SSPC Education & Public Engagement (EPE) connects SSPC researchers with all members of the community to ensure impact for Irish society.

The SSPC Education & Public Engagement programme is broad and varied, targeting pupils, teachers, parents, grandparents and the wider public. We place a particular focus on working with female pupils, those from a disadvantaged socio-economic background, and those living in geographical areas with little access to STEM research and activities. Our team has featured on RTE’s Late Late Show more then 3 times with many appearances on news and radio to tell our story and passion in the area. We ran a #Sites4Science campaign that brought science to the city to share a message for all.

Some highlights of our vast programme are our Teachers Coninuous Professional Development Programme, our Transition Year Work Experience Programme, the SSPC Structured PhD and our Innovation in Medicines Project. A major ouput of our activities in the EPE space covers 10 peer-reviewed publications, 20+ articles in Chemistry in Action and Science teacher journals in >650 secondary schools across Ireland and Europe. During Science week, SSPC featured in a special issue of Newflash, a science magazine educating >6,000 primary school pupils.

GLOBAL IMPACT 

The EPE space has over 40 global partnerships and the generation of a further €1M in additional funding, has allowed SSPC to become cutting-edge in best practice in teaching, learning & public engagement, yielding significant impacts through global partnerships. The funding has created additional positions to ensure further capacity building in the area. Some examples of our EU programmes:

RAW COMMUNICATION & ENGAGEMENT (RACE PROJECT), an EIT RawMaterials funded programme aimed at changing the way scientiests and researcher connect with the public about the broad area of Raw Materials, visit the website here.

ACTION RESEARCH TO INNOVATE SCIENCE TEACHING (ARTIST PROJECT): SSPC work package leader of a global consortium of 10 partners across 7 countries, value €900,000.

TEACHING MYSTERIES WITH INQUIRIES INCORPORATED (TEMI): A project valued at €3.1M with 13 partners across 11 countries, 500+ teachers in 9 countries.

The SSPC Education & Public Engagement programme is run by sarah.hayes@sspc.ie and martin.mchugh@sspc.ie.

For further information or general enquiries, please contact SSPCOutreach@ul.ie.

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