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    Brain Research, Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: Making Connections

    Pictured above from left: Jérôme Prado (France), Ross Cunnington (Australia), Vivian Reigosa-Crespo (Cuba)Amedeo D'Angiulli (Canada)Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope (IBE Director) and Paul Howard-Jones (UK)

    On Monday, December 12th, 2016, IBRO, in collaboration with IBE-UNESCO, will organize a symposium on “Brain research, teaching, and learning in the 21st century: Making connections.” The public is welcome.

    Across the world, governments are increasingly interested in developing a 21st century education system that is supported by concrete evidence on how we learn. This is prompting a new and exciting dialogue between the fields of neuroscience and education.

    Over the past three months, five prominent neuroscientists have been working collaboratively with IBE staff to explore how current issues and needs in education can drive new directions for neuroscience research, and how neuroscience can feed into educational thinking, policy and practice. They are the inaugural recipients of the Science of Learning fellowship, co-sponsored by IBE-UNESCO and IBRO.

    The event is scheduled for 12 December 2016, from 10:00 – 15:00, at IBE-UNESCO (15 route des Morillons, Salle Braslavsky, 1st floor). 


    Welcome and opening remarks
    Mmantsetsa Marope, Director, IBE-UNESCO
    Tasia Asakawa, Director, Development and Communications, IBRO
    Panel presentations: 21st Century Education and the Learning Brain
    Moderator: Daphné Bavelier, University of Geneva
    What should all teachers know about the learning brain?      
    Paul Howard-Jones, University of Bristol, UK  
    Educators as natural neurocognitive enhancers: Moving on from research to practice
    Vivian Reigosa-Crespo, Cuban Neuroscience Center, Cuba
    Nurturing learning from early childhood to adolescence: Interventions and individual brains
    Amedeo D’Angiulli, Carleton University, Canada
    The importance of parents’ ‘number talk’ for the development of children’s mathematical brain
    Jérôme Prado, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
    Social synchrony and mapping connections in the classroom
    Ross Cunnington, Queensland University, Australia 
    Lunch break 
    Roundtable: The Neuroscience of Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century: Prospects and challenges 
    ModeratorPierre Barrouillet, University of Geneva/ Director, Archives Jean Piaget
    Concluding remarks
    Mmantsetsa Marope, Director, UNESCO IBE
    Coffee and light refreshments
    An event co-organized by the International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO).
    Open to the public, but registration in advance is encouraged. You may register for the morning session, the afternoon session, or for both. RSVP at:; Tel. +41.22.917.78.00. 

    For more information and media requests, please contact: Rebecca Irani.

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