Dr Maria del Mar Quiroga
Mar is the Education and Outreach officer for CIBF.
For outreach, Mar works with The Brain Dialogue, developing events designed to engage broad audiences in discussion about brain research and the future it is helping to create. She also manages The Brain Dialogue Twitter feed, The Brain Dialogue Facebook page, and this website.
Mar’s background is in mathematics and neuroscience. During her PhD she studied connections in the visual cortex called “recurrent connections”, and how they influence information processing. For this research she used mathematical modelling, behavioural (psychophysics) and electrophysiological techniques. Mar also works in the Department of Physiology of Monash University, designing, developing, and assessing a suite of online simulations to teach physiology concepts to undergraduate students.
She is based at Monash University in Melbourne.
Dr Elizabeth Paton
Elizabeth is a research associate with The Brain Dialogue, currently working on the Unintended Consequences project. Unintended Consequences is examining the public consumption of science through the research literature, using home-users of brain stimulation as the first case study. The project is led by Dr Rachel Nowak, and in collaboration with sociologist Professor Alan Petersen, both of Monash University in Melbourne.
Elizabeth also teaches communication, media studies and creative industries subjects at the University of Newcastle. She is co-editor of The Creative System in Action, which looks at systems-based research in the creative industries. It was published by Palgrave MacMillan UK in 2016.
Her co-authored book on educating for creativity will be released by Palgrave MacMillan UK in 2017.
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