Ilona Iłowiecka-Tańska, PhD, Director of Research at the Copernican Revolution Lab
I design studies and development works, using a Learning Sciences theoretical background. I’m interested in exhibits as learning resources. Together with the whole team, I study the way in which our exhibitions at the Copernicus support our visitors in discovering phenomena that have inspired scientists, and how they can be used in teaching. Personally, I find the relationship between understanding natural phenomena and the capability to articulate it to be the most fascinating to study. A big chunk of my work consists of putting scientific findings into work with new educational solutions in Copernicus.
Aneta Gop, PhD, Chief Specialist at the Copernican Revolution Lab
I design and coordinate research on aiding the development of the learning processes in the exhibition space. I am interested in what conditions favour gaining knowledge, not only during incidental contact with the exhibits, but also during longer periods of working with educational sets. I am inspired by most ways of learning, both in children and in adults, but especially by situations where the learner is given freedom and the right to make mistakes.
Katarzyna Potęga vel Żabik, Senior Specialist at the Copernican Revolution Lab
I design and conduct studies and processes on research and development in Copernicus. In my line of work, I think the most interesting part is the methodology: how to design studies and what methods to use, so that the achieved data progresses knowledge and makes my colleagues’ jobs easier, e.g. when they design exhibits. I am interested in the character and the quality of our visitors’ experience, both when it comes to making use of specific exhibits, and on the level of memories that stay after their visit in the Centre.
Małgorzata Łukianow, Specialist at the Copernican Revolution Lab
In the Copernicus Science Centre, I am responsible for researching the scientific capital: the practice of students who build the scientific potential. I analyse what is the meaning of science for young people and how partaking in it lessens or enlarges social inequality. I also execute sociological and evaluation studies conducted by Copernicus Science Centre.
Anna Strzeszewska-Potyrała, PhD, Chief Specialist at Copernican Revolution Lab
I supervise the cooperation between the Lab teams that design and conduct research and development studies in the Copernicus Science Centre. My task is to aid both teams in working on common goals and to assist them in planning ways to reach them. I make sure that projects are executed within deadlines. I have a background in Biology, and experience in conducting scientific research projects.
Joanna Skrzypowska, Specialist in the Copernican Revolution Lab
I have been involved with the Centre for a few years. I used to coordinate evaluation studies on Copernicus’ offer and prepare reports. Now, I execute research conducted within the Science For You programme. I also work closely with the exhibition explainers – we cooperate in searching for inspirations on how best to support our visitors when they discover the world that surrounds us. I am fascinated by the ways people learn both at exhibitions and outside of them.
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.