Center (HEDeR) of Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance. Her research focuses are learning and teaching in higher education, e-learning and blended learning, evaluation research and educational design research. Currently, she is responsible for the scientific monitoring of two projects dealing with e-learning/blended learning in the context of sports and technology-enhanced learning in the context of mathematics at universities. Further information (in German):