Keynote Speakers

Prof. Graham Gibbs


Prof. Graham Gibbs retired from his position as Professor and Director of the Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford, in 2008. He was the founder of ICED, of the International Improving Student Learning Symposium, that held its 20th meeting in Lund in 2012, and of an international network of research-intensive universities that last met in Oslo in 2012. He has led teaching development units within very different kinds of university, since 1980, and has undertaken educational development consultancy in over 160 universities worldwide, including many times in Stockholm. He has received an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University and a Doctorem Honoris Causa from the University of Utrecht, for his leadership of the improvement of university teaching. He is currently a Professor at the University of Winchester where he is helping to establish mechanisms through which students act as educational researchers and change agents to improve teaching in their own departments.

Prof. Sari Lindblom-Ylänne


Sari Lindblom-Ylänne is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Helsinki University Centre for Research and Development in Higher Education. She is also the Deputy Head of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences responsible to research and doctoral education. Lindblom-Ylänne is a licensed psychologist. She is the Immediate Past President of EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) and is now President-Elect of WERA (World Education Research Association) and will be President for the years 2014-2016. Sari Lindblom-Ylänne is actively involved in many international research projects. Her research focuses on student learning and teaching at university, for example, on approaches to learning and teaching, self-regulation, self-efficacy beliefs, motivation to studying, assessment practices and quality enhancement in higher education.

Dr. Bjørn Stensaker


Dr. Bjørn Stensaker is a professor of Higher Education at the University of Oslo, where he coordinates the work related to academic staff development. The research interests of Dr. Stensaker are focused on quality development work, organizational change and governance in higher education, and he has published widely on these topics. His most recent book is; Stensaker, B., Välimaa, J. & Sarrico, C. (eds.) (2012) "Managing Reform in Universities. The Dynamics of culture, identity and organizational change". Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.