Theo van Leeuwen is Professor of Multimodal Communication at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales, the Australian Catholic University and the University of Lancaster.

He researches and writes about social semiotics, multimodality, visual communication and critical discourse analysis. This has included work on radio announcing speech, media interviews, global magazines, toys as communication, sound and music, typography and decoration. His current projects at SDU are about the theory of visual communication (with Morten Boeriis), online fashion shopping (with Thomas Hestbæk Andersen), and online resources for mathematics and science education (with Ditte Lund Iversen).

The third edition of Reading Images (with Gunther Kress) is now in press and he is currently working on a book on multimodality and identity to be published by Routledge. Theo is a founding editor of the journal Visual Communication. In other lives he has been a film director and a jazz musician.

Neyla Pardo Abril holds a PhD in Spanish Linguistics, Master in Spanish Linguistics, Master in Educative Administration and Supervision. She is an Associate Professor from the Linguistic Department of the National University of Colombia ( Universidad Nacional de Colombia), and fellow researcher from the Communication and Culture Studies Institute (IECO).

Recently, she was named Emeritus Researcher from Colciencias. She coordinates the Colombian Group of the mass media discourse analysis. Her investigations are focused on the fields of Critical Studies of Multimodal and Multimedia Discourse; Communication and Culture, among which she has directed undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

Her most recent Project SPEME is carried out by an interinstitutional agreement between the National University of Colombia, the University of Bologna, University of Amsterdam, and the University of Buenos Aires.

Maria Grazia Sindoni, PhD, is Associate Professor in English Linguistics and Translation at the
University of Messina, Italy. She received the habilitation to full professorship in 2017. Her research interests include multimodal studies, video-mediated spontaneous interaction, digital literacies, systemic-functional grammar, and multimodal critical discourse analysis.

She is interested in investigating how semiosis of communication works in mediated contexts by applying multimodal frameworks of analysis and transcription methods that account for the repertoire of semiotic resources, mainly in digital environments. She has developed multimodal analyses in discourse contexts such as video-mediated communication, digital peer-learning, hate speech in online media and knowledge popularization in digital health discourse.

She is currently PI for a European-funded project on multimodality and digital literacies involving seven European partners (2016-2019).

Viviane M. Heberle is Full Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina  (Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina), Brazil, where she teaches and supervises master and doctorate students at the Graduate Program in English.  She is a researcher in Applied Linguistics of the Brazilian Science and Technology Research Council (CNPq).

She taught courses for the Bachelor of Education Honors Degree at Westhill College, Birmingham, UK, and was a Visiting Scholar at The Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests include systemic functional linguistics, critical discourse analysis, multimodality and multiliteracies.

Germán Canale is Associate Professor at the Institute of Linguistics in Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and researcher at the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (ANII, Uruguay). His main research interests revolve around discourse, multimodality and learning, drawing on ethnographic approaches to discourse, multimodal discourse analysis and multimodal social semiotics.

He is head of the research group “Multimodal discourse analysis: representation, communication and learning”. He recently published the book “Technology, Multimodality and Learning: analyzing meaning across scales” (Palgrave Studies in Educational Media, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).