Alois Ecker

Current position
Head of Department for Didactics of History, Social Studies and Civic Education, Faculty of Historical-Cultural Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria;  Head of the research network “Theory and Practice of Subject Didactics”; University of Vienna, Associate professor in Social History and in Didactics of History. Project-coordinator of EU--Lifelong Learning Programme on Teacher education for History and Civic Education in Europe.

Habilitation in Social History and in Didactics of History; Working as expert in the Council of Europe’s network on History Teaching since 1994. Cooperation in COE’s projects on the Reform of History teaching in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, South East Europe and in Cyprus. Chair and/or speaker at international symposia on Didactics of History at many European universities, pedagogical universities and teacher training colleges. Visiting professor at UNAM, Mexico-City, visiting researcher at Institute of Education, London University.

Research areas, Recent Research projects
Political/ Civic Education, Social/Cultural Studies and History in Europe; Structures and standards of initial training for history teachers in Europe; Didactics of history (process-oriented methods of learning and teaching; intercultural learning, media-literacy in history teaching, multiperspectivity in teacher education); Online planning, observation and analysis of teaching history; Social History (History of family structures, of childhood, of youth, of educational systems). 

Editor of Journals
HPB. Historisch-politische Bildung. Themendossiers zur Didaktik von Geschichte, Sozialkunde und Politischer Bildung
Studien zur Geschichtsdidaktik und zur Didaktik der Politischen Bildung. Schriftenreihe des FDZ Geschichte, Sozialkunde und Politische Bildung
eJournal for Didactics of History and Political Education

President of the Society for History Didactics, Austria; Euroclio, European Association of History Educators; ISHD, International Society for History Didactics; AIRDHSS, Association Internationale de Recherche en Didactique de l’Histoire et des Sciences Sociales

Barbara Hollendonner

Barbara Hollendonner studied in Vienna, Berlin and Glasgow. She graduated in 2004, worked for Helga Nowotny from 2005 until 2007 and is now project manager of the project "Assessment, tutorial structures and initial teacher education of trainee students in the subjects Political/Civic Education, Social/Cultural Studies and History in Europe – a comparative study".

Hanna-Maria Suschnig

Teacher in secondary education & lecturer of history didactics at Vienna University

  • 1975-1984: University of Vienna: English, History
  • from 1984: teaching History and English at a Vienna-based Grammar School
  • from 1992: teaching in in-service teacher training-modules at various Pedagogical Institutes in Austria
  • from 1995: pre-service teacher-training at Institute for Social & Economic History, University of Vienna
  • from 2008: research assistant at the Department for Didactics of History, Social Studies and Civic Education, editor of HPB. Historisch-politische Bildung. Themendossiers zur Didaktik von Geschichte, Sozialkunde und Politischer Bildung

Main areas of interest: civic education, methodology, portfolio, action research

Bernhard Weninger

Teacher of history, social studies and civic education, Catholic religion and computer science in the BRG Körösistraße in Graz. Since 2006 Lecturer at the Institute of History and Didactics - since 2007 Coordinator of subject didactics of history, social studies and civic education.

Werner Goegebeur

Werner Goegebeur is Doctor in History and Professor Emeritus at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He worked as a secondary school teacher for many years. He headed the Commission charged with designing the Final Goals for History in high school education in the Flemish Community, and the Commission which outlined the Basic Competencies for Classical Studies. From 1990 until 1997 he was head of the Interfaculty Teacher Training Department of the VUB, and from 2001-2005 he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Currently he is still involved in the teaching of subject-teaching methodology for History. 

In 1991 he presided over the Commission which drew up a system of academic accreditation for the Flemish Community. From 1996 till 2000 he was head of the Education Commission of the Flemish Inter-University Council which designed the draft text for innovations in teaching and the use of ICT in the Flemish academic world. At the same time, he also headed the Flemish Education Council’s Secondary Education Deliberation Platform. In addition, he served on the advisory board of the Dutch NWO. He participated as an expert member in the activities of the University of Vienna project ‘Standards of Initial Training for History Teachers in Europe’. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Dutch Center for Historical Culture and member of the International Society for History Didactics. 

His publications address subjects including ethnicity and multiculturalism in Greek Antiquity, historical consciousness, historical competency, subject-teaching methodology for History, the teacher training curriculum, and the problem of transition from secondary to higher education.

Linda van Looy

Prof. Dr. Linda van Looy is a senior university professor in the department of teacher education of the ‘Vrije Universiteit Brussel’ (VUB, Free University of Brussels). Her main role is the training of communicative, social, reflective and research skills. She is lecturer of the course ‘Teaching methodology in culture sciences’. She is also responsible for the ‘Guided Practical Training in Communication Sciences, Criminology, Political Sciences and Sociology’.

She worked as a secondary school teacher for ten years. She started in 1990 with research on guidance in teacher education (Ph.D.). Afterwards she investigated the use of portfolio as an instrument for students in competency based learning. From 2005 until 2009 she was leading the Interfaculty Teacher Training Department of her university. More recently (2007-2009) she was chairperson of the ‘Brussels Expertisenetwerk Onderwijs’ (Brussels Educational Network).

Tatiana Minkina-Milko

Tatiana Minkina-Milko is currently Deputy Head of the History Education Division in the Council of Europe. 

In her work she is responsible for bilateral, and regional co-operation programmes involving such geographical areas as the Black Sea, the Caucasus, South East Europe, as well as such countries as the Russian Federation and Cyprus. 

The programmes conducted by Ms  Minkina-Milko are focused on the following areas: the preparation of curricula for schools and higher education establishments, on the development of new teaching tools and interactive approaches aimed at teaching history on a basis of multiperspectivity with a view of strengthening tolerance and mutual respect. 

She is also involved in the development of intergovernmental projects which bring together 50 countries, Party to the European Cultural Convention, such as the Image of the Other in teaching History and Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines.

By her education Tatiana Minkina-Milko is a historian (Phd in history). Before she started her work at the Council of Europe in 1996 she was a professor at the historical faculty of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. Her scientific profile was linked to the research of intercultural relations. She is the author of a number of publications on intercultural communication  and teaching history in conflict and post-conflict areas.

Brian Carvell

Brian Carvell is an Educational Publishing Consultant with international experience of school textbook publishing. A former teacher and teacher trainer, he has worked for several major UK textbook publishing companies at executive director level.    

During Brian's publishing career he has been chairman of the European Educational Publishing Group (EEPG), a board member of the Educational Publishers Council of the UK, Chair of Leadership Committee of the Global Learning Initiative (GLI) and a member of the Steering Group for Textbook Evaluation of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in the UK.

Brian has worked on a number of bi-lateral programmes with the Council of Europe developing new textbooks and is a member of the Council of Europe project group "The image of the other".

Chara Makriyianni

Scientific Collaborator of History Education in the School of Arts and Education Sciences at the European University Cyprus and Teacher Trainer at the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, Republic of Cyprus.

  • 1993 Elementary School Teacher Diploma, Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus
  • 1994 Degree in Further Education, Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus
  • 1996 Bachelor of Education with Honours, Faculty of Education, University of Nottingham
  • 1997 Master of Arts in History in Education, Institute of Education, University of London
  • 2006 PhD, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Marie Homerova

Education and professional qualifications:

  • Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, combination: history and English
  • 1987 PhDr in history (specialisation: didactics and methodology of history teaching)

Professional Training

  • 2007-8 participating in the Council of Europe´s project “Initial Teachers´Training in European countries” organized by the University of Vienna
  • from 2010 working on the project of the EU “History Teaching and Education for Citizenship”, led by the University of Vienna 

Involvement and other professional activities from 2000 on:

  • Translating and publishing teaching materials on Social Studies from British and American publications
  • Publishing articles on Czech history teaching in Euroclio Bulletin
  • Cooperating with the Educational Committee of the Council of Europe and foreign teachers' professional associations

Anu Raudsepp

Lecturer of history didactics, Centre of History and Civics didactic


  • 2005  Tartu University, PhD in history
  • 1998 Tartu University, MA in history
  • 1985 Tartu University, historian, teacher of  history (diploma equal MA)
  • 1980 Tartu Secondary School No 8

Professional career

  • 1998- Tartu University, Department of History, (since 2007 Institute of History and Archaeology) Lecturer of history didactic
  • 1996-1997 Tartu University, Department of History, contractual lecturer
  • 1995-1996 Tartu University, Department of History, Assistant
  • 1994-1995 Library of Tartu University, librian
  • 1991-1993 Tartu University, Department of Theology, Secretary
  • 1990-1991 Vocational School No 9, history teacher
  • 1985-1990 Viljandi Secondary School No 5, history teacher

Main research field

history of education, history didactic

John Hamer

John Hamer is currently Deputy Chairman of an education consultancy, adviser to a number of heritage groups and a Special Lecturer in the School of Education at Nottingham University. 

Previously he taught history for over 20 years, was chief examiner for two national examinations in history and was Vice-Principal of a college for 16-19 year old students.  

For14 years he was a member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMI) inspecting schools,  colleges and university departments of education throughout England.

He has been an external examiner at the universities of Exeter and Hull and is the author of several books and articles on history, history teaching and heritage education. 

In recent years he has worked extensively as a consultant for the Council of Europe and other organisations in central and eastern Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Falk Pingel

Falk Pingel, PhD, was for many years the deputy director of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig/Germany. In 2003/2004, he was the first director of the OSCE's Education Department in Sarajewo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

He also taught contemporary history as well as theory and didactics of history at Bielefeld University and served as guest lecturer abroad, in particular in Israel, South Eastern Europe and at the East China Normal University in Shanghai. 

He has conducted comparative textbook projects, amongst others, in Israel-Palestine, East Asia, South Africa and the Balkans. 

Since his retirement in 2009, he is a consultant on issues of textbook and curriculum research and revision to governmental and academic institutions as well as international organisations such as UNESCO; OSCE and the Council of Europe.

Ineke Veldhuis-Meester

Ineke Veldhuis-Meester is a former Associate Professor in Postgraduate Teacher Courses for History and Civics at Groningen University, the Netherlands, and a former History Teacher in Dutch and International Secondary Education. 

She has a Master's Degree in History, Dutch Language, Medieval Philosophy and in History Education. 

She has worked on national and international level with teachers of secondary schools and university as colleague and in-service-trainer. A board member of the Association of Teachers in History and Civics in the Netherlands (VGN); a constructor of National History Exams at the National Institute for Assessment  and Measurement, CITO. 

With 'a gang of four' she developed  and implemented the Examinations for History in Upper Secondary Education throughout the Netherlands, through workshops and publications (1991-1999). She was responsible for the European dimension in the ITT of the University Center for Learning and Teaching. 

Since 1995 she has been an expert in EUROCLIO and Council of Europe projects on history teaching and innovative methodology. She was a member of the CoE Project Group "Learning and Teaching about the History of Europe in the 20th century" (1997-2000). She is involved in the Project "Shared Histories for a Europe without Dividing Lines". On behalf of the Queen she was rewarded with the Royal Decoration "Lady in the Order of Orange-Nassau" (2005). 

Since 2006 an independent consultant for History Education. Contributor  for the Netherlands in the project Historiana, developing a cross border, comparative educational web tool around the themes People on the Move and Human Rights and Responsibilities.

Arja Virta

Professor for History and Social Studies Didactics, Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, University of Turku. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education, 2010-2012. PhD in history 1982, PhD in educational science 1995.

Professional Experience

  • Teacher educator since 1979 (up to 1995, as senior lecture, since 1995 as professor)
  • A number of tasks related to administration and development in the faculty of education since 1980s

On national level

  • associate member of the board of matriculation examination  (1987-2004, 2007-2009)
  • member of the working group under the National Board of Education, preparing the senior secondary school curricula for history and social studies, 2001-2002
  • member of the working group, under the Ministry of Education, preparing the development of the senior secondary school, 2008-2010

International experience

  • Member of the steering group for the Finnish sub-study in the IEA Civic Education Study
  • 1996-2000: Expert in the COE project group on History Teaching
  • 1997-2001: Partner in Socrates Project "Initial Training of History Teachers"
  • Socrates project Coordinated by the University of Vienna, 2003-2006
  • EU Project (Lifelong Learning) "Assessment, tutorial structures and initial teacher education of trainee students in the subjects 'Political/Civic Education', 'Social/Cultural Studies' and 'History'", coordinated by University of Vienna, from 2010
  • International Society for History Didactics, member since 1987, member of the Board and Vice president from 2010
  • Journal of Social Science Education, member of the editorial board, since 2010

Research areas

  • Learning history and social studies
  • civic education
  • history and social studies didactics
  • intercultural education, especially in the context of history and social studies
  • teachers and teacher education
  • assessment of student learning


  • History and social studies didactics in subject teacher education
  • supervision of MA theses in general education (for primary teacher training programme)
  • supervision of PhD students
  • assessment

Susanne Popp

  • 1974-1980 Academic studies in German, History and Politics at the University of Regensburg
  • 1993 Doctorate (Dr. phil.) at the University of Passau. Thesis subject related to the history of education (Dalton plan)
  • 2000-2002 Professor of History and History Education (Didactics of History) at the University of Education of Weingarten
  • 2002-2006 Professor of History Education (Didactics of History) and Contemporary History at the University of Siegen
  • since 2006 Professor of History Education (Didactics of History) at the University of Augsburg
  • Offers of Professorship: University of Education of Weingarten (2000), University of Education of Schwäbisch Gmünd (2002), University of Siegen (2002), University of Duisburg-Essen (2006), University of Augsburg (2006)
  • since 2006 Board member of the International Society of the Didactics of History (Internationale Gesellschaft für Geschichtsdidaktik)
  • since summer of 2007 Chairperson of the National Association of History Educators at German Universities (Konferenz für Geschichtsdidaktik; KGD)

Bettina Alavi

Her teaching focuses on contemporary history and history education (intercultural learning, new media, oral history, gender specific history teaching, Weimar Republic, local history)

Curicculum Vitae 

  • born on 23 March 1958 in Speyer, Rhine river
  • 1977 A-level (Abitur) in Speyer
  • Studies of history and German at Freie Universität Berlin 1988-1992
  • student teacher and teaching activities at schools in Berlin 1992-1997 
  • member of scientific staff of history education at Technische Universität Berlin 
  • 1998 PhD in intercultural history teaching 
  • Since September 2001 lecturer at University of Education Heidelberg 
  • Since 2006 professorship for history and history education at University of Education Heidelberg

Bärbel Kuhn

  • 1976-1983 Studied French Language and Literature and History
  • 1983 and 1985 First and Second State Examination, teacher
  • 1989 PhD in French Literature
  • 1999 Habilitation (venia legendi: Modern and Contemporary History)
  • 2000-2007 Assistant Professor, Professor and Substitute Professor at the Universities of  Saarbrücken, Karlsruhe, Bielefeld and Duisburg-Essen
  • 2003 Visitor Professor at the University of Vienna
  • 2007-2009 Full Professor and Chair of Didactics of History at the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • since 2009 Full Professor and Chair of Didactics of History at the University of Siegen

Main research fields

  • Political and social history, history of mentalities (18th, 19th, 20th century)
  • Cultural transfers in Europe
  • History of borders and border experiences
  • History of homework
  • Didactics of History
  • History of historical teaching
  • Historical handbook analyses
  • Gender History
  • Biographies
  • Bilingual teaching

Luigi Cajani

Professor for Modern History at Università la Sapienza in Rome. 

By appointment of the Italian Ministry of Education he coordinated in 2001 the committee which shaped the History, Geography and Social Sciences curriculum for the first level school.

Research fields

  • History Didactics
  • History of Crime and Criminal Justice in Italy during the Ancien Régime
  • German-Italian relations during World War II
  • World History Historiography

Arbër Salihu

Arbër Salihu was born in 1972 in Podujeva, Kosova. He has been graduated in history at University of Prishtina in 1997. He has finished master studies at the same university in 2008. His is preparing his PhD dissertation in the field of Contemporary History of Kosova. 

He has worked as a history teacher from 1997 till 2000. 
From 2000 till now he works as curriculum developer in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology of Kosova. 

Also he is expert in history and history education, textbook author, giving workshops/lecturers, teacher trainer etc. 

He has participated in many workshops and seminars, conferences and other activities in Kosova and other countries. He is an active member and one of founders of History Teachers' Association of Kosova.

Sergiu Musteata


  • 1994-1999: State University of Moldova, School of Law Chişinău, Moldova, BA in Jurisprudence and Law
  • 1994-1998: "AL. I. CUZA" University, School of History Iaşi, Romania, Ph.D. in History
  • 1989-1994: "ION CREANGĂ" State University, School of History Chişinău, Moldova, BA in History and Ethnography


  • Since 2010: Director of the Institute of History, State and Law of the Moldovan Academy of Science
  • Associated professor, History Department
  • 2001-2002: Ministry of Education: Head of the Governmental Committee for Evaluation of the High School History Textbooks

Relevant research project 

  • 06-08/2008 / 06-08/2007: Project: "Geschichtslehrbücher zwischen politischer Propaganda, nationalistischen Konstruktionen und Wissenschaft", Host institute: Georg Eckert Institute, Braunschweig, Germany

Kjetil Børhaug

Education and qualifications

  • Masters degree, Administration and organization science,University of Bergen 1990
  • Dr. Philos, Bergen University: Thesis: Education for democracy

Professional experience

  • Scientific assistant, Chr. Michelsen Institute, september 1990 - august 1992
  • August 1992 to august 1994: assistant professor, political science, Oppland University College
  • August 1994 to 2007. assistant professor,  , Bergen University College, Department of teacher training 
  • January 2000-april 2004: scholarship at Bergen University, Institute for teacher training
  • From 2007 associate professor, Bergen University College, Department of teacher training

Joanna Wojdon


  • 2005 habilitation, University of Wrocław, Poland
  • 1999 Ph.D. in history (with honors), University of Wrocław, Poland; Dissertation title: Propaganda polityczna w podręcznikach dla szkół podstawowych Polski Ludowej 1944-1989 (Political Propaganda in the Primary School Textbooks of the People’s Republic of Poland 1944-1989)
  • 1995 MA in history, University of Wrocław, Poland

Employment history

  • 2000-present – University of Wrocław, Institute of History, adiunkt 
  • 1999-2002 – Therapeutical Primary School, Wrocław, teacher of English and history


  • Since 2009 – Reading Primers Special Interest Group of the of the International Society for Historical and Systematic Research on Schoolbooks
  • Since 2007 – International Society for History Didactics
  • Since 2003 – Polish American Historical Association

Mário Antas

Academic Qualifications

  • History Degree (4 years) at Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon (1990-1994) Final thesis on archaeology
  • Postgraduate studies in Museology and Heritage (2 years) at Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon (1995-1996). Thesis on Musealization of archaeological sites
  • Postgraduate studies in teacher training at Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon (1995-1996).
  • The final thesis on The teaching of history to students from ethnic minorities: the case of Cape Verdean minority
  • Postgraduate studies in Museology and Heritage at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias in 2007
  • Master degree in Art History at Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon in 2001
  • Currently researching/working on his PHD in Museology and Archaeology, (thesis on Museum education)

Professional Experience

  • Currently working at the National Archaeology Museum in Lisbon in the Educational and Cultural Department
  • Teacher and teacher trainer at Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon, in different departments, since 1997 until today
  • Lecturer at several Departments (Postgraduate courses)

Alexey Krugov


  • Associate Professor


  • Post-Graduate Degree, History, Institute of History Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, 1996

Scientific Titles

  • Scientific Title of Associate Professor, 1997


  • Associate professor, 1997 to present, Department of History, Stavropol State University
  • Vice-Rector for International Affairs, 2000 to present, Stavropol State University

Marko Šuica

Marko Šuica is assistant professor at History department of Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and visiting professor at Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka, BH. 

From 2001 until 2004 he was coordinator of Georg Eckert Institute and Stability Pact project on History Textbook Research, Development and Textbook Comparison in South-Eastern Europe. 

His activities include taking part in teacher seminars, workshops and educational projects (covering multyperspectivity, controversial, sensitive and minority issues in history teaching) on national and regional level in cooperation with Ministry of Education, OSCE, High commissioner for human rights in Belgrade, History Education Division of Council of Europe, and Georg Eckert Institute. 

He is author and co-author of textbooks, additional teaching materials, education standards and history curricula.

Ladislav Ruman

Born on the 17th of September in 1950 in Bratislava. He attended elementary and grammar school in Bratislava from the years 1957 to 1969. 

He graduated at the Philosophical Faculty of the Comenius University in Bratislava in the year 1976, specialization -  history and English language. 

He is an academic teacher at the University of Constantinus the Philosopher in Nitra from the year 1979 when he started to teach in the Department of History. 

After the defence of the work "Social and economic reasons of the Pilsudski´s Coup d´Etat and its political consequences in the year 1926 in Poland" he recieved the degree PhDr. He started to study external PhD study programme which he finished in the year 1988 with the defence of the work "The attitude of Czechoslovak Social Democracy to some problems of internal and external policy in the years 1920 – 1938". 

He is now working in the post of "docent" after the defence of the work "Poland 'in the shadow' of Pilsudski" at the university. He cooperated on several research works: "Economical and political changes of Ponitrie in the years 1945-1960", "Political systems in the history of Europe", etc. 

His teacher's activity is mostly oriented on Czechoslovak and World history during the World Wars, totalitarian dictatorships and political parties in this period. He is the member of "Polish – Slovakian historical commission" and the member of  editorial board of Studia Historica Nitriensie.

Alena Mikulasova

Born in Myjava, Slovakia 1982. Graduated as Master of Arts at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra in 2000. PhD. thesis defence in February 2009, focus on Slovak history of 20th century. Nowdays lecturer at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Department of History.

  • 2008 scholarship at Charles University in Prague, participant of  Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS
  • 2007/2008 scholarship at Free University of Berlin, awarded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates, Young Academics and Scientists
  • 2006 study stay at Cambridge University Library, England
  • 2003/2004 scholarship at University of Education Karlsruhe (Germany), scholarship awarded by Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg

Maria Kissova

Work History

  • Sept 2005-: University of Constantine the Philosopher, Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Nitra, Slovakia
  • current position involves lectures and seminars in the following subjects: Cultural studies, English literature, Literary analysis and interpretation
  • Sept 2005-2009: Primary School Mojmirovce, Slovakia, Teacher of English and History


Education and Qualifications

  • 2006-2009: PhD study at Department of English and American Studies, University of Constantine the Philosopher, Nitra
  • 2008: special exam in translatology (degree PhD.)
  • 2000-2005: Masters Degree in English Language and Literature, History, University of Constantine the Philosopher, Nitra, Slovakia

Andreja Rihter

Deputy in the Slovenian Parliament, Ljubljana 

*born 1957 in Celje, Slovenia

After having studied history and sociology at the University of Ljubljana, I worked for a short time in the Gymnasium in Celje and then 1981 started as curator in the then Museum of the Revolution, doing research for exhibitions on mainly modern historical topics. Since 1986, I have been the director of the Museum of the Revolution, which in 1989 was renamed the Museum of Recent History. 

Since 2006, I have taken part as an expert in the Council of Europe project "The image of the other in history teaching"; 

Let me also mention that I was Minister of Culture in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for four years, during the period when Slovenia was negotiating the final steps for joining the European Union and finally entered in 2004. Immediately after the expiry of my term, I undertook expert work in the field of history and teaching. I obtained my master’s degree with the thesis "Development of tourism in the Celje region between the two wars". Currently, I work mostly in the Slovenian Parliament, where I participate on the Board of Culture, Education, Youth and Sports, and on the Board of External Affairs. As a member of parliament, I also participate in the Council of Europe’s Committee on Culture, Science and Sport, where I have been head of the Subcommittee on Heritage since April of this year.

María Sánchez Agustí

  • Graduate in History, by the University of Valladolid (1976)
  • Doctor by the University of Valladolid unther the programme "Las Ciencias Sociales y la Educación" (2000) 
  • Coordinator since year 2001-2002 of the Doctorate Programme Educational Research in the areas of Experimental Sciences, Social Sciences and Mathematics at University of Valladolid
  • Coordinator of the Interuniversity Master in Research in Specific Didactics, at University of Valladolid in collaboration with Instituto Piaget of Portugal
  • Secretary of the University Association of Professors of Social Sciences Didactics (Spain). Member since 1993
  • Member of the Internacional Society for History Didactics since 2006
  • Member of the Scientific Commitee of the International Symposium in Social Sciences Didactics, between 2003 and 2008
  • Member of the Editing Committee of the journal Enseñanza de las Ciencias Sociales
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the journal Iber, Didáctica de las ciencias sociales, geografía e historia

Béatrice Ziegler

fall semester 2009

  • titular professor at the University of Zurich


  • Director of the Center for Civic and History Education at the Institute for Educational Research and Development,School for Teacher Education,University of Applied Sciences, Northwestern Switzerland,
  • Chair for History and History Education


  • lecturer of history at the Institute for Secondary Education, School for Teacher Education in Aarau


  • Contract teaching at the University of Zurich


  • Senior Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Zurich


  • Senior Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bern

Çağrı Erhan

Çağrı Erhan received his BA and MA degrees in International Relations from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science (AUFPS) and concluded his Ph. D. in Hacettepe University Department of History.

He started his academic career as a research assistant at AUFPS Department of International Relations in 1994. He was appointed as an assistant professor in 2002 and as an associate professor in 2003 at the same department.

He serves in AUFPS Department of International Relations as full professor since December 2008.  He lectures on European Security, the NATO, the Middle East, and Turkish-American Relations.

He is also the director of European Research Center of Ankara University and chairman of Center for Trans-Atlantic Relations within International Strategic Research Organization (ISRO-USAK).

Since 2005, Dr. Erhan a project group member of European Council's projects on history teaching. Since 2006 he is a member in the "Expert Advisory Group: European Decision-Makers and South Mediterranean Actors - Partners in Conflict Prevention and Resolution".

Polina Verbytska


  • Lviv State University, History Faculty. Diploma: Historian, Teacher of History and Social Studies
  • Kyiv foreign languages state courses at the Ministry of Education of Ukraine "INTERLINGUA" Diploma: English language teacher.
  • Pedagogy Institute of Pedagogical Sciences Academy of Ukraine, PhD in General Pedagogy and History of Pedagogy
  • Doctor degree in civic education, Pedagogy Institute of Pedagogical Sciences Academy of Ukraine

Professional experience

  • 1988-2000 - History and Social Studies Teacher, secondary school No. 75, Lviv. Teacher of higher category
  • 1996-2000 Specialist in educational methods, Lviv Oblast Scientific and Methodology Institute of  Education
  • Working as a lecturer, trainer providing information and methodology assistance and organizing seminars for History and Social Studies teachers
  • 2000-2004 Coordinator of Association “Nova Doba” projects in history and civic education
  • 2004-present History and Social Studies Lecturer, docent, Social - Humanitarian Institute, Lviv National Polytechnic University

Executive Director of Association, Director of the Center of History and Civic Education “Nova Doba”.

Experience in such spheres of activities

  • Organizing and coordinating projects in the spheres of history and civic education
  • Working out a concept and strategy of project activities, management, planning the working process and budget of a project, organizing teacher training seminars and working meetings of authors' groups and experts, selecting and providing efficient cooperation of a project team
  • Organizing discussions of state educational documents, analyzing curricula and textbooks
  • Editing and preparing for publishing educational and methodological materials in history and civic education for the secondary school
  • A lecturer and trainer at seminars in civic and history education in Ukraine
  • A participant and lecturer at international seminars and conferences in history and civic education
  • An author of a number of publications and a co-author of educational and methodological materials in history and civic education