‘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 (...)

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

If you were going to put on a festival about curiosity and exploration, when better to do it than around the 50th anniversary of the first moonwalk? “(...)

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

You recently captured underwater sounds from the river Shannon. Tell us more “I wanted to record the underwater sounds of life in the Shannon. I cast(...)

Prof Jim McLaughlin

Jim you have recently been named a ‘Lifesaver’, what’s that about? “It’s part of the Universities UK’s MadeAtUni campaign, which shows the impact of (...)

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’

What is your research about? “I am a microbiologist, and I work on a number of projects that look at animal health, infectious agents and water qualit(...)

Hayden Wilkinson

What do synaesthesia, split brains and designer babies have in common? On the face of it, perhaps not much. But they have all acted as stepping stones(...)

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

Space research pushes the frontiers of our knowledge – in recent times it has “caught” a comet, detected ripples in spacetime called gravitational wav(...)

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

Congratulations Marina, you are about to receive the Irish Society for Immunology medal and give the related public lecture. What will you be talking (...)

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.”

You are starting a new project to make smart biological sensors to monitor ailing hearts and blood-vessels, what does that involve? We are developing(...)

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