Radiona @ BCU International STEAM Conference 2020

The First BCU International STEAM Conference 2020 exploring what happens when Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths collide is set to take place on Monday,13th of July in online format. Deborah Hustic from Radiona – Zagreb Makerspace will partake with presentation and talk titled Building Interdisciplinary Communities within the program on the topic of Makerspaces and Communities of Practice.

The conference is organised by STEAMHouse and it was supposed to take place in Birmigham, but due to the Covid-19 pandemia it is re-adapted for online participation.

Radiona – Zagreb Makerspace with its activities was introduced to the STEAMHouse team via the Interreg project UrbanM – Urban Manufacturing – Stimulating Innovation Through Collaborative Maker Spaces where the city of Zagreb – EU Department and non-profit organization Odraz – Sustainable Community Development are leading the project from the Croatian side.

About the project:
Responding to current concerns around virtual collaboration and communication, the conference is aimed at all those curious about interdisciplinary thinking. The organisers are inviting researchers, teachers, innovators, industry representatives, artists, scientists and those not bounded by their sectors to register, take part and share in how Birmingham City University is shaping conversations around cross-sector working.

The day runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (BST) and is centred on four themes – Makerspaces and Communities of Practice; Creativity, The Arts and The Sciences; Innovation and Industry; and Courses and Curriculum – with presentations, conversations and live Q&As from international experts and Birmingham City University staff.

The programme for the First BCU International STEAM Conference features (times in BST):
Makerspaces and Communities of Practice
9:30 am Learn about STEAMhouse, our centre for collaborative innovation, through an introductory talk from Prototyping and Operations Manager James Hannam.
10:15 am Hear from Deborah Hustic, Director at Radiona makerspace in Zagreb, Croatia as she outlines her work in STEAM, making and creative investigation.

Creativity, The Arts and The Sciences
12:00 noon Gain insight from Jo Berry-Frith, artist and BCU academic as she discusses demystifying art and science through the use of playful creative technologies.
12:45 pm Join STEAMhouse Extended Reality Technician Adam Paigge in his talk about XR, how this can support STEAM collaboration and how STEAMhouse is leading such approaches in the West Midlands.

Innovation and Industry
2:15 pm Explore connections between academia and industry, learning about our PhD Hub and how STEAM thinking can help businesses tackle challenges with deeper perspective, with Rehan Bhana, Associate Professor at BCU.

Courses and Curriculum
3:30 pm Meet Dr Steve Harding, coordinator of BCU’s STEAM Fellows Programme, as he hold a conversation with Fellows about their transdisciplinary projects and how they are stimulating engagement across the University.
4:15 pm Live from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Califonia, attend Dr David Gillette’s KEYNOTE PRESENTATION on future-focused storytelling, interactive design and sustainable futures. Dr Gillette is the founder and co-director of the Liberal Arts and Engineering Program at California Polytechnic State University.
4:55 pm Closing remarks from Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice Chancellor BCU.

Birmingham City University is recognised as a leader in STEAM thinking with recent achievements including opening STEAMhouse, the UK’s first innovation centre dedicated to Arts and Science practice in 2018, and being nominated as Knowledge Exchange Initiative of the Year in the Times Higher Awards 2019.

(Source: STEAMHouse)