Keynote speakers
Dr. Kimberly Sheridan is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development and in Art Education in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University, Virginia, United States. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology in 2006 from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education under Dr. Howard Gardner.
Her research focuses broadly on learning in the arts and media, with a particular focus on how this learning is situated in diverse and changing contexts with the advent of new digital techonologies, and with an emphasis on how these new environments can support learning for traditionally underserved groups.

Sheridan codirects with Dr. Erica Halverson the Learning in the Making research lab, where they are currently focused on what and how young people learn through making and how new technologies can be leveraged for more inspired and engaged making processes.
Professor Minna Huotilainen is interested in the human brain and cognition and has studied the effects of hobbies, especially music, sports and crafts, on the structure and functioning of the brain.

Her work at the Universities of Turku, Uppsala and Helsinki focuses on investigating brain correlates of learning, memory, and attention. She uses neuroscientific methods to study everyday activities related to work, development, school, and hobbies. She believes that neuroscience can change the way we think about learning.
Dr. Eila Lindfors is a Professor of the discipline craft, design and technology education (CDTE) at the University of Turku, Department of Teacher Education, Rauma Unit.

Her research interests are pedagogical innovation processes and innovation learning. Professor Lindfors leads craft, design and technology teacher education master level program in which pedagogical innovation process is under didactical development.

Dr. Jaana Lepistö is a University Research Fellow in craft education at  the University of Turku, Department of Teacher Education, Rauma Unit.
Her research interests are multi-material and diverse craft teaching and learning and enterprise education. She is also interested in the questions of gender-segregated craft.

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