The 2018 conference theme, ‘Research and Practice in Technology Education: Perspectives on Human
Capacity and Development’ continues to maintain our focus on practice and ultimately enhancing the
quality and experience of all Design and Technology pupils. This year, further sub-themes were
developed to capture the imaginative, the make, and the impact of our subjects. Each day of the
conference will reintroduce the conference sub-themes by highlighting the systemic challenges
amplified when attempting to translate research into practice. These plenary sessions will provide
useful perspectives and help frame future research discourse and enquiry.
[FROM WELCOME ADDRESS BY DR NIALL SEERY]