Keynote speakers of 2019 International Assembly

Professor Amanda Kenny. Image copyright La Trobe University 2019

Professor Amanda Kenny Professor Amanda Kenny is the inaugural Violet Marshman Professor of Rural Health in the La Trobe University Rural Health School in Bendigo, Australia. Her research involves extensive partnerships with vulnerable populations and she is an expert in primary health and rural health policy.  She is internationally recognised for her expertise in multidisciplinary participatory research, co-design and integrated knowledge translation. She has led or contributed to highly cited policy documents, and as an expert witness, has given evidence to major government inquiries. In her career, Amanda has attracted almost AU$105 million dollars of grant funding for research and major strategic initiatives.  Amanda is a passionate educator, has strong international partnerships, currently holds international grants, and mentors senior leaders in a number of countries. She is the Deputy Editor of Nurse Education Today and Co-Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Primary Health.

Adjunct Professor Seija Mahlamäki Kultanen. Image copyright Häme University of Applied Sciences 2019

Adjunct professor Seija Mahlamäki-Kultanen is a dean in Professional Teacher Education Unit at Häme University of Applied Sciences, also the vice chair of the National Teacher Education Forum, appointed by the Minister of Education and Culture in Finland. She is interested in all types of education with a special focus on teacher development and global education. She has published more than 100 scientific and professional publications on education as well work experience in education, research and development with vocational institutions, universities and universities of applied sciences.

Pforessor Jari Levonen. Image copyright University of Helsinki 2019

Dr. Jari Lavonen is a Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is a director of National Teacher Education Forum and a chairman of the Matriculation Examination Board. He is a visiting professor at the Michigan State University and University of Johannesburg. He has been researching science and technology education and teacher education for the last 31 years and his main research interests are science and technology teaching and learning, currriculum development, teacher education and use of ICT in education. He has published altogether 150 refereed scientific papers in journals and books, 140 other articles and 160 books for either science teacher education or for scence education. He has been active in international consulting for example involving the reneval of teacher education in Norway, peru and South Africa.