Speaker Biographies: Prof Georgios Tsaparlis

Dr Tsaparlis will be speaking about problem solving in chemistry education, with illustrative examples from his relevant publications. Registration for MICER17 is open.


Dr Georgios Tsaparlis is Professor Emeritus of Science Education in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Ioannina, Greece. After graduating in chemistry at the University of Athens, he undertook postgraduate studies at the University of East Anglia, where he completed his MSc and PhD in chemical physics/theoretical chemistry, working with Professor S F A Kettle. In 1990 he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Glasgow, Centre of Science Education, under Professor Alex H Johnstone. He retired in September 2015, after 38 years of service.

Georgios has taught a wide variety of physical chemistry courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels and has contributed to many science and chemistry education courses. He has focused his research towards improving science and chemistry education through research and practice and has studied structural concepts (with an emphasis on quantum chemistry), the effects of cognitive factors on problem solving, higher-order cognitive skills, the application of non-linear methodologies in education, and many other educational issues, including chemistry curricula.   He is the author/co-author of 59 scientific papers in  international peer-reviewed journals, the author of chapters in 13 books, co-editor of “Concepts of Matter in Science Education” (Springer), and guest co-editor of the 2014 “Chemistry Education Research and Practice” issue on physical chemistry education: In addition, he has published extensively in his native language, Greek.

Dr Tsaparlis was the founding editor (2000-2004) and, from 2005 until 2011, joint editor of the journal “Chemistry Education Research and Practice”. He was awarded the 2016 RSC Education Award, and his lecture at MICER17 is part of his UK lecture tour.

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