School of Physical Sciences
Deputy Head of School
Academic biographyDr. Eilish McLoughlin is an Associate Professor of Physics at Dublin City University, Deputy Head of the School of Physical Sciences and Director of the Research Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL). She obtained her PhD in Experimental Surface Physics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist. Her research interests focus on Physics Education, including the development of curriculum, instruction and assessment models in STEM education, at all levels of education, from primary school to PhD level. Eilish believes passionately that science is for everybody and has led several large scale national initiatives to widen participation in STEM including Physics Busking, Science on Stage, Improving Gender Balance and the STEM Teacher Internship. She has played a leading role in several major pan-European projects focussed on STEM teacher education - including Coordinator FP7 ESTABLISH project (2010-2014) and deputy Coordinator FP7 SAILS project (2012-2015), National Coordinator of the H2020 Open Schools for Open Societies project (2017-2020), PI on Erasmus+ Three Dimensions of Inquiry in Physics Education (3DIPhE) (2017-2020) and PI on the Interreg ENERGE project (2018-2021). She has served as an advisor to the EU H2020 Science with and for Society Working Group (2014-2019) and an expert evaluator of the EU FP7 Science in Society programme (2008). She currently as a member of several international boards in science education, including IUPAP Commisison for Physics Education, European Science Education Research Association, Science on Stage Europe and is co-chair of the Institute of Physics (IOP) in Ireland Education group. She has received recognition for her leadership in STEM education and engagement across formal and informal contexts: including the Institute of Physics Lise Meitner Medal (2018), Dublin City University’s President Award for Engagement (2017), NAIRTL National Award for Teaching Excellence (2010), Institute of Physics Young Professional Physicist of the Year (2006) and Dublin City University’s President Award for Teaching and Learning (2005).
Research interestsEilish's research is focused on STEM education, and in particular STEM teacher education at both pre-service and in-service levels and pedagogy and assessment at second and third level. Her research interests are in the implementation of innovative pedagogies, such as inquiry based learning and interdisciplinary approaches and the effective use of digital learning to enhance learning and engagement in STEM.
Selected funded research projects
Energe - Energizing Education to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Interreg NWE, 2019-2022, National partner 3DIPhE- Three Dimensions of Inquiry in Physics Education, Erasmus+, 2017-2019, National partnerOSOS - Open Schools for Open Societies project H2020, 2017-2019, H2020, National CoordinatorImproving Gender Balance, Science Foundation Ireland, 2017 - 2019, Coordinator Smartclass, Intel, 2011 - 2018, Coordinator
SAILS, FP7, 2012-2015, Deputy CoordinatorINSTEM, Lifelong learning, 2012-2015, CoordinatorESTABLISH, FP7, 2010-2014, CoordinatorOther research projects
Scientific Literacy at second level, 2014 - present.Interdisciplinary Science at University level, 2005 - present.Physics Education research at University, 2002 - present.