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Conference Chair

James Uhomoibhi
Ulster University
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
James Uhomoibhi, a native born of Nigeria is an academic of strong international standing in Physics, Computing and Engineering. He has a first degree in Physics from Nigeria, a BPhil degree from Italy and moved to the UK where he completed his MSc in Optoelectronics and Optical Information Processing and a PhD in Laser Physics. Following his initial appointment as lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast he completed a PGCHET in Higher Education. Today he is at University of Ulster where he was Faculty e-learning coordinator (2004-2015) and now lectures in Engineering whilst researching in computer science and edu cation. He is a visiting Professor of Physics, Computer Science and IT in two Nigerian Universities. He is also a visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Environmental Studies at the Open University in Tanzania. James is a Chartered Physicist and a member of the Institute of Physics; He is a Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of BCS and also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. James Uhomoibhi is the African Laser Centre Representative in Europe and has served as Head of SEFI Task Force on European Cooperation with Africa. SEFI is the European Society for Engineering Education. He also sits on the Board of the International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER). He is a member of Council of SEFI and of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. James Uhomoibhi is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DIC) and the International of the Institute of Physics (IoP). He is the founder and current Chair of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group. In 2011 James Uhomoibhi was appointed a LEADS Scholar by the Nigerian National Universities Commission (NUC), charged with the responsibility of linking experts and academics in the Diaspora to the country. He is a recipient several academic and community awards including amongst others, the iNEER Global Achievement Award in Engineering Education (2011), Belfast Ambassadors Award (2012), BCS Long Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award of the Powerlist All Ireland African Leadership Excellence Award Programme, which he received in 2012. James Uhomoibhi very recently received the Sentinus Ambassador of the Year 2016 Award for outstanding works and contributions to STEM Education and Research Development and Implementation in Northern Ireland, UK. ... More >>


Program Chair

Beno Csapó
Institute of Education, University of Szeged

Brief Bio
Beno Csapó is a Professor of Education (1997-) at the University of Szeged, the head of the Doctoral School of Education (2003-), the Research Group on the Development of Competencies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2000-), and the Center for Research on Learning and Instruction he founded in 2003. He was a Humboldt research fellow at the University of Bremen (1989) and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1994-95).
He has been participating in several international research programs including the Developing democratic character (Institute for Educational Inquiry,
University of Washington, 1997-99) project. He was a member of the Problem Solving Expert Groups for the 2003 and 2012 OECD PISA surveys. He was the leader of the Technological Issues Working Group in the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills initiative (2009-2010).
He was a member of the PISA Governing Board (2005-14, vice chair: 2008-14). He is a member of the Educational Committee (1990-) and the Presidential Committee on Public Education (co chair 2017-) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). He is the editor of Magyar Pedagógia (1991-). He launched the National Conference on Educational Research in Hungary and was the chair of the first conference in 2001. He is a member of the editorial board of Learning and Instruction, International Journal of Educational Research, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Cambridge Journal of Education, Journal of Education for Teaching, and Educational Assessment.
He is a member of several international research associations. He was twice an elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (1997-2001) and he was the president of the 12th Biennial Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction (Budapest, 2007).
His has published over 300 books, book chapters and research papers, and among others, co-edited the books Teaching and learning thinking skills (1999) and The nature of problem solving: Using research to inspire 21st century learning (2017).
He received the Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Helsinki in 2019.
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