Keynote Speakers

We are delighted that we will have Special Keynote Speakers

Professor Hannele Niemi
is a Research Director at the University of Helsinki and been she has nominated as UNESCO Chair on Educational Ecosystems for Equity and Quality of Learning 2018-2021. She is also the Chair of The University Board at the University of Lapland. She is also the Chair of the Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Institute (JoLii) that includes 9 Finnish universities, working in cooperation with Beijing Normal University. Her experience at the University of Helsinki also includes her roles as the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (2003–2009), the Professor of Education (1998-2016), the Dean of the Faculty of Education (2001–2003). She also served as a Visiting Professor at Michigan State University (1989) and as a short-time Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (2010, 2013, and 2015).

Title of the keynote:
Combining equity and quality of learning - Educational ecosystems globally and locally

Lotta Uusitalo-Malmivaara, PhD, Docent, Adj. professor, University of Helsinki

Lotta Uusitalo-Malmivaara is an expert in positive education and strength-based learning. She works in section of Special education in Faculty of educational sciences in University of Helsinki. She has published studies in well-being, school-related happiness, and depression in mainstream students as well as in students with various special needs. She has pioneered in bringing the wellness-centered approach to both initial and in-service teacher training and she is an experienced speaker on diverse international forums. In addition to scientific papers, Uusitalo-Malmivaara has published a multitude of practical material for early and K-12 educators. With Kaisa Vuorinen, she has created the "Focus on the positives" teacher material that is widely used in Finnish kindergartens and schools. The material has been translated into English, Swedish, and Chinese. In 2017, Uusitalo-Malmivaara's  group won the shared first price in a big Finnish challenge competition called Ratkaisu100. The winning solution, Positive CV, is a pedagogical tool for recognition and documentation of versatile skills and successes of every student. See,, 

Title of the keynote speech:
Positive education as a tool to engage all learners

PhD, Inkeri Ruokonen
is a Director of Master’s Programme in Educational Sciences in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. She is a Member of the ECA (Research Group of Education, Cultures and the Arts and a Fellow of a Teacher’s Academy in the University of Helsinki. She has organized several conferences on intercultural and interdisciplinary arts education and published scientific research articles and books on arts education. Her research focuses are on music and interdisciplinary arts education, new learning environments and communication technology, early giftedness, empathy education and intercultural arts education.

Title of the keynote:
Educating 21st Century Teachers - focusing on learning through the arts in new learning environments