Prof. Dr. Valentina Dagiene is principal researcher and head of Department of Informatics Methodology in Vilnius University. She published over 200 scientific papers, and more than 50 textbooks in the field of informatics for schools. She is actively involved in various national and international committees as well as work groups on informatics education research. Dagiene is editor of two international journals: “Informatics in Education” and “Olympiads in Informatics”, the first one is included in Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation List. In 2004 she founded International Challenge on Informatics and Computational Thinking BEBRAS which runs annually and involves more than 50 countries. For complex research work “Information technologies for comprehensive education: formation of the directions for implementation and development of educational software, and software localization“ she got the National Science Award in 2008. Also she got the ETH Zurich honorary medal for contributions to school informatics in Europe (2011), and Ada Lovelace Computing Excellence Award by the European Commission´s (2016). In 2016 she got the state award, the Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.