The First Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference 2019



Keynotes Forum Discussion Luncheon Parallel Sessions

Keynote Speakers
June 21, 2019

Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson

Aerospace Engineer, NASA’s Goddard Space Center, USA

The first African-American female received a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She speaks to young people across the country – especially minorities and women – to encourage them to follow in her footsteps. She mentors students every year and she created an email pipeline for groups underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This pipeline distributes opportunities for employment, grants, internships, and fellowships. Dr. Ericsson has always pursued ambitious undertakings and has never shied away from aiming high. In fact, she lives by these words of Norman Vincent Peale: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

Keynote Topic

Putting the ‘A’ in s.t.A.e.m.

Prof. Peter Charles Sinclair Taylor

- Adjunct Professor of Transformative Education, Murdoch University, Australia
- Chair, International Transformative Education Research Network (ITERN)

Prof. Taylor is Chair of the International Transformative Educational Research Network (ITERN), with chapters throughout Asia, Africa and the Indo-Pacific region, and Adjunct Professor of Transformative Education at Murdoch University, Australia. Peter’s vision of education for sustainable development integrates the Arts and Sciences to foster students’ transdisciplinary capabilities: critical self-reflection, ethical astuteness, political awareness, connectedness. These are essential capabilities for living and working sustainably in the increasingly complex, contested and crisis-ridden world of the 21st century.

Keynote Topic

Transformative STEAM Education:
Enacting the Moral Imperative of Education for Sustainable Development

June 22, 2019

Prof. Brendan J. Godley

Professor of Conservation Science, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Prof. Godley is an experienced educator and researcher. In 2003, he was one of the three founding academics of the University of Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation. This department now boasts over 60 academics and over 800 students. Key to student and staff growth of this powerhouse has been the deep valorization of quality education with an emphasis on fieldwork and practical skills in the natural environment. Prof. Godley's research focuses on a range of fundamental and applied questions with the overarching aim of informing the conservation of marine biodiversity; a field for which he is a global profile. His studies generally involve marine vertebrates and interface with fields of spatial ecology, climate change, fisheries science and environmental impact assessment. 

Keynote Topic 

Conservation of marine turtles: an education

Mr. Cesar Jung-Harada

Founder and CEO of MakerBay, Hong Kong

Mr. Harada is a French-Japanese Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Director of MakerBay and Scoutbots. MakerBay is a Hong Kong MakerSpace for Social & Environmental Impact. Mr. Harada is a Former MIT project leader and won the Ars Electronica Golden Nica (NEXT IDEA) with his Master graduation project from the Royal College of Arts, London. Mr. Harada has been teaching Masters at the Goldsmiths University of London and lectured around the world. Mr. Harada believes that nature, human and technology can coexist in harmony.

Keynote Topic 

What Hong Kong young people can do to help the ocean (and themselves)

Forum Discussion Speakers
June 21, 2019
Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson
Prof. Peter Charles Sinclair Taylor
Professor NG Tai Kai
Mr. LAU Chun-hung
Aerospace Engineer,
NASA’s Goddard Space Center
Adjunct Professor of Transformative Education,
Murdoch University, Australia
Executive Director,
The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education
Principal of Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School

June 22, 2019
Prof. Brendan J. Godley Mr. Cesar Jung-Harada Ms. Isabel Li Dr. Anne Kerr
Professor of Conservation Science, University of Exeter Founder and CEO of MakerBay Director, Discovery & Education,
Ocean Park Hong Kong
Managing Director
Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Ltd

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