58th Annual ISTA Conference

19 February 2020

The 58th Annual ISTA Annual Conference 2020 took place in Explorium, the National Sports & Science Centre in Dublin, on 8 February 2020. The conference opened with keynote speaker Professor Aidan Moran (UCD) with his plenary lecture ‘Staying Sharp: Practical Tips on Improving Your Memory and Concentration’.

The theme this year was ‘From Junior Cycle Science to Leaving Certificate Biology, Chemistry and Physics: Issues and Challenges’. All conference participants had the unique opportunity of trying out some of the activities in the Explorium.

The Institute of Physics collaborated with the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) to deliver a workshop titled ‘Demonstrating Inclusive Science’ with IOP Ireland Coach David Keenahan and NCSE representative Madeline Hickey presenting. The workshop looked at how science demonstrations can meet the needs of many students including those students with dyslexia, austim, ADHD, as well as students with a variety of other special needs.

IOP Ireland Chair, Dr Yvonne Kavanagh, represented the Institute during the closing Open Forum which also included contributions from the Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Biology, Irish Universities Association, Royal Society of Chemistry and Irish Association of Science Education Lecturers.

IOP Ireland Coach, Paul Nugent, was awarded ISTA Science Educator of the Year award at the Irish Science Teachers’ Association (ISTA) Conference 2020. The award recognises and acknowledges the work that Paul has done for science education in Ireland. Paul has worked as an IOP Teacher Network Coordinator for 15 years alongside his work as the Senior Physics teacher at Santa Sabina College in Dublin. Paul has brought physics to thousands of people every year through Physics Busking at festivals across Ireland and through his work with the PDST, the Irish Science Teachers Association, and Science on Stage.

58th ISTA conference
L-R Yvonne Kavanagh, Paul Nugent, Eilish McLoughlin, Paul Hardaker

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