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Marit Allern is Professor at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, at the Arctic University of Norway (UiT). She is the project leader of “Pedagogical Meritation” at UiT.  Allern has six years of experience as Vice Dean of Education at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education and is a member of several educational committees at the national level in Norway. For the last fifteen years Allern has played a key role in developing the policy and pedagogical competence criteria for academic staff at UiT, with a particular emphasis on teaching portfolios.

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Christine Alveberg is currently a Master’s Degree student in Political Science and Management at the University of Agder. She is currently a member of the Board of the University of Agder and the Central Board of the National Union of Students in Norway (NSO). She has been a member of a number of committees at the faculty and institutional level at her university, as well as at the national level through the the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions’ National Faculty Meeting for the Social Sciences. In 2016, she was a member of NOKUT’s international expert panel that evaluated applications for the Centres of Excellence. This year she is also a member of the judging panel for the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) "Global teaching excellence award".

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Roy Andersson works both as an Academic Developer and as a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Computer Science at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) at Lund University. He has been working as an Academic Developer since 1998 and his main interest is in supporting academics to investigate their practice in a scholarly way, in other words supporting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

He is responsible for the programme of pedagogical courses for university teachers at LTH and he teaches in several courses himself. He is a member of the Pedagogical Academy at LTH since 2002. Since 2015 he also holds a part-time position as Senior Guest Lecturer/Associate Guest Professor at the Centre of Excellence in Biology Education (bioCEED) at the University of Bergen.

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Petra Angervall is a senior lecturer at the Department of Education and Special Education at the University of Gothenburg. She conducts research on how policy throughout recent decades has influenced the higher education sector in Sweden. She has specifically analysed and compared how policy, both national and local, influences various academic fields and practitioners, such as research, teaching and leadership. She has also studied how new policy affects gender structures and equality in academia.

In addition to her research, Angervall also works with teaching and course development. She has been involved in smaller projects for the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). She is also active in a number of Swedish, Nordic and international research networks.

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Monika Mörtberg Backlund is Senior Adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers. She is responsible for higher education and innovation including working with quality issues in higher education.

She has a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Her previous professional experiences includes twelve years at the Swedish Ministry of Industry working with issues concerning policy development in the field of research and innovation and three years at the Swedish international Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) working with support to development of research projects and research policy issues.

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Matthew Braham holds the newly established W-3 Professorship for Practical Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Hamburg. Prior to taking up this position, he held the W-3 Professorship in Political Philosophy at the University of Bayreuth, where he was Head of the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy & Economics Programme. His research is at the interface of philosophy and economics, with a particular focus on the analysis of power, freedom, and responsibility. He publishes in leading international philosophy and economics journals. In 2013, Braham was awarded the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities by the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Braham has organized many international workshops, conferences, and lecture series, most recently on “Finance and Social Justice” and “Ethics and Globalization”.
Matthew Braham (born 1967 in Montreal, Canada) was educated in the UK and holds interdisciplinary degrees from University College London (B.Sc Human Sciences) and the University of Oxford (M.Sc Economic and Social History). He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Hamburg.

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Klara Engels-Perenyi is Policy Officer at the European Commission. In the higher education policy unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture Klara is responsible for the policy areas quality assurance and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). She is co-ordinating a working group of ministry officials on the Modernisation of Higher Education, which supports Member State reforms to maximise the potential of higher education systems to provide high quality higher education, increasing Europe's innovation capacity and contributing to growth and jobs.

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Bjørn Haugstad is State Secretary and  holds a doctorate from Oxford University, with thesis on strategy realization in knowledge intensive organizations. He also holds a Master of Science in Industrial Economics from NTNU, and an intermediate subject of Economics from the same place.

Haugstad has been research director at the University of Oslo from 2009 until 2013, and comes from a position as Director General of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Haugstad was State Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Research 2001–2005.

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Sofie A.E. Høgestøl is a PhD Candidate in Law at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the President of the PhD and Postdoc organization at the University of Oslo (UiODoc). She completed her LL.M. at Georgetown University as a Norwegian Fulbright Scholar and her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics.

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Kristina Tegler Jerselius is Project Manager at the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ). She manages national evaluations in the Swedish higher educational system across all levels, international cooperation projects, and UKÄs new government assignment to develop a quality assurance model to evaluate research at Swedish higher educational institutions.

Jerselius is a historian by training with a PhD from Uppsala University. She has worked for many years as a researcher and lecturer at various Swedish higher educational institutions.

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Christian Jørgensen is Associate Professor at the Department of Biology at the University of Bergen. He researches evolutionary ecology, life history theory, fishing-induced evolution, and evolution of mating systems. Jørgensen has been awarded several lecturing awards, among others the University of Bergen’s 2015 lecturing award and the 2016 Olav Thon national award for excellence in education.

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Solveig Kristensen is Professor in pharmaceutics at the University of Oslo and, since 2013, the Vice Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. At the Faculty she manages the education project InterAct, the gender balance project FRONT and the PhD programme in science. She is a board member at the Centre for Gender Research, UiO (co-chair), Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, NTNU (vice member), and Nasjonal Fagstrategisk Enhet for MNT-feltet, UHR  (co-chair). She is a member of Nasjonal Fagstrategisk Enhet for Helse- og Sosialfag, UHR, the Education Committee, UiO, the Learning environment committee, UiO (vice member), Steering group for digital learning environment, UiO, and she chairs the Study Committee and the Gender Equality Network at the Faculty.

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Rune Johan Krumsvik is Professor and Head of the Department of Education, University of Bergen (UiB), and Professor II at Volda University College. His main research interests is pedagogy, digital learning and doctoral education is one of his many research areas.

Krumsvik has teached several doctoral courses each year since 2008, he has supervised numerous PhD projects and was one of the leaders of the WNGER research school (Western Norway Graduate School of Education, UiB 2007–2010). He also participated in the committee that developed new guidelines for the extended summary in article-based PhD theses at the Faculty of Psychology, UiB. He has written several articles and a book about doctoral education in Norway.

Krumsvik leads the Digital Learning Communities research group at UiB and was recently appointed as Head of Western Norway Graduate School of Research (WNGER II, 2017–) and as member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET).

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Catherine Manathunga is Professor at the College of Arts & Education at Victoria University. She is an historian who draws together expertise in historical, sociological and cultural studies research to bring an innovative perspective to educational research, particularly focusing on the higher education sector.
Catherine has current research projects on doctoral supervision pedagogy, doctoral education and the history of universities in Ireland, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Her book, "Intercultural Postgraduate Supervision: Reimagining time, place and knowledge", was published in June 2014 by Routledge. Catherine has also co-authored monograph on educational history, "A class of its own: a history of Queensland University of Technology"; co-edited an oral history monograph, "Making a place: an oral history of academic development in Australia"; and published in Australian, Irish, American and British journals.

Her research has been funded by the ARC, ALTC, Ako Aotearoa, Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia, Nagoya University Japan, Hiroshima University Japan and industry partners.  She has jointly won a number of University of Queensland and Australian national teaching awards for programs that enhance research students’ learning.  She has acted as an educational consultant to many other universities in Australia and internationally.

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Terje Mørland is Director General of NOKUT since December 2008. He was Director of Research Administration at the University of Oslo 2005–2008. Mørland is a Graduate engineer ('sivilingeniør') in biophysics and medical technology, NTNU, 1995.

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Anni Rytkönen works as a senior lecturer in university pedagogy at the University of Helsinki, with special responsibilities in the development of the use of technology in education. Her background is in computer science and education with Master’s degree in subject teacher education, PhD in education and versatile working experience within educational development with the use of technology.

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Rie Troelsen is Head of the Centre for Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Her primary field of research is teaching and learning in higher education with a special interest in interdiciplinarity and the professionalization of the university teacher.

Troelsen is course manager and lecturer for a range of courses targeting both students and staff at the SDU. She is also a consultant of development of teaching, a board member at the Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Mathematics and Science Education (MONA).

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Liva Vikmane is Vice President of the European Student Union (ESU) and was a member of the Executive Committee in 2015/2016. She has broad expertise in the areas of Social Dimension and Public Responsibility with the focuses on Social Dimension in Bologna Process, student support services and commodification of Higher Education.

Vikmane has been active in the student movement for five years, previously holding a position as an International Affairs Officer at the Student Union of Latvia. She also has been a student representative in national Bologna Process structures in Latvia.

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Jana Weideman is Head of Department at the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, where her work areas include HR policy and career development in the higher educational sector. She has previously worked at the Department of Research Administration at the University of Oslo. Weidemann has a background as a secondary education teacher with a master’s degree in Nordic. 

Photo: Jana Weideman