Education Technology Day 2023


Are you an educator with an interest in education technology? We share your passion!       
This year, we are running our first ever Education Technology Day. We are currently finalizing our diverse line-up of passionate and innovative educators, who will deliver talks and workshops. This event will be an excellent opportunity  for both experienced and inexperienced tertiary life sciences educators to collaborate, share, and network.


This Year's Presenters Include:

Making Neuroscience Accessible through Technology   
Dr Hannah Critchlow, Neuroscientist, Author and Fellow,   
Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr Hannah Critchlow is an internationally-acclaimed neuroscientist, broadcaster, author and Fellow at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. She has appeared on BBC, ABC and Korean TV and Radio, most recently in the Great Minds Series, as Science Presenter in Family Brain Games with Dara Ó Briain, Tomorrow’s World Live and BBC Radio 4 Destiny and the Brain.

Her book on Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Guide, was published with Penguin in 2018, The Science of Fate was published with Hodder in May, 2019 and made The Sunday Times Bestseller list, receiving international press coverage and her latest book Joined up Thinking was published with Hodder in 2022 to critical acclaim.

In 2022 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University for her work in neuroscience and communication. In 2019 Hannah was named by Nature as a ‘Rising Stars in Life Sciences’. She was recognised as a ‘Top 100 UK scientist’ by the UK Science Council in 2014 and named as one of Cambridge University’s most ‘inspirational and successful women in science’ for her work in science communication.

The implementation of wearable technology and STEM: From primary school to further education     
Dr Brendon Ferrier, Lecturer in Sports Science and Growth and Development in Sport,      
Edinburgh Napier University, UK     

Dr Brendon Ferrier is a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and an avid educator. As a biomechanist and avid user of wearable technology, Dr Ferrier enjoys introducing undergraduate students to the many applications of wearable technology in monitoring physical activity and movement. During his PhD research, Dr Ferrier was introduced to a team of sports technologists and other biomechanists who had developed their own IMU sensor. This resulted in the application of the IMU within an aquatic environment to study the movements in elite level surfers. From this introduction, an acceptance to become a research partner with STEMfit resulted in a collaboration in the STEMfit Cup, a global STEM based competition based on IMU technology, data interpretation and data presentation. Dr Ferrier is continuing the STEMfit cup concept to introduce the use of wearable technology at primary and secondary school levels in small schools within Scotland.

How active learning and lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic can transform STEM education (in-person and online)      
Dr Stefano Sandrone, Neuroscientist and Senior Teaching Fellow,      
Imperial College London, UK

Stefano Sandrone is an Italian neuroscientist, educationalist and a Senior Teaching Fellow working at Imperial College London. He was awarded the Julia Higgins Award and the President’s Award from Imperial College London, the Science Educator Award presented by the Society for Neuroscience, and the A. B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the American Academy of Neurology. He has written three books, including Nobel Life: conversations with 24 Nobel Laureates on their Life stories, advice for future generations and what remains to be discovered.    


Lessons learned from a move to a multidisciplinary, flexible, paperless teaching laboratory facility.   
Professor Derek Scott, Chair of Physiology and Pharmacology Education,      
University of Aberdeen, UK

Professor Derek Scott holds the Chair of Physiology & Pharmacology Education at the University of Aberdeen. He in the only person to have been awarded the University's Principal's Teaching Excellence Award twice and was previously Education & Teaching Theme Lead for The Physiological Society. He co-chaired a recent report by The Physiological Society and the Academy for Healthcare Science entitled 'Contribution of physiology education and training to the UK economy', which was launched at the UK Parliament. Derek led the medical science contribution to the University of Aberdeen's new £35 million Science Teaching Hub facility.   

Adapting to the virtual frontier: exploring learners' transition journey from face-to-face to distance learning and assessment.   
Dr Maria Aristeidou, Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning,      
The Open University

Dr Maria Aristeidou is a Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning at The Open University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her work focuses on designing and evaluating engaging learning technologies, and improving diverse student bodies' learning experiences and outcomes. She leads strategic pan-university projects exploring students' experiences on multiple aspects of online and distance learning, and she is directly involved in developing academic conduct policy and practice across the university. Dr Aristeidou has been involved in the MA in Online Teaching, the BA/MA in Childhood and Youth, and the evaluation of FutureLearn courses. Her external work focuses on designing and evaluating learning technologies for engaging people in scientific investigations, community missions, and virtual museum explorations. Dr Aristeidou has authored multiple journal, book, conference and newspaper articles in internationally recognised venues.   


Under Pressure: Learning to apply knowledge outside the classroom through simulation.    
Dr Liam Bagley, Senior Lecturer of Physiology,      
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Dr Liam Bagley is a Senior Lecturer of Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Liam completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University and has a research interest in healthy ageing as well as physiological risk assessment in surgical populations. 
Liam brings this research into the experiences of his students of physiology by simulation of clinical physiology situations, applying knowledge from the classroom in simulated practical environments.  

Full Agenda:



Intro/Meet and Greet



Presentation by Professor Derek Scott

University of Aberdeen





Presentation by Dr Brendon Ferrier

Edinburgh Napier University


Presentation by Dr Liam Bagley

Manchester Metropolitan





Presentation by Dr Hannah Critchlow

University of Cambridge


Presentation by Dr Maria Aristedou

The Open University





Presentation by Dr Stefano Sandrone (Remote)

Imperial College London


Hardware workshop


We are also running a more focused Lt user networking event the day after, at the same venue on the 15th of June. This event will be focused on sharing how educators use online teaching tools like Lt in their teaching.   

For any Inquiries, please contact Pawel Stachyra at    


The event will take place on the 14th of June in the Edgbaston Hotel, 53 Edgbaston Park Rd, Birmingham B15 2RS, United Kingdom. 
It is a free event.

Please register for the event using the Eventbrite link below:

Register for the event!


For any Inquiries, please contact Pawel Stachyra at