Academic Spaces of Future Universities

18 Mar 2021
15:00 - 17:00
online lecture & discussion

About the lecture
The lecture will be delivered in English and Russian with simultaneous translation
International educators and experts will discuss the public and learning spaces of the long-biography universities challenged with the 'preserve VS remove' dilemma. Recent changes in lifestyles and education modes made the problem of obsolete and inefficiently used spaces even more acute for technical universities, which use the 19th – 20th-century infrastructure. How can we create a comfortable, inclusive and motivating environment in a historic campus with an "untouchable" heritage? What spatial solutions are offered for productive studies and research work by modern university innovators? These and other questions will be answered by the best international and Russian professionals, which develop campuses of the Netherlands, Italy, Finland and Russia.

Online discussion opens the program dedicated to the 135th anniversary of St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI). It includes the International Contest of Young Architects for developing the Four Signature Locations of the University.
The meeting will be opened by the greetings speech by Ivar Scheers, the Deputy Consul General of the Netherlands in Russia
Anastasia Minina
Vice-Rector for International Affairs of Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University, LETI, Russia
In 2009, Anastasia Minina graduated with honours from the Department of Information and Measurement Systems and Technology of ETU-LETI. She is a PhD and an associate professor in the same department. As a Vice-Rector, she is responsible for international and interregional communication and public relations. She also leads international research & education projects. Anastasia authored and co-authored more than 60 research papers and articles, monographs, textbooks and methodological guidelines, she is a speaker at high-level international forums and conferences on higher education, academic mobility and university research. At present, Dr Minina combines her work with studies in the Rector's School of the SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management.
Dara Melnyk
Head of the Research Group, the SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre (SEDeC), Russia
Dara's professional and research interests fall under the umbrellas of university transformation and experimental higher education. She participates in strategy sessions and integrated programmes for top Russian universities and prepares recommendations for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. She also leads a small team of researchers analysts at the SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre. Dara curates an MA programme in Experimental Higher Education at the School of Advanced Studies. She participated in the development of the University Transformation Simulator (UTS) and the University Transformation Challenge, which is a simulator-based training programme for university leaders. Dara frequently publishes in Russian and international media and is a chief editor for the SEDeC blog.

Pascale Leistra
Atelier PRO senior architect, the Netherlands
In 1995, Pascale graduated from Delft Univesity of Technology. Since 1997, she has been working as a designer at atelier PRO and since 2004 she operates as an architect project leader.

To Pascale, the 'architectural route' is indispensable in the process to develop ideas and accomplish successful design projects. The routing through an environment, building, or space on the one hand and the sensation of elements like light, color, texture and contrasts on the other hand, play a game with each other.

Over the years, she has been working on Atelier PRO various projects, many of which deal with new or renovated "knowledge and learning" places - universities, schools, libraries. One of them is Letovo Education Hub in New Moscow.
Antonella Longo
Aggregate professor at the Department of Engineering for Innovation of the University of Salento, Italy
Antonella Longo holds a PhD in Information Engineering since 2004. She teaches Data Management and Big data management for decision making at Management Engineering and Business school master courses. Her research interests deal with information systems and databases, service-oriented architectures design for cloud and edge infrastructure, technology-enhanced learning and citizen science.

Her current research activity focuses on big data management and exploration of cloud architecture integration with edge computing in cyber-physical social systems. On these topics, she has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.

She is the scientific coordinator of DiDa, the departmental research centre about technology-enhanced learning and carries out her research activity in the SyDA group (Systems, Data and Applications) at the University of Salento, where she coordinates the research activities about service modelling and computing and the applications in smart cities.
Jasper van Winden
Pproject manager for educational innovations at Utrecht University
Jasper van Winden works as a project manager for educational innovations at Utrecht University, a wide range of international research university with 6.700 staff members and 30.000 students. Van Winden leads the multidisciplinary project Future Learning Spaces that aims to experiment with new concepts to explore how the physical learning environment can contribute to Utrecht University's vision on education.

His interest in learning spaces started while teaching in the Biology department, with the observation that traditional learning spaces were limiting him in implementing the core principles from Utrecht University's vision on education. Next year he designed his own active learning classroom in the university's Teaching & Learning Lab. The promising results lead to the start of the project Future Learning Spaces. As manager of this project, he now seeks to inspire teachers, policy makers, and administrators to rethink their learning spaces to improve learning.

Ari Lindeman
Research Manager at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)
Ari Lindeman is a Research Manager at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk), Creative Industries Research Unit, Finland. He is responsible for interdisciplinary R&D project development and research in the intersection of creative fields and business development. He was an ASLA-Fulbright Grantee at the Department of Philosophy, University of South Florida, in 2000-2003. He has worked earlier as a management consultant in the private sector and studied management and consulting at Turku School of Economics Finland, UMIST/Manchester School of Management, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, and University of Helsinki. He has published quite extensively in Finnish research & development publications, in addition to Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organisation and Technology, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and Finnish-Russian research publications. His research interests focus on leadership, interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurial ecosystems and creative economy as well as philosophy of education.
Andrey Surovenkov
Head of Architectural Environment Design Department at Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPbGASU).
Andrey Surovenkov graduated from Saint Petersburg University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPbGASU) in 2000, following that he worked in different design bureaus. In parallel with that, he was writing his thesis, which he defended in 2005. Today Dr Surovenkov is the Head of Design of Architectural Environment in SPbGASU. Starting from 2016 he is the research manager of master's programs.
Thursday, 18 Mar 2021, 15:00 MSK
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