We are very pleased to announce that Professor Justin Dillon has agreed to be NAEE’s next President.  Justin is Professor of Science and Environmental Education at the University of Bristol and is an internationally-respected academic whose work covers science education and teacher education as well as environmental education.  Until 2014, he held the same post at King’s College London.

Justin is a prolific author and editor who has key roles in the work of the academic journals Environmental Education Research and the International Journal of Science Education.  He was one of the four co-editors of the first International Handbook of Research in Environmental Education – a work commissioned by the American Educational Research Association.  His recent books include Environmental Education (with Alan Reid), and Towards a Convergence Between Science and Environmental Education which is a collection of his writing over many years.  He serves on many editorial boards including: Research in Science Education, the Journal of Environmental Education, and the Australian, Canadian and Southern African journals of environmental education.   Justin is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Science Education, the British Educational Research Association, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and the Royal Society of Arts.  In 2013, he received the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award.

Justin has been involved in research into learning outside the classroom for many years and has contributed to several influential reports including ‘A Review of Research on Outdoor Learning’, ‘Initial Teacher Education and the Outdoor Classroom – Standards for the Future’, and ‘Outdoor Science’.  He has directed a number of EU-funded projects, for example those examining interest and recruitment in science, and inquiry-based science education in botanic gardens.  Justin is a trustee of the Avon Wildlife Trust and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, and serves on the education committee of the Royal Horticultural Society.  He is also a director of the South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition.

William Scott, the Chair of NAEE Trustees said: We are very pleased to have persuaded Justin to be our next President.   We have followed and admired his work for a long time and are all looking forward to working with him more closely.  Justin’s interests, skills and generosity are illustrated by the following quote from someone who works closely with NAEE:

“What good news to begin 2017!  I have known Justin since the 1990s when he lived in south London and was Chair of Governors at a school where I taught.  He was very supportive of my work in environmental education at that school.  He was  active on the board of London Wildlife Trust and on the London Environmental Education Forum committee, and gave me advice on my dissertation when I was at the final stages of the MSc in Environmental & Development Education at London South Bank University.”

More details about Justin’s work can be found on the University of Bristol website.

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