King’s College London
Louise is Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College London. Her research focuses on educational identities and inequalities, particularly in relation to social class, ethnicity and gender. She is the director of the ASPIRES/ ASPIRES2 research projects (tracking students’ science and career aspirations from age 10-19) and the Youth Equity and Access to Informal Science Learning project. She directs the research arm of the Enterprising Science project, a collaborative research and development project between KCL and the Science Museum, funded by BP. She is also co-director of the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CRESTEM).
Prof. Archer at TEDx event
University of Warsaw
Sociologist linking scientific career with practice in business and activity in non governmental organizations. She has accompanied Polish transformation working for one of the international companies as the head of market research department, advisor to the Board and brand communication specialist. Since 2000, she is engaged in the advancement of the citizens’ organizations. Her ambition is to bring this knowledge and experience to the University, opening it for the external cooperation and improving communication between academia and society and business. Since 2012 she is Vice Rector for the Development and Financial Policy at the Warsaw University.
Science Centre NEMO,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Diana Issidorides grew up in the States, Lebanon, and Greece, in an academic, internationally-oriented family. She received her BSc Honours Degree in Psychology from University College London. Her graduate studies were conducted at the Department of Psychology at VU University Amsterdam, where she received her doctorate and did post doctorate research. Research fields included psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Public science education, however, stole her heart. Since 1994 she is senior scientist and senior exhibition developer at Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam, where she conceives and develops interactive science exhibitions on psychology & the brain; genetics & heredity; ideals of beauty; puberty & adolescence. She has been involved in many educational projects, special public programs, and reviewer boards. She also initiated the successful Science Live research programme in NEMO, which opens up the museum floor to real, publishable, peer-reviewed research, with NEMO visitors participating as experimental subjects.
Dr Diana Issidorides at Naturalis symposium
Stanford University, USA
Paulo Blikstein is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education and (by courtesy) the Computer Science Department, where he directs the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab. Blikstein’s research focuses on how new technologies can deeply transform the learning of science, engineering, and mathematics. He creates and researches cutting-edge educational technologies, such as computer modeling, robotics, digital fabrication, and rapid prototyping. Blikstein has recently spearheaded the FabLab@School project, building advanced digital fabrication labs in middle and high-schools in the US, Russia, and Thailand.
Prof. Paulo Blikstein about the FabLab@School project
Dan Wormald is presently a Quality Learning Consultant and Curation Manager at the Natural History Museum (NHM), London, where he works in visitor research and strategy development. He is also responsible for the curation of the Learning Handling Collection His career in education began in 1986 as a secondary school teacher. The creation of rich, affective, engaging experiences that promote learning has been a consistent theme in his career. He believes that learning is best when people are actively engaged in real activities, objects, situations and emotions. This led him to devise out−of−school activities and create a wide range of enquiries using historical, geographical and ethnographic examples. At the NHM he encourages visitors to handle and explore real specimens and scientific tools and to reflect about the nature of science, its processes and limitations as he believes this strategy will empower people to look critically at the science that affects their lives.