The Facilitation Group

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  • Chairperson
    I have spent my career in informal learning institutions championing educational programmes for various audiences. I have been at the Natural History Museum since 2008, previously leading the face-to-face teams including the Science Educators, Volunteers and their associated management. I am now responsible for international partnerships and global business development. I have previously worked as a schoolteacher; art interpreter and university lecturer, and am a published author having written a children’s book on contemporary art as well as articles on informal learning. I have a MEd and am currently completing my doctorate in museology at King’s College London.
  • I am an independent consultant in the field of science communication and informal learning. Prior to working full time in science communication, I was a teacher and a researcher in the field of bioenergetics. In 2000 I was invited to work for Ciência Viva, the Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, where I was actively involved in developing a network of science centres. From 2010 till 2014, I was the Coordinator of PLACES, an Ecsite-led European project on local science communication policies that involved more than 23 EU countries. Currently, I work as consultant for project development for major European science centres and museums and as a consultant for public engagement in the Middle East.
  • I design activities, train facilitators, and collaborate with partners around the world to support learners of all ages to develop their own interest, engagement, and understanding. I'm currently working at The Exploratorium in San Francisco where I helped develop The Tinkering Studio, a workshop where people can explore science, art, technology, and delightful ideas.
  • I am a Science Education Research Fellow at King’s College London. My research interests include the pedagogical practices of museum educators, the design of natural history education, and equity and social justice in both school and out-of-school settings. I have also worked in partnership with museums across the UK and Europe conducting evaluation studies, and facilitating collaborative learning projects between individual museums, and between museums and schools.
  • I was born in Maribor, Slovenia. Thirty years later my PhD in Physics was born. I worked in new methods of Magnetic resonance imaging using the Earth’s magnetic field. My first contact with the Science Centres happened during my post-doc studies in the US in 1994. After returning to Slovenia I got this viral idea to establish the very first “hands-on” science centre in Slovenia - Hiša eksperimentov (The House of Experiments). Since then I am the CEO. My work is my hobby. I like to learn something new each day. Life is a series of problems. One should learn to enjoy the process of solving problems. Once you manage it you can enjoy life itself.
  • I am a former Mathematics teacher. I am the Head of Education Unit of the Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva, and the coordinator of the Professional Development Centre of teachers. I have been working at the science centre for the last 15 years and have experience in coordinating EU projects under FP6, FP7, Lifelong Learning Programme and Horizon2020.
  • I am Executive Manager of the Austrian Association Science Center-Network which I co-initiated in 2005. I have been working in science communication since completing my PhD at the University of Vienna as a molecular biologist. Enabling joyful learning in open and engaging settings is what I cherish within the network and in science center activities for various publics. I am an advocate for social inclusion and diversity and was a Noyce leadership fellow in 2013/14.
  • I am Director of Education & Centre for Research in Informal Education (CREI) at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milano. I also teach “Research Methods in Education” at the Department of Education, Catholic University of Milan. I hold a BA in Pedagogy from the University of Crete (Greece), a Master’s degree in Arts Education and a Phd in Museum Education, both from the University of Sussex (UK). My main research interests focus on informal (science) learning methodologies and on professional development of educators in museums.