Prof. Colm O’Sullivan

Associate Professor (Emeritus)


Physics Department
University College Cork

IRIS research profile

Phone: +353-21-4902390
Fax: +353-21-4276949

Education and Membership of Professional Societies

1961 BSc National University of Ireland
1963 MSc National University of Ireland
1969 PhD Catholic University of America
1972 MInstP The Institute of Physics
1985 CPhys The Institute of Physics
1990 FInstP The Institute of Physics

Research Interests

Cosmic ray astrophysics / physics education

Long-baseline cosmic ray coincidence experiments to search for gamma-ray bursts from supernovae and other cataclysmic astrophysical event
Collaboration: Professor Brian McBreen, Dr David Fegan (UCD).
Funded by NSC/NBST/EOLAS grants, 1973-1976, 1977-1980, 1981

Development of time transfer techniques for widely spaced ground-based experiments
Collaboration: Professor Alan Watson (University of Leeds).
Funded by British Council grant, 1982-83

Microcomputer-based experiments for university level physics courses
Collaboration: UNESCO Division of Scientific Education and Research (Paris).
Funded by UNESCO grants 1986-87, 1988-90

Standardisation of interfaces for microcomuter based school experiments
Collaboration: An Roinn Oideachais (post-primary branch). Dr. John O’Brien, University of Limerick.
Funded by An Roinn Oideachais grants 1990-91

Computerised Laboratory in Science and Technology Teaching (ComLab)
Collaboration: Collaborating institutions in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia (University of Ljubljana, promoter).
Funded by EU Leonardo da Vinci 2 (Community Vocational Training Action Programme):
Project SI143008 (ComLab-SciTech) 2000-2003; SI-05-B-F-PP-176008 (ComLab-2) 2004-2007

Learning Environment for Physics Laboratory Activities (LEPLA)
Collaboration: Collaborating institutions in Italy, Poland (Technical University of Lodz, promoter), Sweden and UK.
Funded by EU Socrates Minerva (eEurope initiative): Project 99843-CP-1-2002-1-PL (LEPLA) 2002-2005

Professional Societies and Activities

Colm O’Sullivan is a member of the European Physical Society, GIREP (Groupe International de Recherche sur l’Enseignment de la Physique), the Irish Mathematical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics . He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Physics, the Institute of Physics Education Group Committee, the National Committee for Astronomy (Royal Irish Academy) and the National Commission for the Teaching of Physics (RIA). He has also been Chairman of the Education Sub-group of the Institute of Physics (Irish Branch) and a member of the Irish Branch Committee IoP. He has been commissioned to advise and provide evaluation reports on matters of Science Education by a number of organisations including An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna (the Irish Department of Education and Skills) and UNESCO. He has served as a Judge at the annual Young Scientist Exhibition at the Royal Dublin Society.


Cosmic Ray Astrophysics

Physics Education

Textbook: Understanding Physics (with Michael Mansfield) published by J Wiley & Sons [1st edition January 1998, 2nd edition January 2011]