Claire O Connell

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

What research do you do? I work with optical fibre communications, which is the infrastructure that allows you to connect to the internet on your pho(...)

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

You look at how the body reacts to a very common bacterium. Can you explain why? I’m interested in a bacterium called Staphylococcus (“Staph”) aureus(...)

You have worked on intriguing projects, like clothes that change in response to your body heat, sensors that can sit in the environment for ages and e(...)

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

How can we use yeast to make ingredients for food and cosmetics sustainably? Or harness the energy and nutrients of agricultural waste? How about usin(...)

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.”

You work in the area of biological control – what does that mean? My research looks at ways to protect plants from attacks by insects, but rather tha(...)

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

Whether it’s a solar eclipse, Cassini’s stunning images of Saturn and its moons or humans floating around in the International Space Station, space ha(...)

Dr Ruth Freeman of  Science Foundation Ireland pins a “Believe in Science” badge on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the Data Summit in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Postgraduate and early-career researchers from around the country will gather at an event in Dublin on Friday to explore the range of career paths an(...)

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

What happens when you load up a campervan with gear for science and engineering workshops, hit the road and travel around Europe, encouraging people t(...)

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

Imagine a computer game that could encourage kids to eat fruit and then put the leftovers neatly into the bin. Last year, three 10-year-old coders fro(...)

Fresh eyes can offer new perspectives and innovations

Why do you do things a particular way? Is it because you have always done them that way? Fresh eyes can offer new perspectives and innovations, and t(...)

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