WEBINAR: Phenomenal Teacher Education From Finland

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 2 – 3 pm CEST

Webinar Teacher Education


This free webinar is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest trends in Finnish education. Three presenters put the matter in a global perspective with their own broad international experience. Professor Kirsti Lonka will give a general introduction to the new national K12 curriculum, including 21st century competencies and interdisciplinary learning (also known as phenomenon-based learning). Professor Jari Lavonen will then explain how the learning of these 21st century competencies is emphasized in science education. Finally, Adjunct Professor, Dr. Markus Talvio will demonstrate the importance of social and emotional learning in teacher education as well as in schools.


Juha Merinen

CEO & Senior Advisor, SMART Internationalization Oy

Member of the Council, Worlddidac Association

Mr. Juha Merinen, Founder and CEO of SMART Internationalization Oy, is an experienced executive and international sales strategist with over 30 years hands-on experience in competence development, advancement, and management of business development and expansion operations in a range of sectors, especially with  Education and Wellbeing.

Kimmo Karpijoki

CEO of HY+, University of Helsinki

Mr. Kimmo Kärpijoki is currently working as CEO of HY+ Ltd, which is the center for continuing education at the University of Helsinki. Before this, he has worked in different education companies in various management positions. He has 25 years of experience in the education business in different countries around the world.


Kirsti Lonka

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Helsinki

Topic: Phenomenal teacher education from Finland

Ms. Kirsti Lonka, PhD, is Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Helsinki (UH), Finland, since 2005. She is Director of Research Group of Educational Psychology.  Kirsti Lonka is also Extraordinary Professor, Optentia Research Focus Area, NWU, South Africa (2016-2022) and Advisory Board Member of Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, NTUST, Taipei, Taiwan (2015-).  She is a founding member of Teachers’ Academy of University of Helsinki and their first President (2013-2014).

Ms. Lonka’s specialties are university student learning, motivation and epistemic cognition (especially teacher education), professional development as well as digital learning in schools and universities. She is currently developing new innovative online/blended learning solutions for HY+. Kirsti Lonka is a popular keynote speaker around the world. Her latest book is “Phenomenal Learning from Finland” (2018), translated in six languages in 2020.

Jari Lavonen

Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education, University of Helsinki

Topic: Recent trends in science education

Dr. Jari Lavonen is a Professor of Science Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is currently a director of the National Teacher Education Forum and chair of the Finnish Matriculation Examination Board. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and a Honorary Chair Professor at the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. He has been researching both science and technology and teacher education for the last 31 years. His publications include 150 refereed scientific papers in journals and books, 140 other articles, and 160 books on education for science teachers and science education.

Markus Talvio

Adjunct Professor in Educational Psychology, University of Helsinki

Topic: The importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Mr. Markus Talvio, PhD, is Adjunct Professor in Educational Psychology and a teacher trainer from the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has gathered experience from various jobs in the private and public sectors. Well-being in learning has been in the center of all his teaching career. He has conducted teachers’ workshops on social and emotional learning in over ten different countries.