09:30 - 17:00
The School of Chemistry at TCD is organising this years conference for Saturday the 20th of October in Dublin city centre under the theme of “Bridging the Gaps”. We aim to help teachers inspire students into Leaving Cert chemistry from Junior Cycle Science and Transition year, as well as encourage students to pursue chemistry careers after they finish school.
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 Dr. Michael Seery, based at the University of Edinburgh, who will speak to us about ideas for classroom based education research and other recent chemistry education developments as Chairperson of the Royal Society of Chemistry ChemEd Research Group (CERG). Prof. Sylvia Draper will then give us an overview of the extra-curricular programmes available for students such as the annual Chemistry Summer School, Nano in my life by CRANN and TY Programmes. Another unconfirmed speaker will take the floor just before lunchtime with a talk based around education and ideas. Workshops will take place either side of lunch and confirmed so far is one run by Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), and another based on Risk Management in the lab.
The afternoon will kick off with our Academic Keynote 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 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 about the recent practical assessment trials, the Leaving Cert Chemistry exam paper and changes to the Leaving Cert science subjects.
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.
Trinity BioSciences Building (TBSI)
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