Skip to content

Past event

Education futures: Neuroscience, Climate Change and Learning

Online registration for this event has now closed, please email to register.



Online event – pre-registration essential

The 21st century is offering a new set of challenges and opportunities for education. This event takes a forward-facing approach to the future by exploring two areas of activity likely to drive change (cognitive neuroscience and climate change education). It will first examine the role of cognitive neuroscience in initial teacher education and in empowering teachers with a critical understanding of their practice. It will then take climate change education as an area of curriculum in urgent need of development, examining various possibilities for change, informed by recently collected data revealing the views of teachers. Finally, it analyses the potential role of cognitive neuroscience in developing and implementing a new climate change curriculum. This last presentation provides an in-depth example of how the burgeoning sciences of the mind and brain may support education in the 21st century.

Watching a BERA Virtual event

  • You will be sent the link to the event at least 3 days before the event. If you register after this time you will be sent the link within 24 hours
  • Our platform should work on all platforms
  • For the best viewing experience please use a laptop or computer
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentations
  • It is best to check your connection at least 10 minutes before the event, and any problems the BERA technical team may be able to assist


Profile picture of Tim Jay
Tim Jay, Professor

Professor of Psychology of Mathematics Education at Loughborough University

Tim Jay researches the psychology of mathematics education. His main focus is on using design research methods to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience to create new findings and impact in formal and informal education contexts. He...


Profile picture of Paul Howard-Jones
Paul Howard-Jones, Professor

Professor of Neuroscience and Education at School of Education at University of Bristol

Paul’s work has been focusing on issues at the interface of cognitive neuroscience and educational theory, practice and policy. He has applied diverse research methods from computational brain imaging studies to classroom observations in order...

Profile picture of Kendra McMahon
Kendra McMahon, Dr

Reader in Education at Bath Spa University

Kendra has a long-standing interest in science education. Recently this has involved interdisciplinary work with colleagues on the role of ‘the learning sciences’ in initial teacher education. The resulting open-access resources can be found...

Profile picture of David Sands
David Sands, Dr

Lecturer at University of Bristol

David was appointed to the post of lecturer in leadership and management in September 2018, having worked previously as an academic associate at IOE, UCL. He teaches on the BSc Education Studies course, the MSc Education programme, and is...

Content related to this event