Featured speakers

Keynote Speakers

Professor Andrew Meltzoff

Professor Andrew Meltzoff holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair and is the Co-Director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington. He is a pioneer in the study of infant and child development and has demonstrated the power of role models and social learning for young children’s development. His studies on elementary school children’s cultural stereotypes about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have far-reaching implications for the science of learning. This research work shows that non-academic factors profoundly influence STEM learning. It is helping to bring together psychological science and educational practice at national and international levels.



A/Prof Paul Dux

A/Prof Paul E. Dux is a psychologist and neuroscientist in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. He leads a group that studies the cognitive and neural underpinnings of human information-processing capacity limitations in health and disease. Specific interests are the mechanisms of attention and the efficacy of cognitive training and how it changes the brain to improve performance. Dux has published widely, received several early career research awards and attracted funding from both the ARC and NHMRC.





Dr Mmantsetsa Marope

Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope is the Director of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) since July 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, a Masters in Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA and a CCE from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. Within UNESCO, she has held several director positions including the Director of the Division for Basic to Higher Education and Learning. Prior to UNESCO, her work experience includes the World Bank, university teaching, academic networks, and consultancy services to governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies. She is on advisory boards of diverse public and private sector institutions. Her publications cover a wide range of areas in education. She is also an award winning Setswana novelist. As the Director of the IBE her resolve is to propel the Bureau towards critical acclaim as the Global Center of Excellence in Curriculum and related matters.




Professor John Hattie

Professor John Hattie is Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne. His areas of interest are measurement models and their applications to educational problems, and models of teaching and learning. Professor Hattie is a Theme Leader in the Australian Research Council’s national Science of Learning Research Centre and was appointed as Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership in 2014.




Plenary Speakers

Professor Roberto Lent

Roberto Lent is Professor of Neuroscience at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He conducts studies on neuroplasticity, neurodevelopment and evolution of the nervous system, employing different techniques, from cell biology to neuroimaging. He is a Full Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and General Coordinator of the Brazilian Network of Science for Education, constituted by scientists of all disciplines to foster translational research applied to learning and other educational matters.



Professor Nancy Law

Professor Nancy Law is a professor in the Division of Information Technology in Education, Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. She served as the Founding Director for the Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) for 15 years from 1998. Her key research focus is on studying technology-enhanced pedagogical innovations for learning at student, teacher and school levels for scalable change at institutional and system levels. She is currently leading a major interdisciplinary research project on learning and assessment of digital citizenship from childhood to early adulthood.




Dr Melina Uncapher

Dr Melina Uncapher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco, and is Director of the Education Program at the new Neuroscape Center at UCSF.  Dr Uncapher’s research focus is on understanding how attention affects learning, and how this knowledge can be used to solve real-world problems. Dr Uncapher is Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience, a science-for-good nonprofit that partners with educators and students to solve education challenges using practical tools based on the science of learning.