RELOGIA | Keynote Speakers

Relogia 2019 – Sofia, Bulgaria

Krasimir Valchev

Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria
Krassimir Valchev has a Master’s degree in Public Finance. He has graduated from the University of Economics – Varna. Valchev has received “Budget and Financial Management” training at Duke University, USA.

Krasimir Valchev has extensive experience in the field of financing of education, as well as in evaluation and monitoring of the implementation of the European pre-accession programs.

In 2002, he started his career at the Ministry of Finance, and from 2003 to 2009 Valchev was an expert in the State Expenditures Directorate, which is involved in planning, implementing, analyzing, and evaluating budget expenditures. Krassimir Valchev participated in the development and implementation of sectoral and budgetary policies.
From September 2009 until February 2017 he was Secretary General at the Ministry of Education and Science.
From April to May 2017, Valchev served as Head of Department at the Local Government Financing Directorate at the Ministry of Finance.
Elected Minister of Education and Science on May 4, 2017

Martine Reicherts

Former Director-General for EU Education and Culture (DG EAC)
  • Responsible for EU policies in the field of culture, youth and sport, and for the Creative Europe programme.
  • Deputy Chief of Staff in President Jacques Santer’s Cabinet
  • Spokesperson for President Jacques Santer
  • Director General of the Publications Office of the European Union
  • European Commissioner in charge of justice portfolio for 4 months
  • Director General of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank in Luxembourg
  • Yoga teacher & President of the Luxembourg Federation of Yoga Teachers.

Denitsa Sacheva

Deputy-Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria

Ms Denitsa Sacheva has a master’s degree in public relations from the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Sofia ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ and a master’s degree in health management from Prof. Assen Zlatarov University, City of Burgas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social pedagogy from South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski’, Town of Blagoevgrad. She began her career at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, where she held different positions – from a specialist to a head of sector at the National Center for Social Assistance.

In 1999, she took the position of Head of the International Cooperation, European integration and Projects Directorate at the National Health Insurance Fund.

In the period from 1999 until 2001 she was Head of the Cabinet of the Minister of Health, in charge of the relations with international institutions, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Commission.

She served as Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy from 2016 to April 2017.

Karina Angelieva

Deputy-Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva is a former Counsellor, Head of Sector Education and Research at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU. She holds Master degrees in European integration and in Contemporary History from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Previous positions held include Director-General of Structural Funds and International Educational Programs at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and Director of the Joint Innovation Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (JIC – BAS). Ms. Angelieva is a founder of the Club of Young Scientists in Bulgaria and has been in charge of the coordination of National contact points’ network for the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation for 10 years. On 1 of September she was appointed a Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria.

Karina Angelieva is a longtime expert in the field of research and innovation, including the coordination, preparation and management of projects related to the development and deployment of new applications and services in the field of technology transfer, inter-sectoral partnership “industry-academy” and others. As a former director of the JIC at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, she led the innovation policy of the Academy and contributed to the establishment of an effective cooperation between BAS and the industrial sector. She also guided the participation of JIC in the Bulgarian consortium of Enterprise Europe Network.

Karina Angelieva has been a representative at the European network EURAXESS for career development and mobility of researchers, including inter-sectoral mobility, as project expert at the Research Department of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski “. Furthermore, she participated in two European networks – E * CARE and ISEE-Mob, where she developed two methodologies for assessing the potential of the research and industrial sector for the development of human resources, evaluation of existing instruments on a national level for career development and mobility of researchers between the two sectors, as well as the development of database of innovative firms.

As a longtime employee of the Ministry of Education and Science in the period 2002-2009, Ms. Angelieva was involved in the coordination of the 6th EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development, overseeing the national contact network, organizing information days and training for representatives of academic and business sector to boost their participation in the program. Karina Angelieva was the head of projects under the PHARE program on the topic of overall modernization of the research system in Bulgaria. She provided analysis and recommendations for the introduction of modern European practices in program financing on a national level. Ms. Angelieva participated in various working groups, including the group tasked with the preparation of the National Charter for SMEs and of the methodology for the Technology Transfer centers and evaluation of innovations in Bulgaria as a preparation for the participation in the OP “Competitiveness”.

Assoc. Prof. Todor Chobanov

Deputy mayor for education, culture, religion, youth and sports activities of the Municipality of Sofia

Dr. Tsvetana Ivanova

Founder and President, Art & Science Research Foundation “Re:”

Founder and President of Art & Science research foundation “Re:” and currently working on a chain of interdisciplinary projects with teams of artists and scientist in the quest for the synthesis between Art & Science as natural result of their evolution. Collaborating with Sofia University, National Academy of the Art, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences NGOs and international partners.

Dr Cvetana Ivanova is a lecturer at the University of the Arts, London – Central Saint Martins, in MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries. She has a PhD in Art Psychology, Thesis “Neuroaesthetics of Emotion and Contemporary Art forms”. Master’s of Arts graduate with experience in creative design and advertising with emphasis on art direction and creative branding. Experience encompasses knowledge of integrated visual and written medium including print, graphics, video, collateral and electronic publishing. A conceptual & research artist with stage and costume design, fashion and graphic design and art direction background evolved in creative director and manager of multidisciplinary teams.

Prof. Gerald Bast

President of University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Leadership by communication and enthusiasm: Four times re-elected as President of a renowned university (and still in an upright contract) is evidence for the success of this concept.

Passionate confidence in the power of education and creativity: After almost 35 years of professional experience in higher education I am more than ever convinced that education – and in particular education for creativity –is the basis for individual well-being, societal progress and economic prosperity.

Regarding tradition as challenge and invitation for development

At the Federal Ministry for Higher Education I was responsible for drafting the legislation for major university reforms in that times.
As President of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (UAAV), an institution with a great tradition of almost 150 years, I planned and implemented numerous new programmes in teaching and research:

  • TransArts
  • Artistic Writing
  • Art&Science
  • Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation
  • PEEK (a 2-mio.€ annual grant programme for artistic research by Austrian Research Fund)
  • Pushing UAAV to no1 research grant winning Austrian Art Unversity
  • Edition Angewandte (UAAV University Press with 60 books published in the last 5 years)
  • Art,Research, Innovation and Society (book series edited at Springer International)
  • Angewandte Innovation Laboratory (

Prof. Ingeborg Reichle

University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Ingeborg Reichle is the Founding Chair of the Department of Cross-Disciplinary Strategies and full professor of Media Theory at the Department of Media Theory, University of Applied Arts in Vienna. With her First Semester course The World in Change: Introduction to Societal Transformation Processes and the Second Semester course Critical Reflection on Relevant Global Challenges she introduces CDS students to a comprehensive and wide-ranging perspective on global challenges our societies are facing today. She was a member of the working group, which developed Cross-Disciplinary Strategies in 2016, and is currently a member of the CDS study programme’s advisory board.

Prof. Manos Tsakiris
Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, The Warburg Institute,University of London | UK

Manos Tsakiris studied psychology (BSc, Athens, Greece), philosophy (MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder, King’s College, London,UK), and cognitive neuropsychology (MSc, University College London,UK) before completing his PhD (2006) in psychology and cognitive neurosciences at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. In 2007, he joined the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is currently Professor of Psychology and is leading the Lab of Action & Body (LAB). His research is highly interdisciplinary and uses a wide range of methods to investigate the neurocognitive mechanisms that shape the experience of embodiment and self-identity. He is the recipient of the Young Mind and Brain Prize in 2014, of the 22nd Experimental Psychology Society Prize in 2015, and the NOMIS Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award in 2016. Since 2016, he is leading the interdisciplinary Body & Image in Arts & Science (BIAS) project at the Warburg Institute, and since 2017 the INtheSELF ERC Consolidator project at Royal Holloway that investigates the role of interoception for self- and social-awareness.

Prof. Dr. Jill Scott

Professor Emerita for Art and Science Research, Institute for Cultural Studies ZHDK. Zurich University of the Arts
Dr. Jill Scott is lecturer, professor and context provider with many years’ experience the unique field of Art and Science research. Currently, she directs the LASER Salon in Zurich for Leonardo Society USA. She is Professor Emerita at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK) in Zürich and founded their Artists-in-Labs Program in 2000. She was the Vice Director of the Z-Node program- Planetary Collegium with 16 PhD graduates in clusters of art and science at the University of Plymouth, UK (2000 to 2016). Her own artwork spans 38 years of production about the human body, behavior and body politics, but in the last 16 years she has focused on creative media art experiments about neuroscience, ecology and sensory perception resulting in a series called Neuromedia. Her current research is based on actual scientific research and imbedded with cultural metaphors. Her most recent publications include: Artists-in-labs: Recomposing Art and Science (eds:Hediger, Scott 2016) and Transdiscourse 2 Turbulence and Reconstruction (ed:Scott 2015) both with de Gruyter press. She has written six books on art and science and served on many boards and juries including Sitemapping (BAK Switzerland), ISEA international, the Australian Research Council and received international grants and prices for her media artworks.


Dr. Claudia Schugg

Author of “Creating ArtScience Collaboration: Bringing Value to Organizations “
Claudia Schnugg is researcher and advocate of artscience collaboration, a producer and curator of residency programs, and has been the catalyst for numerous artscience projects. Most recently she was the first Creative Director of Science Gallery Venice. Previously she worked as Assistant Professor at the Johannes Kepler University, and was Visiting Researcher at Copenhagen Business School, the Art|Sci Center at UCLA, and ESO, Chile. She headed the Ars Electronica Residency Network 2014-2016. Recent publications include her book: Creating ArtScience Collaboration – Bringing Value to Organizations (2019, Palgrave Macmillan).

Prof. Vladimir Georgiev

Dipartimento di Matematica
Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy
The main fields of the research interests involve equations of Mathematical Physics on flat or curved space – time, smoothing and Strichartz estimates for evolution problemsл. Another field of interest are models in biomedicine. Together with Dott.ssa Maria Laura Manca from the Department of Medicine of University of Pisa they are advisors of different Master Degree Theses of students in Mathematics on models in Neuroscience and Oncology. Among recent interests of their collaboration is the study the existence of a possible link among the golden section, the Fibonacci Numbers, the Mozart’s pianos sonatas, following appropriate spectral analysis of different parts of the sonatas, giving detailed analysis of main frequency peaks and comparing them with consecutive Fibonacci numbers modulo 7 or 12. They observe that Mozart’s sonata K448, typically associated with the so called Mozart effect, manifests a relevant presence of such Fibonacci couples or triples. This phenomenon is less evident in some others sonatas, such as K310. The work can be considered as further step to understand the connection between the golden ratio and Mozart music published by Putz in the Journal Mathematics Magazine.

Ross Dowd

Demonstration Designer, Representing Nokia Bell Lab’s Experiments in Art and Technology (Е.А.Т.)
Nokia Bell Labs, the industrial research division of Nokia, continues to conduct innovative and game-changing research around the big issues affecting the ICT industry. Using its wide-reaching expertise and collaborating with the global innovation community (both inside and outside Bell Labs), the organization is focused on finding solutions that offer a 10x (or more) improvement in multiple dimensions. These solutions will then be used to create cross-discipline ‘Future X’ initiatives that will shape the future communications landscape.

Ross Dowd is an Industrial Designer with a passion for pursuing meaningful interactions, between humans, and between humans and their devices. He has exhibited work at the D’Days 2015 Design Festival in Paris, and was awarded the Universal Design Award at the Institute of Designers Ireland Graduate Awards 2016. He is also a keen participant in Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.) program, having designed and coordinated an interactive performance with an artist at Inspirefest 2017, and Irelands Edge 2017. He currently works as a Demonstration Designer at Nokia Bell Labs, in Dublin’s Hardware Innovation Team.

Daniela Urem

President, Creative Cultural Alliance (HR), MAST – Master module in Art, Science and Technology (EU)
Daniela Urem is president of the Creative Cultural Alliance. She initiated the Arts and Cultural Affairs Office within the University of Rijeka in 2012, designing and coordinating educational programs and productions with a focus on career and audience development while opening various forms of international cultural cooperation. In 2013 as part the city of Rijeka nomination for the European Capital of Culture, Daniela created the first cultural capacity building program in Croatia, Unicult2020, the International Arts & Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Programme, designed for cultural producers and researchers from Europe and beyond. In 2018 Unicult2020 program became the Interfacing Academy of the European winning MA Module in Arts, Science and Technology (MAST).
Daniela graduated psychology at the Pace University, New York. In 2004 she founded the “Doors Art Foundation” in the New York City, where as an artistic director she produced more than 70 programs at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, Tribeca Cinemas, Museum of the Moving Image, Lincoln Center and others, curating the internationally known artists while promoting the European culture and art scene to the international audience.
At present, Daniela Urem works on several cultural platforms, on educational development and cultural policies projects, actively participates in capacity building, university-related projects, and advocates intercultural dialogue, cooperation and exchange. Daniela is an active member of Culture Action Europe, Regional Cultural Policy and Management Platform and a regular guest lecturer and speaker.

Ari Peralta

United Kingdom
CEO & Founder of Arigami

Forbes recognized innovator and serial entrepreneur Ari Peralta is the CEO and Founder of Arigami.
Arigami is a London-based research firm dedicated to expanding and refining multisensory science and promoting STEAM education. Ari has worked across multiple media disciplines in both large and small organisations, and currently leads an interdisciplinary coalition of scientists, technologists and designers working around the globe to improve complex human problems such as sleep, stress and wellness.

Dr. Heidi Henrikson

Manager of the Materials Platform, Aalto University, Finland

Dr. Heidi Allene Henrickson coordinates Aalto University’s strategic opening, the Materials Platform, advancing materials science and its applications across disciplines. Her task as manager is to promote multidisciplinarity, networking, and visibility for materials researchers and educators and act as a single contact point for external stakeholders.
Henrickson is a sociologist with an educational background in liberal arts and women’s studies and over two decades of experience promoting best practices in scientific communication at institutions in the USA, UK, Germany, and Finland.

Bojana Suzic

Scientific Researcher in Process and Product Engineering Department at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg (FHV)
Projects: Urban Inno, Co-LLabs

Boyana Suzic is a scientific researcher in Process and Product Engineering Department at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg (FHV). She holds master’s degree in International Business from the University of Economics in Prague and the diploma degree in Business Economics from the University of Banja Luka. Prior to joining FHV’s research center Bojana has acquired diversified international experience at global companies, IT start-ups, and non-governmental organizations in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Bosnia, contributing in the roles of project and marketing manager and research associate. Bojana’s interests furthermore include data science, digital marketing, and innovation management.

Prof. Georgi Venkov

Dean of Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics

Francisco Teixeira

CEO, MuArts
Francisco Teixeira is CEO and co-founder of MuArts with MsC in Neuroscience, King´s College London and BsC in Psychology at Catholic University of Porto.
Clinical director of the department of Neurofeedback of Neurobios – Neuroscience Institute:
Project Manager of the P2020 project Neuróbica: N2020 Neurobica Industrial Research Project – Neuro Enhancement Research on Brain Innovations Core Applications – NORTE-01- 0247-FEDER-010036

Prof. Kelly Snook

United Kingdom
Reseaercher in Data Sonification, School of Media, University of Brighton

Kelly Snook is a Professor of Media Arts Technology and has a background in aerospace engineering, music production, audio engineering, and data sonification research. She is one of the developers of the gloves for gestural control of music and visuals.
She currently serves as Professor of Media Arts Technology at the University of Brighton and holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. She spent two decades as a NASA Research Scientist with a focus on Mars and the moon, before turning her attention to music full-time in 2010 when she joined Imogen Heap as her studio manager and musical assistant, subsequently touring with Ariana Grande in 2015 as her glove technician.
Her current research project is the development of Concordia – space science, music, and technology. Concordia is an immersive musical instrument for scientific exploration based on the work of Johannes Kepler, which allows people to experience and play the music of the spheres.

“The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.”
Johannes Kepler

Prof. Dr. Peter Tsanev

Psychology of Art
Head of Department Psychology of Art, Art Education and General Education Subjects | National Art Academy, Sofia
PhD, Art Psychology professor at the National Art Academy in Sofia. Head of the Department of Psychology of Art and Art Education at the National Art Academy. Author of the books: “Psychological Approaches to the Art” (2009), “Psychology of Art” (2008), “Art, Psychopathological Imagery and children’s drawings” (2002)

Richard Raynolds

United Kingdom
Course Leader MA Applied Imagination; Joint Head of Academic Support UAL Affiliation: Central Saint Martins
Richard Reynolds teaches at Central Saint Martins in London, where he is Course Leader of the MA Applied Imagination course and Joint Had of Academic Support for the college. He is also a former publisher and occasional broadcaster. He has written, lectured and broadcast widely about aspects of the superhero, the comics medium and their context since 1991. His best-known work on comics is Superheroes: A Modern Mythology. Currently, his research interests focus on the relationship of the superhero and superheroine (or superwoman) to issues of gender and sexuality, and on the superhero’s relationship to the philosophy of excess and the omnipresence of the superhero in contemporary culture.

Richie Manu  MA, PG Cert, FHEA

Senior Lecturer, MA Applied Imagination UAL Affiliation: Central Saint Martins
United Kingdom

Richie Manu MA, PG Cert, FHEA
Senior Lecturer/Course Tutor | MA Applied Imagination  | Central Saint Martins
Associate Lecturer | Academic Support | University of the Arts London

Richie Manu is an award-winning lecturer, designer and creative mentor who in 2017 won the University of the Arts London Teaching Excellence Award, which recognises curriculum innovation and the making of a positive and significant difference to students’ learning journeys. With a background in design, branding and communications, Richie specialises in personal, professional and business development, working with individuals and organisations from all over the world to achieve their targets.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has taught at the London College of Fashion and on the International Design Camp Programme in Hong Kong. He also holds several senior lecturing posts at Central Saint Martins, a world-leading centre for art and design in London. Richie combines his experience of both creative practice and academic teaching to empower individuals and businesses with effective strategies and approaches for differentiating themselves and standing out in competitive environments.

Richie Manu is an award-winning lecturer, designer and creative mentor. With a background in design, branding and communications, he specialises in personal, professional and business development, working with individuals and organisations from all over the world to achieve targets and develop. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught at the London College of Fashion, on the International Design Camp Programme in Hong Kong, as well as holding several senior lecturing posts at Central Saint Martins, a world leading centre for art and design in London. Richie combines his experience of both creative practice and academic teaching to empower individuals and businesses to achieve goals with effective strategies and approaches for differentiating themselves and standing out in competitive environments.

Geert Asselbergs

Coordinator EU STEAM Coalition

Geert Asselbergs is the coordinator of the EU STEM Coalition, an EU-wide network of national STEM platforms (secretariat based at the Dutch national STEM platform). He holds a master’s degree in European Politics and Policies of the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a master’s degree in American Studies of Utrecht University (Netherlands). After graduating he worked in the European Parliament and as a policy officer in the ministry of education based in the Dutch Caribbean where he focussed on primary and secondary education policy. He joined the Dutch national STEM platform in 2016.

Beatrice Boots

Director of PTvT – Dutch national STEM platform

Beatrice Boots is the director of the National STEM Platform (PBT), an organisation created by the Dutch ministries of Economic Affairs (EZK), Education (OCW) and Social Affairs (SZW) to implement the Dutch national STEM strategy (currently the Technology Pact). She graduated in Geographic Information Systems from Utrecht University and worked as a policy officer at the University of Amsterdam. After working in Jakarta, Indonesia, she joined Platform Axis, where she conducted research on how to interest more students in STEM. She joined the Dutch national STEM platform in 2004.

Mikkel Bohm

Director Astra – the National Centre for Science Education

Mikkel Bohm has 20+ years of experience in science education and science communication. With a background in geography and communication he has been a key player in promoting science and science education in Denmark, first as an information officer at the Technical University of Denmark and shortly after as director of Denmark’s first national science week. Building from that, Mikkel headed for 10 years Danish Science Factory, a non-profit science communication and education organisation, organising festivals, events, conferences and various innovative educational initiatives, including very large citizen science projects for schools.

In 2015, Mikkel has been director of Astra – the National Centre for Science Education  an independant public organisation with app. 60 employees. Astra is closely affiliated with the Danish Ministry of Education and is funded by government and private foundations. Astra works with didactic development in STEM, teacher training, political education strategies, talent development and large-scale engagement evets. Mikkel Bohm was recently chairman for a large advisory group giving recommendations to the Danish government’s new science education strategy. He has received several prizes for excellent science communication efforts.

Internationally, Mikkel has been president of the European Science Engagement Association (EUSEA) and participated in a large number of European projects. He has participated in numerous expert panels for the Irish and Swiss research councils and he is co-founder of the EU STEM Coalition.


Dr. Michael Katharakis

Vice-Chairman of the Regional Research and Innovation Council of Crete

Dr. Michael Katharakis is vice-chairman of the Regional Research and Innovation Council of Crete. He has extensive experience in the development, management and administration of programs, projects and innovation teams, as he has worked for more than fifteen years as a manager of funded European scientific and development programs for: The Institute of Technology and Research, the University of Crete, the Hellenic Mediterranean University, and the Chamber of Heraklion. Dr. M. Katharakis is currently Director of the Technical Institute of Heraklion Chamber, and he was also the director of its Development Unit for a decade, with the responsibility of developing and managing innovative programs, seminars, conferences, exhibitions and economic development actions for the local economy and at the same time as head of the European Enterprise Europe network unit. Moreover, for five years he was a member of the Council of the Technological and Educational Institute of Crete with tasks of approving the Foundation’s budgets and developing a policy of innovative development for the educational institution. He has extensive experience in organizing events, as he undertook and successfully conducted three international conferences, many workshops, conferences and seminars at regional, national and international level. He possesses extensive expertise in the development and safeguarding of intellectual property as he has worked for several years in the Industrial Property Organization as a patent consultant. He has worked for several years in the scientific and technological park of Crete with the task of transferring technology, as well as a Director of technology transfer to the liaison office of the TEI of Crete, which was aimed at linking the research community with the Business and market. He also worked in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship unit of the TEI of Crete. Dr. Michalis Kathalakis is also familiar with the design of the execution and delivery of scientific works as he has a work experience of more than 20 years in applied and basic research scientific projects for the University of Crete, the TEI of Crete and the foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH). He obtained a degree in physics and a specialization in atomic and molecular physics, from the University of Crete, and a PhD, from the National Technical University of Athens, in the field of Quantum Electrodynamics in “Electromagnetically laser induced transparency”. He holds a second PhD on “Technology management and integration of innovation in regional structures: formulation of strategic development criteria” that was acquired at the Technical University of Crete. He has excellent knowledge of computers and English language. He has theoretical and laboratory experience in higher education and currently is teaching in the MBA program of the Hellenic Mediterranean University, being also a director of its Life-Long-Learning Center.

Prof. Sarantos Psycharis

Professor at ASPETE

Former Director of the Master Programme

PhD: Computational Physics,University of Glasgow 1988

Msc: New Technologies of Information,University of Athens

Bsc: Physics-University of Athens

Prof Maria Laura Manca

University of Pisa
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine & MA Mathematics

Graduated in Mathematics, she works at the University of Pisa, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, and at the University-Hospital of Pisa.

MLM has always worked in the medical field, in multi-professional research teams with medical doctors (especially specialists in neurosciences or internal medicine), biologists, psychologists, engineers and physicists. She has maintained constant contacts with the Department of Mathematics and, in particular, with Professor Vladimir Georgiev collaborating with him in the biomathematics sector. She periodically supervises the Master Degree theses of the Course in Mathematics, for the aspects related to biomathematics, and carries out seminar activities.

The main research interests concern the study, with mathematical methods, of the beneficial effects of the classical music on the brain, in healthy subjects and in patients suffering from neurological disorders. More generally, the research activities involve medical statistics, with particular reference to multivariate analysis techniques, machine learning, analysis of “-omics” data, management of missing data (multiple imputation), meta-analysis, statistical epidemiology; the development of mathematical models in biomedicine, especially in neurosciences and internal medicine, and the implementation of optimization methods; the processing of biomedical signal (in particular electroencephalography) and musical signal.

MLM is co-author of about 60 scientific publications in extenso in peer-reviewed international journals (H index = 23):

Dr Maria Vicente

Open Science Hub Network
Leiden University, the Netherlands
Maria Vicente is the Coordinator of the H2020 Open Science Hub project, at Leiden University.
Maria holds a PhD in Neuroscience and was responsible for the Science Education programme at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal. Since 2015, she has been the Scientific Coordinator of Open Science Hub – Portugal, aimed at bringing together science, technology and innovation with the daily-life of local communities, with a strong focus on Open Schooling and Social Innovation.
Currently, Maria is the Coordinator of the H2020 Open Science Hub project, which is establishing 8 community hubs across Europe, near social and/or geographical borders, to engage schools in tackling challenges faced by their local communities, supporting them to become active agents for collaboration between civil society, enterprises, research institutes, families and the local community.
Since the H2020 Open Science Hub project is starting now, there is no website yet – only the links for Open Science Hub – Portugal, and for Leiden University, the coordinator of H2020 Open Science Hub.

Prof. Dr Vladimir Nikitin

Head of Philosophical Anthropology and Arts Therapy Department – Moscow Social Pedagogical Institute
Head of “Arts therapy in psychological consulting” magistrates
The Chair of East-European Association of Arts Therapy
Sofia, Bulgaria

After 30 years of research of image and consciousness in arts therapy I am convinced that “image” is a reflection holistic nature of a human being.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Nikitin is professor at Moscow Social Pedagogical Institute. Being doctor in ontology and gnoseology sciences, he is head of Philosophical and Anthropology and Arts Therapy Department. He has been doing scientific research in the field of image and consciousness in arts therapy to make it possible to control the state of both psyche and body.

As well as professor Vladimir Nikitin is Phd in psychology. The idea of holistic nature of a person has found its embodiment in author’s structural-anthropological approach in arts therapy which is represented as the base course in the frame of “Arts therapy in psychological consulting” magistrates. In 2011 he became one of founders of East-European Association of Arts Therapy in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2012 “Therapy by arts” book in which the representatives of nine European countries took part was published in Sofia University “St. KLiment Ohridski”.

In the focus of his personal and scientific interests are theatrical experiments. In 2000 he founded his psychological theatre, Postmoving. That is another project in which “aesthetics of soul” as the author’s philosophical concept is explored.

Monographs: 2018 “Image and consciousness in arts therapy” (a joint project with Prof Peter Tzanev), 2014 “Arts therapy”, 2006 “Ontology of bodily: sense, paradox, absurd”, 2003 “Plastic drama”, 1998  “Psychology of bodily consciousness”.

Prof Dr. Heidrun Stoeger

Chair Professor of School Research, School Development, and Evaluation
University of Regensburg, Germany
Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal Talent Development and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal High Ability Studies. She has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education.

Aravinth Panch

Co-Founder of DreamSpace Academy
Germany, Sri Lanka

Aravinth is Community Builder, New Media Artist and Embedded Systems Engineer with 15+ years of global experience.
He co-founded 7 Startups & Social Organisations in the sector of Education, Agriculture, Sustainability & Innovation, in Germany & Asia, and worked in 5 Hardware Startups in the spectrum of Energy, Health Care, Smart Home, Urban Mobility, in Berlin. He also researched at 4 academic Research Institutions in the field of IoT, Autonomous Vehicles, Humanoid Robotics & Machine Learning, in Berlin.
He curates Communities in the domain of Startups, Sustainability, Education and Art, in Europe, Africa & Asia. He is currently contributing also to an initiative of the Berlin Senate, as an ambassador for Startups affairs with Asia-Pacific countries.
Community Builder | Media Artist | Embedded Systems Engineer |
Ambassador : StartUp AsiaBerlin – Berlin Senate Department for Economics – Germany | |
Co-Founder | Chief Technology Officer : Watergenics UG – Germany |
Co-Founder | Director of Innovation : DreamSpace Academy – Sri Lanka |
Advisory | Head of International Partnerships : MotionLab ML GmbH – Germany |
Founder | Managing Director : araCreate UG – Germany
Co-Founder | Advisory : Zerosec Solutions – India
Founding Member : GreenBuzz Berlin e.V. – Germany
Advisory – Germany | |

Dr Dorijan Kolundzija

Founder & Director Galerija 12+

Applied Graphics graduated at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade (2002) and Masters of Fine Arts, Design, Art and Technology at Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004).

Art director of Belgrade Summer Festival, BELEF (2008/2009)

Creative Director of New Media for the spectacular Opening ceremony of Universiade in Belgrade with 40 simultaneous real time motion and gesture analysed performers and over 6 hours of 4K texture mapped footage (2009)

National curator of Serbian exhibition on Prague Quadrennial (2009-2011)

Professor of Digital Arts and New Media at Singidunum University in Belgrade, Faculty of Media and Communications until 2017.

Since 2007 works as art director of “Kiosk platform for contemporary art”. He was creative director of Mikser Festival, in Belgrade.

In May 2012, he founded G12 HUB, New Media Gallery.

Currently Dorijan runs “Gallery 12” – New Media solutions studio in Belgrade. Since 2015, works on various projects in Dubai, UAE.

Since 2016, works with Dubai Future Foundation on building interactive and experiential futuristic experiences, such as the ones for Museum of the Future.

Participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Serbia and internationally.

Dr. Vladimir Garkov

European Commission – DG EAC – Directorate General for Education and Culture


Vladimir Garkov was trained as medical doctor with a specialization in public health. He holds a PhD degree in nutritional biochemistry and has spent most of his professional career in the US as a post-doctoral fellow in biochemistry at Pennsylvania State University and as an associate professor of chemistry at Mary Baldwin University in Virginia.

Vladimir has a 16-year-long experience teaching science courses for non-STEM students as well as general, organic and biochemistry for STEM majors. His research focuses on curricular reform along the liberal-arts tradition and especially on bridging the gap between the sciences on one hand and the humanities and the arts, on the other. In 2008, Vladimir joined the European Commission as a managing officer of the scientific committees evaluating the health and environmental impact of new legislative proposals. In 2013, he moved to the Directorate General for Education and Culture where he works on the analysis of the PISA results and their implications for the EU Member States policy development. Recently, his efforts have been focused on the STE(A)M approach to STEM learning and on the education for sustainable development.

Encho Keryazov

Master of Equilibrium & Perfection of the Human Body – Bulgaria

World Acrobat Legend


Encho Keryazov is the most famous and most charismatic Bulgarian circus artist, a world star in power balancing. In his artistic career, this exceptional Bulgarian has conquered the most prestigious glittering scenes of the varietal and circus arts in the world. He has won many prestigious awards, including twice “Circus Artist of the Year” – in the Netherlands and Germany, and has been awarded the “Silver Star” in France and the “Silver Clown” prize at the Monte Carlo World Circus Festival. Admitted to the Acrobatic Society of Legends Gallery. In 2011, he became the face of an Austrian postage stamp of 70 Euro cents. In 2013, at the International Circus Festival in Izhevsk, the capital of the Siberian Republic of Udmurtria, he received the Silver Bear Award with his crown number – power equilibrium. In Bulgaria, he is listed in the first edition of the encyclopaedia “1000 Reasons to Be proud of Being Bulgarian.” On May 24, 2012, at the proposal of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, in honour of the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture, he was awarded the Golden Age Award.
In 2010, Encho Keryazov founded a foundation with the mission to support Bulgarian children – talents in education, culture and sports. In March 2020, for the 9th time, will be awarded the most successful young talents in 2019.

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