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Bruno della Chiesa

A former diplomat and science fiction editor, among other more exotic jobs, Bruno della Chiesa is a linguist trained at the Universities of Bonn and Paris Sorbonne, where he earned a D.E.A. in 1989. After France (60s-70s) and Germany (early 80s), he has lived in Egypt, Mexico, Austria, France again, Germany again, and in the United States. A self-defined "pluricultural European", he speaks and writes in English, French, German and Spanish.

After about a decade in the French diplomatic service, he joined the OECD in 1999 and founded there , within the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) the project entitled "Learning Sciences and Brain Research", which brought together experts from almost 50 countries and is considered a seminal work in the field of educational neuroscience. This activity led to the publication of his book Understanding the Brain: the Birth of a Learning Science (Paris: OECD, 2007; published in English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Serbian and Spanish).

Just after finishing this, he started to teach at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) a yearly course entitled "Learning in A Globalizing World", which explores language learning in relation with cultural awareness, international social and economic contexts and educational neuroscience. He first came to teach his HGSE course at Kurt Fischer's invitation, and since then taught either a semester or a J-term course every year. As a result of his teaching and research activities at Harvard, he created and directed the Globalization, Languages and Cultures program, a HGSE-CERI cooperation, which resulted in the publication of the book Languages in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding in 2012 (Paris: OECD; published in English and Japanese; the second part of this book is foreseen for 2017).

Meanwhile, Bruno della Chiesa continues to work in the neuroscientific field as a guest editor for the Mind, Brain, and Education journal. His work on promoting and raising global awareness, summarized in his 'tesseracts-in-the-brain' hypothesis links (educational) neuroscience, (language) didactics, (socio)linguistics, (international) policy, and (philosophy of) ethics.

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