The Festival of Curiosity takes place from July 18th to 21st. Photograph: Vincent McCarthy

Access Science: The four-day festival explores science, art, design and technology

Dr Trish Morgan: “Even the phrase ‘the environment’ makes it sound like it is a thing, and we are not part of it”

Research lives: Dr Trish Morgan, assistant professor at DCU school of communications

Xinxin Xiao: ‘Health is an eternal theme of mankind’

Research Lives: Dr Xinxin Xiao, post-doctoral researcher at Technical University of Denmark

Prof Christine Loscher of DCU: ‘I’m interested in how we can control the immune system, and particularly how to control that long-term, damaging inflammation.’

Prof Christine Loscher, School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University

Prof Jim McLaughlin

Research Insights: Prof Jim McLaughlin, director of the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre and head of the school(...)

Prof Wim Meijer: ‘The tools we have at our disposal now allow us to gain an unparalleled insight into whole ecosystems at a level of detail that was pure science fiction when I was a student’

The innovators: Prof Wim Meijer, professor of microbiology, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

Hayden Wilkinson

Hayden Wilkinson used the topics of synaesthesia, split brains and designer babies to engage audiences

Dr Michelle O’Shaughnessy: ‘Being able to keep people off dialysis is a major focus.’

Research lives: Dr Michelle O’Shaughnessy, clinical assistant professor of Medicine – Nephrology, Stanford University

A computer animation provided by European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, Germany showing the ESA satellite Rosetta during its approach on earth. Rosetta reached the comet’s orbit in August 2014 after its launch from Earth in 2004. Photograph: C Careau/ EPA

Free drop-in programme in Dublin to help students build their confidence with maths

Prof Marina Lynch: 'My research looks at very important cells in the brain called microglia.'

Research Lives: Prof Marina Lynch, head of neuroinflammation research group in TCD

Dr Manus Biggs: “My lab in Galway will develop the biomaterials for the devices, and we will collect data about how they perform in a biological environment.”

Research Lives: Dr Manus Biggs, lecturer in biomedical science at NUI Galway and researcher with the CÚRAM research centre

Dr Jenny Lawler at the Irish Laboratory Awards 2019 in Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. “I was also shortlisted for Young Leader of the Year, but I reckoned because of the lab award I wouldn’t get another one. So I was really shocked and very happily surprised when I won that one too”

Research Lives: Dr Jenny Lawler, head of the Membrane and Environmental Technologies Group and assistant professor at DCU school o(...)

Neuroscientist Sabina Brennan (right) with Dr Laura McAvinue in Trinity college Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Research lives: Dr Sabina Brennan’s ‘100 Days to a Younger Brain’ is a revealing read

Dr John Regan: “I’d really love to look more now at small galaxies that haven’t changed much since those early days.”

Research Lives: Dr John Regan, research fellow, Centre for Astrophysics and Relativity at DCU School of Mathematics

Prof Valeria Nicolosi with a microscope that can examine objects a million times smaller than a human hair. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Trinity research centre explores power of ultra-thin nanomaterial MXenes

Dr Anthony Ventresque: “I have very good students – they are brilliant technically, they ask good questions [and] they provide another reason to get up in the morning and go to work.”

Research Lives: Dr Anthony Ventresque, Lero, researcher and director of the UCD Complex Software Lab

Dr Deirdre Murray: “I am extremely lucky to be doing a job that I love, answering important questions about children’s health. What could be better?” Photograph: Darragh Kane

Research Lives: Dr Deirdre Murray, Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research and UCC

Prof Andrew Parnell of Maynooth University

‘We don’t want it to get much higher than 4 or 5mm a year as this would cause incredible damage’

Prof Gianpiero Cavalleri: “We also used DNA to inform on the population structure and history of the Traveller community, and we were able to contribute in some small way to the debate around the recognition of Travellers as an ethnic minority.”

Research Lives: Prof Gianpiero Cavalleri, associate professor of human genetics and deputy director of the SFI FutureNeuro Researc(...)

Dr Laura Gleeson: “In the lab, you are working towards long-term goals, slowly testing hypotheses and accumulating evidence to answer questions that have never been asked before.”

Research lives: Dr Laura Gleeson, specialist registrar in respiratory medicine

Dr Conor Brennan, associate professor, Dublin City University School of Electronic Engineering.

Research lives: Dr Conor Brennan, associate professor, Dublin City University School of Electronic Engineering

Dr Garret A Fitzgerald: “Now that the Dublin skyline is crowded with cranes again, I’d love to see an initiative to foster and support the hard sciences.”

Research Lives: Dr Garret A FitzGerald, University of Pennsylvania professor of pharmacology and therapeutics

Dr Sheila McBreen: “We have physicists and engineers and mathematicians and it’s a student-led project, which is really exciting.”

Research Lives: Dr Sheila McBreen, associate professor, University College Dublin School of Physics

From left: Dr Sheila Donegan, co-founder of Maths Week, Margie McCarthy, head of Education and Public Engagement, Science Foundation Ireland, and Aislinn Bueno (11) from Scoil Chaoimhín Primary School, Marlborough Street, Dublin, at the launch of Maths Week 2018. Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Access Science: Maths Week encourages us to become more comfortable with how we use maths in our day-to-day lives

Nobel laureate: Donna Strickland at her lab at the University of Waterloo, in Canada. Photograph: Cole Burston/Getty

Donna Strickland was surprised to hear she had won the Nobel Prize in Physics

Aina Andreu, from Barcelona, looking at the stars during the Global Star Count in Orion at Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork. CIT Blackrock Castle will host an open night where you can learn about Martian exploration and, if weather permits, there will be stargazing during Space Week 2018. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Topics include the possibility of life on other planets, the changing space industry and black holes

Demonstrating the benefits of perspex: young scientists at an event to promote Cork Discovers.

Access Science: Free workshops, demonstrations and talks will be held in Dublin and Cork

Dr Annie Curtis: getting results keeps her ticking along with her research

Science Lives: Dr Annie Curtis of the RCSI’s strategic academic recruitment programme

In Alzheimer’s disease, it’s thought the brain’s ability to remove amyloid beta becomes impaired, and the amyloid beta builds up in a soluble form in the fluid of the brain. Photograph: iStock

A new study involving Dublin City University offers new insights on a type of build-up linked with Alzheimer’s disease

The science centre in Seattle, one of the many scientific attractions in Washington State.

Access Science: An immersive holiday experience to delight all ages

A fossil seedfern leaf which is 200 million years old. Photograph: Mark Widhalm, Field Museum Chicago

Access Science: Dublin conference to explore findings from fossilised flora

Dr Francesco Pilla: “I try to get a broad perspective on how cities work, why they produce pollution and what to do about it.” Photograph:   Paul Sharp/Sharp Pix

Research Lives: Dr Francesco Pilla on countering this global problem

Rebecca O’Donovan   at the Urban Escape pop-up experience during the 2016 Festival of Curiosity. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A thrilling mix of science, art, technology and design awaits young and old at this year’s event

Dr Maria McNamara: “When I was in school I remember crying when I found out I could study only one thing at university”

Paleobiologist Dr Maria McNamara loves fossils for the fascinating insights they can yield about ancient life

Prof Barbara Murphy: ensuring better outcomes for kidney transplant patients. Photograph: Claudia Paul

Research Lives: Prof Barbara Murphy’s work aims to improve patient outcomes

Javier Varela from Chile at work in the laboratory

Research Lives: Javier Varela, Research Assistant with the Chassy project at University College Cork

Biotechnology and robotics are among the subjects being discussed at the Pint of Science festival. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Pint of Science festival will host talks in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway

Dr Junsi Wang (second from left) receiving the Royal Irish Academy Young Chemist Prize for 2017 with (from left) Dr Matthew Holloway of Henkel Global (award sponsors), Prof Pat Guiry, science secretary at RIA, Prof Peter Kennedy, RIA president, and Prof Sylvia Draper of TCD. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

Research Lives: Dr Junsi Wang, TCD PhD graduate and Takeda researcher

Prof Ken Murphy: ‘I’m a sceptic by nature, so I think almost everything is overhyped. But over time, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut and stay focused on the science.’

Research Lives: Prof Ken Murphy, professor of pathology & immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis

An immersive experience at the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Observatory in Greenwich, London. Photograph: © National Maritime Museum, London

Access Science: The maritime and astronomy museums, Greenwich, London

A piece of fatberg, a congealed lump of fat, sanitary napkins, wet wipes, condoms, diapers and similar items found in sewer systems at the Museum of London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Science Lives: UCD lecturer Dr Tom Curran working on ways to avoid blockages in waste disposal

Research beginning to show results for conditions such as haemophilia and inherited blindness

Andreas Heise: "We are very interested in technologies like 3D-printing, where you build up layers of materials to make a structure"

Science Lives: Andreas Heise, associate professor of chemistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Aoibheann Mangan, a Coolest Projects veteran “ninja” from Mayo, at the event last year

Event at RDS returns for its seventh year with 750 projects and 15,000 visitors expected

Prof Lee Cronin: “One day people might do this in their houses but not now.”

Research shows potential of 3D printing for low-cost plants to build chemicals for drugs

Caitríona Mordan, RRI projects officer for DCU

Research Lives: Caitríona Mordan, RRI projects officer for Dublin City University

Dr Pasha Baranov (left) with co-authors of the Nature paper, Dr Martina Yordanova from Pasha’s laboratory and Dr Gary Loughran from Prof John Atkins’ laboratory in UCC. The photo is by Dr Alex Zhdanov, also a co-author

Research Lives: Dr Pasha Baranov, head of UCC Laboratory of Post-Transcriptional Control and BioInformatics

It isn’t a textbook but opens up the world of science: Foraminifera are single-celled protists with shells. Illustrations from Life Under The Lens by Jennifer Delaney.

Colouring books can encourage people to learn and think about science in new ways

Dr Aggie Georgiopoulou and Dr David McNamara aboard the JOIDES Resolution, sailing in the sourthern Pacific. Photograph: Dr Erin Todd

JOIDES Resolution on mission to better understand sub-sea phenomena

Dr Fatima Gunning: “When I was growing up in Brazil, my older brother was always showing me how to make things.”

Research lives: Dr Fatima Gunning, senior staff researcher at Tyndall National Institute and UCC Department of Physics

Dr Rachel McLoughlin at the research bench in TCD. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Research Lives: Dr Rachel McLoughlin, assistant professor in immunology at TCD School of Biochemistry and Immunology and Trinity B(...)

Research Lives: Prof of materials and sensor science at Dublin City University Dermot Diamond, principal investigator with Insight(...)

Dr John Morrissey of UCC, who co-ordinates a project entitled  CHASSY, developing yeasts for making ingredients in cosmetics. Photograph: John Sheehan

Science for Sustainability exhibition in Cork tackles critical environmental questions

Dr Rosie Mangan: “As for insects, I find them fascinating. Love them or loathe them, you can’t deny they are vital for life on earth and they are the most diverse group in the animal kingdom.”

Research Lives: Dr Rosie Mangan, post-doctoral researcher, Department of Biology, Maynooth University

Research Lives: When I came to Ireland from Lithuania I thought it was a really clean place, but these city measurements show that(...)

Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan from Maths Week with Jadine Rock of Rutland National School, Dublin,  at the launch of Maths Week Ireland 2017. Photograph Shane O’Neill

Over a quarter of a million people set to enjoy fun events and numerical challenges

Jaswinder Kaur: On the hunt for fungi that can make a difference in agriculture and industry: Photograph: Conor McCabe

Research lives: Jaswinder Kaur, Fulbright-Teagasc awardee and PhD candidate with the Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre at Limer(...)

Ruth Connelly of third class Ballintemple National School at the Discovery Science Festival in Cork City Hall. Photograph: Clare Keogh

It’s an opportunity for schools and the wider public to explore and engage with this incredible Universe that we are all part of

Getting ready for departure on the Science Bus  were four of the five science bus drivers (captains) from Ireland; Stephen Davitt, Claire O’Connell, Aoibhéann Bird and Phil Smyth,   with DCU president Prof Brian MacCraith in the centre at back. Photograph: Daire Hall

Access science: ‘The idea is to engage people through hands-on workshops and activities that are accessible’

Participants of the Future Creators programme, which allows teenagers to get creative with technology. Photograph:  Peter Houlihan

Future Creators introduces teens to coding, app development, robotics and social media

Dr André Brodkorb, principal research officer at Teagasc Food Research Centre in Moorepark: ‘I figured if we are asking people to volunteer for this, I should do it too’

Research lives: Dr André Brodkorb, Principal Research Officer at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork

Prof Tony Robinson does one last inspection of experimental test rig before installing on the parabolic flight aircraft

Research Lives: Dr Tony Robinson, Associate Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin and a (...)

Dr Sandra Austin: “It’s really important to tie what the children see outdoors into material in the classroom”

Dr Sandra Austin, lecturer in social, environmental and scientific education at the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin

As well as leaving you feeling  under the weather, poor slumber is also linked to an increased risk of chronic conditions including heart disease and diabetes

Some companies are now monitoring breathing patterns and blood oxygen

La Daana Kanhai: Environmental pollution captured my attention during my early university years

La Daana Kanhai on the Doctoral Programme in Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation

Ellen Byrne, co-founder and creative director of the Festival of Curiosity: “We want to see grandparents and grandchildren learning and working on things together”

A fash-tech mash-up, a Lego party for grown-ups and a night at the Dead Zoo – this four-day festival in Dublin is a headspinning c(...)

Prof Jens Ducrée, founding director of the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems at DCU. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Jens Ducrée of DCU hopes the discs can be used to detect many conditions early on

Lightron the Robot with CoderDojo participants at a CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards at the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Access Science: This year’s Coolest Projects event promises plenty of fun and discovery

Prof Wenxin Wang: “The next step is to do a clinical trial in humans, and we are moving towards that” .

Prof Wenxin Wang of University College Dublin

Dr Jessamyn Fairfield of NUI Galway on the lighter side of science

Andrew Bowie, professor in immunology, Trinity College Dublin: “We put a virus or parts of a virus into cells in the lab as ‘bait’ and we see what happens”

Research Lives: Prof Andrew Bowie, School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TCD

The latest Toyota Prius: Magnets drive electrical motors that power everything from kitchen blenders to lawnmowers to hybrid electric cars.

New magnetic materials are emerging thanks in part to Trinity College scientists

Helixworks working on commercially viable system to store digital information in DNA

The statue of Theodore Roosevelt at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

New York has a number of science centres offering dinosaurs, space and maths for all

‘We must not stand by as American scientists are silenced.’ Photograph: Erik McGregor/Getty Images

‘We have to act now to push back the darkness that looms’

Scoil Íde in Corbally, Co Limerick, undertook a project that looked at whether having an upcoming event, such as a triathlon, leads to increased participation in fitness activities and increased fitness levels. Photograph: iStock

‘It’s to challenge primary school students to create or simulate randomised controlled trials’

Prof Abhay Pandit says seeing his grandfather in India  confined to bed and developing bedsores sparked his interest in the area.  Photograph: Andrew Downes/ xposure

Professor Abhay Pandit is researching improvements in wound management

Prof Dervilla Donnelly: “I couldn’t believe it [news of the award], but it slowly sunk in and I am so honoured.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Prof Dervilla Donnelly to be awarded medal for outstanding contributions to scholarship

Ad Infinitum: these cuffs parasitically attach electrodes on to humans and stimulate their muscles as to force them to crank. Photograph: Pedro Lopes

The “Humans Need Not Apply” exhibition, which looks at machine learning, opens this week in Science Gallery Dublin

Dr Turlough Downes. Photograph: David Sleator

Prof Turlough Downes, astrophysicist and associate professor in the school of mathematical sciences at Dublin City University

Prof Jennifer McElwain  (right) and Dr Claire Belcher, with plants in a carbon dioxide atmosphere chamber, as part of the programme for experimental atmosphere and climate, at UCD Thornfield.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Research Lives: Prof Jennifer McElwain, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science

Margaret McCaul: “We are also looking to use monitoring sensors in the Mediterranean Sea and in environments a bit closer to home in Kinvara and in Dublin Bay.”

Margaret McCaul is a researcher in DCU whose work often takes her out to sea

Niamh Kavanagh: “We want [the internet] to work efficiently so we can keep watching those cat videos without interruption!”

Niamh Kavanagh, a second-year PhD student at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, and the Irish Photonics Integrat(...)

Buzz Aldrin on the moon in 1969. Photograph: Nasa/Liaison

Curl up with a good book or three this Christmas

Mary Mulvihill: “She made a very distinctive contribution in the awakening of interest in, and awareness of, scientific heritage.” Photograph: Brian Dolan

Calling aspiring science journalists, studying at third level, interested in role of women

Niamh Shaw performing her show To Space in Edinburgh in 2015. Photograph: Conor Burnell

Events around the country from November 13th will celebrate the science of the everyday

Dr Crystal Johnson and Dr Elaine Patterson of APC Microbiome Institute in Cork

Dr Crystal Johnson, post-doctoral fellow, Teagasc and APC Microbiome Institute, Cork

PhD student Nina Wemken and Dr Marie Coggins with an air sampler

NUI Galway study seeks to establish pathways through which people are exposed

Prof Luke O’Neill: “I won’t be quitting the immune system any time soon.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Luke O’Neill has been made a fellow of the Royal Society for his innovative work on the human immune system

 Brian Cox and Robin Ince present The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4. Photograph: Richard Ansett/BBC

Listening to documentaries is an entertaining way to learn about a new subject

Dr Mary Rose Sweeney: “Some countries have mandatory addition of synthetic folic acid to staple foods.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

Research Lives: Dr Mary Rose Sweeney, senior lecturer and associate dean for research in the faculty of science & health at Dublin(...)

Prof Kevin McGugan: “I can’t think of anything I would rather do than this research”

Research Lives: Even Irish sunlight can be used to kill bacteria in water in glass or plastic bottles, says Prof Kevin McGuigan

Dr Norma Bargary

Dr Norma Bargary of the University of Limerick on the difference between good and bad statistics

Prof Laoise McNamara: “Osteoporosis is a huge healthcare challenge, and that’s a big motivation to keep going with the research.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Research Lives: Prof Laoise McNamara, professor of biomedical engineering at NUI Galway, explains her work on bones

An augmented reality dinosaur in Belfast

Are the kids getting bored? Here’s a handful of ways to keep their minds nourished

Colouring robots at last year’s Festival of Curiosity

The Dublin festival, now in its fourth year, has something for all ages

Prof JC Desplat: “Supercomputers are really only the tip of the iceberg for high-performance computing”

Prof JC Desplat, director ofthe Irish Centre for High-End Computing, on the practical applications of his work

11-year-old  Katie Reilly,  from Kimmage, Dublin,  with her Lego Mindstorms robot that solves  Rubik’s Cubes at CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects Awards  at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Conor McCabe/MediaConsult

Rubik’s Cube-solving robot among 700 projects on display at Coolest Projects Awards

It is recommended to anyone in midlife that they avoid a sedentary lifestyle and exercise three times a week. Photograph: iStock

A study seeks volunteers over 50 with mild memory problems to search for possible links between exercise and dementia prevention

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