KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Auksė Balčytienė is Professor of Journalism in the Department of Public Communications in Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas, Lithuania. Her research interests are in media policy, political and journalism cultures, media system change and comparative studies, media and information literacy, European public sphere and Central and Eastern European Studies. She has extensive experience in project management, administration and coordination and has been actively involved in a significant number of international projects funded through European (COST) and national/regional (Nordicom) initiatives. She is also an editorial board member of a number of scientific periodicals. She has published two monographs (most recent is co-authored – Journalism that matters: Journalism culture in Central and Eastern Europe, Peter Lang, 2014) and over 70 articles.


François Grin is a full professor in economics at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Geneva and the Director of the Observatory on Economy, Languages and Training. Prof. Grin specialises in language economics, education economics, and the evaluation of public policies in these fields. François Grin has also taught courses in the management of ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University of Italian Switzerland (USI) since 2001 and similar courses in a variety of institutions and programmes, including the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva.He is the author of over 200 articles, chapters of books, monographs and research reports. He is the editor-in-chief of the academic journal Language Problems and Language Planning, a member of editorial and advisory boards of other journals such as Language Policy, Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, and Français & Société , as well as book series on language policy issues at Multilingual Matters and John BenjaminsFrançois Grin is currently president of the Délégation à la langue française de Suisse romande (DLF). He was made a Knight (2012) and then an Officer (2019) of the Order of Arts and Letters (France). He is a member of the Research Group Economics and Language (REAL). He was the co-leader of the European Commission’s funded projects such as the DYLAN, SUS.DIV. and the leader of MIME project.

Enrica Piccardo is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education at OISE – University of Toronto and the Head of the Centre for Educational research in Languages and Literacies. She has extensive international experience in second/foreign language education research, teacher development and teaching of multiple languages. A collaborator with the Council of Europe (CoE) since 2008 and co-author of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Companion Volume (2018), she has coordinated various international research projects both in Canada and in Europe. Her research includes language teaching approaches and curricula, multi/plurilingualism, creativity and complexity in language education, and assessment. She recently published The Action-oriented Approach: For a dynamic vision of language education (2019) Bristol: Multilingual Matters, co-authored with B. North and is presently co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Plurilingual Language Education.

Maria Teresa Zanola, Full Professor of French Linguistics, is rewarded as Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the French Ministry of Culture. She is a highly qualified expert in specialised languages and terminologies in diachronic and comparative perspective and an internationally recognised specialist in language policies in Higher Education. Former President of the Italian Association for Terminology (Ass.I.Term), she has been covering the role of General Secretary of the Panlatin Network of Terminology (Realiter) since 2012. She is the Director of the Observatory of Terminologies and Language Policies (OTPL) and President of the Language Centre at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan (Italy). She is also the President of the Conseil Européen pour les Langues/European Language Council (CEL/ELC).