New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 9

Scientific Committee

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Timm Wilke

Institution: Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry, Department of Chemistry Education, University of Braunschweig, Germany

Country: Germany

Timm Wilke, born in 1988, works as assistant professor for chemistry education at the University of Brunswick.

From 2007 - 2012 he studied chemistry and french sciences at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. As a scholarship holder of the Foundation of German Business, he finished his PhD studies (summa cum laude) in the Group of Prof. T. Waitz in 2017. After research stays at Centre National de la Recherce Scientifique (Toulouse/France), Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (Kiel/Germany) and Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne/USA), he was appointed assistant professor at the University of Brunswick.

His research is located in the intersection between chemistry and chemistry didactics where he mainly focuses on the reconstruction of current research fields for K-12 chemistry education in the sense of a Scientific Literacy. Two current fields of his interest are green chemistry and nanotechnology. In recent years, he developed a wide range of projects, teaching units, course concepts and teaching materials for schools, student laboratories and universities in cooperation with national and international research groups. The projects include experiments with various nanocomposites, semiconductor nanoparticles (titanium dioxide, fluorescent zinc oxide), coin metals (copper, silver, gold) and nanostructured silica and silicone materials.

The second focus of his research is the digitization of STEM education. In this context, Timm founded FUTURE LABS - a developer network at with an explicit focus on the digitalization of STEM education in schools and student laboratories. The expertise of actors from STEM educators, researchers and school practitioners makes it possible to develop, test and disseminate innovative teaching concepts and digital tools with high educational potential.

In addition to his research, Timm is involved in numerous other projects. He heads the Agnes Pockels School Laboratory in Brunswick, is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Youth Science Olympiad and organizes numerous events, teacher training courses and conferences with the aim of opening up current research for schools and student laboratories.

Area of Expertise: Nanotechnology & Nanoscience Education, Didactical Reconstruction, Stem Education 4.0, Digitalization, School Education, Higher Education, School Laboratories, Open Educational Resources;

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