"Chess is a meritocracy"

ECU Advisory Board


Professor Dr. Agneszka BRON




Professor Dr. Agnieszka Bron works at the Department of Education at the Stockholm University, Sweden, where from 1998 until 2016 she was Chair in Education at Stockholm University. Meanwhile, from 1998 until 2002, she was Professor of Adult Education at the Ruhr-Universtität Bochum, Germany. In addition, she worked as an adjunct professor at the Department of Leadership and Management at the Swedish National Defence University College, Stockholm (2003-2008). She has had extensive international experience in teaching and research, as visiting professor at SUNY Stony Brook, USA (1981), at OISE in Toronto, Canada (1982), and at University of Warwick, UK (1995) and at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (2006).
She has published extensively on subjects such as biographical studies (ethnicity, gender, informal learning and work), comparative studies (blue-collar workers’ access to post-secondary education, and non-traditional students in Sweden). Her research includes engagement in several European projects concerning mature students in higher education among others the EU TSER IV project University adult access policies and practices across the European Union and their consequences for the participation of non-traditional adults, as well as Swedish projects. She was the editor of the Bochum Studies in International Adult Education with four volumes (2000-2003). She is a co-founder of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, and was a convener of ESREA’s Active democratic citizenship and adult learning network, and member of the international advisory board among others for Studies in the Education of Adults , UK. Her contribution to the Board may consist in developing the idea of playing chess as a supporting factor in learners’ cognitive and social development.

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Professor Dr. Fernand GOBET




Fernand Gobet earned his Ph.D. in psychology in 1992 at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. After a six-year stay at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, where he worked on chess expertise with Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon, one of the founders of artificial intelligence, he was Senior Research Fellow and then the Allan Standen Reader in Intelligent Systems at the University of Nottingham. He moved to Brunel University in 2003 to take up a Chair in Cognitive Psychology. Since 2013, he is Professor of Decision Making and Expertise at the University of Liverpool.

His main research interests are (a) the psychology of expertise and talent, (b) the development of computer models of expertise and the acquisition of first language, and (c) in artificial intelligence, the use of genetic programming to automatically generate scientific theories. He is the designer of CHREST (Chunk Hierarchy and REtrieval STructures), one of the few cognitive architectures in the world. He has carried out extensive research on chess psychology and education. Together with Giovanni Sala, he has carried out several meta-analyses on cognitive transfer, in domains including chess, music, video-game playing, exergames, and working memory training. He has over 300 scientific publications, including 10 books. His latest book is Understanding Expertise: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (London: Palgrave).


Professor Dr. Alexander KHOROSHILOV

Consultant of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE)


Professor Alexander Khoroshilov is a well-known expert on ICTs, education technologies, mathematical modelling, economics and statistics. He has over 40 years of deep professional experience in the field of ICTs and education including that at the international level. Besides, he has an extensive experience in provision of advisory services to education policy makers. He graduated from the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) in 1975 as engineer-economist on ICT and then he has been worked in MESI University until 2007 on various positions – from software engineer to First Vice-Rector (at the latest position – during 15 years). He received his PhD in Economics from the same university in 1982 and the rank of professor in 1996.  In the period from 2007 to 2010 he has been worked at the Academy of Labor and Social Relations as Vice-Rector and at the Moscow State (Lomonosov) University as a professor. Since August 2010 until March 2016, he has been working at the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) as National Programme Officer and then as Officer-In-Charge of IITE (from August 2014  Besides the following areas of Institute activities were  under his direct coordination and responsibility: ICT in Education Policy, Teacher Professional Development and Networking, ICT competency and Innovative Pedagogy.  ). From March 1, 2016 to February 10, 2017   he has been worked as  Head a.i. of the Institute. Since  February 13, 2017 – he has been retiring  but has been proceeding to work work temporary as   IITE Consultant.


Professor Dr. Seyhan NISEL




Seyhan Nisel, formerly Seyhan Sipahi) is a professor of Quantitative Methods at School of Business Administration, Istanbul University. She earned her MA and her PhD in Quantitative Methods from the Social Science Institute of the Istanbul University. Her PhD thesis was on “Ranking Cities of Turkey by Livability using Analytic Hierarchy Process”. In 2007, she was visiting research scholar at Operations and Decision Technologies Department at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. Her primary fields of research are data analysis, spreadsheet modeling, multivariate statistical analysis, performance measurement and ranking, multi-criteria decision making in business, simulation optimization, and quantitative analysis in sport. She has several national and international articles and conference papers published in reputed academic journals and proceeding books. She is associate editor of the “Journal of the School of Business Administration”, Istanbul University. She has also been working as a executive board member at Istanbul University for EU Horizon 2020 and international research programs and projects. She is a member of Social Science Ethics Board at Istanbul University since 2017. She has been working at Quantitative Methods Department, School of Business Administration since 1997.


Professor Dr. Roberto TRINCHERO



Roberto Trinchero (roberto.trinchero@unito.it) is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Education of the University of Turin. He has a PhD in Sociology and his interests of research are about empirical research in education, cognitive enhancement, evidence-based practice in instructional design and evaluation. Among his interational publications:

  1. Trinchero (2017), Learn from Experience to Build Competence: A Model for Structuring Active Learning Practicesin Virtual Learning Environments. In G. Panconesi, M. Guida, Handbook of Research on Collaborative Teaching Practice in Virtual Learning Environments, pp. 1-14;
  2. Trinchero, G. Sala (2016), Can chess training improve Pisa scores in Mathematics? an experiment in Italian primary schools, Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 12 (2016), pp. 655–668;
  3. Sala, F. Gobet, R. Trinchero, S. Ventura (2016). Does chess instruction enhance mathematical ability in children? A three-group design to control for placebo effects. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society;
  4. Trinchero (2014), Cognitive Enhancement for Children in Developing Countries. A Teacher Training Experience in a Kigali Primary School, in E. Dansero, F. De Filippi, E. Fantini, I. Marocco (eds.), Imagining cultures of cooperation: Universities networking to face the new development challenges. Proceedings of the III CUCS Congress, JUNCO – Journal of Universities and international development COoperation, n.1/2014, pp. 26-32;
  5. Trinchero, A. Tomassone (2014), The sport as a laboratory for values and vehicle for personal growth, in AA. VV. (2014), Values in Training, Lecce, Pensa Multimedia, pp. 136-147;
  6. Trinchero, A.  Dominici, G. Sala (2014), Chess in School can improve Math Ability? Differences between instructor training and teacher training from an experiment in Italian primary schools, Yerevan, ICCS 2014;
  7. Trinchero (2014). Five research principles to overcome the dualism quantitative-qualitative, ESS – Education Science and Society, 5 (2014);
  8. Trinchero (2011). Developing and Assessing Media Competence. In: A. Parola, M. Ranieri . Media Education in Action. A Research Study in Six European Countries. p. 37-54, Firenze:Firenze University Press