Oct 03 2022 Posted: 08:00 IST

CÚRAM’s Teachers in Residence Programme, now in its seventh year, hosted it’s 1st mini-conference for alumni at the University of Galway this month.

Programme lead Dr Sarah Gundy explains, “For the first time ever, this year we organised a mini-conference for alumni of the programme as well as new entrants. We welcomed primary and secondary teachers from across Ireland to hear more about the programme and experts in the field of science education as well as input from CÚRAM’s MedTech industry partners.”

One teacher who attended the event stated that it “was a wonderfully diverse and thought-provoking conference” with “so many different concepts.” Another teacher said that it was “great to get insights into current research and to network”.

CÚRAM FIs Dr Andrew Daly and Senior Research Fellow Dr Niamh Hynes and took part in the event, alongside Dr Bharat Tripathi, Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics, University of Galway.  Amanda Mathieson, Public Engagement, Education and Communications Manager, BiOrbic SFI Bioeconomy Research Centre and Elspeth Sinclair, Education and Engagement Officer, iCRAG SFI Research Centre in Applied Geosciences presented workshops, with Mark Langtry aka “Mark the Science Guy”, Science Broadcaster and Producer, Head of Science and Sport at Explorium, Ireland's National Science Centre delivering the keynote address.

The TIR programme, which will be taking place online, is available for five primary and five secondary school teachers and will run from October 2022 over ten evenings until March 2023. The online sessions will be held twice a month, from 7pm to 8pm. Teachers will receive 10 ECTS through NUI Galway's Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, fully funded by CÚRAM.


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