The IAU OAE National Astronomy Education Coordinator team for Ireland

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Frances McCarthy
Frances McCarthy
Team Chair, NAEC team - Ireland
Blackrock Castle Observatory

Frances McCarthy is the Head of Education and Outreach at Blackrock Castle Observatory. The BCO opened in 2007 and presently houses a robotic observatory alongside an interactive science centre.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Sophie Murray
Dr Sophie Murray
Team Contact Person, NAEC team - Ireland
Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies

Sophie is a Research Fellow in the area of space weather forecasting. She is involved with science outreach at DIAS Dunsink Observatory and leads the Astronomical Midlands project to engage rural communities in the Irish midlands with astronomy

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Eamonn Ansbro
Eamonn Ansbro
Team Member, NAEC team - Ireland
Space Exploration Ltd

I'm an Astronomer working for Space Exploration Ltd in Ireland. We have a suite of powerful robotic research grade telescopes in a UNESCO Starlight Reserve area in southern Spain, in order to provide superb resources for teachers, students and researchers. My participation (including published papers) in Astronomy Education includes carrying out an astronomy pilot programmes on robotic telescopes for schools for the Department of Education.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Oisin Creaner
Dr Oisin Creaner
Team Member, NAEC team - Ireland
Dublin City University

Dr. Oisin Creaner is a computational astrophysicist who has worked as a lecturer and researcher at several institutions around the globe, including Berkeley Lab in the USA. He is an enthusiastic outreach speaker and advocate for early career researchers. His current research at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is to streamline the use of a new kind of camera called an "MKID."

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Sarzi Marc
Dr Sarzi Marc
Team Member, NAEC team - Ireland
Armagh Observatory & Planetarium

French-Italian astronomer, who graduated and obtained his PhD at Padua University and who after holding several position and fellowships at the MPIA in Heidelberg, Durham, Oxford & Hertfordshire, is now Head of Research at the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

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To get in touch with the NAEC team for Ireland please contact:
Dr Sophie Murray via sophie.murray​atdias.ie

Astronomy Education in Ireland

For more information on Astronomy Education in Ireland, see the Astronomy Education in Ireland document (PDF file 771.90 kB Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) icons) prepared by our NAEC team