Niki Kaiser is a research lead and chemistry teacher. She previously worked in science research, traversing the equator multiple times while working as a marine biogeochemist, and wading into the sea on the North Yorkshire coast while working towards her PhD. Niki is particularly interested in 'lightbulb moments': looking at how and why conceptual breakthroughs in understanding occur. She’s intrigued by the idea of threshold concepts, which can lead to new or transformed understanding.
Niki has worked with the Education Endowment Foundation to produce their science guidance report, which helps science teachers implement effective approaches within the classroom, and she is an elected member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s education division council. Last year, Niki helped to form the #CogSciSci network, an active forum for science teachers to share ideas for applying cognitive science to their practice. She is series consultant for 7 simple rules for science education.