Invited Speaker

Kristiina Kumpulainen, PhD, is Professor of Education, specializing in pre-school and early primary education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. Recognized internationally for her scholarship Kumpulainen is the author of over 100 articles and 10 books. Her research interests focus on young children’s learning, development and wellbeing in their social ecologies in and out of formal education, dialogic learning, agency and identity, multiliteracies, and professional development of teachers. She is the recipient of numerous research and development grants. Her current research projects include the Joy of Learning Multiliteracies ( and School-based Makerspaces for Promoting Young Learners’ Digital Literacies and Creativity (