A brief history of cross-border scientific teamwork

This is a 3-minute version of a 1-hour presentation I did at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference earlier this month (University of Reading, UK). The brilliant Galileo was the father of modern science. But he wasn’t exactly the father of cross-border scientific teamwork. He refused to lend a telescope to Johannes Kepler, theContinue reading “A brief history of cross-border scientific teamwork”

What can cross-border business teams learn from the movie industry?

From Business Review Europe & Middle East Graham Jones, SkypeRead – Leadership How many business sectors can compete with the movie industry in terms of making products that have worldwide appeal? In part, this is because film companies have become rather good at seeing things from a global perspective. “Big Hollywood films have no nationalContinue reading “What can cross-border business teams learn from the movie industry?”

Realising in fact what has been dreamed in fiction…

Image: NASA/SDO/AIA/GSFC “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life,” wrote the Irish author Oscar Wilde. “Life holds the mirror up to Art, and either reproduces some strange type imagined by painter or sculptor, or realises in fact what has been dreamed in fiction.” This was certainly true when we did part 1 ofContinue reading “Realising in fact what has been dreamed in fiction…”

“Collaborate! Communicate! Improving cross-border communication and teamworking within STEM”

I’m going to be presenting the above paper on International Day (“Science Education without Frontiers”) at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference 2015 (University of Reading, UK, 7-10 January). Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls I’ll be talking about the results of our SkypeRead:Europa project. With the support of Start Motion Pictures, we’re bringing together STEMContinue reading ““Collaborate! Communicate! Improving cross-border communication and teamworking within STEM””

Language, emotion and social connection

“In an era where mankind seems to be faltering, to be viewing the future with fear, we stepped forward and attempted something bold.” This is the opening line from the script of the movie Europa Report. It was also the opening line to my pecha-kucha presentation (20 slides x 20 seconds per slide) at theContinue reading “Language, emotion and social connection”

Is doing a movie read-through good for students’ English?

I’m going to be doing the following presentation at the Kansai ELT Expo on 17th November at Konan University CUBE. “Is doing a movie read-through good for students’ English? Preliminary results from the SkypeRead pilot programme.” The SkypeRead pilot programme brought students from across the world together in Skype group calls to read through movieContinue reading “Is doing a movie read-through good for students’ English?”