To make our research relevant and impactful for the larger makerspace community, we have an advisory group which covers a range of sectors and expertise. We meet with the group to discuss both critical issues of our research process as well as outputs. Alongside our makerspace partners, we have currently 8 advisory board members as listed below.
Abdul Rauf is the founder and CEO of the Pakistan Science Club which has been established since 2008. Pakistan Science Club runs science shows, STEM workshops, STEM camps and the like since 2008. For the past 5 years, they have also focused on building STEM clubs and maker spaces in schools and colleges. They are also aiming to address a number of challenges in building a sustainable model of makerspaces.
Dr Amy Hurst
Amy Hurst is an Associate Professor at New York University (NYU) with a joint appointment in the Occupational Therapy Department in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the Technology, Culture and Society Department in the Tandon School of Engineering. She also serves serving as the Director of the Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the intersection between disability and technology. Her work primarily focuses on working closely with end users to understand accessibility challenges and the potential for novel assistive technologies to address them.
Daniel Charny MBE
Charny is a designer, educator and creative director recognised for a range of culturally significant projects, from the Power of Making exhibition to the global Maker Library Network and award winning Fixperts learning programme. He is co-founder of Forth, a London based creative studio which develops new models for creative engagement and learning. Charny advocates for design, creativity and making as essential tools to unlock a better future. Under this banner he contributes to conferences, design juries and professional advisory boards and has lectured and run workshops around the world from China to Mexico. He is Professor of Design at Kingston University.
Dr Dorothy Jones Davis
Dorothy Jones-Davis is the Chief Impact Officer at KID Museum. As both a pioneering experiential museum and educational makerspace, KID’s mission is to foster the “Mind of a Maker” in youth, empowering the next generation with critical skills to invent the future. With a B.A. in Psychobiology from Wellesley College, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Dorothy has previously held roles at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California, San Francisco. She served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers from 2012-2014. Dorothy is a founding member of the BIPOC Makers Collective, co-producer of the National and Capitol Hill Maker Faires, and served on the White House Interagency Working Group on Making. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the national nonprofit, Nation of Makers.
Professor Edna Tan
Edna Tan is Hooks Distinguished professor of STEM education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her collaborative research investigates what constitutes equitable and consequential science and engineering learning for historically underrepresented, minoritized youth across learning contexts and over time. Her work is also focused on understanding how youths’ experiences across science-related settings and across time can be studied and understood as holistic experiences, rather than siloed in particular formal or informal settings. Dr. Tan’s research team employs critical, longitudinal ethnographic and design-based research methodologies so as to maintain a nimble, research-based response to address inequitable practices in minoritized youths’ STEM learning, throughout the life of the research study.
Brightbox partners with libraries and their communities to co-create community-embedded makerspaces where people can meet role models, access resources and nurture their passions. They share experiences and expertise from working with libraries and grassroots organisations and have created makerspace workshops for over 10,000 people. They believe that creating makerspaces in every community is key to a vision where lived experience is valued and power is not given to individuals but is shared by communities through resources and equitable opportunity. Brightbox is passionate about implementing high quality, long-term change, through makerspace programming and consultation.
Dr Stephen Alkins
Stephen D. Alkins, Jr., Ph.D. is the Diversity, Equity, Access, Inclusion (and Belonging) Officer (DEAIBO) and Co-chair of the DEAIB Council at TERC. TERC is an independent research-based non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and engaging learners through stimulating research, materials and tool development, and professional development. With his leadership, Stephen helps craft and implement the vision for DEAIB at TERC. He also helps research teams employ critical DEIB frameworks (e.g. Decolonization, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, Social Capital Theory, etc.) to help dismantle systemic inequities within STEM education, support youth STEM identity development, and engage and include underrepresented/marginalized communities in authentic, collaborative research experiences.
Dr Tim Slingsby
Tim is Director of Skills and Education at Lloyd’s Register Foundation, an independent global charity with a unique mission: engineering a safer world. The Foundation enhances the safety of the critical infrastructure that modern society relies upon. It does this by supporting high quality research, accelerating technology to application and through education and public outreach. The Foundation supports a huge diversity of work; from the world’s largest 3-D printed metal structure to the first-ever global study of worry and risk; from providing skills for safety in SE Asia to the safe development of robotics. Tim previously led STEM education and public engagement in science work at the British Council.
Sachet is a changemaker with over a decade of experience in running and managing social enterprises. A co-founder of the Karkhana network, he served as the CFO of the social business arm from its inception, shepherding its path to scale and securing a major impact investment. Deeply interested in youth-led change, especially around entrepreneurship, education and climate issues, he chose to move to Karkhana Samuha, the non-profit arm of the network as Executive Director. He is a member of the Global Shapers Kathmandu Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a Climate Reality Leader at The Climate Reality Project.
The Invention Rooms is a unique space in White City, where the local community and Imperial College come together to collaborate, innovate and make. With cutting edge facilities in a friendly and welcoming environment, they hope to inspire generations of inventors, entrepreneurs and makers from the local area and beyond. Kate manages all the Maker Challenge programmes in the Dangoor Reach Out Makerspace at the Invention Rooms. The Reach Out Makerspace is a state-of-the-art educational facility at Imperial’s White City Campus. It is dedicated to hands-on activities aimed at engaging school children creatively in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.