On Thursday 15 March we hosted our third annual BrainCanDo Conference and the theme for the day was ‘Pathways from Neuroscience to the Classroom’ at Queen Anne’s School. Our speakers included Professor Michael Thomas, Dr Dean Burnett and Dr Amy Fancourt, who spoke on behalf of Dr Joni Holmes in her absence.
SESSION 1: PROFESSOR MICHAEL THOMAS
PLENARY 1: ADDRESSING CURRENT NEUROMYTHS IN EDUCATION
After a warm welcome and introduction from Julia Harrington, Founder and CEO of BrainCanDo and Headmistress of Queen Anne’s School, we heard from Thomas Ingram from the Wellcome Trust, a non-profit supporting scientists and researchers.
For the first session, Professor Michael Thomas discussed the relevance of neuroscience in the classroom. Since 2010, Michael Thomas has been the Director of the University of London Centre of Educational Neuroscience, a cross-institutional research centre which aims to advance translational research between neuroscience and education, and develop practical applications within education.
SESSION 2: DR DEAN BURNETT
PLENARY 2: EMOTIONAL CONTAGION
After a short break we returned to the Performing Arts Centre for the second session of the day. Here we heard from Dr Dean Burnett, a doctor of neuroscience, psychiatry tutor/lecturer, writer and stand-up comedian. Dean is primarily known as the writer of the Guardian Science blog Brain Flapping, which focuses on combining science and humour. As well as this, Dean works at Cardiff University as the course tutor and lecturer for the world’s first MSc in psychiatry to be delivered entirely online. He completed his PhD on behavioural neuroscience of memory formation and was able to share his insight into the topic to our audience on Thursday.
For the second plenary session, chaired by Jonnie Noakes, Dean was joined by Professor Patricia Riddell, whose focus is Applied Neuroscience. The audience were engaged as they were given the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Dean and Patricia.