Speakers Educational Congress 2018

We are looking forward to welcoming a wide range of speakers. We will update the list of speakers once the program is confirmed.

As a part of the congress we are also organizing the KIPRIME Symposium. This means that some of the sessions are hosted by The Gunnar Höglund and Anna Stina Malmborg foundation, Karolinska Institutet's Prize in Medical Education Research (KIPRIME). The sessions that are hosted by KIPRIME are indicated in the program as well as the speakers list below.

Keynote 1 - Prof Brian D. Hodges

Brian D. Hodges, is Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Professor Hodges has spent the last 25 years advocating for a closer examination of the role that medical education plays in society. His research focuses on the nature of competence and how it is assessed through demonstrable clinical skills and learning objectives. He has successfully advocated including simulations and assessment of mental health and communication skills in medical examinations.

Professor Hodges is currently working on approaches to enable health professionals throughout their career to engage with challenging simulations to improve their clinical skill, communication and team-based practice.

Educating Health Professionals in the 21st Century: What Will We Need Humans For?

Everywhere we look, dramatic shifts in technology are changing the way we conduct our lives. Banking and buying are on line. We enter a concert, a movie or board a flight with a barcoded piece of paper printed at home. Inside our clinics and operating rooms, robotics and systems that employ artificial intelligence are augmenting, and in some cases will one day replace, the work of human health professionals. The word often used to describe this changing landscape is “disruption”.

Despite this, health professions education is proving very slow in preparing for the changes ahead. Though ripe for their own disruption, education models seem oddly resistant to change. Yet our students will be practicing in 2050 and need an education that will prepare them for this rapidly changing context. Equally important, healthcare professionals in practice today need help to prepare for what will be a very different workplace. Professional scopes of practice are going to change significantly and some professions may be reconfigured or made obsolete. It is time to take a hard look at what aspects of health care should remain firmly in the heads, hands and hearts of human health professionals.

This Keynote is a part of KIPRIME symposium.

Keynote 2 - Prof Betty Leask

Professor Betty Leask Professor in Internationalisation and Vice Rector for IoC teaching and learning at La Trobe University in Australia. Emerita Professor Betty Leask is recognised internationally as a thought leader in the internationalisation of higher education. Emerita Professor Betty Leask is recognised internationally as a thought leader in the internationalisation of higher education. She has researched and published extensively on the connections between theory and practice in internationalisation of the curriculum, teaching and learning in higher education. In this area she has led and participated in six nationally funded Australian research projects and in 2010 was awarded an Australian government national teaching fellowship Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Action.




Betty is Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Studies in International Education, the leading international journal in the field of international higher education, and is an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Universita Cattolica del Sacre Cuore in Milan, Italy. Betty was founding Chair of the International Education Association of Australia’s Internationalisation of the Curriculum Special Interest Group and is Chair of its Research Committee from 2010-2012.

Session 3A - Prof Gudrun Edgren

Gudrun Edgren is Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University Sweden. Her background is as a researcher and teacher in preclinical medicine and she has been engaged in educational development for the last twenty years.

For ten years, she was the director of the Centre for Teaching and learning. Her main research interests have been in curriculum development, educational climate and students’ learning. During the last few years she has been involved in development of PhD-education and has become interested in PhD-students’ learning within the research context.

The space for PhD-student learning in contemporary medical research

In PhD-education in medicine and health sciences, it is common that students and supervisors work and publish together within the supervisors’ research projects. The projects are usually financed by the supervisors’ research grants and their success, in terms of high quality research publications, is of great importance not only for the students’ theses but also for the supervisors’ academic careers. Supervisors and students could therefore be said to have double roles: the supervisor being also a project leader and the student being also a project worker. Research on this double relationship is scarce.

This session is a part of KIPRIME symposium.

Session 4A - Prof Ed Peile

Ed Peile is Professor Emeritus in Medical Education at University of Warwick, Great Britain. A Fellow of three Royal Medical Colleges, Ed Peile holds the President’s Medal of the Academy of Medical Educators for lifetime achievement in medical education. In 2017 he was also awarded Honorary Fellowship, the Academy’s highest honour.

He was formerly the clinical lead for Health and Social Care for Children at the NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority. Since he retired from clinical practice, he has mentored senior clinicians and he chaired the Education, Training, and Professional Standards Committee for the Academy of Healthcare Scientists.

He continues to research and publish on Values-Based Practice (V-BP) through the Collaborating Centre at St Catherine’s College, Oxford and he is developing new training in Health and Well-being Science for the UK.

Teaching and learning to be values-based
Teaching on evidence-based practice is mainstream in medical education. In recent years there has been increasing recognition that balanced clinical decision making has to take account of the individual patient’s values as well as the clinical evidence, and this is now legally mandated in UK.  This talk reflects on 14 years’ experience of developing teaching and research in this area, looking at some of the challenges and some of the more fruitful educational approaches.

This Session is a part of KIPRIME symposium.

Session 5B - Dr Agneta Bladh

Dr. Agneta Bladh is appointed by the Swedish government, 2017-2018, as special examiner of Internationalisation at Swedish Higher Education Institutions in order to propose a new objectives and a new national strategy for the internationalisation of higher education institutions that include both education and research activities new national strategy for internationalisation of higher education in Sweden.

As an independent consultant, Dr Bladh is involved in evaluations and other engagements in the field of higher education and research. Dr. Bladh was Rector of University of Kalmar (now part of Linnaeus University), Sweden, between 2004 and 2009. Bladh has long experience of national and international higher education and has since the 80s served in various positions in the Swedish national administration. She was one of the signatories of the Bologna Declaration as State Secretary at the Swedish Ministry of Education and Science as one example

Why should we work for more internationalisation in Higher Education? And why is the Swedish Government running the subject. We are looking forward to discuss internationalisations benefits and challenges with Dr Bladh on a national level.

This session is a part of the IoC track and will take place on the second day of the congress.

Session 6 - Dr Kevin Haines

Kevin HainesKevin Haines has worked in international Higher Education programmes in the Netherlands since 1992 and has been working on the International Classroom project at University of Groningen since 2013. Recently, he has worked as an educational consultant with the International Bachelor in Medicine Groningen. He currently specialises in guiding university lecturers and ’students as partners’ in international classrooms across the university.

He has published several articles on the impact of the international classroom and English Medium Instruction on learning processes in both the formal and the informal curriculum. He is co-author of the IntlUni Principles and is currently coordinating the EQUiiP Erasmus+ project, which designs continuing professional development for international higher education.

This session is a part of the IoC track and will take place on the second day of the congress.

Robert Wilkingson

Robert (Bob) Wilkinson (University of Ulster, University of Edinburgh) has been working at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, since 1984. An applied linguist he was a member of the team under Prof. Geert Hofstede that started the first complete English-medium degree programme in the mid-1980s.

He has published widely on the experience of Maastricht University as it has changed from a Dutch-medium institution to one that is bilingual, where most programmes are now English-medium. He has also advised other universities that are in the process of offering English-medium instruction, for example Universidad de Extremadura (Spain), University of Freiburg (Germany), the National University of Malaysia, and in 2018 Padjadjaran University (Indonesia).

Bob Wilkinson is currently chair of the association Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE). Below is a short video of him commenting on Maastricht university’s education prize in 2016.



This session is a part of the IoC track and will take place on the second day of the congress.

Esko Koponen

Esko Koponen is Specialist in Strategic Services for Teaching at the University of Helsinki. His main responsibility is in the strategic management of international education, including the development of programmes in English.

He has over 25 years of experience in international education, having previously worked in the Centre for International Mobility with European cooperation programmes and in the University of Kuopio in international student services. Esko has run several sessions and workshops on English-Medium Instruction (EMI) in both national and international contexts.

This session is a part of the IoC track and will take place on the second day of the congress.