Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku
Professor of History and Social Science Education Arja Virta has a PhD in both history (1982) and education (1995), as well as a long experience in educating history and social science teachers. In 2010–2015, she was the Vice-President of the International Society for History Didactics and, since then, has continued as a member of the organization’s Scientific Advisory Board. Virta has, among other topics, studied the way that children and adolescents manifest their understanding of the past while working with history-related material as well as dealt with the professional growth of prospective history teachers. In 2014, she led a study on the visual literacy skills of history students (funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation). She is currently acting as the Head of Department of Teacher Education at the University of Turku.
Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, University of Oulu
Kari Väyrynen is senior university lecturer and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Oulu. He is a co-director of The Oulu Centre for Theoretical and Philosophical Studies of History and of the Centre for Environmental Humanities (University of Oulu). His research focuses on the philosophy and theory of history, history of philosophy (especially Antiquity and classical German Idealism), philosophy of education and environmental philosophy. He has recently edited (with Jarmo Pulkkinen) two books on the theory and philosophy of history (in Finnish, Vastapaino 2015 & 2016).
Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä
Anna-Kaisa Ylitalo’s research focuses on statistical analysis of eye movements, namely spatial and spatio-temporal statistics, point processes, longitudinal data analysis and methodology development. Her doctoral thesis in statistics, finalized in 2017, is about the statistical inference and modeling of eye movements using spatial and spatio-temporal point processes. At present, Ylitalo works as a project researcher in a research consortium ”Reading Music: Eye-movements and the Development of Expertise”. The consortium is funded by the Academy of Finland (2014–2018) and is a collaboration between University of Jyväskylä and University of Turku.