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ALLEA Research to be Presented at United Nations Climate Change Conference

10 December 2019


PDF icon ALLEA European Climate Change Education Survey: Preliminary Findings

Preliminary findings from the ALLEA Climate Change Education Survey are being presented at COP25 by Dr Cliona Murphy.

The 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25, is currently being held in Madrid, Spain, 2-13 December 2019, and brings together the 197 countries that have ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Royal Irish Academy is delighted to have Dr Cliona Murphy, an associate professor of science education at Dublin City University and the Academy’s nominee to the ALLEA Science Education Working Group, attend and present at this high-profile international conference this week. Dr Murphy, who is the Chair of ALLEA’s Science Education Working Group has been an excellent ambassador and representative for the Academy on the international stage, and we greatly appreciate her time, effort and expertise.

Led by Dr Murphy, ALLEA’s Science Education Working Group has been researching Climate Change Education Initiatives in Europe in recent months. The aim of the research is to collate and submit a statement to the European Commission on the status of climate change education in Europe, identifying common trends, gaps, strengths and weaknesses in relation to the content and pedagogical approaches to climate education in formal and non-formal education settings. ALLEA’s preliminary findings and a set of recommendations are being presented by Dr Murphy at COP25. Dr Murphy’s COP25 presentation can be accessed here 

Dr Cliona Murphy

Dr Murphy is an associate professor in science education. Currently her principle work focuses on the research, development and facilitation of Initial Teacher Education (ITE), Post-Graduate (PG) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in Science Education, Nature of Science, Sustainability Education and on the development of educational resources in Science and Sustainability. She has conducted and published research in the areas of teaching and learning in Primary Science, Nature of Science, Inquiry Based Science Education and Sustainability. Dr. Murphy was the Irish co-ordinator and principal professional development facilitator for Ireland in the European Fibonacci Project  and was the Irish co-ordinator for the EU Comenius plus SUSTAIN project.   Dr. Murphy is currently one of the principal investigators on the Educating School Teachers and Faculty for Sustainability through Continuing Professional Development project, being funded by the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO). She is a member of the management committee of the Centre for the Advancement STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL). Dr Murphy welcomes queries form prospective Masters and PhD students who are interested in researching the following areas:  STEM Education; Science Education; Science and Technology Education; Nature of Science; Teacher Professional Development.

ALLEA | All European Academies

ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, was founded in 1994 and currently brings together almost 60 Academies in more than 40 countries from the Council of Europe region. Member Academies operate as learned societies, think tanks and research performing organisations. They are self- governing communities of leaders of scholarly enquiry across all fields of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. ALLEA therefore provides access to an unparalleled human resource of intellectual excellence, experience and expertise.

Core Group Members of the ALLEA Science Education Working Group


  • Cliona Murphy (Chair)  – Royal Irish Academy
  • Odile Macchi – Académie des Sciences (France; past chair),
  • Pierre Lena – Académie des Sciences  (France; honorary chair),
  • Maija Katariina Aksela  – Council of Finnish Academies
  • Gerd Bergman – The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Benő Csapó – Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Lena Kjellen – The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • David Rios – Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences
  • Petra Skiebe-Corrette, Free University Berlin (Germany)

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