Stijn Bannier joined the Collaborative Creativity Group at UNU-MERIT as a researcher in the beginning of 2011. Currently, he is working on the European research project TAO (Third Age Online), which is about elderly people and their participation at Web 2.0 sites. Stijn Bannier graduated in 2005 as Bachelor for the courses Dutch, History and ICT/ Informatics at the teacher’s department of the Leuven University College (Belgium). Subsequently he graduated cum laude as Master of Arts in New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). During his Master’s studies, Stijn Bannier did an internship at Veronica Medialab, where research was carried out into the music industry combined with Web 2.0 and 3.0 concepts. In his Master’s thesis he wrote a theoretical and philosophical reflection on transcendental musical experiences in a digital context. With this thesis “The gamer as a hybrid performer, Stijn won the Dutch Music Thesis Prize 2008. From 2008 untill 2010 Stijn Bannier worked at IBBT-SMIT at the Free University Brussels (Belgium). At SMIT, he was active in several e-culture research projects, varying from digital libraries and music video games to cultural profiling and multi-touch interfaces. His main research interests are participatory methods, digital music culture, World Wide Web (Web 2.0), video games and the hybrids of new media.
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