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Cognitive Adventures








Organizers: Copernicus Science Centre and SWPS University


Cognition and cognitive processes are as fascinating as they are complex. The seemingly simple questions related to the key mechanisms of cognitive processes, motivation, and the best conditions for learning are complex and demand the application of a variety of methods, tools and approaches. Finding the answers becomes possible thanks to the cooperation of scholars representing various scientific disciplines. The conference “Cognitive Adventures. Learning” is an attempt at integrating knowledge on learning process that has been collected in various scientific disciplines, and applying it in the development of better educational solutions in areas, such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


October26-27 2017


The Conference will include:

  • Lectures and panel discussions
  • Methodology Workshops conducted by the Key Note Speakers, which will take place in the exhibition space of the Copernicus Science Center (CNK)
  • BADNIGHT! - event where scientists will talk about their inspiring failures. Black tie optional, but a smile and a sense of humor required.

Who should attend?

Psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, culture experts, exhibition curators, educators, teachers, students and everyone interested in the current research on cognitive processes in humans.


WEDNESDAY, October 25th

16.00-18.00 – Free-style visit to the Copernicus Science Centre: please sign up!

THURSDAY, October 26th

8.30-11.00 – Conference Registration, the Copernicus Science Centre, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, Warsaw

9.00-9.30 – Conference opening

9.30-10.45 – Learning is Moving in New Ways – Designing for Physical Coordination of Mathematical Concepts − Prof. Dor Abrahamson, University of California, Berkeley, USA

10.45-11.15 – Coffee break

11.15-12.45 – Parallel methodological workshops

  • Free-style visit to the Copernicus Science Centre
  • How to measure learning progress among visitors: Prof. Maartje Raijmakers: up to 15 participants
  • Design Based Research, Prof. Dor Abrahamson: up to 15 participants
  • Learning in the Biology Lab: up to 15 participants
  • Learning in the Physics Lab: up to 15 participants
  • Learning in the Robotics Lab: up to 15 participants
  • On-site observation in the science centre, 16 participants

12.45-13.30 – Lunch

13.30-15.00 – Key mechanisms in STEM subject learning

  • How to Research Childrens’ Exploration Process? – Rooske Franse, NEMO Science Museum/ University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • What is Related to Good Science Skills of 15-year Olds – a Deepen Analysis of PISA 2015 Results – Marek Muszyński, Fundacja Naukowa Evidence Institute, Poland
  • How Children Learn About Physical Phenomena Using a Computer Program – Jan Amos Jelinek, PhD, Maria Grzegorzewska University, Warsaw, Poland
  • Why do I Want to Know? – that is Different Views of Motivation to Learn – Dorota Kutyła, Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, Poland

15.00-15.30 – Coffee break

15.30-17.00 – The role of educational tools (exhibits, kits, programmes, educational aids etc.) in learning STEM subjects

  • Does the "Teacher Effect" Exist? Key Mechanisms in the Biology Learning Process and the Success Factors Among Participants of the National Biology Olympiad – Marcin Chrzanowski, PhD, Biology Teaching Laboratory, Faculty of Biology, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
  • Playground Physics: Learning Science Through Physical Play – Harouna Ba, PhD, New York Hall of Science and American Institute for Research, New York, USA
  • Scientific Discourse of Citizen Scientists: A Collaborative Modeling as a Boundary Object – Joey Huang, PhD, Indiana University Bloomington, USA – to be confirmed

17.00-18.00 – Social Learning: Interaction and Synchronization – Prof. Andrzej Nowak, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland

18.00-18.30 – Poster session

18.30-19.00 – Summary of the day and discussion

19.00-20.00 – Dinner/ Science Show

20.00-22.00 – BADNIGHT! – An event during which researchers are encouraged to talk about their own inspirational failures

FRIDAY, October 27th

8.30-9.00 – Welcome and coffee

9.00-10.00 – The Role of Curiosity in Learning – Prof. Maartje Raijmakers, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands

10.00-11.30 – Developing skills in critical thinking, problem solving and using technology versus STEM education

  • Programming Teaching Within Technology Education in Compulsory School – Eva Björkholm, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • How Learning Trajectories Can Set Practical Examples in Constructing and Implementing Differentiated STEM Projects – Theodosis Theodosiou, European University, Cyprus
  • Cognitive Curiosity and Intellectual Achievement – Łukasz Tanaś, PhD, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland

11.30-12.00 – Coffee break

12.00-13.30 – Social and cultural conditions for learning and developing scientific aspirations

  • Parent-child Communication and Sex Stereotyping in Task-solving Situation – Presentation of Methodology and Preliminary Results – Maksymilian Bielecki, PhD, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland
  • Science Capital of Students in the Perspective of International Educational Research – Ewa Dąbrowa, PhD, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Warsaw, Poland
  • Polish "Mega Brains" Students and their Careers in the Light of the Results of International Educational Research – Maciej Jakubowski, PhD, Fundacja Naukowa Evidence Institute, Badania dla Edukacji, Poland
  • Evaluations of Self-guided Learning Based on Students' Behaviour – Nils Hauan, PhD, VilVite, Bergen Science Centre, Bergen, Norway

13.30-14.30 – Lunch

14.30-16.00 – Reverse session for practitioners

  • Heidrun Schulze, Association ScienceCenter-Network Austria
  • Susan Meikleham, Glasgow Science Centre, UK
  • Lorna Williams, Science Museum Group, UK
  • Bogusława Łuka, Children University Foundation, Poland

16.00-17.00 – Sensory Reinforcement in the Learning Process – Prof. Wojciech Pisula, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Warsaw, Poland

17.00-17.30 – World Café format, conference summary

17.30 – Closing of conference

Key Note Speakers

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Dor Abrahamson

University of California Berkeley, USA
researches mathematics learning and teaching

Maartje Raijmakersprelegent


Maartje Raijmakers

Leiden University, Netherlands
cognitive development scientist, specializes in the development of learning with applications in science education

wojciech pisulaprelegent


Wojciech Pisula

Polish Academy of Sciences
specilizes in evolutionary psychology, biological psychology, and behavioural science

258 andrzej nowakprelegent


Andrzej Nowak

SWPS University
psychologist, co-creator of dynamical social psychology, pioneer in applying computer simulations in social sciences

Scientific Board

  • Professor Grzegorz Sędek
    Vice-Rector for Research, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Ilona Iłowiecka-Tańska, Ph.D.
    Head of the Research Department, Copernicus Science Centre
  • Łukasz Tanaś, Ph.D.
    Department of Psychology of Development and Education, Institute of General Psychology, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Irena Cieślińska, Ph.D.
    Director, Copernicus Science Centre

Time and Location

October 26-27, 2017
Copernicus Science Centre
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, 00-390 Warsaw




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