Prof. Dr. Valentina Dagiene is principal researcher in Vilnius University Institute of Mathematics and Informatics. She has published over 200 scientific papers and 60 textbooks for Informatics education. She is an Editor-in-Chief of two international journals „Informatics in Education“ and “Olympiads in Informatics”.
She established an International conference on Olympiads in Informatics organized annually (e.g. Italy 2012, Australia 2013, Taiwan 2014, Kazakhstan 2015, Russia 2016, Iran 2017).
In 2004 she launched the International Challenge on Informatics and Computational Thinking BEBRAS (Beaver) which is organised in 58 countries. She has coordinated over 30 national and international projects on teaching coding to children and youngsters, technology enhanced learning, ICT introduction to education, teacher trainings, development of education software, software localization and internationalization.
She is acknowledged by more than a dozen awards on Education of Informatics, among them most important ETH (Zurich) honorary gold medal for contributions to School Informatics in Europe (2011), the Informatics Europe Best Practices in Education Award (2015), Ada Lovelace Computing Excellence Award (2016), and the Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas (2016).