Inez Harker-Schuch

Commencement Date: 
1 May 2015
School: 
Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

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Biography:

Inez completed her BSc (Hons) at the Open University before launching the ‘Earth’s People’ foundation in 2007 in Austria; an environmental science education platform aimed at teaching children about climate change – this ongoing project formed the basis for her interest in using digital tools for science communication and, ultimately, persuaded her to do a PhD. In 2011 she completed a double MSc degree from both the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (MSc in Agriculture from Copenhagen and a MSc in Environmental Science from Vienna - her thesis topic was centred around cultivating better understanding of climate science in the 16-17 year old age group). Following her Double MSc, she was employed as a research assistant/course coordinator at the University of Copenhagen – specialising in online teaching and methods for effective online engagement in two environmental science courses.  Since then she has published five papers on either climate science communication or effective use of online learning.  Her research indicates that the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) platform is a vital avenue for climate mitigation and public engagement.  She is currently – in a separate project from her PhD – building a highly interactive digital game (web-based) to be used to teach climate science.  The first version of this game was tested in Austria this year, they are about to test the same game in Australia.  These tests are informing the development of their final game (as well as the development of another climate-science game) to be used, hopefully, in schools and education centres around the world.

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