Ilona Iłowiecka-Tańska, PhD, Head of the Research Department
I am a cultural anthropologist interested above all in the changes in perception of science and scientists and transformations of their social role. I think these transformations have a huge influence on our culture. In the Copernicus Science Centre I conduct research projects focused on students’ science capital. I observe visiting styles of our exhibitions and try to find the answer to the question why people experience them in so many different ways.
Artur Kalinowski, main specialist in the Research Department
I conduct research related to perception of the Copernicus Science Centre by the society. My main point of interest are reasons for which people choose to visit our Centre and other cultural institutions.
dr Łukasz Tanaś
The Copernicus Science Centre implements numerous educational projects in cooperation with schools and other institutions. I carry out research that accompanies these projects. I am interested in the changes in the education model in Poland and abroad, as well as in the educational policies that may lead to these changes. I am a sociologist by education. Outside of work, I go hiking and am interested in politics
In the Copernicus Science Centre I deal with the topic of visitor studies. I conduct research related to ways of using our exhibits and experiencing other activities the Centre has to offer (workshops, laboratories). My main points of interest are cognitive aspects of visits to our Centre as well as regulating factors of the process. I am a psychology PhD student at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
I graduated from psychology and archaeology. In the Copernicus Science Centre I coordinate the work of pollsters and supervise preparations of successive editions of the “Cognitive Adventures” conference. I am interested mainly in personal and temperamental determinants of differences in perceiving and experiencing the surrounding world.
My responsibility in the Copernicus Science Centre is the budget – I support our Research Team in executing cost controls in conducted projects and studies. My everyday tasks include dealing with invoices, bills and payment claims. I devote my free time to my three passions: motorcycles, art and floristry. I graduated from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.
Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education
Dor Abrahamson is a specialist in learning sciences. His work focuses on designing and studying educational tools and solutions, and his main interest lies in cognitive aspects of mathematical thinking. He currently has an appointment as Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, where he runs the Embodied Design Research Laboratory. He draws on constructivist–enactivist and sociocultural theories to inform the design of interactive educational materials. In turn, he analyses empirical data collected in evaluation studies to develop theoretical models of mathematics learning as well as his pedagogical framework, embodied design. He has published widely in the peer-reviewed leading journals of his field.
Professor Educational Sciences, Free University Amsterdam, Endowed Professor Cognitive Development, Department of Developmental Psychology, University of Amsterdam & science museum NEMO
Prof. Maartje Raijmakers is a philosopher and developmental psychologist, at the forefront of research into cognitive processes of learning. A Professor Educational Science (Free University Amsterdam) and professor Cognitive Development (University of Amsterdam with science museum NEMO), where she studies children’s learning, exploration behaviour, and cognitive motivation. Her main interest lies in cognitive development, particularly the acquisition of scientific knowledge in the context of informal education. Her current projects concern the development of the learning process, with particular attention to education in the exact sciences, and the impact of individual differences on learning.
Maksymilian Bielecki, PhD,
I am a lecturer of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. What fascinates me is the use of research and statistical tools for solving science business and social problems. This is theory confronted with everyday life issues – or with another theory! As part of cooperation between my University and the Copernicus Science Centre I implement projects that allow us to better understand visitors’ interactions – between themselves and with the exhibits.
Professor Przemysław Biecek, PhD, Eng.
I conduct research on machine learning as well as data visualisation and perception. I am also interested in popularising data analysis techniques, which is why I created the BetaBit.wiki project. During my cooperation with the Copernicus Science Centre I helped to develop an econometric model that forecasts the number of visitors to the Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium. I use the data acquired in the CSC in analytical projects during my courses at the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw University of Technology. I am a statisticoholic.
I graduated from applied sociology and social anthropology at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Warsaw. Currently, I am a student of pedagogy at the same university. I am interested in issues related to NGOs and the potential of social capital, as well as in learning methods and sociology of religion. In the Copernicus Science Centre I conduct questionnaire interviews with visitors and lead observations. On top of that, I cooperate with the CSC in the field of data analysis and developing research reports. In my free time I like learning foreign languages from different parts of the world (currently Italian and Norwegian) and going on bike trips, as well as learning about the history of music and discovering the secrets of herbalism.