Geoscience Education and Outreach Services provides teaching resources, professional development, student education, public outreach and document services to the geoscience and education communities across Australia and internationally. In addition, a range of quirky education-related gift products has emerged from this work. Our unique mix of geoscience and education qualifications, experience teaching across all sectors from pre-school to university, and authorship of numerous courses, articles, newsletters, booklets, grant submissions, program stakeholder submissions and book chapters is what we bring to your geoscience education and outreach needs.
Director: Greg McNamara
BSc(Hons), MSc(Research), Grad. Dip. Ed., Grad. Cert. Management. Cert IV TAA
Australian Geoscience Council Education Subcommittee Member
Australian Geoscience Council's GeoEdLink newsletter editor
Geological Society of Australia Education Specialist Group Chair
Geological Society of Australia's GEOZ newsletter editor
International Geoscience Education Organisation (IGEO) Council member
IUGS Commission on Geoscience Education, Training and Technology Transfer (COGE) commissioner & web master
Program Director, Australian Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad
Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) Executive Officer
Greg is a geologist with special interests in sedimentology, stratigraphy and vertebrate palaeontology & geochronology. After several years of teaching geoscience undergraduates at James Cook University Greg became involved in the delivey of geoscience coursework to teacher trainees. In order to pursue his growing interest in education as a result of this experience Greg qualified as a school teacher. He continued to teach at undergraduate level while also being seconded to to help set up and run a CSIRO Science Education Centre for visiting school groups in Townsville.
Several years working as a geoscience museum curator in Broken Hill were added to this experience before being employed to set up and run a Geoscience Education Centre for visiting school groups in Canberra at Geoscience Australia. In addition to working with school groups Greg worked with a team of geoscience educators to write and deliver teacher professional development, write teacher resource materials and write and deliver professional development courses for other non-geoscience professionals. Added to this wealth of experience are nearly 8 years of writing and delivery of in-class water conservation orientated environmental education programs to Victorian Primary and Secondary school students, several years of teaching adult literacy and numeracy classes and over 10 years as education and outreach consultant to the Geological Society of Australia.
Greg also helped establish the Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) and is currently TESEP's Executive Officer. TESEP writes and delivers teacher professional development workshops and materials across Australia. Most recently Greg has taken on the role of Australian Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad Program Director. The Olympiad Program selects and trains high achieving High School students to represent Australia at the annual International Earth Science Olympiad.
When not traveling to deliver professional development and other programs Greg works from a home office in East Gippsland, Australia, thanks to the wonders of the internet.
At right: Greg holding the oldest rock on Earth (a meteorite)!
Photograph courtesy of 2015 Olympiad Summer School student Cindy Liu