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John Leech

You are interested in fermented foods. Can you explain what they are? “Fermentation is a process where desirable microbes or micro-organisms are encou(...)

SFI director of science for society Ruth Freeman, SFI researcher of the year Kevin O’Connor and SFI director general Mark Ferguson. Photograph: Jason Clarke

From the bioeconomy to breast cancer, from the microbiome to mentoring, the Science Foundation Ireland Awards 2019 recognise a breadth of research ac(...)

Dr John Bell: “We need to decarbonise six times faster than the current rate to transition to a carbon-neutral EU by 2050.”

You have received the 2019 University College Dublin alumni award in research, innovation and impact. What did you study at UCD, and how did you move (...)

Genetic engineering: “Ten years ago if you said such a technology would be widespread, people would have laughed.”

Earlier this month, readers of The Irish Times voted gene editing as the innovation of the last decade, beating competition such as the cloud, smartph(...)

The Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh presenting the award for Overall Innovation of the year to Atlantic Therapeutics’ Brendan McCormack, Danny Forde, Dr Ruth Maher, Christina Walsh and Richard Allen. Photo: Conor McCabe

Bravery and ambition were the overriding trait of the finalists at the 10th Irish Times Innovation Awards. Host David McWilliams was joined by serial (...)

Dave Fahy worked on a number of science events including EuroScience Open Forum/City of Science in 2012, Festival of Curiosity, Sci:Com and Schrodinger at 75

Last month, Dave Fahy died. The shock spread across a wide network of colleagues who had worked with the engineer and business professional on science(...)

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(...)

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