Pre-conference event


1 July

10:30 to 16:00 (for grantees); 14:00 to 16:00 pm (for all other delegates)

EPFL Campus, Building BC, Morning: Room BC02&B04; Afternoon: Room BC420

The science of learning and science journalism

Entity involved: Jacobs Foundation

Contact/Responsible person: Alexandra Guentzer, Jacobs Foundation, alexandra.guentzer@jacobsfoundation.org

Number of participants: max. including 22 grantees : 60

This workshop is linked to a fellowship; but other WCSJ2019 delegates will also be eligible to attend the afternoon workshop only, on a space-available basis.

SCHEDULE (for the entire event):

10:30 to 11:00: welcome coffee and networking for the 23 travel grantees

11:00 to 13:00: session for 22 travel grantees only

13:00 to 14:00: lunch for grantees

14:00 to 16:00: workshop open to all WCSJ2019 participants (total maximum, including 22 grantees: 60)

Each child is unique. Providing effective support for children and adolescents requires an understanding of how they develop and learn. Research plays a critical role in the development, evaluation, improvement and dissemination of interventions and programs to benefit children and young people. 
Researchers may soon be able to tell us how to tailor education to each child’s individual needs, taking into account biological, social and economic differences. This would be a historic breakthrough, and could help to overcome disadvantages that can affect children for a lifetime. A wide variety of disciplines – psychology, neurobiology, evolutionary biology, pediatrics, education, behavioral genetics, computer science and human-computer interaction – need to be involved in this endeavor. 
From a communication perspective, the challenging questions are: How and to which extent can findings from this complex, interdisciplinary field be translated for the general public? What role does science journalism play, and what are its challenges in light of radical changes in society, media, and science?


11:00 – 11:05

Welcome Note

11:05 – 13:00

4 Round-table discussions with a chance to participate in each (30 minutes x 4)

The conversation between neuroscientists and educators
Annie Brookman-Byrne
Deputy Editor of The Psychologist

Sci-Art as an intermediary
Nora Maria Raschle
Assistant Professor of Psychology for Childhood and Adolescence, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Involving the public in implementing scientific findings
Cristina Riesen
Entrepreneur and Founder “We Are Play Lab”, Switzerland

Challenges in communicating science
Sabine Gysi
Chief Editor BOLD, Blog on Learning and Development

13:00 – 14:00

Joint lunch & networking


14:00 – 16:00

Introduction to the Jacobs Foundation's Program «Science of Learning»

Gelgia Fetz Fernandes

Program Manager Research Jacobs Foundation (15 min)

Genetics and Education

Child development – what’s genetics got to do with it?
Katrin Männik
Research Associate, Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (30 minutes)

Can we predict education from DNA?
Sophie von Stumm
Professor, Department of Education, University of York (30 minutes)

Wrap-Up Session (45 minutes)