“Real Science” in School Science? Prof Luke O’Neill, Prof Geraldine Mooney Simmie and Dr Regina Kelly

EPI∙STEM The National Centre for STEM Education
Invite you to an on-line talk:
"Real Science" in School Science?
Prof Luke O'Neill, Prof Geraldine Mooney Simmie and Dr Regina Kelly
Friday 24th 3.00 pm on MS Teams Click here to join the meeting


Science teachers are required to embed authentic science experiences in school. Professor Geraldine Mooney Simmie and Professor Luke O'Neill will engage in a conversation that will discuss (i) how science works; (ii) carrying out investigations; (iii) communicating in science; and (iv) developing an appreciation of the role and contribution of science and scientists to society.


Prof Luke O'Neill is a world-renowned scientist, author and educator, and Professor of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin. He has published over 350 major papers, has 6 major discoveries to his name - including a protein called Mal which is a master switch for immunity - and in 2016 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, which is 'the equivalent of a lifetime achievement Oscar' (Guardian). Luke appears regularly on television and radio, has a weekly column in Ireland's number one Sunday newspaper, the Irish Independent, and in 2021 was the Chair of judges for the Royal Society Science Book Prize. How can Luke ensure that he is in a history of science? Write one. This is that book.




Prof Geraldine Mooney Simmie PhD MSc BSc HDE is Chair of STEM Education and Director of EPI•STEM National Centre for STEM Education at the School of Education, University of Limerick. Geraldine’s research interest is in transformative STEM Education as an ethical, socio-scientific and cultural problem and the interplay between STEM literacies, ethics, justice and democracy. Geraldine’s methodology specialism is recognized in philosophical critique and critical feminist policy analysis in general education and in STEM teacher education.





Dr Regina Kelly is a Lecturer in Science Education in the School of Education and is the Course Director for the undergraduate Science Education programmes in the University of Limerick. Her main teaching relates to science methods specialising in physics pedagogy, which she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research interests focus on science education, science preservice teacher education, inclusive STEM education, and teaching and learning in higher education. She has coordinated a number of internationally and nationally funded research projects, including WiSTEM2D, Gender Gap in Science, and STeP into Science. She is currently a PI on the EU-funded OTTER project looking at Education Outside the Classroom. She is also a recipient of an Irish Research Council New Foundations Award and PI of the Planning Science Inquiry project.