papers and slideshows listed by day in order of appearance

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Day 1 (Sunday, May 10, 2009)

Opening statements by partners:

Mohsen Tawfik (National Coordinator for BtSM2009)

Adli Bishay (FEDA)

Tarek Shawky (UNESCO)

Magued Osman (IDSC)

Magued ElSherbeeny (Representative of the Minister of Higher Education of Egypt)

Jan Visser: The scientific mind: Why should we care? - Some thoughts at the start of the Third Advanced international Colloquium on Building the Scientific Mind (slideshow).

Benjamin Olshin & Paul Grobstein: Looking for new ways of making sense of the universe and the place of humans in it: Foundational and non-foundational thought.

Day 2 (Monday, May 11, 2009)

John van Breda: Bridging the Natural vs. Social Science Divide: Why deconstructing and reconstructing the ‘Social’ is important (slideshow).

David Blanks: Big History: From hydrogen to humans in ten easy lessons. An essay covering this presentation is promised to be forthcoming.

Rasha Awad: Building minds for a complex future (slideshow).

Nesreen ElMolla: Bringing science to politics (slideshow). See below under 'Reports' a report on the Outcomes of a workshop on 'Bringing science to politics'.

Elizabeth Jordan & Marion Porath: Problem-oriented approaches to teaching and learning across disciplines (slideshow, presented in the context of the Problem-Oriented Learning SIG).

Day 3 (Tuesday, May 12, 2009)

Gary Hampson: Enriching the academic mind through deepening the scholarship of integration. The author's presentation is part of his PhD work. He wishes to withhold his presentation from being publicly accessible until after he has completed his PhD work. He expects to be making his presentation available publicly by the beginning of 2010. However, he is willing to share his work privately with individuals interested in interacting with his work. Those interested can contact him by email.

Jennifer Gidley: The evolving scientific mind through a transdisciplinary lens: Perspectives from postformal psychology, integral theory and planetary imaginaries (slideshow).

Martin Gardiner: Arts, language, purposeful action, development of consciousness, and development of the scientific mind: Implications for education and for sustainable human life. A paper covering this presentation is forthcoming.

Kaddee Lawrence, Brandon Canfield, Aziza Ellozy, & Tiffany Vora: On teaching 'scientific thinking': A collaborative approach to a student-centered active learning and technology-enhanced course design (slideshow).

Carlo Fabricatore, & Ximena López: Gaming and the scientific mind:The impact of digital gaming on the development of the scientific mind (slidewhow).

Day 4 (Wednesday, May 13, 2009)

Jaap Swart: The role of media, mind and identity in a ‘liquid’ social universe. Promised to be forthcoming.

Faiza Hussein AbdAllah: Which home we want to replicate in the universe and is there any room for ‘the Third World people’? Awaited.

Shahinaz Mekheimar, Maha Mahmoud, Rehab Abdel Hai, & Ayman Amine: The socio-demographic and some personal characteristics of those who value imagination as a quality that children can be encouraged to learn, at home, in Egypt. A descriptive study (paper).

Mohsen Tawfik: Science and Religion Perspectives: Conflict, Interdependence, Dialogue or Integration. Slideshow not available. Instead, we refer to the report of the six hours of discussion on Science and Religion Perspectives prepared by Benjamin Olshin cited under 'Reports' below. Users of this page are also invited to read the Wikipedia entries on the Relationship between science and religion and the Demarcation problem on which the presentation was based.

Marion Porath & Krista Fogel: Developing young scientific minds: The role of the arts (slideshow).

Roy McWeeny: Some problems of science education in a world with an exploding population and enormous disparities of affluence and poverty (short paper).

Carolina Ödman: "Stars at your fingertips workshop": UNAWE's building the scientific mind in practice (slideshow overview).

Carolina Ödman: Universe Awareness: An astronomy programme that is really about children (paper).

Day 5 (Thursday, May 14, 2009)

Shahinaz Mekheimar: Health promotion and raising critical awareness with special emphasis on qualitative research (slideshow).

A. John Jordan: Approaches to the explanation and learning of scientific studies for non-science stakeholders (slideshow - presented by Jan Visser in the absence of John Jordan).



Report of the Special Interest Group on Science and Religion Perspectives, prepared by Benjamin Olshin.

Report of the Special Interest Group on Problem-Oriented Learning and Empowerment, prepared by Lya Visser.

Report of the Special Interest Group on Learning for Sustainable Futures, prepared by Jan Visser.

Report on the Outcomes of a workshop on 'Bringing science to politics', prepared by Nesreen ElMolla.

Report on the Outcomes of a discussion on basic science text for a world with an exploding population and enormous disparities of affluence and poverty, prepared by Roy McWeeny and Jan Visser.

Report on the Workshop on Gaming and the scientific mind: Designing games to develop the scientific mind, prepared by Carlo Fabricatore and Ximena López.