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.
Professor José M. González- Meijome ,Chair of the Committee
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.
Jorge Manuel Martins Jorge
“Degree in Applied Physic (Optics) with specialization in Optometry by University of Minho. PhD Degree at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) conducted at the University of Minho. Currently he is a Auxiliary professor at the Physics Department at University of Minho. Director of the Degree Program in Optometry and Vision Science at University of Minho. Has been Director of the Master in Advanced Optometry between 2010 and 2012. 55 papers published in scientific journals indexed by the Institute for Science information (ISI), Web of Science (WoS). Member of the Clinical experimental Optometry Research Lab (CEORLab), University of Minho. Member of Editor board for Journal of Optometry”
Dr. Matjaž Mihelčič,M.Sc. optometrist
Matjaž studied optometry at Fachakademie für Augenoptik in Munich / Germany, later he passed Master of Science course at Aalen University in Germany. He did his PhD at University of Ljubljana, Experimental Psychology / Vision Science. He is regular lecturer at University of Velika Gorica in Croatia at the Optometry programme, visiting professor at Aalen Universitiy in Germany and works in private practice »Optika Mesec« in Bled and in Jesenice in Slovenia.
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.
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.