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The team

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Dr. Joana da Silveira Duarte

Joana Duarte holds a degree in modern languages and linguistics from the University of Lisbon and received her PhD (2009) from the University of Hamburg on her research on the language development of students in bilingual schools. Next to that she is a teacher for the Master Multilingualism at the University of Groningen. She is also the initiator of the VirtuLApp project.

Drs. Marlous Visser

Marlous Visser works as a research and project assistant at Mercator. She obtained her bachelor degree in Romance languages and cultures (Italian) in 2013. She studied at the University of Groningen and for half a year at the University of Verona (Italy). She did the master Multilingualism (University of Groningen) in the year 2015-2016. At Mercator she works on several EU projects and organizes conferences on minority languages.

Drs. Cor van der Meer

Cor van der Meer holds an MA-degree in sociology from the University of Groningen. He is an experienced EU-project coordinator and is head of the department of Mercator. He coordinates the VirtuLApp project.

Lisanne de Jong

Lisanne de Jong is currently an intern at Mercator/Fryske Akademy as part of her Research Master’s program Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. One of her main interests within her studies includes computer-assisted language learning, and this interest in the use of technology to support learning (about) languages is what got her interested in working on the VirtuLApp project.

Margherita Burdese

Margherita Burdese has joined the VirtuLApp team as an intern at Mercator Research Centre (Fryske Akademy) this year. She is currently a Master student of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Within linguistics, she is especially interested in the topics of multilingual communities and bilingual teaching methodologies.  

Mathy Vanbuel

Mathy Vanbuel has a background in audio-visual production. He is a director of ATiT which he co-founded in 1999 and where he is regularly called upon to offer consultancy services in the integration of specific ICT tools and services in the education process. Mathy is author of several publications on the use of media in education and has been part of the ATiT team creating scenarios of use of archived media in education in the EduTubePlus and EUscreen projects. Mathy is chairperson of the MEDEA Media in Education Judging Committee and Treasurer of the Media & Learning Association.

Sally Reynolds

Sally Reynolds is an Irish national with a background in remedial linguistics. She first worked in radio and television in Ireland as presenter and producer for the national broadcaster RTE. Since 1990 she has been working on technology enhanced learning projects in Ireland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. She is one of the founding directors of ATiT and she has specific know-how and experience in the technology supported learning field.

Dr. Lorna Carson

Dr. Lorna Carson is associate professor in Applied Linguistics and director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Linguistics, Speech and Communication Sciences. She is the founding director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies. Lorna’s research on language learning addresses issues located at the interface between individual en societal multilingualism, with particular attention to second language learning, language policy, pedagogy and assessment.

Dr. Kathleen McTiernan

Dr Kathleen McTiernan is a Chartered Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. Dr McTiernan’s research focuses on the links between learning and identity transformation.  Her teaching and postgraduate supervision include the psychology of language learning and the psychology of speech and language disorders and psycholinguistics.  

Aoife Parkes

research assistant TCD

Rachel White

Research assistant TCD

Prof. Dr. Durk Gorter

Durk Gorter is Ikerbasque research professor at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. He is the head of the Donostia Research group on Education And Multilingualism (DREAM). He does research on multilingual education, European minority languages and linguistic landscapes.  He also teaches in the European Master in Multilingualism and Education (EMME). He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Language, Culture and Curriculum. In 2018 he received the award of Distinguished Scholar of Multilingualism of the International Association of Multilingualism.

Prof. Dr. Jasone Cenoz

Jasone Cenoz is Professor of Research Methods in Education at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU and President of the Education Science Committee of the Spanish Research Council (AEI). She is also past-president of the “International Association of Multilingualism” and she has been publications coordinator of AILA. Her research focuses on multilingual education, bilingualism and multilingualism. She has published extensively and has presented her work at conferences and seminars in the US, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Brunei, New Zealand, Singapore and most European countries.

Eider Saragueta

Eider Saragueta holds a BA in Primary Education, a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and a MA in the European Master on Multilingualism and Education (EMME). She has recently completed her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Jasone Cenoz on Translanguaging in Multilingual Education: an Ethnographic Research Study. In her research she focuses on Basque language use among primary school pupils and pedagogical translanguaging in the classroom. She currently works as a researcher in the faculty of Education, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).  

Wim Forceville

Wim Forceville is an interdependant experienced cross media producer and is specialised in projects in immersive media with societal relevance. He leads the practical research project Cohack Reality, VR as a learning tool. He is researcher & lecturer at the Luca School Of Arts Ghent, Belgium.

Thomas Meynen

Thomas Meynen holds a Master in Game Design from Howest, Kortrijk and is a highly technical programmer with an artistic approach and works at Luca School of Arts.

Rose Thys

Rose Thys is a digital designer with an appetite for animation, virtual and augmented reality and gamification. As a former language teacher, she likes strong stories and the idea of learning through playing, a principle she loves to add to her creations. She is the designer of Neoparent, a project of Odisee University College, that supports the family of hospitalised newborns.