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18 February 2021
12:00 - 13:00
Microsoft Teams

“Book event – Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery” – Roger Kneebone (Imperial College London, UK)

What do lace makers share with pulmonary surgeons? Saville Row tailors with molecular scientists? Jazz musicians with fighter pilots? Seemingly, they have little in common, other than being skilled at what they do. But the expert on experts, Professor Roger Kneebone, has spent his life finding the points of connection. As he shows, while the outcome is always different, the journey to expertise is always the same. From ‘doing time’ as an Apprentice, knowing nothing and learning by copying how things are already done, through setting out on your own as a Journeyman, developing your own voice and taking responsibility for your work, to finally becoming a Master and refining your knowledge through passing it on to future generations, Kneebone articulates a path we’re all following – and there’s comfort in locating yourself, understanding how far there is to go, and seeing how far you’ve come. Drawing on cutting-edge research, including his own work with a variety of extraordinary experts from taxidermists to neurosurgeons, and a tradition of learning established in medieval workshops, in this ground-breaking book, Professor Kneebone reveals with colour and panache the symbiotic system that creates and sustains experts, whatever their field, and explains how you can become one yourself, whether you’re learning a language, giving a presentation, or simply becoming the person you want to be.

In this online TiM Lecture, Professor Roger Kneebone (Imperial College London, UK) will give a presentation about his book Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery (2020). The session will be moderated by Maaike Bleeker and followed by a Q&A.

Professor Roger Kneebone 

Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science, Imperial College London.

Roger is a clinician and educationalist whose multidisciplinary research builds on his experience in surgery and general practice and his interests and expertise beyond medicine. He is passionate about engagement in bridging the worlds of clinical practice, biomedical science, patients and society. He leads the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science and the Royal College of Music-Imperial Centre for Performance Science and is Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Arts.  Roger presents Countercurrent, a fortnightly iTunes podcast featuring 60-minute conversations with people whose interests and careers cross boundaries.


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