Claire O Connell

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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(...)

Caitríona Mordan, RRI projects officer for DCU

You work in the area of RRI, or responsible research and innovation. What does that mean? RRI is about developing research in a reflective way. Unive(...)

Dr Pasha Baranov (left) with co-authors of the Nature paper, Dr Martina Yordanova from Pasha’s laboratory and Dr Gary Loughran from Prof John Atkins’ laboratory in UCC. The photo is by Dr Alex Zhdanov, also a co-author

Congratulations, you have just had a study published in the journal Nature – what was that work about? My lab is interested in how we make proteins i(...)

It isn’t a textbook but opens up the world of science: Foraminifera are single-celled protists with shells. Illustrations from Life Under The Lens by Jennifer Delaney.

Who doesn’t love colouring in? No matter what age you are, if you can hold a pencil, marker or crayon then keeping between the lines offers hours of f(...)

Dr Aggie Georgiopoulou and Dr David McNamara aboard the JOIDES Resolution, sailing in the sourthern Pacific. Photograph: Dr Erin Todd

Sometimes when you want answers, you have to go digging. Or maybe drilling deep below the seabed. Two researchers have swapped dry land in Ireland for(...)

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