Celia Berlin

Cecilia Berlin

Associate Professor at the division of Design & Human Factors

Cecilia's research focuses on ergonomics in a broad sense and how human abilities and limitations interact with the conditions provided by the (intentional) design of the work environment. Her research aims to contribute to improved health from a preventive (with regard to injuries, discomfort and impaired performance) and salutogenic perspective. Her recent work focuses on cognitive workload in manufacturing industry and production. 

Over the years, Cecilia's research has spanned (industrial) social sustainability, global challenges, the economic effects of ergonomics and the importance of successful collaboration between various stakeholders in workplace design. Cecilia teaches in ergonomics-, ethics- and research methodology-related topics in various courses at Chalmers, is frequently hired as an inspirational speaker for industry, authorities and the general public both nationally and internationally, and as a guest lecturer at other universities in Sweden. 

Demian Szyld

Demian Szyld, MD, EdM

Director of Innovation in Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center

Demian Szyld (pronounced “Shield”) is an Attending Physician at Boston Medical Center where he cares for acutely ill and injured and enjoys being on high performance teams and supervising and teaching at the bedside. He is the Director of Innovation in Education and overseed the Innovation Incubator, a faculty development program for Emergency Medicine Faculty and co-directs the Core Curriculum for Fellows in Emergency Medicine. His academic and scholarly focuses on evidence-based approaches to teaching and assessing clinical skills and more recently on bringing the techniques of reflection and debriefing to the clinical setting studying and innovating on all aspects of Debriefing and other workplace learning opportunities.

From 2017-2022 he was the Senior Director of the Institute for Medical Simulation – the Faculty Development Program at the Center for Medical Simulation. From 2011-2016 he was the Medical Director of the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences. Dr. Szyld is actively involved in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has chaired the Formal Training Affinity Group, led the Affiliations Committee and served as an Accreditation Site Reviewer and completed a term on the Board of Directors (2016-2019). He serves on the Editorial Board of Advances in Simulation.

Demian trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and was the first Simulation and Education Fellow at the STRATUS Simulation Center at BWH. During that time, he completed a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Demian grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina until the age of 14. His mother, grandmother and other extended family still live there. Demian currently lives in Cambridge, MA with his family who speak Spanish, English and Bengali. Pia and Demian have 2 children – Lila and Riki


Hege Ersdal

Hege Langli Ersdal, MD, PhD

Head of Research for Simulation and Global Health, Stavanger University Hospital and Professor II, University of Stavanger

Hege Ersdal has a PhD in International Health from the University of Oslo, and is a trained Anaesthesiologist and Leader of the Critical Care and Anaesthesiology Research Group in Norway.

Since 2009, Hege has been the Principal Investigator of several large international research and development projects related to labour, newborn resuscitation, and implementation of simulation-based learning to improve quality of care and patient outcomes – both in low- and high resource settings.

David Grant

David Grant

Consultant in PICU, Bristol Children’s Hospital

David Grant qualified from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Intensive Care in South Africa, UK and Australia and has been a Consultant in PICU at Bristol Children’s Hospital since 2004 where he began using simulation as an educational tool.

David has been actively involved in simulation delivery and leadership at institutional, regional, national and international level. His focus at all levels is to establish local sustainable simulation infrastructures that enhance patient safety and quality of health care delivery through integration of multi-disciplinary interprofessional simulation initiatives at undergraduate and post graduate levels that focus on optimising the performance of healthcare professionals and the teams and systems they work in.


Eve Purdy

Eve Purdy

Emergency Medicine Physician and Applied Anthropologist, Gold Coast University Hospital, Australia

Eve Purdy is an emergency medicine physician and applied anthropologist at Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia. She works with teams of all kinds to explore how culture impacts performance. She uses action research and simulation to empower teams to interrogate interfaces and relationships. In emergency medicine, trauma, obstetrics, COVID-19 response, and critical care she has supported teams doing their work better, together. 


Peter Dieckmann

Peter Dieckmann

Senior Scientist at CAMES. Professor of Healthcare Education and Patient Safety, University of Stavanger, Norway. External Lecturer, University of Copenhagen

Peter Dieckmann's research on simulation addresses the theoretical foundations and practice of using simulation to create, recognize and use learning opportunities for simulation learners and faculty members in different context. Peters research with simulation focuses to explore simulation’s possibilities to optimize worksystems. Beyond simulation, Peter investigates issues of the practice of patient safety work, psychological safety, medication safety, and visual research methods.