Keynote Speakers: XIII. ECSBS – Sofia, Bulgaria – May 19-22, 2017


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Dr. Ercan Kiraz – Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
Keynote Speech Title: Trends of Education: Steering a future from the past

Ercan Kiraz is a professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of Educational Sciences. He completed his M.Sc. in 1993, and Ph.D. in 1997 in Curriculum Development and Special Education field at the University of Southern California, Waite Phillips Hall School of Education, in the USA. During his graduate studies, he concentrated on pre and in-service teacher education, interactive learning, academic collegiality, curriculum development, instructional design, and teaching modeling. Professor Kiraz believes that in the center of learning process a main emphasis should be placed on developing special learning environments that reveal active learning and cognitive movements. For this, he conducted researches in the areas of school architecture and learning ergonomics, multiple intelligences theory, blended learning, active learning, educational ideologies, educational technology, and qualitative research techniques. In 2011-2012 he was a visiting senior scholar of Fulbright at Arizona State University and completed research on instructional design approaches. He also supervised many M.Sc. thesis and Ph.D. dissertations in those areas.


Dr. Kosyo Stoychev – Sofia University, Bulgaria
Keynote Speech Title: “The economic geography as a behavioral science”

Kosyo Stoychev is a Head of Department “Regional and Political Geography”, Geology and Geography Faculty, “St. Kliment Ohridski” Sofia University, Bulgaria. His PhD is in the field of Economic and Social Geography Theory and especially the “Regional Development of the industrialization of Bulgaria“. He works in the applied science fields like Regional Development and Spatial Planning of big Cities and Rural regions. The Habilitation is in the field of Economic and Social Geography Theory – Location analysis and Location Theory. He is author of the monography “Locational approaches for Regional Development” dedicated to the systematic Economic Geography and Location Theory, Co-author of the Book “Regional and Political Geography of the Balkan states” and others. Key-expert of more than 20 projects dedicated to strategic spatial planning, spatial development concepts, investment projects and etc. Kosyo Stoychev is a Vice-president of Bulgarian Regional Science Association (BRSA, member of ERSA); Chairman of the “Institute for Territorial Innovations and Cooperation; Board Member of the Association of Professional Geographers and Regionalists; Member of Bulgarian Geographical Society”.


Dr. Corina Daba-Buzoianu – SNSPA, Romania
Keynote Speech Title: Inquiring communication as a field in Romania

Corina Daba-Buzoianu is an associate professor at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA). She has a PhD in the epistemology of image and she was a postdoctoral researcher in Communication, studying Qualitative Research in Communication. In 2011 she was a visiting researcher at University of Amsterdam. Since 2009, Corina Daba-Buzoianu published articles, book chapters, books and volumes on identity, image and representation. Since 2013, her research is focused on the study of qualitative research in communication and on the development of communication as a filed in Romania.