Aune Valk

Aune Valk (PhD in Psychology) is currently vice-rector for academic affairs at the University of Tartu, Estonia. In years 2008 – 2014 she was Estonian national project manager for OECD survey of adult skills – PIAAC, coordinating also national PIAAC research programme. In 2014 – 2018 she was working as a head of the analyses department in the Ministry of Education and Research providing educational and research-policy making with data, statistics and studies. Her earlier positions include being researcher in different institutions and being director of Open University – the brand for adult education at the University of Tartu. She has numerous publications on cross-cultural psychology and education.


Jessica Vervoort is a teacher for newcomers for 12 years. She guides the students from the language immersion programme they follow to the next school. In her work, she with her collagues prepare students as well as possible for a school programme in Belgium. She also supports schools with questions about newcomers in their school.

Viivian Jõemets Viivian Jõemets, chief expert at the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, made her PhD at Université Paris-Sorbonne and post-doctoral studies at Tartu University on non-verbal and verbal voice usage and communication. Her main areas of responsibility are early language acquisition, language learning, equal opportunities for children with diverse linguistic and migrant backgrounds, and research in related fields.

Laura Emery does research on the orientation of newly arrived migrant students in secondary education in Flanders. By doing volunteer work in a social organization she got inspired by the great potential of young immigrants. In her research she wants to investigate why these youngsters do not always reach their full potential in education.

Brenda Bartelink

Brenda Bartelink is a qualitative researcher working on the intersections of care and religious diversity, with a strong focus on gender, sexuality. She is particularly interested in how people shape and live their lives on these intersections in the context of broader normative and of highly polarized social dynamics.
She has conducted qualitative and ethnographic research on religion in relation to sexual wellbeing, gender and gender-based violence in Eastern and Southern Africa. She has also conducted research on the cultural encounter around these themes between public health organizations and religious and cultural minorities in The Netherlands and broader Western Europe (www.culturalencounters.nl).Her current project is focused on how foster families in The Netherlands navigate religious diversity and difference in their everyday parenting practices. 

Karl Käsnapuu Karl Käsnapuu, (MA, University of Tartu) has dedicated himself to the study of death and dying. What are the cultural, societal, and ethical issues a modern day person has to face at the end of one’s life? The end-of-life decision making plays an important role on the personal level as well as on the societal level. What kind of decision making could there be to face at the end of life? In addition to the psychosocial and physical issues, the modern field of palliative care has well demonstrated the importance of the spiritual issues at the end of life. Spirituality has been recognized as an important dimension considering a person’s psychological and also physical well-being. Both, religious and non-religious characteristics are important to pay attention to, especially in the present day multicultural setting. Interdisciplinary research in this important field is swiftly developing year by year. 

Prof. Dr. Gunnar Duttge is a Full Professor of Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law and also Director of the Department of Criminal Medical and Biological Law at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany. Habilitated in 2000, Professor Duttge initially hold lectures at the Ruhr University in Bochum as well as at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich before he finally accepted the chair-appointment at the Georg-August-University in 2004. Professor Duttge is founding director and member of the board of the Center of Medical Law at the Georg-August University, between 2005 and 2010, as well as between 2017 and 2019, he was also the executive director. Moreover he is a member of several scientific boards, committees and associations and preserves good international contacts in Turkey as well as in East Asia.


Jérôme Wittwer, Professor of economics at the university of Bordeaux, is responsible for the EMOS team (Economics and Management of Health Organizations) ot the Bordeaux Population Health research center. His research focuses on the economic evaluation of health policies/programmes and more specifically on healthcare access inequalities.


Hannah Bradby is a professor at Uppsala University and currently conducting research on racism in heathcare and on sexual and gender based violence among refugees. Her latest co-authored book is about Welfare Bricolage and her latest paper appears in the Sociology of Health and Illness.  Hannah is a founding contributing editor at the sociological blog Cost of Living as well as Field and Speciality Chief Editor at Frontiers in Sociology


Kadri Simm is an associate professor of practical philosophy at University of Tartu. Her research focuses broadly on medical ethics and bioethics, more recent publications dealing with biobanking, ethics of reproductive technologies and distribution of health care resources. She is also member of the Tartu University Hospital clinical ethics committee.


Piet Van Avermaet is Professor in ‘Language and Diversity’ in the Linguistics Department of Ghent University, Belgium, where he teaches 'multicultural studies', 'multilingualism in education', ‘language, diversity and globalisation’ and 'language policy'. He is also Head of the Research Centre for Diversity & Learning (CDL) at the same University. He is series co-editor (with Kathleen Heugh and Christopher Stroud) of the book series ‘Multilingualisms and Diversities in Education’, Bloomsbury. His expertise and research interests cover topics related to multilingualism in education, social inequality and equity in education, language policy and practice in education, language policy and practice in contexts of (social) inclusion, language assessment, diversity and inclusion, integration and participation, discrimination in education.


Prof. Dr. Andrea D. Bührmann obtained her doctorate from the University of Münster in 1995. In 2013 she was the founding director of the Göttingen Diversity Research Institute. During the summer term of 2014, Professor Bührmann was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley and, during the summer term of 2015, she was a visiting professor at the University of Klagenfurt. From 2015 to 2017, Andrea D. Bührmann was University Vice President for Studies and Teaching, and, following her re-election, she was University Vice President for Studies and Teaching, Equality and Diversity from 2017 to 2021.


Sabine Otten, PhD, is a Full Professor in Social Psychology at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her area of expertise is in the field of intergroup relations and social integration. Core research interests are (1) the impact and proper management of (especially) cultural diversity at the workplace, and (2) internationalization in Higher Education, and the conditions under which it may be beneficial for both international students and students from the host society. What drives me is the realization that for both the functioning and well-being of both individuals and societies as a whole fair treatment and inclusion of people, irrespective of their backgrounds, are crucial, but can certainly not be taken for granted in nowadays societies.


Gesche Katharina Luise Dumiak is currently working as a research assistant at the department of intercultural german studies at the University of Göttingen. In her PhD project, she is focusing on constructions of multilingualism and language regimes in teacher education and classroom spaces. With her research she hopes to find out more about how to transform spaces that contribute to language-based discrimination into empowering spaces.