The new Chair on Neuroeducation UB-Edu1st has been presented on October 24, at 13 noon, in the room Ramon y Cajal in the Historical Building. Participants in the presentation were Amèlia Díaz, vice-rector for Academic Planning and Quality at the UB, Anna Maria Fernández and Gilberto Pinzón, launchers of Edu1st, and the lecturers David Bueno and Anna Forés, director and adjunct director of the Chair.
Neuroeducation: learning using all our potential
Pedagogical strategies applied in learning processes influence the global construction of peoplesʼ identity and their way of interacting with the personal and social environment. In this context, the human brain plasticity contributes to promote the acquisition of cross-sectional knowledge -not only memory-related - in a learning process where motivation is a decisive factor.
The new Chair on Neuroeducation UB-Edu1st will consolidate a stable structure and provide with a series of activities from the UB academic field to promote neuroeducation in collaboration with other institutes and entities. The final aim is to contribute to promote pedagogical and educational changes -and therefore, social too- to improve a flexible, adaptable and integrating education for everyone, with special care for children, adolescents and youngsters.
With this perspective, the Chair will promote research, training and knowledge transfer in several fields of education -lecturers from different educational levels, instructors, psychopedagogists, psychologists, sociologists, etc.- and will reinforce dissemination activities in the field of neuroeducation.
A conference to learn about the neurobiology of executive functions
This Chair will play an outstanding role in the 2nd International Neuroeducation Conference, to take place from October 25 to 26 in La Salle Bonanova School in Barcelona and promoted by the Institute for Professional Development of the UB (IDP-ICE).
Organized by a committee led by lecturers David Bueno and Anna Forés, this scientific forum builds a unique space to learn more about the executive functions of the brain, that is, the abilities that facilitate decision-taking and enable adapting behaviours to reach everyoneʼs goals.
The program of the conference, which will gather about five hundred professionals from the education field, includes several conferences (brain talks) and workshops (brain works) with distinguished national and international experts on neuroeducation and neurodidactics to discover different methodologies to improve the learning process from a neurobiological perspective.
A scientific model for the educational innovation field
The guidelines of the new Chair will also include the organization and coordination of the Postgraduate studies on Neuroeducation of the UB -awarded with IL3-UB Joan Maria Malapeira 2019 Prize- which reaches its fifth edition this year (with a hundred enrolled students since it launched). From now on, the Chair will be able to take the costs of the academic enrolment for two students per year, who will be selected by the entity Edu1st and will have the approval of the permanent commission of the Chair.
The Chair aims to become a scientific model for all educational centers that promote actions on educational innovation in neurodidactics and neuroeducation. It will promote the organization of conferences and open debates with participation of national and international experts to reflect on neuroscience aspects of social interest.
Other distinguished lines of action promote the scientific research with grants for the doctoral theses and research projects, and promote specific training through ICE-IDP. Last, there will be a specific website with content related to neuroeducation, and an annual popular science journal -online and free- through the platform of Scientific Journals of the University of Barcelona (RCUB).