Keynote Speakers

We are delighted that we will have Special Keynote Speakers

Marta Olivetti Belardinelli, Prof Dr 
"La Sapienza" University of Rome
Faculty of Psychology
Chair of the Cognitive Psychology 

Marta Olivetti Belardinelli, Prof Dr is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts: class Medicine. Emeritus Professor, "Sapienza" University of Rome. Full Professor of General and Cognitive Psychology (first chair), at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology; President of the interfaculty laurea course in Psychology of Information Processing and Knowledge Representation; President of the Master course in Intervention and Psychological Models in Development and Aging; Founder of the Interuniversity Center for Research on Natural and Artificial Systems (ECONA); Founder of CIRID (Interdisciplinary Centre for Integrated Research on Disabilities). Director of the laboratory of Psychological and Cognitive Science; Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Society of Cognitive Sciences of Music. Since 1997 each year held courses as invited professor at the University Paris X Nanterre - Paris Sorbonne for the consortium PhD in research on the Psychology of Music.

Chief-Editor of “Cognitive Processing – International Quarterly of Cognitive Science” SSCI Social Sciences Citation Indexed; Consulting Editor of “Musicae Scientiae” SSCI Social Sciences Citation Indexed; Associate Editor of the PsyCh Jounal SSCI Social Sciences Citation Indexed; Advisory Editor of “International Journal of Neural Systems” SSCI Social Sciences Citation Indexed.

Keynote Title: Is learning in state of minimal consciousness possible?
The question about the nature of consciousness has prompted a large debate from a philosophical, neurological and psychological standpoint.  The notion that reportability may be a necessary condition for proving the presence of consciousness seems now largely untenable.  In persons affected by extremely severe conditions such as aphasia and persistent vegetative state the inability to report about their states and perceptions cannot necessarily be made coincide to lack of consciousness. A possible way to support the presence of consciousness in these persons may derive from neuroscience and, more specifically, from neurological evidence showing the persons’ ability to focus on specific events. However, the connection between consciousness and the underlying neurological activation is until now not clearly defined.  Against the hypothesis of an absolute absence of consciousness in Vegetative states one can imagine that a possible responsiveness may emerge if one could create a link between the residual motor responses and the presented stimulation. I will present the technique developed by our team to foster learning and choice in state of minimal consciousness that ends up in destroying the border between  Vegetative  State and State of Minimal Consciousness.

Ann-Katrin Swärd
, Assoc Prof Dr
University of Gothenburg

Ann-Katrin Swärd, Assoc Prof Dr is a researcher at Gothenburg University in Sweden. Her research is in the field education and special education; Literacy, language/speech development, neuropsychiatric disorder and ethics in teachers’ profession. Dr Swärd is affiliated to the research environment CHILD at Jönköping University, ECE (Early Childhood Education) at the University of Gävle, member of PRIS (Platform for Research on Inclusive Education and School development) an PAGE (Power and Agency in Education) at University of Gothenburg. Ongoing research is about degrading treatment in preschool, action research about Learning Community for Peace. Dr. Swärd has worked as a teacher in special/inclusive education for many years in preschool and schools and she is also author of several books and articles. International Collaboration in different project with many countries has always been important and still is. Dr. Swärd is an extern examiner for doctoral thesis at universities in South Africa and reviewer for international journals. From 2015 and ongoing she is responsible for courses for PhD and Master students at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. 

Keynote Title:
 Dyslexia versus Dysgraphia – what do we know?
For many years has focus in research been about specific reading difficulties (dyslexia). It is very common that we talk about this in one sentence; reading and writing difficulties but we only highlight reading. Many problems with reading is not specific like dyslexia, it is general difficulties caused by other factors. Dysgraphia or writing difficulties must also be more focused in research and discussed in the field of literacy. 

Zafer Bekirogullari, Dr

CPsychol, AFBPsS (British Psychological Society)
HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist
United Kingdom

Dr. Zafer was awarded in July 2014 for his Outstanding Contribution to European Counselling Psychology by the European Association of Counselling Psychology. He is a committed academic and health professional specialising in counselling psychology. Skilled in counselling and assessing clients’ symptoms and identifying appropriate treatment options. Committed to research and development to improve standards of counselling practice. Founder and managing director of the Future Academy®. Diploma Course Leader & Managing Director of the Virtual & In Person Participation Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre). Editor for more than 1,350 academic papers, which are all indexed by ISI Web of Science Clarivate Analytics. Founding editor of the European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (EpSBS), which is indexed by ISI Web of Science Clarivate Analytics.

Keynote Title: 
Brief Introduction: Fundamentals of CBT
The NHS (National Health Services) made a commitment to improve the availability of the Psychological Therapies In the United Kingdom and preferred method is the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Indeed, CBT is a down-to-earth technique that has gradually gained the central stage of psychotherapy in the world - an arena which was historically dominated by psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The reason for this is that numerous studies have reported CBT to be effective in treating clients diagnosed with mental health issues, or with social and emotional concerns. During the Brief Introduction Training, Dr Zafer will be focusing on Fundamentals of CBT. He will be covering; CBT- An Overview, Role of the Psychologist, Thoughts and Beliefs, the ABC Model and some CBT Techniques with the clinical cases and applications.