Keynote speakers

Rodrigo Mariño

Rodrigo Mariño is a Professor of Population Oral Health at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne, Australia. Rodrigo has a dental degree (U of Chile), a MPH (Minnesota) and a PhD (Melbourne). He has excellent expertise in social epidemiology and population oral health. In line with Australia’s National Oral Health Plans and international research priorities in oral health research, his research has focused on five main areas: a) Dental caries prevention; b) Health promotion and access to oral health care services; c) Oral health workforce; d) Economic evaluation in oral health; and e) Build knowledge base. Rodrigo has established links and maintained continuous contact and research activities with major research and academic groups in Australia and overseas. These collaborations have resulted in joint papers, research projects, international symposiums, and capacity building activities, such as courses and academic exchange programs. He has published more than 140 papers in scientific journals as well as several major reports and 35 Books Chapters.

Rodrigo has held several visiting academic positions in Australia and overseas (Canada, Brazil, Chile and Portugal). He has also been a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Washington, DC. Rodrigo is currently the Past-president, e-Oral Health Research Network, IADR, and a member of the editorial board of three international, peer-reviewed journals. Recently, he was the editor of a special issue on Telehealth in Dentistry in the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth ( On a more personal note, Rodrigo is the proud father of three children and lives with his family at a biking distance to the Melbourne Dental School.

Alejandra Arratia

Alejandra is a psychologist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Diploma in Quality Management from the Diego Portales University and the School of Industrial Organisation, Madrid. She holds a PhD in Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has more than 25 years of experience in education, working with rural and urban schools both in Chile and in the state of Victoria, Australia. She has worked as a teacher at the School of Psychology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, collaborated with IBE-UNESCO in curricular and evaluative topics, and participated in different projects related to teacher training, curriculum, and learning assessment. During the last couple of years, she served as National Coordinator of the Curriculum and Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Education, responsible for both curricular and evaluative definitions of the Quality Assurance System in Chile. She is currently the Executive Director of Educación 2020, a foundation that emerges from the eaves of a social movement and is dedicated to the incidence of politics on matters of early childhood and school education. The foundation works successfully with schools to accompany them in their improvement and promotes the creation of a network in Latin America with similar institutions to make education a priority in the countries of the region (Reduca).

Jennifer Ann Marshall Graves AO FAA

Jenny Graves is an evolutionary geneticist who works with Australian animals, including kangaroos, platypuses, devils (Tasmanian), and dragons (lizards). She is (in)famous for her prediction that the human ‘Y’ chromosome is disappearing. Jenny has produced three books and more than 400 research articles. She has received many honours and awards, including the Academy’s MacFarlane Burnet medal in 2006, and L’Oreal-UNESCO Laureate for Women in Science in the same year. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and was on the Executive branch for 8 years, first as Foreign Secretary, then as Education Secretary with responsibility for the Academy’s science education projects. Additionally, she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 and in 2017 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for her pioneering investigations on the genetics of sex. Recently. She has been elected a foreign associate to the United States National Academy of Sciences.

Paul Gruba

Paul Gruba is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He first taught English in Bamako before taking up a position at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in academic staff development. Later, he lived in Japan, where he took up a position teaching English. After his studies at UCLA, focusing on the role of digital video media in second language assessment, Paul returned to Japan in 1991, where he took up a position as a language test developer at Kanda University of International Studies. After that, he moved to Melbourne where he completed his doctorate on the role of video in second language listening. His research interests also include the use of technology in language teaching and research. Paul has published numerous articles, books and book chapters.