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Belinha de Abreu

Belinha S. De Abreu, PhD. is a global media literacy educator. She served as an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO's Communication & Information Section. Her research interests include media and information literacy education, educational technology, global perspectives, critical thinking, privacy & big data, civic discourse and young adults. Dr. De Abreu is the founder of the International Media Literacy Research Symposium. She serves as the President of the International Council for Media Literacy (IC4ML). She is the author of Media Literacy for Justice (ALA: Neal Schuman, 2022), Teaching Media Literacy (ALA: Neal-Schuman, 2019) and editor of Media Literacy, Equity and Justice (Routledge 2023) among other publications. She is the recipient of the 2021 National Media Literacy Education's Media Literacy Research Award and a professor at Sacred Heart University. For more information: www.belinhadeabreu.org.

Cristina Ponte

Cristina Ponte is a full professor at the Department of Communication Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH) and coordinator of the Institute of Communication at NOVA (ICNOVA). She has been investigating the relationship between children and media, focusing on audiovisual and digital media and including family, school and peer mediations. She coordinates the Portuguese team of the European network EU Kids Online and she is a member of the board of the ySKILLS project (2020-2023), funded by the H2020 program of the European Commission. Among other publications, highlights the co-edition of the book Digital Parenting. The Challenges for Families in the Digital Age (Nordicom, 2018) and the organization of the book We on the Net. Digital Environments for Children and Youth (Edições Almedina e ERC, 2020). She coordinates the Children and Adolescents Online platform, of information and resources oriented to families and professionals.

Divina Frau-Meigs

Divina Frau-Meigs is a professor of media and information and communications technology sociology at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France. She holds several degrees from the Sorbonne University, Stanford University and the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a specialist in cultural diversity, internet governance, and media and information literacy, as well as a researcher in the media uses and practices of young people. She holds the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chair “Savoir-devenir in sustainable digital development.” She is the coordinator of the French National Agency Project TRANSLIT, which looks at the convergence between media and digital literacies. She is responsible for the implementation of the European project ECO, within the framework program “Competitiveness and Innovation,” which aims to produce MOOCs (massive open online courses), in particular to provide training in the fundamentals of digital humanities. She is an expert with the European Union, the Council of Europe, UNESCO and a number of governments and institutions. She represents civil society interests (academia and research) in the Internet Governance Forum and in other global arenas.

Helena Martins

Helena Martins is the Head of Government Relations and Public Policy for Portugal. She graduated from the University of Brasilia - the political capital of Brazil - and began her career at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then at the Federal Reserve where she managed parliamentary affairs. When she moved to São Paulo to work at Google in 2008, she joined the legal team responsible for government relations. Later, she moves to the public policy team, managing issues from online security to copyright, from disinformation projects to cultural projects. In 2018 she moved to Europe to lead the area in Portugal being responsible for projects that go from economic recovery, digital responsibility, disinformation, cybersecurity, culture, to regulatory issues.

Luisa Ribeiro Lopes

Luisa Ribeiro Lopes is President of the Board of Directors of .PT, the entity responsible for the management of the national top level domain .pt, and General Coordinator of the National Initiative Digital Skills e.2030, INCoDe.2030. She is also a member of the National Board of DECO. She has a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Lisbon, and is a PhD student in Gender Studies at the University of Lisbon. She has been a member of several national and international groups for the development of the Information Society, and was one of the persons responsible for the project Azores: Digital Region, member of the Mission for the Information Society, founding member of APDSI, member of the Strategic Council of ACEPI and member of the Executive Committee of MUDA - Movement for Active Digital Use.

Manuel Carvalho

I was born in Alijó, Alto Douro, in 1965, I studied at the now extinct Escola Normal do Porto, I was a teacher for two years and I was part of the group of trainees who joined the first editorial staff of PÚBLICO at the end of 1989. For almost a decade I worked in the Economy area and received several journalism awards in this area. During this period I did internships and training programs in Portugal, Japan (International Studies and Training), the United States (German Marshall Fund) and Belgium and I wrote, as sole author or co-author, my first books about one of my personal passions: the Douro and the memory of Port Wine. I was a great reporter for Diário Económico and returned to PÚBLICO in 1999. There I was a great reporter, launched Fugas in partnership with our former colleague David Lopes Ramos and joined the newspaper's management in 2000. Meanwhile, I studied Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto and History at the Faculty of Arts, where I graduated. I continued to write about wine (oenophilia is endemic in the Douro people), I have covered the Brazilian elections since Lula's first triumph in 2002. In 2013 I left the management of Público and, as Chief Editor, I debuted "Memória Futura", my weekly opinion column. And I continued to write about a little bit of everything, mainly in the areas of the economy associated with regional development, industry, and agriculture. In between, I received the Gazeta de Imprensa Award, in 2014, for a series of reports on World War I in Mozambique that I did with the photojournalist Manuel Roberto. These reports would later give rise to the publication of the book "The War that Portugal Wanted to Forget" (Ed. Porto Editora). In July 2018 I took on the challenge of directing the most complete, diverse, and talented newsroom in the country: that of my newspaper of all time.

Manuel Miguéns

Manuel Miguéns, General Secretary of the National Education Council since 2000, is Coordinating Professor at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. President of EUNEC-European Network of Education Councils. World Bank Consultant (Analysis of the Education Sector in Timor-Leste, 2017-2018). He has a degree in Biology (Educational Branch) from the University of Lisbon and a Master of Education (Science Education) from the University of Bristol. He has carried out research work at King's College - University of London. He completed the first Senior Management Course in Public Administration (CADAP) at the National Institute of Administration. He was a teacher in primary, secondary and higher education and a member of the Installation Commission of the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. He was a journalist, editor-in-chief and chronicler in local and regional newspapers and radios. He developed several activities in the area of education, coordinated and participated in national and international projects, namely, at the level of research, teacher training and European cooperation. Member of the team of experts from the European Commission that evaluated applications to the Socrates and Comenius Programs.

Maria Donde

Maria works for the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) as the Head of International Content Policy, covering media, content and broadcasting issues. She leads on Ofcom’s engagement with other European media regulators, most particularly through EPRA (where is currently a Vice-Chair) as well as international bodies, and represents Ofcom on the full range of media policy questions including media literacy. She oversaw Ofcom’s input into the negotiations on the AVMS Directive and oversees Ofcom's relationship with European and global institutions on questions of media and content policy. She recently served as Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Media Environment and Reform. Her regulatory background is in advertising, having spent four years at the Advertising Standards Authority before joining Ofcom’s Broadcasting Standards department. Prior to that, she worked in media analysis, and before that as a radio producer for the BBC World Service. She has a Modern Languages degree from Cambridge University and a Masters degree in Literary Translation.

Mário Figueiredo

Mário Figueiredo is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, where he holds the title of IST Distinguished Professor and the Feedzai Chair in Machine Learning. He is also coordinator of the Information and Data Science Thematic Area at the Institute of Telecommunications. His research interests include machine learning, optimization and image processing. He has received several distinctions and awards, including "Fellow" from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) and the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), among others. He is a member of the Portuguese Academy of Engineering and a corresponding member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences.

Miguel Crespo

He is a journalist, editorial consultant and professor of digital communication. He is a guest professor at ISCTE-IUL and at the post-graduate course in Digital Marketing at IPAM/European University, and advisor to the director and training coordinator at Cenjor. He is an assistant researcher at CIES-IUL, participating in several national and international projects. He has a PhD in Communication Sciences and a Master's in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies at ISCTE-IUL. He is interested in media literacy and media education, innovation and new media business models, journalism, media and digital narratives. Member of several international Erasmus+ and H2020 projects in the areas of journalism, media literacy, creative industries (i.e., Iberifier - Iberian Observatory of Digital Media and Disinformation; Newsreel - New Skills for Future Journalists: Eumeplat - European Media Platforms: evaluation of positive and negative externalities for European Culture). He was a publisher, editorial director, director or editor of dozens of journalistic projects and worked for Diário de Notícias, Público and Correio da Manhã. He has received a dozen national and international awards in the multimedia area with informative, educational and edutainment projects for adults and children and youth.

Sally Reynolds

Sally has worked in the area of media supported learning for most of her career and is currently the chief coordination officer of the Media & Learning Association (MLA) and joint Director of ATiT. MLA is a not-for-profit membership and networking organisation focused on the value and impact of media-supported learning involving various agencies, universities and institutions in its work which now has 72 members in 18 countries. A key area of MLA interest is media education and media literacy where it provides opportunities for knowledge exchange and networking. MLA has recently begun a project specifically aimed at in-service and pre-service teacher education and training in Digital Media Literacy and is involved in several other European projects in this area. MLA is also responsible for supporting the networking activities related to digital and media literacy amongst the 14 EDMO hubs. Sally represents the association in several relevant initiatives and is the director of media literacy for EDMO Europe as well as being an experienced evaluator, dissemination strategist, European project manager and educational media producer.

Tatiana Sanches

Tatiana Sanches is an Assistant Guest Professor at Universidade Aberta, in the Masters in Information Management and School Libraries, Librarian and Researcher. She has a degree in Literature, a post-graduate degree in Information Sciences, a Master in Education and Reading, a PhD in Education, and a post-doctorate in Information Science. She also has a post-graduate degree in Higher Education Pedagogy. She has worked in public libraries since 1993 and in university libraries since 2007 and she is Head of the Documentation Division in the Faculty of Psychology and in the Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon and trainer. She is a member of BAD, Associação Portuguesa de Bibliotecários, Arquivistas, Profissionais da Informação e Documentação (Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists, Information and Documentation Professionals) and Vogal da Formação in the current direction (2020-2023). Member of the Advisory Board of the Informal Group on Media Literacy (GILM). Dedicates herself to research in two centers (UIDEF, ULisboa and APPsy-CI, ISPA), in topics such as information literacy, university libraries, library management, reading, academic writing, higher education, among others, being author and coauthor of several books, chapters and articles, in the national and international panorama.

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