Researchers at the Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) were recently recognised with two National Conference Ambassador Awards for their outstanding contribution to Fáilte Ireland for successfully bidding, winning and hosting international conferences in Ireland.
Dr. Odilla Finlayson received the award on behalf of the ESERA 2017 conference organisers and Dr. Maurice O’Reilly received the Award on behalf of the CERME 10 Congress organisers.
During 2017, CASTeL led conferences welcomed 2,566 visitors to a trio of international conferences in STEM Education in Dublin in 2017.
• Dr. Therese Dooley and Dr. Maurice O’Reilly led the organization of CERME 10 – Tenth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, February 1st - 5th with 774 participants from 52 countries.
• Dr. Eilish McLoughlin and Dr. Paul van Kampen led the organization of GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 – International conference in Physics Education, July 3rd - 7th with 270 delegates from 48 countries.
• Dr. Eilish McLoughlin and Dr. Odilla Finlayson led the organization of ESERA – European Science Education Research Association – 2017 conference, August 21st- 25th and with 1522 delegates from 57 countries.
Chairman Michael Cawley honoured Conference Ambassadors at a function at Christchurch Cathedral Dublin who had successfully bid, won and hosted international conferences throughout the country, reminding the audience that:
"Business Tourism is worth €758m to the Irish economy and supports over 22,000 jobs."
The Conference Ambassador Programme was developed to support individuals who want to host international conferences in Ireland and provides assistance and financial support at every stage.
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Pictured (l-r) Dr. Odilla Finlayson received the award on behalf of the ESERA 2017 conference organisers and Dr. Maurice O’Reilly received the Award on behalf of the CERME 10 Congress organisers.