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

If you are in the mood for exploring, then be sure to seek out the Festival of Curiosity, a four-day cornucopia of science, art, technology and design(...)

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

Prof Barbara Murphy, chair of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine, the Murray M Rosenberg Professor of Medicine and the Dean of Clinical Integr(...)

Javier Varela from Chile at work in the laboratory

You are interested in yeast, what are you looking to do with it? Yeasts are fascinating organisms. Besides using them for baking or making wine or be(...)

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

How do voters make decisions in referendums? What are quantum computers? Can we tackle environmentally unfriendly cow burps by changing the animals’ d(...)

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

How did you become interested in chemistry? It is an interesting story. Chemistry was not my first choice after leaving school. I chose chemical engin(...)

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.’

Your work looks at how our immune systems can be ready for different types of attack. Can you tell us a bit more about this? The immune system has a (...)

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

Travel broadens the mind, and what better way to see the big picture than a trip away to learn more about the Universe. If your journey takes you to L(...)

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

Your research centres on fatbergs that clog sewers. Let’s get the gross stuff out of the way, what’s in a fatberg? Fatbergs are blockages that build (...)

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

You are interested in making molecules that can deliver medicines into the body. What do you do? “We make polymers in our lab. Because we want to use (...)

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

What happens when you encourage children to create things with technology? A visit to the annual Coolest Projects Awards will give you hundreds of ans(...)

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