When established in 2010, the Education Committee’s role was to advise the Academy’s Board on all aspects of optical and optometric education and training throughout Europe.
Since 2016, the Board of Trustees has given the Education Committee a greater responsibility for promoting and supporting activities which enable practitioners throughout Europe to achieve high standards of professional competence.
The Committee is responsible for:
- the Fellowship programme
- the scientific and educational programme at the annual conference
- the Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
The Committee advises the Board of Trustees on matters relating to:
- compliance with any relevant regulatory or legal requirements in Europe
- the areas of work about which the Academy should engage with education and training bodies within Europe and internationally
- the educational priorities for the Academy
The Committee seeks to have a diverse group of members, and the nomination forms for 2017 will soon be available here.
Dr. Ellen Svarverud,Chair
Dr. Ellen Svarverud is a Trustee of the Academy and appointed Chair by the Board. She was awarded her Academy Fellowship in 2015. She is Assistant Professor at the National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care at University College of Southeast Norway, where she is doing research as well as teaching and supervising optometry students. She completed her optometry degree in Norway in 1992, and gained her doctorate in vision science from Reading University, UK, in 2010. Her broad optometric background includes clinical practice, education, research and development of the optometric profession. For some years, she has been involved in European optometry, both as an Academy trustee and a member of the Education committee, and as a member of the Board of Examiners at the European Council of Optometry and Optics. She also holds fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry.
Annemarie Brouwer is a lecturer in clinical optometry, research methods, member of the educational quality committee & coordinator of the internal clinic at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. Since qualifying as an optometrist in 2005 she has been involved in teaching. From supervising interns, to teaching refractive methods to ophthalmology residents and now clinical optometry to optometry students. The knowledge Annemarie gained during her masters in Public Health has given her a wider view of optometry and optics.
Ignacio de Costa Gonzales
Ignacio Costa Gonzalez qualified in optics at the Complutense University of Madrid, and graduated in optical optometry from the University of Granada. Also got the degree of Optometry and Optics in the European University in Madrid. Additionally, he qualified as University Specialist in pre- and post-surgery optometry at the University of Valladolid. Costa has been practicing optometry, contactology and primary eye care in their family company for more than 15 years. With the aim of continuing his formation and to acquire more knowledge in Optometry, he undertook a Bachelor and Masters degree in Science at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (USA). Since then, Costa has been involved in the political activities of the Spanish Council of Optometry. He is now the General Secretary in the Council. He was elected representative of the Council to the European meetings of ECOO and later the Academy. He has been awarded as a Fellow of the Academy. Costa has taught optometry for six years at the University San Pablo CEU in Madrid. Parallel to his professional career in optometry, Costa has been involved in politics, and elected Councilor in the City Government of his hometown for six consecutive four-year terms. Furthermore, Costa gained a degree in General Business Direction at the IESE Business School (University of Navarra) and a Marketing degree at the Business and Marketing School (ESIC). He is also involved in the works of the National Health Care Commission of the Popular Party in Spain.
Professor Peter Gierow
Professor J. Peter Gierow obtained his PhD in biochemistry at Lund University, Sweden in 1988. He was then a post-doctoral fellow at Department of Physiology & Biophysics and at Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine (USC), Los Angeles, USA 1988-1993, followed by a position as Assistant Professor at Department of Cell & Neurobiology, USC 1993-1994. He was a Senior Lecturer at University of Kalmar; Kalmar, Sweden 1995-2008, before becoming Professor of Biochemistry at the same university, now renamed as Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. He has been the Director of the optometry programme since its start in 2002, and is since Jan 2013 also Head of the Department of Medicine and Optometry at the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, Linnaeus University. He is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry since 2006. He has served as a member of the Lacrimal Gland Study Group, 1996-2000, of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, 2002-present, of the ARVO International Members Committee 1998-2001. He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 2002, and is currently the President of the AAO European (continental) Chapter. His research interests are in the field of tear film and lacrimal gland physiology, as well as dry eye syndromes.
Dr. Daniela Nosch
CV Daniela Sonja Nosch PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTP (AS).
Daniela graduated with a BSc.(Hons.) in Optometry from Cardiff University in 1999 and with a MSc. in Clinical Optometry from City University in 2006. She received the Diploma of Therapeutics (AS) by the College of Optometrists in 2007 and completed her part-time PhD studies at Cardiff University in June 2015 on ocular surface sensitivity.
Since 2010 she is a lecturer at the Optometry School of the University of Applied Science in Olten, Switzerland, where she is responsible for the clinic and teaches on clinical subjects.
Previously, she worked for over ten years in specialised contact lens practice and general optometry at the Hospital eye service as well as in private practice in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.
She has published and presented internationally and is a member of the College of Optometrists and a fellow of the EAOO and BCLA. She is also part of the ECOO European Diploma accreditation committee.
Dr. Mireia Pacheco-Cutillas
Dr. Mireia Pacheco-Cutillas is a senior lecturer in Optometry at the Department of Optics and Optometry (FOOT) at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. She qualified as registered optometrist in 1986 and obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, USA in 1995 and her PhD was completed in 2004 at City University, London. Her research interests are on the areas of Peadiatrics, Binocular Vision, Colour Vision, Glaucoma, Motion Detection and Ageing. Mireia is a Fellow of the European Academy and held a Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry (1996 – 2009) and was a member of the College of Optometrists (UK) from 1998-2002. Mireia is currently the President of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.
Dr. Eduardo Teixeira
Dr. Eduardo Teixeira is a clinical Optometrist since July 2001 and he recently started as Assistant Lecturer in Optometry at Beira Interior University. He was Inaugural Trustee from EAOO Board in 2009 and he is involved in the regulation of optometry in Portugal and the legal framework for optometrists in the Portuguese NHS and was President of the Board of Association of Licensed Optometrists (APLO) between 2004 and 2012. He is the first Portuguese Optometrist to integrate an official health national organization, as member of the first Advisory Board of Entidade Reguladora da Saúde (ERS). He was also member of ECOO Professional Services Committee from May 2011 to May 2012. He study Optometry, Optics and Applied Physics in Beira Interior University, Covilhã, Portugal where he concludes is BsC Degree and he actually is finishing the Master Degree in Minho University, Braga Portugal. Eduardo is the current Vice President of EAOO.