The key to studying science is  to nurture the power of your imagination and your curiosity.

The key to studying science is to nurture the power of your imagination and your curiosity.

Prof Colette Murphy

Director of Research: Science and Maths Education

What is it that you do as a Professor in the School of Education at Trinity? 

I teach future science teachers and also carry out science education research. My research looks at the ways people of all ages learn science. I am also a published author of children’s fiction, so the writing side of my work is especially enjoyable. 

How did you find yourself working in science education?

I began my career as a research scientist – my PhD is in Botany. After that, I moved into the fields of education and science communication, both of which fascinate me. That’s why collaborating with colleagues in the Science Gallery is so exciting. I love all the different areas of my work – especially seeing good results!

School science is becoming more interesting and exciting for students… albeit slowly.

What advice do you have for students thinking about studying science?

School science is becoming more interesting and exciting for students… albeit slowly. The key to science it to nurture the power of your imagination and your curiosity. 

Who in science do you admire?

Darwin – he was brilliant and he struggled. His legacy reaches way beyond evolution. He was also a great botanist.

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