Dr Garry Laverty:  “When you are applying for funding, you want to focus on the core idea and explain it in language that everyone can understand.”

What do you work on? In our lab we make healthcare materials composed of peptides. Peptides are the building blocks of proteins and tissue within the(...)

Prof Yvonne Buckley: ‘The advantage of plants is that they don’t run away or bite you, so they are very convenient if you want to count and analyse them.’ Photograph: William Gleeson

You are a professor of zoology, the study of animals, but a lot of your work is on plants. Can you explain? I am a population ecologist, which means (...)

Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack, right, head of forecasting, and Seamus Walsh, head of climatology and observations, launching the project at DCU

If you live near a body of fresh water in Dublin – be it a lake, river, stream, canal or pond – then Dublin City University’s Water Institute is looki(...)

UCD assistant professor Dr David McKeown speaks at  a TEDx event at UCD. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

David, you are on a mission to stop rockets wobbling. Why do rockets wobble? When a rocket takes off from Earth you want it to travel as smoothly as p(...)

Dr Diarmuid Torney: ‘I stopped eating meat, I try to avoid buying plastic and I try to buy local food wherever possible’

You work on policy and law related to climate change. What sparked your interest in this area? “It was when I was at the University of Oxford looking (...)

Storm Ophelia over Ireland: ‘In every weather forecast, in every climate model, somewhere deep down in the code the fundamentals of that are the Navier-Stokes equations. They underpin everything.’

George Gabriel Stokes was born in Sligo 200 years ago, but his influence is still writ large across science and technology today. In fact, it felt a l(...)

Prof James Gleeson, department of mathematics and statistics, University of Limerick: ‘I wish that more people understood that mathematics is everywhere.’

James, you are a mathematician at the University of Limerick, and you co-direct MACSI to solve problems for industry. How does that work? “MACSI, or (...)

Dr Lynette Keeney, staff researcher, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork

Lynette, you work in materials science. Can you explain what that field is? “Materials science is about looking at physical materials, and that includ(...)

‘Bats use their senses in intriguing ways,’ says  Emma Teeling. ‘They echolocate and contrary to popular belief they are far from blind; in fact, some have really good vision’.

Emma, you work on bats, creatures that many people would run from. Why do you like them? “I think people would like bats a lot more if they saw them (...)

Dr Ivana Dusparic, Ussher assistant Professor in Future Cities and the Internet of Things, TCD

We hear a lot about how connected devices can support smarter cities. What are you working on? “I look at how to co-ordinate connected devices using (...)

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