WLS is pleased to announce Truls Berg as new member of our programming team. Truls is the Director and founder of Open Innovation Lab of Norway, which is a Oslo-based network of high-level professionals sharing an interest in innovation processes and cultures. Open Innovation Lab joined Future Learning Lab and World Learning Summit as partner in 2018, and we will continue to extend that partnership in 2019 by building work and work-related innovation challenges into our plenary program and workshop program. A later post will feature more background information on Open Innovation Lab of Norway and what they do.
WLS is pleased to announce the first keynote for World Learning Summit 2019, happening in Kristiansand June 5-6-7, 2019. Our 2018 event was very favourably received by all those in attendance, including all the keynote speakers. Several of them will be returning as attendees and panelists in 2019. But for the time being, we are pleased to announce June Breivik as one of our keynote speakers. The theme for this year´s summit is E-Quality. June´s background and current position as a key stakeholder in public education policy gives her a unique perspective from which to address aspects of equality, quality and equal access to education and learning.
As we launch the website for the 2910 event, we will follow up with more info on all keynote speakers. he program will be launched shortly, so please save the dates.
Kristin Ingólfsdóttir served as president of the University of Iceland from 2005 to 2015. She was visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2015-2017, based at the Center for Digital Learning, at edX and at the MIT Media Lab. She is currently professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Iceland. Kristín is chair of the National University Hospital Advisory Board in Iceland and serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Luxembourg, International Scientific Committee at the University of Grenoble in France, Board of Trustees for the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation, European Women Rectors´Association and the startup company Atmonia. She formerly served as an elected board member of the European University Association (EUA) and was a longstanding member of the Medicine Council of the Icelandic Medicines Agency.
Kristín studied pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Iceland and received her doctoral degree from King´s College, University of London in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, focusing on natural products. Her research involved isolation and chemical identification of pharmacologically active compounds from lichens, mosses and marine organisms.
Apart from pharmaceutical and healthcare interests, Kristín has been an avid speaker on the the urgency of accelerating strategic reform in educational- and lifelong learning practices to meet massive impact of technology on our professional environment and personal wellbeing. Kristín is further working actively in support and promotion of Icelandic research-based innovation.
Eilif Trondsen is Director at Strategic Business Insights (SBI)—a spin-out from SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute)—in Menlo Park, California (located at the heart of Silicon Valley). He received his PhD in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara and was hired as an economist at SRI International in 1979. His focus area has been issues of innovation, entrepreneurship, learning and technology. In his many years at SRI and SBI he has lead or contributed to a variety of projects for U.S. and foreign clients in the private and public sectors.
Eilif has held the position of Research Director of the Business Intelligence Program, the director of the Learning on Demand program, and has also led SBI’s research initiative around 3D immersive technologies. In his tenure at SRI and SBI, he has given numerous presentations and authored many publications on various eCommerce, eLearning, innovation and virtual-worlds topics. Eilif is the Chair of Silicon Vikings Special Interest Group (SIG) on Entrepreneurship and Learning, and for a number of years was the Co-Chair of SVForum’s SIG on Digital Media. Much of his current work focuses on building innovation bridges between the Nordic region and Silicon Valley, working with entrepreneurial ecosystems and guiding entrepreneurs, companies and policy makers.
We are happy to welcome Keith Devlin back our network meeting arenas at the Future Learning Lab. In his capacity as Executive Director at Stanford University´s H-STAR Institute, Keith has reached out to the entire Nordic region for many years and is well known to many Nordic innovators and entrepreneurs in the education and technology area, among other things. He is a co-founder of the Stanford mediaX research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. In this connection, he is a co-founder and President of an educational technology company, BrainQuake, that creates mathematics learning video games. He also works on the design of information/reasoning systems for intelligence analysis. Other research interests include: theory of information, models of reasoning, applications of mathematical techniques in the study of communication, and mathematical cognition. He has written 33 books and over 80 published research articles. Recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his “innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics.” He is “the Math Guy” on National Public Radio.Dr. Keith Devlin has been part of our Future Learning Lab events for seven years, coming back every year to help shape the ongoing agenda we have to reflect on the uses and potentials of media-rich learning locally and globally. This year he will not only be a key voice on our one-day Oslo Roundtable on June 13th, but also a presence on stage at Open Innovation Lab of Norway´s invitation to speak at their June 12th Future Insight 2030 conference.