With a passion for education and the environment, Dr. Aaron Doering is an adventure-learning pioneer who has transformed the landscape of online learning by literally bringing the world into classrooms around the globe. He has more than a decade and thousands of miles of experience dogsledding and skiing the circumpolar Arctic and interviewing Elders in some of the most remote global communities. A full professor at the University of Minnesota, Doering is a laureate of the prestigious humanitarian Tech Awards, and a fellow for both the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He also holds the Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology, and is the director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML). Doering has been named a top innovator in education by The Science Coalition, and a top modern-day explorer by Canadian Geographic. His Earthducation and North of Sixty projects are AIGA (Re)Design Award winners, recognized for innovative designs that promote strong communities, sustainable environments, and thriving economies. Doering’s commitment to education has included developing more than 15 online learning environments that have reached over 15 million learners worldwide; authoring 40+ refereed journal articles, 5 book chapters, and 2 textbooks; securing millions of dollars in grants; and delivering more than 200 international, national, keynote, and conference presentations. His innovative educational initiatives have attracted media attention from global organizations such as CNN, CBC, and NPR. Doering is also a 2016 nominee for the Brock International Prize in Education, an honor given to those “who have made a specific innovation or contribution to the science and art of education, resulting in a significant impact on the practice or understanding of the field of education.” Doering can often be found on the road collaborating with diverse cultures in remote regions of the globe, giving talks, writing his next book, or spending time with his wife Amy and their 3 year old son Eli. He looks forward to exploring his design principles and educational philosophy with you! To virtually experience some of his projects, visit http://www.chasingseals.com and follow him on Twitter @chasingseals.
Sarah works at the interface between social research, policy and practice in a range of leadership roles. She is Co-Director (Knowledge Exchange) at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships www.crfr.ac.uk where she leads a Knowledge Exchange team which facilitates ways in which research on families and relationships can be widely used, carries out research on evidence to action, and leads on strategy for the Centre.
She is a Director of What Works Scotland (www.whatworksscotland.ac.uk) leading on the evidence to action stream that aims to increase ways that local authorities can use evidence to develop public services.
She is also the Knowledge Exchange Specialist for the Centre for Community and Public Health Sciences and an Impact Analyst within the University of Edinburgh and with wider projects.
She is an associate of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation (www.ruru.ac.uk), The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, and a was member of the Scottish Funding Council’s working group on Knowledge Exchange and Public Policy. She has been the Knowledge Exchange advisor for two UK-wide ESRC Centres: Timescapes and the Centre for Population Change, and is currently advising a research group from the University of Toronto on their KE strategy.
Sarah’s research has investigated the process assessing the impact of research on policy and practice. She has a specialism in Contribution Analysis and uses this approach in a variety of projects, often working with non-academic partners, and also to assess the impact of research.