Scientific Advisory Board

The scientific advisory board (SAB) will meet on a regular basis to discuss future research directions, calibrate the research projects and give feedback to the CASE key persons.

Liora Bresler

Liora Bresler

Professor Bresler’s interdisciplinary work focuses on the arts and qualitative research methodology. In her various editorship roles in books and special issues of academic journals, she has sought to bring together intellectual communities across arts disciplines and cultures to address key areas, for example, early childhood, curriculum and cultural context in her co-edited book, The Arts in Children’s Lives (Bresler & Thompson, 2002; Kluwer); and embodiment in education in her book Knowing Bodies, Moving Mind, (Bresler, 2004, Kluwer).

Establishing new venues for interaction across disciplinary borders, Bresler founded, with Tom Barone and Gene Glass, the International Journal of Education and the Arts (2000-), and has established a book series for Springer that encompasses the various arts education domains (2002-present).

Visiting professorships include the Hedda Anderson Professorship at Lund University (2011-2015); Stockholm University (2008-2010); Professor II at Stord/Haugesund University College in Norway (2007-present); and Honorary Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2009-present).

Read more: http://education.illinois.edu/faculty/liora

Menelaos Sotiriou

Menelaos Sotiriou

Mr. Sotiriou (BSc Mathematics, MSc TQM). He is a science writer and communicator and currently he is the editor of the official Research and Technology online magazine in Greece, “E&T” (www.et-online.gr) that is published from the General Secretariat of Research and Technology and edited by Science View. He started his professional career by developing various Management Systems, mostly in the field of Education as well as Health Care and Telecommunications, in over 40 public and private Organisations. He is a certified auditor and has realised over 50 audits, mostly in the field of Quality Management Systems and Assurance. The last ten (10) years he is running and organising European and national projects for several institutions (including research institutions) mainly in the areas of new and innovative technologies (ICT). He has been involved in more than 30 EU projects in the areas of SiS, SSH, ICT, Research for the Benefit of SMEs. He has vast experience in networking activities as the project Coordinator of EUROSiS Project that is the Network of the Science in Society NCPs. (Greek NCP for SiS Programme). During this project he has organized a lot of brokerage events as well as info days / trainings concerning the participation of institutions in the specific programme. Currently he is president of Science View, a non profit, non governmental organization that has expertise in Science Communication and Science Journalism and he is also a Board Member of the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (www.eusja.org). Finally, he is included in the Evaluators’ Data Base of the European Commission for the FP7 and also he had participated in several EC meetings as an expert in Science Communication issues.

Read more: http://www.scienceview.gr/?lang=en

Marianne Ødegaard

Marianne Ødegaard

Marianne Ødegaard, professor in Science Education.

Ødegaard has a research focus on inquiry-based teaching and creating learning situations that contextualises science in authentic settings (for instance socio-scientific issues), in order for learners to make links between their own creativity and critical thinking and the nature of science. Ødegaard has lead the project “Budding Science and Literacy”, where inquiry-based science was integrated with literacy for synergy purposes of learning both science and literacy skills. Her PhD-work focused on how role play of realistic situations can offer inclusive and meaningful learning in science. Ødegaard has mainly used video observations in her research designs. Ødegaard was Head of Research at the Norwegian Centre of Science Education before working at her current position at Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo.

Knut Steinar Engelsen

Knut Steinar Engelsen

Engelsen is a Vice Rector for R&D and Professor in pedagogy and ICT in learning at Stord/Haugesund University College in Norway. Engelsen worked as school teacher for several years before he entered teacher education in 1986.  Since then he has been teacher, head of the department and researcher within teacher education where he has lead several national and international R&D project in cooperation with schools and kindergartens.  Engelsen’s main research interest are ICT in learning, assessment and teacher education research.  Engelsen has also been author and co-author of several books and scientific articles and book-chapters within these fields.

Magne Espeland

Magne Espeland (Chair)

Magne I. Espeland is professor in Music and Education at Stord/Haugesund University College (HSH) in Western Norway. Specialities are curriculum development and innovation in music and arts education, educational design studies, research methodologies for education, master and Ph.D surpervision , and project leadership. Current administrative duties include chairing the Research Program for Creativity and Culture Education at HSH, and MusicNet West, a network of higher music education in Western Norway. His current activities also include leading the research activities of “Improvisation in Teacher Education”– a 3 year research project funded by the Norwegian National Research Council. Currently he is also working as a special advisor and evaluator of research and innovation applications for the Swedish Research Council. Magne is well known as a clinician, speaker and author in Norway and abroad. In addition to numerous academic articles and book chapters in international journals and books, he has also published research based textbooks for music education in Norway as well as in Ireland. Magne was one of the founders of Grieg Research School, a multi institutional co-operation between institutions in Western Norway. Nationally he has chaired and served on a number of Ministerial Committees from 1994 onwards, e.g. on new national curricula in music (1997) and music teacher education (2010) and the recent Ministerial expert committee on art and culture in education, Det muliges kunst (2014).

Oded Ben-Horin

Oded Ben-Horin (Deputy Chair)

Associate Professor Oded Ben-Horin is the coordinator of the Global Science Opera initiative, and a co-developer of that concept. He was Project Coordinator of the EU Comenius project “Implementing Creative Strategies into Science Teaching” (CREAT-IT), 2013-15. He is, along with Prof. Magne Espeland, the developer of the Write a Science Opera (WASO) educational methodology. WASO was the foundation for Denmark’s Opera in the Middle’s WAS’OP, which was awarded the Danish Education and Culture Ministries’ “Springfrø” prize for Creativity in Schools in 2016. Oded was the Dissemination & Exploitation Manager of the “Write a Science Opera (WASO) Portugal” project, funded through the European Economic Area (EEA Grants)/Norwegian Arts Council. Oded is in charge of Norwegian implementation of the European Commission’s Horizons 2020 project “Developing an Engaging Science Classroom”, and is the WP leader for “Global Science Opera” in the Norwegian Research Council project “Integrating Science of Physics, Oceans and Education”. Oded leads the Pedagogical Framework Work Package of the Erasmus+ project SPACE. He has provided lectures on creative art and science education at the Royal Institution (London), the Greek Physical Society (Athens), and Scientix (Brussels), among others. He is a PhD candidate of Music Pedagogy at the University of Bergen. As an artist (librettist, jazz vocalist, composer), Oded has collaborated with leading international science institutions to produce music and contribute to creative public outreach. “Rosetta’s Stone”, his first science opera for the professional stage (concept developer and co-librettist) had its premiere at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts in Walnut Creek, USA, in August, 2016.  “Since May, 2015, Oded has been a member of the European Network for Opera & Dance Education (RESEO) Steering Committee”.