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International Reflections on STEM Education


Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 10:00 - 14:30


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 1


Free but booking essential

Science Education Symposium in partnership with ALLEA- All European Academies. 

STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) is instrumental to advancing our fundamental understanding of the world around us and plays a critical role in helping us respond to the complex challenges that society is faced with today. STEM education has thus become key to ensuring the next generation can develop the required theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to address future challenges and to help them live justly, sustainably and with regard to the rights of others.

However, several barriers appear to be inhibiting the effective implementation of STEM teaching and learning in classrooms worldwide. These include, for example, the lack of a clear definition or conceptualisation of the term ‘STEM education’ and the lack of a universal set of criteria for what effective disciplinary and integrated STEM approaches should comprise. Concerns are also raised regarding teachers’ knowledge, beliefs, and confidence in implementing STEM approaches and in some cases regarding the possible side-lining of science and mathematics in integrated approaches to STEM education.

To address these issues, the Royal Irish Academy (Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann) and ALLEA (the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities) are jointly organising the symposium “International Reflections on STEM Education -Effective teaching and learning to address future challenges”. The event will provide a forum to reflect on some of the international successes and challenges in STEM teaching and learning as well as an opportunity to exchange ideas on the best ways to advance STEM education.


(all times are in Irish Standard Time; UTC+1)

Moderator: Dr Cliona Murphy
Dublin City University / Chair ALLEA WG Science Education

09:30 Arrival and coffee

10:00 Welcome by the Royal Irish Academy President Mary Canning

Welcome by ALLEA Vice-President Luke Drury,MRIA

10:15 Keynote presentation: Professor Hamsa Venkat, Dublin City University

11:15 Keynote presentation: Professor Justin Dillon, University College London

12:15 Lunch break

13:00 Panel discussion

Professor Lucy Avraamidou, University of Groningen / Member ALLEA WG Science Education

Professor Timo Leuders, University of Education, Freiburg / Member ALLEA WG Science Education

Dr Eilish McLoughlin, Dublin City University

14:00 Closing remarks


ALLEA is the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, representing more than 50 academies from over 40 countries in Europe. Since its foundation in 1994, ALLEA speaks out on behalf of its members on the European and international stages, promotes science as a global public good, and facilitates scientific collaboration across borders and disciplines. Learn more:

About the ALLEA WG Science Education

The ALLEA Working Group Science Education is committed to supporting the further progression of science education throughout Europe to ensure the development of the necessary knowledge, skills, and motivation of students to pursue careers in science and participate as active and informed citizens. Central themes of the group include climate change education, science education in the context of STEM curricula, and digitalization in science education.

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