EATAW / Athens Conference 2005
Keynote Speakers

Lotte Rienecker

Lotte Rienecker has been the Director of the Academic Writing Center of the University of Copenhagen since 1996. Before that, she served as a writing consultant and a lecturer in Psychology.

She has conducted workshops at Vilnius University and the Ebo Academy, on teaching and tutoring academic writing. She is a member of EATAW and of “Writing across Education” of the Danish Network for University Pedagogy.

Her special interests include academic genres from one year to PhD theses, articles and research questions writing, writing processes, writing pedagogy, psychology of writing, and conducting advising and tutorials.

She has made a major contribution in EATAW’s work, by chairing the EATAW Board (1999-2003) and by co-organizing the 2001 and 2003 conferences.

During the Conference, Lotte Rienecker gave a presentation titled “Writing Software as a Tool for Teaching Genre”.


Constantine Stephanidis

Constantine Stephanidis is Director of the Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Head of the Human - Computer Interaction Laboratory, and Head of the Centre for Universal Access and Assistive Technologies. He is also member of the Faculty at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete. At present, he serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Science and Technology Park of Crete.

Since the late 80s, Prof. Stephanidis has been actively involved in activities contributing to the European Commission R&D Policy on Information Society, and in particular on issues related to Universal Access and e-Inclusion. Currently, he is a member of the Management Committee of the Information Society Technologies Programme of the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission and member of the EC eAccessibility Expert Group.
He is also Coordinator of the Task Force on Universal Access and Usability in the Information Society (Secretariat for the Information Society, Hellenic Ministry of Economy and Finance) and Coordinator of the GR-DeAN National Network, the Greek node of the European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (EDeAN).

For many years, Prof. Stephanidis has been engaged as Prime Investigator in pioneering research work in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Universal Access, partly funded by the European Commission. In the beginning of the '90s he introduced the concept of "User Interfaces for All" as a socio-technical goal in the Information Society. He has published more than 300 technical papers in scientific archival journals, proceedings of international conferences and workshops related to his fields of expertise. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer international journal "Universal Access in the Information Society", and the Editor of the book "User Interfaces for All - concepts, methods and tools" published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. He is the Founding Chair of the ERCIM Working Group "User Interfaces for All" and General Chair of its Workshop series. During the period 1997 - 2000 he was the Founding Chair of the International Scientific Forum "Towards an Information Society for All", in the context of which he edited White Papers concerning the roadmap and R&D agenda towards an Information Society for All. Since 2001 he is the Founding Chair of the International Conference "Universal Access in Human - Computer Interaction".

During the Conference, Constantine Stephanidis gave a presentation titled "Universal Access to eLearning in the Information Society".


Katrin Girgensohn

Katrin Girgensohn lives in Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder in Germany . For 15 years, Katrin has been working with the idea of writing as a mode of creative collaboration (for example, in Berlin , where she combines sightseeing and creative writing for tourists). She teaches academic writing at the European University Viadrina at the German-Polish Border. Her book 66 Schreibnachte (2001) is a guide for people who want to practice collaborative writing.

Katrin was also a member of the 2003-2005 EATAW Board and presented a special event before the Conference.


Mahmoud T. Arani

Dr. Mahmoud T. Arani is an Associate Professor at the School of International Studies at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont (U.S.A.) He teaches graduate courses in teaching reading and writing in a second language, discourse analysis, and theory and methods in teaching a second language among others. In addition to teaching in the U.S., he has also offered summer courses at the HAU in Greece and at Vietnam National University in Hanoi, Vietnam. His research interest is in the application of discourse analysis in the teaching of reading and writing for academic purposes. Dr. Arani is a regular presenter at the international conventions of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He has been a teacher trainer for the past 18 years. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Arani served as the director of the MATESL program at Saint Michael’s College.

During the Conference, Dr. Arani and Dr. O'Dowd gave a presentation titled “Teaching Writing As Information Management”.

Elizabeth O'Dowd

Dr. Elizabeth O'Dowd is an Associate Professor at the School of International Studies at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont (U.S.A.) A native of England and an ESL /EFL teacher for at least 25 years, she has taught or done teacher training in the US , Britain , Spain , Thailand , and Colombia . She presents regularly at TESOL and is especially interested in syntactic theory, pedagogical grammar, and bilingualism. She is the author of Prepositions and Particles in English: A Discourse-Functional Account (1998), and co-author of Grammar Links 2: A Course for Reference and Practice.

During the Conference, Dr. Arani and Dr. O'Dowd gave a presentation titled “Teaching Writing As Information Management”.

Participation of all keynote speakers was sponsored by the Hellenic American Union.

The Writing Center Hellenic American Union Hellenic American University