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Minna Berg is a PhD student and also a part of the research group of educational psychology at the University of Helsinki. She made her master thesis on teachers´ social and emotional learning (SEL). She has worked for many years in primary school both as a class teacher and special class teacher specializing on students with social and emotional problems. Her doctoral studies aim at investigating the benefits of SEL-programs for teachers and in more detail the changes in teachers´ knowledge and applied knowledge in typical challenging situations in teacher profession. The SEL-programme under investigation is Lions Quest. Minna Berg has also worked as a co-author in published articles that concern teachers social and emotional learning and social and emotional skills.

Kirsti Lonka is Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Helsinki, Finland (2005-). On wiredminds.fi you may see all her projects and also people working with her. Kirsti is also Extraordinary Professor, Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, Vanderbiljpark, South Africa (2016-2019) https://news.nwu.ac.za/prof-kirsti-lonka-trailing-digital-native-within-educational-context and Advisory Board Member of Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (2015-).Kirsti is a founding member of Teachers' Academy of University of Helsinki https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/teachers-academy since 2013 and also their first President (2013-2014). She is the Director of Research Group of Educational Psychology and also the Principal Investigator of the Project "Mind the Gap - between digital natives and educational practices" (Funded by the Mind Program of Academy of Finland (2013-2106), blogs.helsinki.fi/mindthegap

The latest projects are 3Spaces https://www.3tilaa.fi/in-english/ (2015-2017) as well as Sustainable Education Design https://www.educationdesign.fi (TEKES, BEAM Project, 2015-2017) and Engaging Working Culturehttps://www.helsinki.fi/engaging-working-culture (TEKES TUTL Project 2015-2017).

Previous major project was PI of WP4 Task 1.1. (Learning Environments) in RYM Indoor Environment project (2011-2015) See outcomes: rym.fi.

Markus Talvio is a post doc researcher and his research interests includes evaluating teachers' social and emotional competence and developing research tools for assessing it. Markus Talvio is principal researcher of the Lions Quest evaluation project which focuses on teachers' change in their readiness to implement social and emotinal learning in their classrooms (https://lions-quest-evaluation-project.webnode.fi/).

Together with the research group Markus has conducted ten articles related to social and emotional learning to peer reviewed international scientific journals. His PhD in year 2014 focused on the developlment teachers' personal social and emotinal compatence (https://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-51-0188-4)

Markus is a part-time teacher at the faculty. During last 15 years he has been training teachers and other people working with children using various SEL programmes in Czech Republic, China, Estonia, Finland,  Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Lebanon and Spain. He is a technical advisor of the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Evangelical Lutheran Association for Youth in Finland, and Finnish Children and Youth Foundation. He is a reviewer of the Instructional Science Journal and the Finnish coordinator of the European Network of Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC)