EvoKE grew out of the collaboration between Xana, Tania, Kristin and Heloise to organise “Lausanne capitale de l’évolution”, an associated part of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) 2015 conference that was open to the general public. Based on the positive resonance they received, they decided to form EvoKE to broaden the discussion on the state of education and outreach in evolutionary biology.
Xana Sá Pinto
Portuguese biologist, passionate about biodiversity and evolutionary processes. Xana’s previous research career focused mostly on the study of evolutionary processes. But, she also participated in and organised several education and outreach projects related to evolution, which made her become increasingly interested and engaged with science education. Since 2015, she is part of the CIDTFF.UA research team and has become a science teacher at ESE.IPP where she is doing research on the effects of teaching science in the light of evolution to elementary school students.
Tania is a science communicator based at the Museum of Zoology in Lausanne where she is working on the next temporary exhibition on “Parasites”. She is fresh out of her research career as a postdoctoral researcher in the ecology and evolution of avian malaria. During her postdoc, she started to get involved in several projects to promote the dialogue between science and society. Eventually, outreach won over research. She hopes that the EvoKE meeting will stimulate multiple collaborative projects that will shape the course of the public understanding of evolution in Europe.
Héloïse D. Dufour
Héloïse is the head of the Cercle FSER, where she facilitates novel ways to bring researchers closer to the public. Before that, she spent more than a decade in the lab designing and implementing projects to solve biology questions, with a focus on neurobiology, development, and then evolution. She has always felt strongly that outreach is an important part of a scientist’s mission.
Inga is a PhD student and research assistant in the Department of Biology Education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research focuses on students’ visual perception and understanding of phylogenetic trees, which are crucial to understanding the concept of evolution. Her aim is to promote tree thinking in biology education at both the school and university levels.
Kristin is the director of BioQUEST and has been active in evolution education in the United States since 2005. She became involved with the EvoKE project through the Society for the Study for Evolution.
The newest Gardener, Olaf joined the EvoKE team following the EvoKE 2017 meeting in Portugal. He is a transplanted Canadian attempting to learn German articles and currently heads the working group for Molecular Systematics at the University of Oldenburg. He has long been fascinated by evolutionary biology and even more so by evolutionary trees. One thing that has always struck him is how easy it is to communicate to anyone what he researches and he sees EvoKE as an important part of this general process.