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Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino – Pro-rector. University of Malta, Malta.

Godfrey Baldacchino (PhD Warwick, UK) is Full Professor of Sociology and Pro-Rector for International Development and Quality Assurance at the University of Malta. He is also UNESCO Co-Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; Editor Emeritus of the open access Island Studies Journal; and President of the International Small Islands Studies Association. He is the (co)author or (co)editor of over 40 books, and has authored some 130 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in his academic career. He has managed close to 1 million euros in research funding, and served as visiting lecturer or researcher in various universities including in Australia, Canada, Japan, Sweden and Taiwan. He also sits on the international advisory board of half a dozen specialised journals and has served as a peer reviewer to some 40 different journals. For more information about Professor Baldacchino, please click on the following link:


Dr. David Roden – Honorary Associate. Open University, United Kingdom.

Dr David Roden has worked for the Open University as a lecturer and associate lecturer. His published work has addressed the relationship between deconstruction and analytic philosophy, philosophical naturalism, the metaphysics of sound and posthumanism. 

He contributed the essay "The Disconnection Thesis" to the Springer Frontiers volume The Singularity Hypothesis: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment. His book Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human (Routledge 2014) considers the metaphysical, epistemological and ethical implications of the existence of posthumans: powerful nonhuman agents produced by human-instigated technological processes. 

Other representative publications include: “Radical Quotation and Real Repetition” in Ratio: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy (2004); "Nature's Dark Domain: an argument for a naturalized phenomenology" in the Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, Phenomenology and Naturalism (2013); “Sonic Arts and the Nature of Sonic Events”, Review of Philosophy and Psychology (2010). 

Prof. Laurence Viennot  – Professor, Paris Diderot University, France

Laurence Viennot is an emeritus professor at Denis Diderot University. After five years of research in astrophysics, she moved to didactics of physics in 1971. Since then, she has taught physics, and - after her thesis in this new field (1977) - didactics of physics. She has been a member of the national committee in charge of preparing new curricula in physics for secondary schools in France (1995-2000), and a member of the first executive board of the European Science Education Research Association. She founded and headed a master in Didactics of Scientific Disciplines, while teaching physics in the physics department. Her professional interest is in the quality of the teaching learning process, and has led her into research on common ways of reasoning in physics, design and evaluation of sequences and teachers’ reaction to innovative interventions. This topic gave rise to a collaboration with Roser Pinto, Jon Ogborn, Elena Sassi within the European project Science Teacher Training in an Information Society (STTIS 1997-2001, resp. R. Pinto). In 2008, she launched, with Gorazd Planinsic, Elena Sassi and Christian Ucke, the MUSE project (More Understanding with Simple Experiments) under the auspices of the Physics Education Division of European Physical Society.

A large part of Laurence Viennot’s research is synthesised in two books, Reasoning in Physics (Kluwer 2001, now Springer, also in Spanish: Razonar en fisica, 2002, Antonio Machado) and Teaching Physics (Kluwer 2003, now Springer). More recently, the links between conceptual understanding, critical reasoning and intellectual satisfaction became her main topic of research. Her present work is an original combination of the exposure of confusing or false explanations common in much everyday physics teaching, an acute analysis of their origins and causes, together with practical tested proposals for doing better and real evidence that these can work to give students and their teachers genuine intellectual satisfaction from their study of physics.  Her last books, Thinking in Physics The pleasure of Reasoning and Understanding (Springer 2014, in French: 2011 En physique pour comprendre, Grenoble Sciences), are widely inspired by this concern. Laurence Viennot was awarded the medal of International Commission of Physics Education in 2003 and the GIREP medal in 2016. Her list of publications may be viewed at:


Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra – Associate Professor, Chemistry. University of Malta, Malta.

Professor Emmanuel Sinagra graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom) in 1986 with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Chemistry with Environmental Science. In the same year he was awarded a Science and Engineering Research Council grant to enable him to do a M.Sc. course in Surfaces and Colloids at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) where he also studied for his PhD and had postdoctoral experience.

In 1993, Professor. Sinagra joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Malta as Lecturer, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1998 and to Associate Professor in 2010. His teaching interests have been in the areas of physical chemistry, polymer chemistry and environmental chemistry. Professor Sinagra has tutored a number of students doing research at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the fields of polymers, colloids and interfaces.

He has been head of the Department of Chemistry since 2008 and deputy dean of the Faculty of Science since 2009. Professor Sinagra is also Chairman of the Faculty of Science M.Sc. Committee as well as the Faculty's Doctoral Committee, Chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and more recently Chairman of the Junior College Board.

Professor Sinagra has a number of appointments on governmental boards as well as international bodies notably the COST Scientific Committee and the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre.


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