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Brain research, teaching, and learning in the 21st century: making connections



 IBE-UNESCO, in collaboration with the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), organized a symposium on “Brain research, teaching, and learning in the 21st century: Making connections” on 12 December, 2016.

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 was held on 12 December 2016, from 10:00 – 15:00, at IBE-UNESCO (15 route des Morillons, Salle Braslavsky, 1st floor).
Webinar of roundtable discussion.


Welcome and opening remarks
Mmantsetsa Marope, Director, IBE-UNESCO
Tasia Asakawa, Director Communication and Development, International Brain Research Organization (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
Moderator: Pierre 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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