Alf is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Bristol. He joined the University in 2010, having spent thirteen years teaching in schools in England. In that time he engaged in practitioner-research, focusing on how classroom cultures develop and the role of listening and hearing in the teaching of mathematics. His research since joining the University has centred around teacher learning and his main teaching responsibilities are on a teacher education course. Alf was educational consultant on the development of government-endorsed professional development materials for primary school teachers of mathematics in England. His current interests include how to support curriculum innovation so that learning in schools has relevance to socio-ecological concerns. He has recently co-authored a book with Professor Nathalie Sinclair “I can’t do maths: why kids say it and what you can do about it”, published by Bloomsbury.
Dr Andy Georgiou is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and trained in both the South-West of the UK and Australia where he worked onboard the Sydney Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. He holds first class honours in anatomical science, and has published 21 peer review articles and 6 books/ book chapters. He was the Director of Intensive Care in Bath for 7 years and was in charge of the ICU during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.
Babs Behan is a Natural Dyer and "Soil-to-Soil" Textile specialist.
Author of bestselling natural dye book, "Botanical Inks" (Quadrille Books, 2018) and Founder of Botanical Inks Natural Dye House, based in Bristol, England: Creating naturally dyed clothing, accessories and textiles with traditional plant colours, natural fibres and non-toxic processes.
Babs launched Bristol Cloth in 2014 as a solution to the destructive textile industry & lost local fabric production systems.
Bristol cloth is a re-localised + circular textile system using regenerative farming, heritage natural dyes and artisan craftsmanship, all based within British shores, which actively restore local natural environments, provide high animal welfare, championing and sustaining local culture and economy.
Presenting the ‘radical’ idea that transgender people are people, is Claire: a transgender educator who will explore how marginalised communities and their treatment, impact one another.
Dan Burgess is a creative strategist, co-designer, activist, podcaster and learning guide who has dedicated much of his working life exploring the intersections where creativity and culture meet the climate and ecological crisis and our relationship with the more than human world.
Eddie Ilic is the Founder of Eddies Street Cuts, a community based project with a growing team of hairdressers and barbers in the southwest. The team cut hair for the homeless on the streets and in hostels, aiming to help spread a message of hope for recovery and share human connection.
Ewandro Magalhaes is a Brazilian national who has lived and worked across three continents. He speaks five languages fluently and has travelled extensively, for work and pleasure, over the last 30 years. Since 1992, Ewandro has been a conference interpreter, beginning his journey by mediating a chance meeting with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the Brazilian Lower House. Since then, he has interpreted for five Brazilian presidents, two American presidents and countless heads of State and government. As a writer, Ewandro has three books in print, blogs, and contributes regular articles to specialized magazines in the field of language. For seven years (2010-2017) Ewandro was the Chief Interpreter of a United Nations agency (ITU) in Geneva, where he staffed, managed and assessed a pool of 700 interpreters in the six languages of the UN. He is now the Co-Founder and VP of Communications of KUDO, Inc., a technology start-up that is changing the way interpretation services are delivered.
Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on making economics fit for the 21st century. Her book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist is an international bestseller that has been translated into 18 languages. She is co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab, which works with change-makers worldwide to turn Doughnut Economics from a radical idea into transformative action.
Renée Jacobs is the Founder of B in Bath, a network created to support people from underrepresented backgrounds in the workplace, as business owners and business leaders, in and around the City of Bath. She is passionate about supporting the development of a more inclusive and better Bath, where people from all backgrounds can be involved in building a community where they truly belong.
Master storyteller, Sarah Gregory, will give a poignant talk all about how to harness the learnings from the BLM movement to design our collective and connected future.
Dr Sushma Jansari is the Tabor Foundation Curator: South Asia, at the British Museum. Sushma completed her PhD at UCL in 2016 and was instrumental in the redevelopment of the British Museum’s Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia which opened in 2018. She is part of the team developing the Manchester Museum South Asia Gallery in partnership with the British Museum (opening 2022). Sushma has long-standing research interests in the history of collecting and is co-supervising two AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Projects on this topic. Alongside her curatorial work, Sushma presents the British Museum’s podcast but also created her own - The Wonder House - where she shares innovative and contemporary approaches to decolonising museums.
Tania Kovats is an English visual artist, best known for her sculpture, installation art and drawing. A key theme of Kovats' work is how art can communicate our relationship with nature and she is an advocate for the importance of drawing as a discipline, celebrating drawing in its expanded form.
Kovats is well known for TREE (2009) the first permanent public artwork at the Natural History Museum, London. Many of Kovat's artworks reference the theme of water. In 2012 Kovats completed the major installation Rivers, a public art project commissioned by Jupiter Artland, Scotland.
Drawing is a key element of Kovats' art practice and research. Kovats has written extensively about drawing including two publications on the subject, The Drawing Book: A Survey of Drawing: The Primary Means of Expression and Drawing Water: Drawing as a Mechanism for Exploration, published by The Fruitmarket Gallery. Kovats teaching career includes course leader for MA Drawing course at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, 2013–2018, and Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University, 2018-2020.