Patrick VERNIERS is Director of the Higher Council for Media Education (CSEM – Conseil Supérieur de l’Education aux Médias) attached to the Ministry of the Brussels Wallonia Federation in Belgium. He was successively Vice-President and President of CSEM between 2009 and 2020.
His professional experiences led him to teach media education through the creation and coordination of the first Master’s degree in media education at the Institut des Hautes Ecoles des Communications Sociales in Brussels (IHECS) , in co-diplomation with UCLouvain (Catholic University of Louvain-la-neuve). (between 2013 and 2020). Author and co-author of educational resources specializing in media education, he has experiences in training adults, teachers and youth workers.
During 15 years, he was director of a media education resources center in Brussels.
Guest lecturer at the UCLouvain school of communication for more than 15 years, he has been in charge of various courses in socio-educational communication.
Coordinator and initiator of several European and international media education projects and networks, he is a member of the European Commission’s media education expert group (MLEG) since 2008 and has carried out several expert missions for the Council of Europe. He participated in the creation of the international association for media education (www.iame.education) for which he is an administration board member.