Mariane Frenay


During the last 20 years, Dr. Frenay has been responsible for development and implementation of research projects, for which she was the project leader. These research projects are developed within the UNESCO Chair of University Teaching and Learning (CPU), of the Université Catholique de Louvain and in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Socialisation, Education and Training (GIRSEF). Since 2011, she is co-responsible of the Chair UCL-IRSA, together withe Prof. Marie-Anne Schelstraete.

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Francisco Pons


Francisco Pons (Ph.D., University of Geneva) is Professor of Developmental psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Oslo.
Earlier, he has been working at the Universities of Geneva, Oxford, and Harvard. His current research interest covers the development of emotional competence in typical and non-typical children and adolescents (ASD, learning difficulties, abuse, etc.) from Western and Non-Western cultures (Quechua, Han, Fon, etc.) as well as the integration of developmental research and educational practices at kindergarten and school. He is the co-author with Paul Harris (Harvard University) of the Test of Emotion Comprehension (TEC), which has been translated into more than 25 languages so far. The TEC is used by numerous clinical, educational and research institutions all around the World.

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Carmel Cefai


PhD, FBPS, is the director at the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, and Professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta. He is Honorary Chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence, joint founding editor of the International Journal of Emotional Education, and a member of the European Commission Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training. He has led various local, national, European and international research projects in social and emotional learning, mental health in schools, and resilience and wellbeing in children and young people. He has presented in numerous conferences around the world and has published extensively. Recent publications include RESCUR Surfing the Waves, A Resilience Curriculum for Early Years and Primary Schools; and Strengthening Social and Emotional Education as a core curricular area across the EU: Review of the International Evidence.

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