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 José M. González- Meijome ,Vice Chair
Degree in Optics and Optometry with honours University of Santiago de Compostela.He got the 3rd. Extraordinary Prize in the fields of Optics and Optometry awarded to the best students of Spain in that field. PhD Degree at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) conducted between the University of Minho, Santiago de Compostela and University of Valencia, with a Pre-doctoral grant from the Fundaçao para a Ciência e Tecnologia of Portugal. Currently he is a Full professor at the Physics Department atr Universidade do Minho. Director of the Physics Department and Director of the PhD Program in Optometry and Vision Science. Has been Director of the Master in Advanced Optometry between 2008 and 2010 and Vice-dean of the School of Sciences for Academic affairs between 2013 and 2016. Principal investigator in several FCT projects. 136 papers published in scientific journals indexed by the Institute for Science information (ISI), Web of Science (WoS).200 Posters. 250 oral communications, 120 lectures as invited speaker, 15 keynote speaker, authored over 20 book chapters and 3 books edited and co-edited. Founder and coordinator of the Clinical experimental Optometry Research Lab (CEORLab), University of Minho. Vice-dean of the School of Sciences at the Unioversity of Minho between 2013 and 2016 and head of the Department since 2017. Editor Chief for Journal of Optometry indexed in Pubmed Central, (Peer-review journal of the Spanish General Council of Optometry) since 2010 and member of the editorial board of Biomedical Reseach International and Academic Editor of PLOS ONE. Awarded with the International Optometrist of the Year, Polythecnic University of Catalonia, Terrasa, Spain in 2016.
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.
Mr. Nicholas Rumney is currently in a full-scope, award-winning practice in Hereford. A 3rd-generation optometrist, he graduated from Cardiff, did his pre-reg year at Bristol Eye Hospital, and completed an MSc in low vision in Melbourne. He was a Professional Qualifying and Fellowship examiner and was one of a handful of College of Optometrists members to complete the Fellowship by examination. He has been a FAAO since 1995. Recognizing that a stimulus was needed to encourage an interest in optometric therapeutics, Nick was instrumental in bringing Lou Catania from the US to the UK for a multi-center roadshow that was seen by over 700 optometrists. He was also a founding partner in the educational group “Optometric Educators” in 1997. Mr. Rumney was part of the GOC team that developed the regulations underpinning Specialist Therapeutic registration, and in 2012 he qualified as an independent prescriber. His practice is the only one in the UK dually registered for Investors in People (Gold) and ISO 9000, and was the first in the UK to introduce 3D-OCT. Mr. Rumney regularly presents on this technology at conferences. In 2011, Mr. Rumney became co-supervisor for the first optometry practice to be granted a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, sharing a 3-year PhD research student with Aston University. A new KTP project started in July 2015. Nick is one of a handful of optometrists to be awarded honorary Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians Mr. Rumney has served on many National and International committees, including the General Optical Council (GOC), where he was a member of the Audit, Education and Investigation Committees and was the first optometrist to chair Standards. In 2008 he was appointed to the AAO Fellowship International Admissions Committee, and in 2013 was promoted to chair the International region. He recently stood down as clinical conference coordinator for the British Contact Lens Association and chaired the UK National Committee of Optometry Giving Sight until October 2016. In November 2016 he was awarded the Philip Cole prize for in practice research by the College of Optometrists.
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.
Rupal Lovell-Patel is an Optometrist, qualified and registered in England. She is an established Academic committed to raising the standards of professional practice within the optometric community as well the profile of careers within the optical industry. Rupal is a principal lecture and Director of Clinics within the Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Alongside her teaching and management roles within the Department, she is a College of Optometrists Examiner for the Final Assessment of the Scheme for Registration (OSCE). She is a Principal Fellow for the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Careers in Optics working group. She is a University Teaching Fellow. She is a Fellow of the American Academu of Optometry and the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. In 2014 Rupal was awarded "Lecturer of the Year" by the Association of Optometrists in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching.