Patrick Charland is Professor and Director of the Department of Didactics at UQAM. For more than fifteen years, he has developed expertise in curriculum development, as well as initial and continuing training for elementary, secondary and university teachers in Quebec and internationally. A regular member of the Observatory of Education Reforms (ORÉ-UQAM), as well as a representative of the Faculty of Education Sciences at the UNESCO Chair in Curriculum Development, he participated in several capacity development projects. In addition, as a science and technology didactician, he has developed expertise in the neurosciences of education. He is interested in better understanding the learning process by collecting various neurophysiological data, live, during the learning process. His work is part of a new perspective in education sciences, generating massive data (big data) and using analytical perspectives associated with machine learning.
Stéphane Cyr is an associate professor in the mathematics department of UQAM, where he has been working for 20 years in the training of primary and secondary school teachers. He was President of the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Chair in Curriculum Development until 2015. He has done extensive work on curriculum reform at primary, secondary and university level in several African countries. He helped support the education systems of these countries to improve the quality of teacher training in primary and secondary, and has also developed several teaching materials adapted to these contexts.
Co-presidents of the Scientific Committee
Olivier Arvisais is a professor in the Department of Didactics of the Faculty of Education at UQAM and Scientific Director of the Canadian Observatory on Crises and Humanitarian Aid (OCCAH). His research is divided into two poles. Firstly, it focuses on the didactics of human and social sciences at primary and post-secondary levels. Secondly, he is also a specialist in education in emergencies situations. In this part, his research focuses on education initiatives in refugee camps, child protection through socio-emotional learning and education under armed groups or totalitarian proto-states. Finally, Professor Arvisais regularly works as a consultant-researcher for several international organizations, including the education sector of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Tegwen Gadais has taught physical education to students from various levels, customers and educational institutions in several countries. He also has expertise in the field of international cooperation and development where he continues to work with various organizations in developing countries. His research currently focuses on the following themes: physical education; health education; outdoor physical activity related to sustainable development; sport, physical activity and international development; and human development in a holistic approach.