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Full paper / STEAM research in Higher Education, an exploratory project
- Abstract: Hybrid Lab Network (HYBRID) is an exploratory project to promote innovation and good practices for Higher Education, bridging areas of Art, Science, Technology/Engineering and Humanities, and fostering knowledge sharing and training.
HYBRID aims to upgrade the work carried out by the individual partners – two excellent Higher Education Institutions (Slovenia e Finland), a world-class Research Institute (Portugal), and an outstanding Foundation (Netherlands) -, giving it a strong EU dimension, promoting reflection processes and real action over what should be Higher Education for the future: innovation, autonomy, curricular flexibility, and collaborative and sustainable approaches. HYBRID is implementing a multidisciplinary approach to improve STEAM training, particularly in bio-sciences, including the development of didactic tools and resources to promote critical and creative thinking and innovation. Through an intertwined structure of Workshops and Intellectual Products this Erasmus+ experimental project has been achieving some knowledge on how to educate transnationally and cooperatively. Due to this relatively small sample size implications of this study might not be generalizable to a larger context, however, they can provide further insight about the practice of developing and using these intertwined models and the support needed to achieve critical thinking and meaningful experiences by participants.
- Biography: Maria Manuela Lopes is a visual artist whose practice is transdisciplinary, investigating relations of memory and iden-tity informed by the biological sciences and medical research; her work appears in a varied format within the visual arts re-sulting in multimedia installations, drawings and performanc-es.
She studied sculpture at FBA-UP and MA at Goldsmiths Col-lege in London. She has a Doctorate in Fine Arts and New Media at the University of Brighton and UCA-Farnham in the UK. She did a Postdoc Art Research Project at the University of Aveiro and Porto – i3S Institute of Research and Innovation in Health. Lopes is Visual Arts Adjunct Professor at ESE – Institute Politech of Porto IPP and a researcher at i3S as co-responsible for the Cultural Outreach Art/Science interface.
Maria Manuela Lopes has curated several international exhibitions and her work has been shown nationally and internationally. She is also co-founder and Deputy Director of Portu-guese artistic residency programs: Ectopia – Laboratory of Artistic Experimentation and Cultivamos Cultura.
Júlio Borlido Santos Biologist and science communicator; Head of i3S’s Communication Unit (since 2015). He led IBMC.INEB Office for Science Communication, worked as life sciences researcher, schoolteacher and demonstrator at UPorto. He organizes, promotes and teaches advanced training for scientists and other audiences on “Science, Ethics and Society”; was member of several Science with Society projects, namely e EU projects NERRI and PARRISE and third party in the national hub of the EU funded RRI TOOLS project. Presently he is member of EU funded projects MIRACLE and INTEGRITY (among others) and coordinates the Erasmus+ HYBRID Lab Network. He is member of General Council of a Portuguese School cluster; vice-president of i3S Council Ethics and Responsible Research; member of the Communication Council of UPorto; former vice-President of Scicom.pt network, and is member of other advisory boards.
Maria Rui Vilar-Correia Biologist, PhD in Didactics. Professor in Didactics of Biology Teaching – Fac. of Sciences of the UPorto (1981-2003). Experience in teachers training; producing learning materials and activities for university and secondary students; qualitative methodologies and studies. Projects: a) the Hybrid Lab Network Project, ERASMUS+; Blue Design Alliance (PRR). Co-responsible for the Cultural Outreach Art/Science interface of i3s. Accreditation Commission member at the “Art and Design Courses of ESAD – Matosinhos”.
Anabela Nunes has a bachelor in Journalism and Communication Sciences – specialisation in Multimedia Communication, from the University of Porto. She works in science communication since 2007 and participated in several national and international projects. Anabela worked at IBMC.INEB Office for Science Communication from 2010 to 2015 and at i3S Communication Unit from 2015 onwards
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