Invited Speakers


Prof. Fernando Albuquerque Costa

Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon


Fernando Albuquerque Costa holds a doctorate in Education Sciences and a degree in Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Lisbon, where he was a professor and researcher between 1988 and 2009. From 2010 he is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education Of the University of Lisbon. He is part of the Education, Technology and Society Research Group of the Research and Development Unit in Education and Training of the Lisbon Education Institute. Having worked since the beginning of academic activity in the area of Curriculum and Assessment, since the mid-1990s he dedicated himself to issues most directly related to the use of digital technologies in an educational context. He coordinated at the national level in different European projects in this area, namely the PEDACTICE (1997-2000) projects, evaluation of educational multimedia software, IPETCCO (2001-2004), innovation of pedagogical practices, DIGIFOLIO (2005-2008), electronic portfolios And professional development of teachers, TACCLE2 (Teachers' Aids on Creating Content for Learning Environments) (2011-2014), dedicated to the development of resources and materials to support the activity of teachers to stimulate learning with technology. For the Portuguese Ministry of Education, he coordinated the inter-university team responsible for the study on ICT Skills of Teachers and Non-Teachers (2008/2009) and the team of specialists responsible for the elaboration of the ICT Learning Goals (2010) and the Distance Learning for Roaming (2010-2013). Most recently, he coordinated the Escol @ digit @ l Project (2012-2015), an action research project with the purpose of understanding the processes of change towards a 21st Century school, and the LIDIA (Adult Digital Literacy Project) Resulting from the Award granted by the Foundation for Science and Technology (ICT and Society Network) to the proposal to extend the work developed within the TACCLE2 Project. The award came to allow to extend the work accomplished, this time producing activities for trainers and targeting the digital inclusion of adults. He was a member of the Scientific Council of the Observatory of the Educational Technology Plan of the Portuguese Catholic University. He was responsible for the creation of the Learning with Technologies Portal, a pioneering portal dedicated since 2002 to issues related to the use of ICT for educational purposes. He has edited several works and has published dozens of articles on teaching and learning with technologies and teacher training in this field. He is the associate director and co-founder of the Education, Training and Technologies Magazine and integrates the editorial bodies of other scientific journals such as the Digital Education Review or the E-Curriculum. He also coordinates the Master Course in Education, in the area of Education and Digital Technologies.


Assoc. Prof. Carlos A. Santos Silva

WS Energia Chair, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

Carlos A. Santos Silva is an Invited Associate Professor in Engineering Systems, holder of the WS Energia Chair, at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon.

Born in Lisbon in 1976, he holds a degree (1999), a MSc (2001) and a PhD (2005) in Mechanical Engineering from IST.

From March 2001 until February 2004, he was a junior researcher at Siemens AG, Corporate Technology – Information and Communications, Neuro-Informatics Department (Siemens CT-IC4), in Munich, Germany, in the area of supply chain management and optimization. From February 2004 until January 2007, he returned to Portugal to work as lecturer at Escola Náutica Infante D. Henrique (ENIDH), Department of Maritime Engines, Automation and Control Systems area. From July 2006 until May 2008, he joined Albatroz Engineering Inc. as a Project Manager, an Information Technologies start-up company that develops robotic projects for electricity transmission and distribution utilities world-wide, being the most relevant projects the development of electric aerial lines inspection systems for the Portuguese utility EDP.

Since June 2008, he joined the MIT Portugal Program at IST, where he was the coordination deputy of the PhD and Advanced Training Programs in Sustainable Energy Systems of the MIT Portugal Program and since 2012 in the PhD in Renewables from European Institute of Technology (EIT) - KIC Innonergy PhD School. Since October 2012, he holds the WS-Energia Chair. He is also the principal investigator in several industrial and research projects in the area of energy planning and energy efficiency.

He is the author of 17 papers in peer-reviewed international journals in systems modeling and operations research and more than 60 communications in international conferences. He is also the Energy Efficiency Area coordinator of the ENERGYIN, the Competitiveness and Technology Cluster for Energy



Dr. Simon Brownhill

Senior Teaching Associate, University of Cambridge, England


Dr. Simon Brownhill is a Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge, currently working as Deputy Co-ordinator for the Bolashak programme at the Faculty of Education. Between 2013 and 2015 he contributed significantly as a lead trainer on the Levelled courses as part of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) programme in Kazakhstan. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby where he set up and led the PGCE 3-7 teacher training route for a number of years whilst lecturing on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate education-based programmes. A former assistant Head teacher for the Early Years (3–6), Simon has experience of teaching across the full 3–11 age phase in a range of educational contexts and capacities.

His varied research and writing interests include supporting adult learners in higher education, children’s story writing, international perspectives on reflective practice, behaviour management, cultural diversity, children’s physical development and male educators (the focus of his doctoral research). Simon has presented his research at international research conferences across the globe including Indonesia (as a key note speaker) and, more recently, Venice (as a ‘Best Presentation’ award winner). He has published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals (Gender and Education; European Early Childhood Education Research Journal) and with quality professional publishers (Routledge; Sage).


List of GRDS International Conference - KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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The conference committee will be announcing the final list of Key-notes and Plenary Speakers in the conference schedule, which will release 7-10 days prior to the conference. GRDS International Conferences are witnessed by well-known and eminent speakers. Following are few of such names.


Dr Alyson McGee, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand

Dr. N. K. Rathee, Acting Director, Education Graduate Programs,Associate Professor,Delaware State University, USA

Dr. Chen Wenli, National Institute of Education, Singapore

Dr. Kumar Laxman, University of Auckland, Faculty of Education, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, New Zealand

Dr. Mustafa Gunduz, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Navid Mollaee, International Keynote Speaker, University Lecturer, Management Consultant, Tehran, Iran

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Gunputh, University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Dr. Kaviraj Sukon, Director-General Open University of Mauritius

Apapan Ruengkul, International Language program, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Shehu Aliyu Rimintsiwa, Department of English, School of Languages, Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Nigeria

Puneet Sharma, Registrar and Dean Academics, Rajdhani Engineering College, India

Dr. Syriac Nellikunnel Devasia, Linton University College, Malaysia

Dahlia Romero Domingo, New Era University, Philippines

Dr. Muhammad Nasir Khan, Department of Education, University of Vienna,Vienna (Austria)

Nabhit Kapur, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Psychometric Analyst, Chairman, Peacful Mind Foundation