Keynote Speakers

Prof. Carl Wieman

Carl Wieman is a Professor of Physics and Education at Stanford University. Prof. Wieman has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics (Nobel Prize in Physics 2001) and university science and engineering education (Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year 2004). He founded PhET, which provides online interactive simulations that are used 100 million times/year to learn science and recently published a book Improving How Universities Teach Science. He is currently studying expertise and problem solving in science and engineering disciplines, and how this can be better measured and taught.

Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak

Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town. She convenes a variety of professional and academic staff development programmes for emerging and established academics to enhance their teaching. Her work focuses on exploring the interplay between structures (national, institutional, departmental and disciplinary) and culture and their influence on lecturers’ critical agency in a contested context. She is currently President of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) and serves on the National Teaching Excellence Awards Committee. She is a council member of the International Consortium of Educational Development (ICED) and serves on the steering committee for the World Universities Network (WUN) Research Group. She is project leader of a national collaborative project on staff development, commissioned by the South African Department of Higher Education. She was co-chair of the Curriculum Change Working Group, and has facilitated courses and engagements on curriculum change, transformation and decolonisation at institutional, regional and national levels.