Professor Marcus Grace

Professor Marcus Grace

 BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCE, CSciTeach, FRSB
Professor of Science Education

Research interests

  • The science and values underpinning education for biodiversity, sustainable development and citizenship
  • Adolescent decision-making, and teaching and learning about socio-scientific issues
  • Outdoor science education

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Marcus Grace is Professor of Science Education and former Head of the Education School. He is a doctoral supervisor and teaches on undergraduate, Masters and postgraduate initial teacher training programmes.

His main interests centre around learning and teaching about socio-scientific issues, particularly biodiversity conservation, health and wellbeing and environmental issues, and outdoor science education. 

He is Co-Director of LifeLab, a purpose built classroom at Southampton General Hospital which helps teenagers learn about making healthy choices for themselves and for their future children.

Marcus is Chair of the Academic Committee of ERIDOB (European Research in Didactics of Biology), and Chair of the UK Biology Education Research Group (BERG), a Royal Society of Biology special interest group. In recent years, Marcus has received science and health education related research grants from AstraZeneca, BUPA, the UK Department for Education, the Research Councils UK, the Wellcome Trust, the Education Endowment Foundation, the European Union and the World Universities Network, among others. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Education and the International Journal of Science Education, and he has researched and published widely on education for socio-scientific issues with colleagues in the UK, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Sweden and the US.

Awards and memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Chair of the European Researchers in the Didactics of Biology (ERIDOB) Academic Committee
  • Chair of the Biology Education Research Group (BERG) a Royal Society of Biology special interest group
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Education
  • Guest Editor of 2021 Special Issue of School Science Review