Gabriele Stöger

Born 1959, Ph.D, University degree in theatre science and political science (Vienna University), post graduate training in museums communication.

Setting up of a regional industrial museum (“Lebendes Textilmuseum Gross-Siegharts”)
Project manager, cultural mediator, moderator, lecturer and consultant in lifelong learning and culture (especially museum education with adults and vocational training) and project coordinator in European funded cooperation projects.

Awarded with the Ludwig Sackmauer Prize for Arts Education“ (1995) together with T.E.A.m (Team EigenArt/museum) and with the Appreciation Award for Innovatve Cultural Education and Knowledge Transfer by the Province of Lower Austria (Special Award 2014)

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Sasha Palmquist, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate, Institute for Learning Innovation, Adjunct Professor Museum Studies Program, George Washington University US

Sasha Palmquist is a Senior Research Associate, Institute for Learning Innovation and adjunct  Professor in the Museum Studies Program, George Washington University. Her work has focused on understanding how prior knowledge, interest, engagement and personal identity shape learning opportunities and experiences in out-of-school and informal learning environments like natural history museums, science centers, children’s museums, zoos, and amusement parks. Sasha has produced research that explored the impact of young children’s interest and knowledge on family learning conversations in museums. As a project evaluator, she has informed the process and the products of research and practice partnerships. For example, she utilized process evaluation in the My Sky Tonight project to identify strategies to improve communication between researchers and practitioners that support effective collaboration. In addition, Sasha has designed and executed studies that explored the development of scientific reasoning in the context of complex topics like evolution and investigated the challenges of developing and maintaining professional communities of practice climate change education.


Lynn D. Dierking, Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice STEM Learning Science & Mathematics Education Colleges of Science & Education, Oregon State University US

Lynn Dierking is Director of Strategy & Partnerships, Institute for Learning Innovation and Professor, Free-Choice/Informal STEM Learning, Oregon State University. Her research focuses on free-choice, out-of-school learning (in after-school, home- and community-based contexts), with youth and families, particularly those living in poverty and/or not historically engaged in STEM learning across their lifetime. Dierking is PI of a US-NSF project, SYNERGIES: Customizing Interventions to Sustain Youth STEM Interest and Participation Pathways, studying and maintaining youths’ STEM interest and participation in an under-resourced community by taking an ecosystem approach and is co-PI of a US-NSF/UK-Wellcome Trust Science Learning+ Partnership project, ‘Equitable STEM Pathways.’  Lynn is on Editorial Boards for Connected Science Learning, Afterschool Matters and Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship. Awards include 2010 American Alliance of Museums’ John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership and 2016 NARST (international organization supporting research on science learning) Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research award.

Wendy Jo Coones, M.Ed., Department for Image Science ~ Department für Bildwissenschaften Danube University Krems

Wendy Jo COONES directs the Exhibition Strategies Division at the Department for Image Science at the Danube University in Krems, Austria. She received a fine arts degree in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. After receiving an M.Ed. in Educational Research & Philosophy, she began working in museums as an exhibition developer and visitor researcher of international cultural and scientific exhibits.

Institutions where she has worked range from a Science & History Museum in Texas, a Space Science Center in California to the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Since 2005 she has been on the academic staff at the Department for Image Science responsible for curricula development, teaching working professionals, and support of research initiatives. She is responsible for master of arts programs related to digital cultural life, its histories and futures and is currently primary coordinating staff for an EU-funded Erasmus Mundus European Master of Excellence program in Media Arts Cultures. An upcoming publication with DeGruyter Press as co-editor Museum and Archive on the Move includes her text Museum on Mars – re-define, re-auratize, re-territorialize.