Our team


Melina Furman

IMG_4741Melina Furman is Ph.D. and M.A. in Science Education from Columbia University, United States of America, and BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She serves as Associate Professor and Researcher at the School of Education at St. Andrew´s University and as Assistant Researcher at CONICET.

She coordinates the Academic Improvement Area in Science from Bicentennial Schools (www.ebicentenario.org.ar) and is co-author of the secondary level Biology Curriculum Design of the Province of Buenos Aires.

She founded the Civil Association “Expedición Ciencia” [Scientific Expedition] (ww.expedicionciencia.org.ar) and is the professor of “El Mundo de las Ideas”, a creativity and innovation course. She is the author of books, academic publications, curriculum materials and science articles for teachers and students, including “La aventura de enseñar Ciencias Naturales” ["The Adventure of teaching Science"], from Editorial Aique, “La Ciencia en el Aula” ["Science in the Classroom"] from Paidós and “Ciencias Naturales: aprender a investigar en la escuela” ["Science: learn to research in school"], from Novedades Educativas. She wrote and conducted “La Casa de la Ciencia” [The House of Science], a children science program from the tv channel Paka Paka.


María Eugenia Podestá


María Eugenia Podestá is M.A in Education from Bath University, U.K, postgraduate in Education from the Argentine Catholic University and BA in Biochemistry from Buenos Aires University, Argentina.

She conducts the Extension Area at the School of Education, St. Andrew´s University. Is co-author and editor of “Mejorar la Escuela. Acerca de la gestión y la Enseñanza” [School improvement. About management and teaching.] (2004, Granica Editions), “Mejorar la gestión directiva en la escuela” [Improving school management] (2007, Granica Editions) and co-author of “La Aventura de enseñar Ciencias Naturales” [The adventure of teaching Science] (2009, Aique Editions), “El Rol del supervisor en la mejora escolar” [The role of supervisors in school improvement] (2009, Aique Editions) and “El cerebro que aprende” [How does the brain learn] (2013, Aique Editions).

She currently co-conducts “New challenges in teaching”, a posgraduate pedagogical updating program at St. Andrew´s University. She is also director of the new “Neurosciences and Education” collection from Aique Edition Group. She conducts the Pedagogical Residence at the Educational Sciences Professorship at St. Andrew´s University, is a member of the institutional assessment team of the same university and is pedagogical advisor for the science and school improvement area.


Investigation team:

Cristian RizziCristián Rizzi

Has a Masters Degree in Technology Education, UNED, Spain. Is BA and Proffesor in Chemistry from Salvador University, Argentina. He currently serves as Pedagogical advisor for Intel´s Education programs in Argentina, he coordinates different programs to integrate ICT and science, and as a professor in activities from the Area of Extension, School of Education at St.Andrew´s University. Is a member of L@atitud Nodo Sur Network, a group of professionals that promote Teaching for Understanding in Latin America. He has worked for 13 years as a secondary teacher and has more than 20 years of experience in training teachers to incorporate ICTs in education. He was a speaker at TEDx Avenida Corrientes in September 2012 on “Digital Simulation”.


Diana fotoDiana Jarvis

Has a Masters Degree in Educational Management from the Universidad de San Andrés, has a bachelor degree in Psychopedagogy from the Universidad del Salvador and is a Preschool Teacher. She currently serves as the Academic Coordinator of the Universidad de San Andrés´ postgraduate pedagogical updating program at Buenos Aires, Santa Cruz and Chubut.  She is a member of the institutional evaluation team and is a professor at the online course “Make and think in kindergarten level” both at the same university. She also works as a kindergarten technical consultant at the department of Curriculum Management at the Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires.  She specializes on issues involving educational management, social-emotional learning, games and science learning in kindergarten, initial literacy and educational planning. She published “Hacia el jardín de infantes que queremos” ["Towards the Kindergarten we promote"] (2012, Aique), “La función del director en el Jardín de Infantes” ["The principles´ role in Kindergarten Level"] (2011, Editorial Académica Española) and the chapter titled “El nivel inicial, primer peldaño en el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje” [Kindergarten level, the first step in the process of teaching and learning] in the book “Mejorar la escuela”, edited by Gvirtz and Podestá (2004, Granica).


GellonGabriel Gellon

Is PhD in Biology from Yale University, United States of America, and biologist from Buenos Aires University, Argentina. Is a professor for Introduction to Science at St. Andrew´s University. He leads the Education team of the Science Popularization Directorate from the argentine Ministry of Education. He is a founder and former president of “Expedición Ciencia” [Science Expedition]. He has been a teacher in both argentine and american schools. He is the author of numerous teaching and outreach materials, like “El Huevo y la Gallina” [The hen and the egg] and “Había una vez el átomo” [Once upon an atom], from Colección Ciencia que Ladra, Siglo XXI Editions.


Research assistants:

Mariana Luzuriaga

Inés Taylor


Technical assistant:

Cecilia Rostica


Bachelor, Masters and PhD students:

Manuel Sánchez

Florencia Ricci

Nadia Goldweic

Adrián Minzi

Florence Zanocchi

Cindy Parra

Karen Sefarty

Carolina Emetz


Professional development team:

Mariela Collo

Carolina de la Fuente

Nadia Goldweic

Gabriela Israel

Adrián Minzi

Guadalupe Nogués

Pablo Salomón

Lucía Chisari

Denise Chervin

Vanesa Zylberman