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Dr Joanna Bagniewska

When?
Monday, February 6 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Dr Joanna Bagniewska

What's the talk about?

Aliens: supremely adaptable, successful and dangerous. A tagline for a sci-fi horror? No, it's the reality around us. Invasive alien species - species that have come, or been brought, from one part of the world to another - can pose a huge threat to our health, finances and biodiversity.

However, we can also learn a lot from them. How do we study them? What do we know about them? Can we stop the invasions? Mink, crabs, hogweed, sea squirts, parakeets, algae, giant rhubarb – the list is growing all the time.

Dr Joanna Bagniewska is a zoologist at the University of Reading specialising in behavioural ecology. In her spare time she does science stand-up comedy. She comes from Poland and is married to Batman.

James Williams

When?
Monday, March 6 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
James Williams

What's the talk about?

 One of the most persistent edumyths is learning styles – the idea that there are a number of styles of learning, such as visual, aural or kinaesthetic – and that certain children respond better if teaching is directed towards their preferred learning style. Another used to be ‘brain gym’ – the idea that rubbing key parts of your body could wake your brain up or drinking water gives you energy.

Lots of other edumyths abound – but why do people believe them? Why have we rejected Father Christmas but cling on to the idea that we only use 10% of our brains? In this talk we begin to explore what we believe, why we believe and how sometimes even direct evidence isn’t enough.

James Williams graduated in Geology and trained as a science teacher at the University of London. He then taught science in London and Surrey. He is now a lecturer in education at the University of Sussex.

In 2006 he filmed a six-part TV history/reality series for Channel 4 called 'That'll teach 'em’, taking the role of the deputy head and housemaster in the fictional Charles Darwin school teaching 30 teenagers 1950s style.

His research interests currently revolve around teachers and their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science' and the scientific method. This leads to work on a better understanding of the 'Working Scientifically' approach in the new National Curriculum and public examinations. He also researches the teaching of evolution and the issues surrounding creationism in schools. 

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