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Michael W. Apple

Professor Emeritus John Bascom at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is Doctorate Honoris Causa in eight universities around the world and has been awarded with different academic recognitions for his excellent career. His work has been highly influential in the area of Critical Pedagogy, in studies on ideology and curriculum, and on the development of democratic schools. He is the author, among others, of Education and power (1982), Cultural and economic reproduction in education: Essays on class, ideology and state (1982), Cultural politics and education (1996), and Official knowledge: Democratic Education in a conservative age (2000).

His research starts with some basic questions: Who owns the knowledge that is taught and who doesn’t? Who benefits from education and who doesn’t? What can we do to make schools more critical and democratic?


Beauty and ugliness in sex.

Freedom and attractiveness against coercive speech and contempt in sexual-affective relationships


Ramón Flecha

Doctor Honoris Causa by West University of Timişoara and professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona

Ramon Flecha is Doctor Honoris Causa by West University of Timişoara and professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona. He has been Chair of the Expert Group of Evaluation Methodologies for the Interim and Ex – post Evaluation of Horizon 2020. The main conclusion of his first European Union Framework Programme of Research (FP5), WORKALÓ, The creation of new occupational patterns for cultural minorities: The gypsy case was unanimously approved by the European Parliament giving rise to several European and State Members’ policies. The second EU Framework Programme project he led, INCLUD-ED. Strategies for inclusion and social cohesion from education in Europe (FP6), was the only Social Sciences and Humanities research selected by the European Commission to appear within the list of the ten best successful scientific researches. He is currently the Principal Investigator of IMPACT-EV. Evaluating the impact and outcomes of European SSH Research (FP7), that deploys selection, monitoring and evaluation new criteria of the several scientific research impacts. His scientific work have been published in world’s first scientific level journals as Nature, Cambridge Journal of Education, Harvard Educational Review, Organization, Qualitative Inquiry, Current Sociology or Journal of Mixed Methods Research.


Lídia Puigvert

Associate professor at the University of Barcelona

Lídia Puigvert is associate professor at the University of Barcelona. She is member of CREA. Community of Research on Excellence for All where she develop her research in gender, gender violence, sociology of education and dialogic theories. She was also responsible of gender area of the project INCLUD-ED. Strategies for inclusion and social cohesion from education in Europe (2006-2011) funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission.  She coordinated the gender area of the project IMPACT-EVEvaluating the impact and outcomes of European SSH research (2014-2017), funded by the 7h Framework Programme of the European Commission. Her research is focused in preventive socialization of gender violence, she has published about it in Violence Against Women and in Journal of Social Work Practice. She also investigates about “the other women” contributing to the international feminism highlighting the book “Women and social transformation” published jointly with Judith Butler and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim.  Lídia Puigvert participated in the first research in Spain about Gender Violence at Universities, the results has been included in the Spanish Law for the Effective Equality between Women and Men (2007), and generated the creation of the first protocol of prevention and action in front of the sexual assault of the spanish universities.


Mar Camacho

Mar Camacho

Director General of Innovation, Research and Digital Culture

Dr Mar Camacho, general manager of Innovation, Research and Digital Culture

Professor of Educational Technology at the Faculty of Education, Rovira i Virgili University (Catalonia).

Professor in degree and post-graduate programs, with a special emphasis on learning through the use of mobile devices and emerging technologies.

Co-author of the first monography about mobile learning in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, she led a nation-wide research about the use of tablets in school and their impact on learning. Her international collaborations in this field include institutions as UNESCO or the International Telecommunication Union (United Nations).

She has been keynote speaker in some international conferences and she is the author of more than 60 academic papers.

She was appointed as General Manager of Primary and Pre-Primary Education of the Catalan government in July 2018. Currently, she is General Manager of Innovation, Research and Digital Culture.

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Miquel Guardiola

Miquel Guardiola, Socialization Technician at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES)

Miquel Guardiola has a degree in history and he is a specialist in lithic technology and prehistoric techniques. He has published several scientific articles in high-impact journals such as Nature, Journal of Archaeological Science and the Quaternary International Journal, among others.
He currently works as a Socialization Technician at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), where he led and he leads several programs to promote prehistoric socialization in different social contexts. Some of these programs are: IPHES in schools, a program to promote prehistoric socialization in schools and support the work of teaching staff; and also  IPHES in the neighborhoods, a program that targets specific neighborhoods in Tarragona and educational centers that were declared as “maximum complexity centers” by the Department of Education of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Finally, it is important to highlight the program IPHES in residential cares, where he has actively participated by offering scientific workshops within the “Extended learning time” project, directed by the research group MEDIS (Methodology of Educational Research with Social Impact) of the Department of Pedagogy of the University Rovira i Virgili.
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Joan Guàrdia Olmos

University Full Professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Barcelona

Joan Guàrdia Olmos, University Full Professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Barcelona (Spain). He has been teaching since 1984 on topics related to research methodology in psychology. His research activity has led him to coordinate more than twenty doctoral theses, at his own university as well as at others. He has presented more than 250 communications at scientific conferences and meetings. He has also published more than 40 books and chapters, and more than 220 scientific articles. Of those, more than 180 have been published in indexed journals, including more than 160 in journals listed in the Journal Citation Reports.


Josep M. Martorell

Associate director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Josep Maria Martorell has a PhD in Computer Engineering from the Ramon Llull University (URL). He has developed his career in the field of academic and scientific management, both at the university and government levels, including five years as General Director of Research at the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan government). Since April 2016 he is associate director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Josep Maria has completed various business and management training programs at ESADE (VV-2004) and IESE (PDD-2009), and has long experience as a Business Angel and mentor in different technology start-ups created in Barcelona. He is a member of different advisory committees of European scientific institutions, such as the Barcelona Institute of Political Economy and Governance and the BarcelonaBeta Foundation for Alzheimer Research.




Carles Solà Serra

Director of "30 minuts" program in CCMA

Carles Solà Serra is the director of “30 minuts” program

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Cristina Sánchez Miret

Cristina Sánchez Miret is Doctor in Sociology and Director of the Business Department of the University of Girona. She is Member of the Work Group that promotes the Strategic Plan of the University of Girona 2030, La Suma d'Intel·ligències.

Cristina Sánchez Miret, professor of Sociology and expert in research on social inequalities related to gender, age, social class and lifestyle, and also in citizen participation. She has collaborated and collaborates in several national and international research projects related to these topics. She has published among others Sánchez, C. and Villena, N. (2018) Conciliation and co-responsibility A feminist perspective. Fundación Irla ISBN: 978-84-697-9754-9 and SÁNCHEZ, C. and BOU, J. (2014) Participation as of the gender perspective from the analysis of specific participatory processes, in DIAS; N: Hope for Democracy -25 Years of Participatory Budgeting Worldwide. ISBN: 978-972-8262-09.
She is currently a member of the Board against the feminization of poverty and precariousness, of the Advisory Council for Municipal Support for Inclusion and of the Board of Budgets and Fiscal Policy with a Gender Perspective of the Barcelona City Council. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Schedule Reform and of the Advisory Commission of the Strategy for Territorial Dynamization of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

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Conrad Vilanou i Torrano

Professor of History of Education at the University of Barcelona

Dr. Conrad Vilanou i Torrano, professor of History of Education in the Department of Theory and History of Education at the University of Barcelona, he has specialized in the analysis of concepts, discourses and pedagogical narratives.

He directs the magazine Temps d‘Educació and is the author of books and articles related to contemporary Pedagogical and Social Thought and the History of Physical Education and Sports.