from left: Noel Brett, Declan Kennedy, John Lucey

Declan Kennedy graduated from University College Cork with a BSc in Chemistry, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and an MSc in X-ray crystallography. He subsequently studied science education at the University of York, England and graduated with a Masters Degree in Education and a PhD in Education. He spent over 20 years teaching science in Colaiste Muire Secondary School, Cobh, Co Cork. He was appointed lecturer in science education at University College Cork in 1998 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2006. His main work involves training of student science teachers, providing continuing professional development courses for practising science teachers and carrying out research in the area of science education. He is the programme co-ordinator of the Professional Diploma in Education (Science), Masters Degree in Science Education, BSc in Science Education and the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Primary Science at University College Cork. He is external examiner for the University of Brunel, London.
He has served as the Irish representative on the OECD science committee for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and also on the PISA National Committee of Ireland. He has written several science textbooks and numerous journal articles in the field of Education. He is very involved in the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) at local and national level and is the Membership Secretary of that organisation.

John Lucey, is a former Deputy Director of Second Level Support Services in Ireland. In this position he was responsible for leading and developing all aspects of CPD support services for second level teachers across the post primary curriculum in Ireland. Prior to this John was National Co-ordinator of the National Biology Support Service and Education Officer for Senior Biology in the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. He has completed over 25 years as a practicing second level teacher in the Patrician Academy, Mallow. From 2008 to 2010 John was Chairman of the Irish Science Teachers Association. In 2011 he was awarded Pharmachemical Ireland Science Educator of the Year 2011. John is currently a part-time lecturer, supervisor and tutor in the School of Education, University College Cork.

Noel Brett (on left) is the UCC coordinator of the Eureka Centre for Inquiry Based Education in Science and Mathematics. He is a former external examiner in Physics for the European Schools and is currently the Chief Advising Examiner in Physics with the State Examinations Commission (SEC).