Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA (Video transmitted)
Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, and the Brock International Prize in Education, he is a leading thinker of education and human development.
He has received honorary degrees from thirty colleges and universities. He has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics, and is senior director of Project Zero and co-founder of the Good Project. For the last several years, he has worked in various capacities with Harvard.
Waikato University, New Zealand
Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand and Emeritus Professor in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Litt (2012) from the State University of New York, and an Honorary Doctorate (2015) from the Faculty of Humanities, at Aalborg University. Michael is the executive editor of the journal, Educational Philosophy and Theory, and founding editor of the international e-journals, Policy Futures in Education, E-Learning and Digital Media, Knowledge Cultures, Review of Educational Research, and The Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy. His interests are in education, philosophy and social policy and he has written over sixty books. He is a lifelong Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of Humanities. His research interests are in educational philosophy, theory and policy studies with a focus on the significance of both contemporary philosophers (Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger) and the movements of post-structuralism, critical theory and analytic philosophy to the framing of educational theory and practice. He is also interested in philosophical and political economy questions of knowledge production and consumption. His major current projects include work on distributed knowledge, learning and publishing systems, and 'open education'. He has acted as an advisor to government on these and related matters in Scotland, NZ, South Africa and the EU.
Aalborg University, Denmark
Bengt-Åke Lundvall is a Danish organizational theorist and Emeritus Professor at the Department of Business Studies at Aalborg University, and Professor at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.
Lundvall is a respected and inspirational researcher in a wide range of issues related to the innovation system (a concept coined by him in 1985) and the learning economy. Together with Christopher Freeman, Lundvall developed the idea of innovation as an interactive process, and the concept of National System of Innovation in the 1980s, and in the 1990s he developed the idea of the ‘learning economy’ in collaboration with Björn Johnson. During 1992-95 he was Deputy Director at DSTI, OECD. He was involved in the preparation and follow up of the Lisbon Strategy 2000, and has coordinated the IKE-group in Aalborg since 1977, and the Danish network DRUID from 1996-2001. Since 2002 he has been the coordinator of the worldwide research network Globelics.
Aalborg University, Denmark
Birthe Lund is an Associate Professor at the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research interests cover a range of topics in the field of innovative pedagogy which she has developed in the last 15 years. Birthe’s main interest is in the study of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration as a significant factor in successful innovation. She has published extensively on the connections and contradictions between the concepts of Bildung and the ‘need’ for entrepreneurialism within education. Her wide research involvements take a particular interest in student centered learning, and she has recently co-edited a book in this area, Dealing with emotions: A pedagogical challenge to innovative learning, by the research group FiU (Research in Education and Cultures of Learning)