Janne Robberstad

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A real-life researcher

By spotogspindel | January 28, 2020


My name is Janne, and I´m a researcher.

The past years, as the market for new-built offshore vessels have gone down, and the shuffeling of jobs in the theatre-section has led to less (paid) artistic work for me, I have gone back to my “roots”. Taking all my experience and knowledge both from the artistic and the cultural worlds, I (re)entered education and research. I took my Master´s degree in 2017 in Creative disciplines and Learning Processes  at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). My Master thesis is titled Creativity and Ecoscenography in the Global Science Opera. (You can even Google Scholar me now! How cool is that?!)

Currently I am a Phd-student at the same university, HVL, researching Bildung and Pedagogical Practices.  All this might seem a bit out there, me, an academic! (I admit it feels a bit strange for me too, I have always been more practical than theoretical, if you knwo what I mean). But it just so happens to be that the stuff I am learning about is really interesting. And important too!

My Phd-research is a continuum of my master-research, albeit going deeper into the matter. So I am still researching the connection between creativity and sustainability. My main aim is to learn as much as possible about environmentally friendly or ecologically sustainable materials and design-processes, and how we can achieve a more planet-and people-friendly design and production in all things. No small goal there. But I do believe we can all start where we are, in our own daily lives and at our workplace. Lucky for me, I have the whole world as my workplace:

And the context of my research, the Global Science Opera (GSO), is super-interesting and fun, and I have already met so many people all over the world, it´s rather amazing!

I have been given opportunities beyond belief (and far beyond my rank) at HVL, as I am now the production-manager of the Global Science Opera (GSO) . Each year the GSO produces an opera, based on a scientific subject. Around 20-30 countries around the world participate. Students from primary to university-level, collaborate with teachers, artists, scientists and researchers, and create and perform their scenes. And on November 20th (the International Children´s Day) we have a simultaneous premiere on the world-wide stage of the internet!

Both in the GSO, CASE and GSO4SCHOOL (see below) I am working trans-disciplinary with science and arts, so-called STEAM-education. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Both fields are treated as equals, and can learn from each other. You might think they do´t have much in common, but they do! Creativity and curiosity are driving forces in both fields! When I started my work on eco-design (ecologically sustainable design) I found this was the perfect combination of these two fields, as you need the best of both in order to succeed.

In addition I am the coordinator of two – TWO! – Erasmus+ research-projects. CASE and GSO4SCHOOL.

CASE stands for “Creativity, Arts and Science in Education”. (Click logo to get to website).

GSO4SCHOOL is the Global Science Opera teacher training project. (Click logo to get to website). Both projects host teacher-training summer school workshops in Greece for teachers all over the world, though mainly from Europe.

You can read more about both of the projects here.  This is the new website-page, where I will gather links on my academic work and research.



Topics: academic, Global Science Opera, research, teaching | 1 Comment »

One Response to “A real-life researcher”

  1. gail Says:
    January 29th, 2020 at 20:51

    How fun. Lucky you!! I would have loved to earn additional degrees but found it too pricey. Art and Music definitely belong in STEM. We have long known that those talents support competence in Mathematics.