Tracking Through the Spinal Cord

Dr. Alexandra Webb

Associate Professor, Australian National University

Alex teaches anatomy to medical and science students and leads technology-enhanced learning and teaching (TELT) at the Medical School. Dr Webb’s educational practice has been recognised with multiple awards, including Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, a national Australian Award for University Teaching and ANU Distinguished Educator. In her research, Dr Webb utilises a range of anatomical techniques & imaging procedures to advance knowledge of human structure & function to improve the diagnosis & management of musculoskeletal pain and disability. She also informs her educational practice by undertaking research in anatomy education and TELT. 



Tracking Through the Spinal Cord

Dr. Krisztina Valter

Associate Professor, Australian National University

Krisztina is an overseas-trained ophthalmologist and vision scientist. She has completed her PhD in Medicine at the University of Sydney and moved to the ANU as a postdoctoral fellow in 2003. One of her great passion is education and educational research. She has been teaching neuroscience and human anatomy to undergraduate and postgraduate students for over 15 years. She was appointed a member of the inaugural Educational Fellowship Scheme Committee of the Australian National University in 2014, and continues to foster student-centred and innovative teaching practices. Her teaching approach is multipronged, mixing the traditional with the latest technologies, to cater to the different needs of her students, and always excited to try new, innovative ways to explain complex concepts. She has received a number of educational grants and awards, including the Australian Awards for University Teaching. 

Her other passion is vision science, in which she built a successful research portfolio, focussing on the development and evaluation of non-invasive therapies for retinal degenerations, such as age-related macular degeneration and retinopathy of prematurity. She has supervised and mentored a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking vision or educational research and guided many young academics in their teaching endeavors. 

A Virtual Exploration of Art and Architecture at the Prehispanic capital of Monte Alban

Dr. Alex Badillo 

Assistant Professor, Indiana State University

Alex Elvis Badillo is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at Indiana State University (ISU) located in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA. He is the founder and director of the Geospatial and Virtual Archaeology Laboratory and Studio (GVALS). Badillo's archaeological research takes place in Mexico, Peru, and the USA and he specializes in Mesoamerican archaeology, settlement pattern survey, human-environment interactions, and the applications of geospatial and 3D technologies in archaeology. Currently, Badillo is Co-Directing the Monte Alban Digital Archaeology Project (MADAP) in an effort to find creative ways to analyze and visualize digital data recently collected at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Monte Alban located in Oaxaca, Mexico.

A Virtual Exploration of Art and Architecture at the Prehispanic capital of Monte Alban

Marc Levine

Associate Professor, The University of Oklahoma

Marc Levine is Curator of Archaeology at the Sam Noble Museum and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. His archaeological research focuses on Mesoamerica and especially the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Most recently, he directed fieldwork at the Zapotec capital of Monte Albán, which included geophysical prospection and digital mapping of the site's Main Plaza. 


Learning Equine Techniques using VR

Dr. Antonella Puggioni

Assistant Professor, University College Dublin

Antonella is an EBVS recognised European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and since 2007 has worked as an Assistant Professor and clinical radiologist at the Faculty of Veterinary medicine and University teaching hospital in UCD Dublin. Graduated cum laude from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Sassari (Italy) in 1999. She was awarded the PetSavers residency in Diagnostic Imaging in the University Veterinary Hospital in UCD Dublin in 2002. During the residency, Antonella was awarded the Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging of the RVC in 2005 and the ECVDI European Diploma in 2006. In 2009 she was awarded the Professional Diploma in University Teaching and learning by UCDUniversityTL. Other academic roles include resident supervisor and co-supervisor of three DVMS students (clinical residents); Stage Coordinator for Stage IV and Module Coordinator of Clinical Musculoskeletal module in stage IV of the MVB degree. Invited as Visiting Professor at Italian (Faculties of Sassari and Teramo) and Estonian (Eesti Maaulikool Tartu) Universities and a speaker to national and international congresses (SCIVAC in Italy, AVEPA in Spain, AVA in Ireland), and as an instructor to ultrasound and radiology courses and CPD (SCIVACinItaly, XLvet/PVN/VICAS/Kildare vet soc in Ireland). Antonella has published sixteen scientific peer-reviewed papers as co-author. Her interest spreads across all diagnostic imaging techniques.


B-made Robotics Sandbox 

Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange

Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

As one of the oldest but most radical faculties of its kind, The Bartlett has built a reputation for education and research that draws students and academics from across the world. Within The Bartlett, B-made is a multidisciplinary centre that invites Bartlett students and academic staff to engage with both new and traditional tools, processes and materials. It operates across two sites, at 22 Gordon Street in Bloomsbury, and UCL at Here East. This proposal for a virtual environment in which to explore the applications of industrial robotics to construction has been developed by four members of B-made’s staff: Martyn Carter (3D Printing Manager), Pradeep Devadass (Teaching Fellow, Robotics), David Shanks (Project Manager) and Ben Spong (Teaching Fellow, Connected Learning).



Burns: Off the Beaten Track

Dr. Pauline Mackay

Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies, University of Glasgow

Dr Pauline Mackay is Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow's Centre for Robert Burns Studies, based in Scottish Literature. She has published widely in Burns studies and has carried out research at major Burns collections in the UK and abroad. Pauline has worked closely with Burns Scotland (the National Burns Collection),  national and international media, and Scotland's Winter Festivals to further knowledge of Burns: his life, works and 'afterlife'. In recent years Pauline has worked as part of a team to develop and deliver a suite of innovative, research-led courses including: a MOOC - Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy - which has been taken by over 27000 learners worldwide;  blended and distance learning versions of the accredited course 'Robert Burns Online'; and 'Memorialising Scottish Literature and Culture', an Honours course that examines the relationship between literature and material culture in the creation of memory. Pauline's work with edify will result in the first-ever VR learning experience of Burns's literature and legacy. 


Physics of Einstein's Theories of Relativity

Dr. Chris Messenger

Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Chris Messenger is a lecturer of astrophysics at the University of Glasgow in the UK. His research focuses on the detection and analysis of gravitational-wave signals and with colleagues at the Institute for Gravitational Research he is part of the international LIGO-Virgo-Kagra Collaboration. This global collaboration, through the use of the LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors, is able to measure tiny ripples in space-time that Einstein predicted through his theory of general relativity. When not researching new ways to analyse these waves, Dr. Messenger teaches, amongst other topics, the theory of General Relativity to his students and is hoping that VR will help give his students new insight into Einstein’s world-changing ideas.   



Into the Matrix

Dr. Sebastian Vasquez-Lopez 

Neuroscientist, University of Oxford

Sebastian is a post-doctoral research fellow in neuroscience at Merton College, University of Oxford. His work sits at the intersection of cognitive science, deep learning and circuit neuroscience. His background is primarily biology but maths and stats have been central to his research. Sebastian is passionate about improving the way science and maths are taught, and in particular how modern immersive technologies like VR can make learning more widely accessible, intuitive and engaging. 


Into the Matrix

Dr. Tim Muller

Neuroscientist, University College London

Tim is a computational neuroscientist at UCL. He researches how our brains learn, make decisions, and represent the external world in ways that are useful for future behaviour. He loves teaching and supervising, and is super excited to help make interactive educational tools.  


Into the Matrix

Dr. Alon Baram

Neuroscientist, University of Oxford

Alon is a post-doctoral research fellow at the computational neuroscience lab at the University of Oxford. He studies how our brain organises knowledge acquired by experience in an efficient way, and how it uses this organisation to help us make better decisions. He is also interested in teaching and developing educational platforms to learn scientific and mathematical concepts in a fun and interactive way.


Building Survey Toolkit

Jennifer McKerr

Architecture Year 2 Lead, University of Strathclyde

Jennifer McKerr is a Practitioner and Teacher of Architecture. Currently, she is Year 2 Leader and Year 2 Design Studies Class Registrar in the Architecture Department at The University of Strathclyde. Jennifer engages her students in contextual issues and integrates knowledge of structure, construction and choice of materials. In academic session 2019/2020 Jennifer introduced an existing building project to the course. She continues to embed this project and use it as a way of analysing a place, as a way of understanding client needs and as a reaction to a sustainability agenda. 

With over 10 years’ experience working as a qualified Architect in London and Glasgow she has a keen interest in the evolution of buildings and places and enjoys engaging with real issues that have social, economic and cultural value.  Her most recent practice position was with INCH Architecture & Design, a social enterprise studio with a focus on translating research into design practice. She shares their belief ‘that good design should be to the benefit of all’. 


Designing for Theatre Production in Virtual Reality

Chris Follows

Emerging Technologies Manager, University of the Arts London

Chris has been at the forefront of championing awareness and integration of emerging technologies in creative tech practice and FE/HE arts education, for the past two decades. He is an artist and researcher exploring new technologies (XR, VR, AI) and its relationships to traditional arts practice. Chris is the founder of Digital Maker Collective, a voluntary creative tech Research & Development (R&D) group, and has curated and delivered many creative tech projects and events at national arts institutions including Tate and BFI. For this virtual teaching idea, Chris will collaborate with Justin Farndale Course Leader BA Creative Technical Theatre at UALs Wimbledon College of Arts, School of Performance. 


Developing Clinical Reasoning

Lisa Wyatt

Lecturer, Western Sydney University

Lisa Wyatt is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Lisa is the Simulation Coordinator for the School which is one of the largest pre-registration nursing and midwifery Schools in Australia.  She also coordinates a third-year nursing clinical unit and has a passion for learning and teaching. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years working in Intensive Care Units caring for critically ill patients where she still works today on a casual basis.  

Lisa developed her interest in learning and teaching while working as a Nurse Educator for a large Local Health District. Lisa is very proud to be involved with students as they transition to beginning registered nurses.  Her most memorable teaching moments are when she gets to see students experience that ’lightbulb’ moment through clinical reasoning.  This is where students use critical thinking to bring together the knowledge they have gained, and skills learned in order to provide safe and timely person-centred care. 


Simulated Bioscience Lab | Stem Cell Experimental Lab Joint Winner

Dr. Shauna Cunningham 

Course Leader, Robert Gordon University

Shauna Cunningham is Course Leader in Applied Bioscience at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Shauna and her team will collaborate with Dr. David Hampton from the University of Edinburgh to combine their expertise in the development of a virtual lab. 

Joint awardee with Stem Cell Experimental Lab by Dr. David Hampton, University of Edinburgh

Simulated Bioscience Lab Joint Winner

Rebecca Wright

Lecturer, Robert Gordon University

Rebecca Wright is a Lecturer in Biomedical Science at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Rebecca and her team will collaborate with Dr. David Hampton from the University of Edinburgh to combine their expertise in the development of a virtual lab. 

Joint awardee with Stem Cell Experimental Lab by Dr. David Hampton, University of Edinburgh

Simulated Bioscience Lab Joint Winner

Gavin Grewar

Quality Manager, Torry Marine Scotland Lab

Gavin Grewar is the Quality Manager at the Torry Marine Scotland Lab in Aberdeen and is a consultant on the project. Gavin and his team will collaborate with Dr. David Hampton from the University of Edinburgh to combine their expertise in the development of a virtual lab. 

Joint awardee with Stem Cell Experimental Lab by Dr. David Hampton, University of Edinburgh

Stem Cell Experimental Lab Joint Winner

Dr. David Hampton

Teaching & Support Lead in Regenerative Neurology, University of Edinburgh

David has been fascinated in the brain and spinal cord since he was a child on the Isle of Man. 20 years ago there were only 6 Universities that offered neuroscience as a degree and he leapt at the chance to go to London and study neuroscience at UCL. That fired his fascination with neurodegeneration and repair, which led to Cambridge to study a PhD with Prof James Fawcet. At Cambridge he started to learn to love teaching and tutoring. Work took him to America and then Canada where he studied at the University of British Columbia at ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries) and started teaching and mentoring more. Eventually, David ended up in Edinburgh via Cambridge again, working with Prof Siddharthan Chandran focusing much more on neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Tauopathies such as frontotemporal dementia. Prof Chandran supported his drive to increase the teaching aspect of his work, as they both believe in passing on knowledge and experiences to benefit the next generation of neuroscientists and clinicians. Initially, David designed and ran a course for the BSc Honours in Neuroscience at Edinburgh that won the 2013-14 Best Course Award as voted for by Edinburgh University Student Union (EUSA) and this led him to design and create a fully online Masters Programme that has run now for 3 years called Stem cells & Translational Neurology. This programme has students from all over the world enrolled now and has been nominated twice in the last few years for awards including the Innovative use of Technology award at the Herald Higher Education Awards 2019 and Best Tutor Award 2020 at the EUSA awards. With this opportunity from edify, David hopes to leap forwards and be able to offer students around the world who cannot come to his labs the chance to explore and learn in a VR stem cell environment.

Joint awardee with Simulated Bioscience Lab by Dr. Shauna Cunningham et al., Robert Gordon University

A Deep Dive into the Depths of the Respiratory System Joint Winner

Dr. Sharron Blumenthal

Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University 

Sharron has recently returned to teaching after 4 years as an Associate Dean. She teaches cardiovascular respiratory therapeutics to pre-registration physiotherapy students at BSc, MSc and Doctoral level. Sharron also has a passion for interprofessional education (IPE) and is currently the module lead for an IPE module across Glasgow Caledonian University, Strathclyde University and the Glasgow Dental School. Her other interests include respiratory medicine and cultural competence. 

Joint awardee with Lung Pathology - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome by Dr. Nurul Huda Mohd Nor, University Putra Malaysia

Lung pathology - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Joint Winner

Dr. Nurul Huda Mohd Nor

Medical Lecturer, University Putra Malaysia

Nurul is a Medical Lecturer and Anatomist in Department of Human AnatomyUniversiti Putra Malaysia. Nurul teaches anatomy and clinical case studies to medical, nursing, and dietitian students. She is part of her university’s team to explore and encourage innovation in teaching and learning. She believes learning medicine by mixture of standard or traditional methods blend with modern immersive technology will enhance understanding efficiently. 

Joint awardee with A Deep Dive into the Depths of the Respiratory System by Dr. Sharron Blumenthal, Glasgow Caledonian University

Meteorite Impacts in 3D Joint Winner

Dr. Stephanie Enslin

Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

Stephanie used geophysics to study volcanoes in Iceland for her MSc and assess the risks associated with shale gas in South Africa for her Ph.D. She is currently lecturing at the School of Geoscience at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Stephanie’s current research focuses on oil and gas, mineral deposits, as well as ground water exploration.

Joint awardee with Design of 3D VR Model of Fluid Movement by Dr. Mehdi Safari, Curtin University Malaysia

Meteorite Impacts in 3D Joint Winner

Dr. Gillian Drennan

Head of School, University of the Witwatersrand

Gillian Drennan is the Head of School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. She enjoys a wide range of research interests including research into gold, uranium and coal mineralization. She also researches Geoscience Education matters and is passionate about teaching Geosciences. In addition to her research and teaching, she is involved in curriculum reform and materials development in Geosciences both here in South Africa and internationally. 

Joint awardee with Design of 3D VR Model of Fluid Movement by Dr. Mehdi Safari, Curtin University Malaysia

Meteorite Impacts in 3D Joint Winner

Prof. Roger Gibson

Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

Roger Gibson is the previous Head of School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a leading expert on the Vredefort Impact Structure in South Africa.

Joint awardee with Design of 3D VR Model of Fluid Movement by Dr. Mehdi Safari, Curtin University Malaysia

Design of 3D VR Model of Fluid Movement Joint Winner

Dr. Mehdi Safari 

Lecturer, Curtin University Malaysia

Dr. Mehdi Safari is a lecturer at Petroleum Engineering department of Curtin University Malaysia. He has a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering/Reservoir Engineering. His research has been mostly Pore-scale modeling and simulation, Black oil and compositional Reservoir simulation, Modeling and simulation of fluid flow through Porous Media. He has over 5 years of experience in academia being responsible for both teaching and research. During his career, he has been engaged in several research projects supported together with his supervisory work at various universities, have involved a wide range of achievements. He has supervised over 40 B.Sc., 1 MSc and 1 Ph.D. students during his university career to date. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journals and 19 conference papers and is the author of 1 book on reservoir simulation. 

Joint awardee with Meteorite Impacts in 3D by Dr. Stephanie Enslin et al., University of Witwatersrand

Bi-molecular Interactions in Biochemistry 

Dr. Ming Wu

Senior Lecturer, Western Syndey University 

Following his undergraduate training in Veterinary Medicine (1979-83), Ming Wu continued the postgraduate pursuit of a Masters Degree in Veterinary Immunology and Virology (1983-86). Prior to employment at Western Sydney University, he worked in a number of prestigious institutions such as Victoria Primary Industry, University of Melbourne, CSL, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Sydney, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, and Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) NSW Primary Industry. At WSU, together with his colleagues, he has been working on the area of oxidative stress and metal toxicity. The research activities focus on a basic understanding of the cell’s molecular response against physiologically relevant oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide, lipid peroxide, superoxide, diamide, peroxynitrite as well as metal ions - particularly aluminum, chromium, arsenic, cadmium, and zinc. Sophisticated methodologies have been employed for the analyses at the gene level (transcriptomics by NGS and microarray), ion level (ionomics), metabolite level (metabolomics), and protein level (proteomics and phosphoproteomics). Five Ph.D. and seven Honours students were trained under Ming Wu’s primary supervision.  

Complete screens of the thousands of yeast gene deletants were carried out in the past years against a range of metal ions, oxidants, and other health-related chemical compounds, and significant datasets have been obtained. Several key leads are being followed up for a further understanding of molecular mechanisms in response to the exposure of adverse environmental factors, such as the protein kinase CK2 which is a prominent player in cancer development. 

Virtual Codicology

Dr. Johanna Green

Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Dr Johanna Green is Lecturer in Information Studies and Co-Director of the Glasgow-wide Digital Cultural Heritage ArtsLab at the University of Glasgow; she specialises in book history and digital humanities. Johanna’s research interests are in the history of text technologies, focusing on the manuscript, early printed book, and digital page as material object and cultural artefact and the development and use of digital technologies for the elucidation of historical texts and documents. Johanna has particular interests in how public audiences access written heritage – digitally and/or within exhibition spaces – and how emerging digital tools might allow for a more immersive, sensory, and digital “hands-on” experience than has traditionally been possible.

Virtual Codicology

Dr. Bill Endres

Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma

Bill Endres specializes in advanced imaging techniques and manuscripts. He is author of Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts: The St Chad Gospels, Materiality, Recoveries, and Representation in 2D & 3D (ARC Humanities Press, 2019). Using a number of imaging and post-processing techniques, Bill has digitized the 8th-century St Chad Gospels and presented the results on the Web through interactive 3D renderings, a viewer for Reflectance Transformation Imaging, and a viewer for stacked and comparable multi-spectral and digitized historical photographs. Bill teaches and researches at the University of Oklahoma. Currently, he is working with the University of Oklahoma Libraries to develop robust VR possibilities for studying and teaching manuscripts.

Neuroanatomy - 3D Structures of Human Nervous System

Dr. Jordan Tsigarides

Research Fellow, University of East Anglia 

Dr Jordan Tsigarides is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Rheumatology based in Norwich, England. He is the VR lead for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS trust and has been responsible for the development of multiple educational programmes utilising immersive technologies.  

A passionate advocate for technology-enhanced learning, Jordan has spoken internationally on the use of immersive technologies for the delivery of medical education. Whilst working as a fellow at Norwich Medical School, alongside his Masters in Clinical Educationhe conducted primary educational research on the efficacy of 360-degree video augmented simulation training. Working as a doctor in a bustling NHS, Jordan’s immersive programmes have been vital when addressing some of the more difficult issues facing NHS trustsHe is also passionate about creating sustainable infrastructures for change, empowering colleagues to create content and generate their own immersive stories.  

With regard to therapeutic VR, Jordan is currently the principal investigator for funded primary research projects investigating the use of VR for Fibromyalgia and chronic pain (The VIPA Studies). He founded the MSK Therapeutic VR Lab at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and is actively co-developing VR interventions alongside industry partners. His projects are patient-focused and aim to develop meaningful, acceptable interventions alongside individuals with chronic pain. He is also working with neuroscientist colleagues at the UEA to investigate the utility of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) in chronic pain.  

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