10th Congress CIDUI 2018



Laura Winer

Laura Winer (PhD, Educational Technology) is the Director of Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) at McGill University in Montreal. TLS oversees many University-wide initiatives, including the design and redesign of classrooms and teaching labs, faculty development programs, online education, student professional skills development, the appropriate and effective use of technology in teaching and learning, and policy development.

Before coming to TLS she was in the Office of the Provost, as Special Advisor to the Provost. She also spent four years in the Office of the CIO as the Senior Educational Technologist and began her career at McGill in 1999 in the Centre for University Teaching and Learning, the precursor to TLS. She has taught in the Faculties of Education at McGill, Université de Montréal and Concordia University, conducted research on educational and training applications of information and communications technology, most recently in the field of medical education, and published and presented nationally and internationally on faculty development issues and integrating ICT into teaching and learning.

Ignacio Alcalde

In his three decades of professional experience, urban planner Ignacio Alcalde has contributed to the creation of urban spaces, the transformation of cities and the development of regions from the perspective of Intelligent Territories, taking an approach that integrates strategic vision and action.

He has held responsibilities for projects that have earned international recognition, winning the European Prize for Urbanism on four occasions, the global prize for the most innovative idea at the Smart City Expo 2015 in Barcelona and the global prize for the best urban project of 2017 awarded by the Association International Urbanists.

Throughout his career he has combined professional activity with research and teaching. He is currently vice president of the Fundación Metrópoli, an international center for innovation in cities and territories, which guides his research on Smart Territories. He has been coordinating professor of the area of ​​urbanism and director of the Master in Urbanism at the University San Pablo CEU. He was a member of the group of experts that advised the Ministry of Education on the Campus of International Excellence program and co-designed the campus of the University of Alicante.

One of the subjects on which his professional activity has focused is the confluence between physical reality and the digital world in cities.

Jordi Franquesa

Jordi Franquesa is an Architect and Doctor of Urban Planning, and has taught at the ETSAB-UPC for more than 20 years. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and has studied Theory of Architecture in Chicago. He has given university lectures in Venice, Lisbon, Holland, Mexico City and Goiânia, Brazil. For years, he has been working on different urban planning projects related to the growth of cities. His doctoral thesis obtained the Extraordinary Doctoral Award, and was therefore published. He is the director of the GILDA (Group for Innovation and Teaching Logistics in Architecture) research team, and to date has organised five JIDA congresses, the Teaching Innovation Conference on Architecture, in Barcelona, Valencia and Seville, and soon be held in Zaragoza and Madrid, which were recently recognized and indexed by the Web of Science. The fact that he has been Head of Studies at ETSAB for the last four years has also allowed him to implement new methodological learning strategies to make the learning of architecture more efficient and exciting.

Josep Torn

Josep Torn has been director of the Library at the European University Institute (Italy) since 2015. He has a B.Sc. in Library and Information Science from the University of Barcelona and an M.Sc. in Information Management from the Open University of Catalonia.

He is also a member of the Leadership Programmes Working Group of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries). He was director, among others, of Academic and Library Services at the Open University of Catalonia (2008-2015) and head of Digital Library Services at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2000-2008).

Sílvia Llach

Sílvia Llach Carles is a professor of Didactics of Language and Literature in the Department of Specific Didactics at the University of Girona. She is currently also vice-rector of Territory and Social Commitment.

She is a graduate in Philosophy and Arts from the UAB (1995), has a diploma in Language Pathology from Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (2001) and a PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2007). She has also been an advisor to the Open University of Catalonia for 17 academic years. At the University of Girona she has been coordinating the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training in Compulsory Secondary Education, High School, Vocational Training and Language Teaching. She also regularly works in the continuing training of schoolteachers.

She is currently in charge of the UdG’s Language and Learning research group, where her main line of research activity has been in the field of Phonetic foundations of phonology theory, with the presentation of research work, various articles and a doctoral thesis, which applies this theory to the acquisition of language, specifically phonology; and the didactics of language. Together with other researchers, she has also written several papers on systems of external representation (linguistics and mathematics) and her teaching-learning at school; and about the impact of ICT on reading and writing.

Oscar Guayabero

Oscar Martínez Puerta was born in the Raval district of Barcelona in 1968. He studied Art and Industrial Design at the Massana School in the same city and now works in the theory, criticism and analysis of design and architecture.
He has been curator of exhibitions such as “Disseny per viure” in 2015, the final presentation of a research project at the Museum of Design, which received more than 32,000 visitors over three months, and also gained major media impact and the Ciutat de Barcelona Award. The exhibition is continuing with annual conferences on social design.
He was head of the Architecture section of “Avui” newspaper from 2007 to 2010 and has authored numerous books on design and architecture, the last of which was “Retrat imperfecte de Curro Claret”, dedicated to the designer’s work.
He currently combines teaching on the history of design and image at several schools in Barcelona with external consultancy on communication to Barcelona City Council and curatorial projects. The latter consist of two exhibitions on Roca Sanitarios’ communication and advertising projects and the future of bathrooms, commissioned by the world leading company in the sector, on the occasion of its centenary.

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