SWUICE | Keynote Speakers

J. Adam Scribner
Director of STEM Education Initiatives
Indiana University, School of Education

I bridge theory to practice to create transformative STEM teaching and learning experiences designed to
foster the next generation of scientists, engineers, creators, and innovators. My expertise is designing K12 STEM curricula and teacher professional development programs around the integration of multiple
STEM disciplines. In my current role, over the last six years, I have served as principal investigator or coprincipal investigator of 28 grant-funded projects totaling more the $4.4M to advance STEM education in Indiana and beyond.

EdD, Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ
MSEd., Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BA, Biology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

2017- Director of STEM Education Initiatives
School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2011-2017 Manager of STEM Outreach
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
1999-2011 Science Teacher, House Leader
Glenfield School, Montclair, NJ

Dr Mark Meadows
School of Education, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Mark Meadows is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, U.K. He has worked in higher education for 25 years and has a wealth of experience in the development of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He is a former member of the LJMU Academic Board and has been External Examiner for several UK universities. He also sat on the Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission.

He has worked collaboratively on several international research projects in, for example, Germany, Austria, Romania, Latvia, Spain, Cambodia, Ghana and Thailand. He is currently a visiting scholar at universities in Germany, Spain and Thailand and is lead supervisor on a two PhD research projects, one examining inter-cultural learning and the other emotional intelligence. He has published widely and has been interviewed on both national radio and television.

His research interests have evolved over the years, and this is reflective of the areas in which he has published and advised. His current interests concern future educational challenges within the context of the interrelationships between freedom and academic enquiry, social justice and education and the new, emerging global political multipolarities.

Professor Dr. Wiltrud Weidinger Meister
Head of the Centre for Teaching and Transcultural Learning,
Professor for Educational Science, Zurich, University of Teacher Education

Wiltrud Weidinger, Prof. Dr. phil., works as a professor for educational science at the Zurich University of Teacher Education. Her qualifications include a doctorate in Education and a Master’s degree in Education/Psychology of the University of Vienna, a Master of Science in Education (School Psychology) from the City University of New York. As a project leader for various international cooperation projects and as the head of the center for teaching and transcultural learning she is familiar with international educational systems and project implementation mechanisms between education and profession.

Her current research projects include an international program for personal development for children and adolescents in various countries in Southeastern Europe, a program for peer learning for teachers, principals, trainers and University lecturers in the Republic of Moldova, a life skills and play program for kindergarten children in Serbia and North-Macedonia as well as a project with Universities in Armenia, Georgia and Moldova focusing on raising the quality of education for different target groups.Her past experience includes various international and national backstopping and evaluation mandates in Europe, Africa and Asia about pedagogical and didactical content questions as well as structural implementation of projects and programs focusing the acquisition of transformative, life and future skills of children and adolescents.

At the Zurich University of Teacher Education she teaches students in questions of Educational Psychology and Development and shares her expertise in coaching and counselling teachers and school principals in questions of personal professional and organizational development. She has published various books and manuals on questions of teaching and learning for different target groups. Wiltrud Weidinger lives in Zurich, Switzerland with her family.