09:30 - 17:00
The School of Chemistry at TCD is organising this year’s conference for Saturday the 20th of October in Dublin city centre under the theme of “Bridging the Gaps”. We're aiming to help teachers inspire their students into Leaving Cert chemistry from Junior Cycle Science and Transition year, as well as help teachers give students what a career in chemistry looks like.
The day will be officially opened by Prof. Mike Lyons, head of the School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin. The morning session will start with Prof. Sylvia Draper who will give us an overview of her experience teaching chemistry and the TCD extra-curricular programmes available for students such as the annual Chemistry Summer School, Nano in my life by CRANN and TY Programmes. We will then have our Education Plenary speaker Dr. Michael Seery, based at the University of Edinburgh, who will speak to us about strategies for classroom based education research and recent chemistry education developments as Chairperson of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) ChemEd Research Group (CERG).
Our Keynote Speaker Prof. Sir Martyn Poliakoff will take the floor just after the coffee break with a talk based around the upcoming International Year of the Periodic Table 2019.
You can find out more here: https://youtu.be/zvcaXM2hMgA
Workshops will then take place either side of lunch:
- Hands on Chemistry: Visualising rate of reaction
- Risky Chemistry: Managing risk in your lab
- Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT): Learning outcomes in action - chemistry across the strands
- Classroom Chemistry: Safe and simple hands on activities
The afternoon will kick off with our Academic Plenary speaker, Prof. Valeria Nicolosi from the AMBER research centre and previous recipient of The SFI Early Career Researcher Award. She has received multiple ERC (European Research Council) grants to the tune of €12million and her work focuses on advanced 2D nanomaterials, particularly in relation to energy storage and efficiency. The afternoon will continue with short snappy talks from industry professionals (Meat Technology Ireland, Eli Lilly, Henkel) about their day to day work, to give us an idea of modern industrial chemistry careers. Finally, the day will finish with a talk by Dr. Fiona Desmond from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) about state assessment for Leaving Cert Chemistry. She will provide some information on the recent practical assessment trials, the Leaving Cert Chemistry exam paper and changes to the Leaving Cert science subjects where possible.
All ticket prices include tea/coffee with snacks in the morning and a full hot lunch. Attendees will also receive electronic copies of all resources and talks after the conference.
Certification of attendance is also provided.