November 2015: Who’s taking part?

The schools taking part in  November's I'm a Scientist

The schools taking part in November’s I’m a Scientist

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back for this year’s Science Week!

From the 9th to 20th of November, 20 scientists will be competing for school students’ votes in two weeks of fast-paced live chats and questions on everything from making drugs, to blood cells, to nanoparticles, to what’s in your pizza.

For the latest news and announcements, find us on Twitter, @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IASIE.

Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part…


Drug Synthesis Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists

Sinead Balgobin | PhD Student at The University of Manchester

I make molecules of lots of different types- colourful, medical, materials… All using special compounds called “catalysts”, which make my job really easy!

Anne Moore | Lecturer at University College Cork

We figure out how we can make better vaccines that teach the body’s immune system to seek and destroy invading bugs.

Mark Collins | Almac Sciences

I work with scientists across the world together to develop new medicine that will help us all.

Neil Day |Genzyme, A Sanofi Company in Waterford

I am keeper of the knowledge for how to make medicine for rare diseases.

Florence McCarthy | Lecturer at University College Cork

We make heterocycles to affect cell cycles.

The Schools

  • Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway
  • Colaiste na Sceilge, Cahirciveen
  • Dominican College, Galway
  • Eureka Secondary School, Kells
  • Kilkeel High School, Kilkeel
  • Lagan College, Belfast
  • Laurel Hill Secondary School, Limerick
  • Loreto College, Dublin
  • Malahide community School, Malahide
  • St Davids CBS Artane
  • St Mary’s, Baldoyle
  • St. Colman’s College, Fermoy
  • St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork

Food Science Zone

This zone is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Scientists

Emma Feeney | Postdoctoral Researcher at Institute of Food and Health, UCD

I look at genetic differences in how we taste to see if they affect our food choices.

John Gleeson |PhD Student at University College Dublin

I’m trying to use bits of Milk, Chicken and Fish to prevent heart attacks!

Ruth Hamill | Teagasc

Nobody likes to pay for a pricey steak only to find out its tougher than three rounds with Katie Taylor, so I’m a zoologist turned food scientist on a quest to find the genes and proteins that produce tender, flavoursome beef and pork.

Andrew Quigley | PhD Student at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Everyday I get to play around with milk and see how much vitamins or fatty acids I can fish out from all that dairy goodness!

Dilip Rai | Teagasc

I work with small molecules which we cannot see with naked eyes. These small molecules are present in our plant food that we eat daily. My research looks into the benefical role of these small molecules which we call ‘bioactives’. 

  The Schools

  • Ardscoil Ris, Marino
  • Ballycastle High School, Ballycastle
  • Castlecomer Community School, Kilkenny
  • Colaiste an Eachraidh, Athenry
  • Colaiste Chilliain, Clondalkin
  • Donaghpatrick National School, Galway
  • Larne High Schoo,l Larne
  • Lycee Simone Veil, Valbonne
  • Margaret Aylward Community College, Whitehall
  • Mount Sackville Secondary School, Dublin
  • North Coast Integrated College, Coleraine
  • Scoil Chaitraona, Glasnaa­on
  • St Mary’s CBGS, Belfast
  • St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork

Nanoscience Zone

This zone is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme.

The Scientists

Anil Jain | Postdoctoral Researcher at Tyndall National Institute

Speeding-up internet by developing state of the art electronics.

Claire O’Connell | PhD Student at School of Physical Sciences/BDI, Dublin City University

I make really tiny glass spheres that glow in different colours which can stick to things that shouldn’t be in your blood, that are very good at hide and seek, and the spheres make them easier to be found.

Leona Mc Girr | PhD Student at Queen’s University Belfast

Forensic Science to Cancer Research -the life of a chemistry PhD student.

Micki Mitchell | PhD Student at Tyndall National Institute

I’m diagnosing illnesses using laser light.

Aisling Kerr | PhD Student at University College Dublin

Fire lasers at really small things and see how they react

The Schools

  • Beaufort College, Navan
  • Boyne Community School, Trim
  • Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway
  • Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles
  • Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin
  • Gallen Community School, Offaly
  • Grange Community College, Donaghmede
  • Inver College, Monaghan
  • John Scottus Secondary School, Donnybrook
  • Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny
  • Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle
  • St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise
  • The King’s Hospital, Dublin

Nitrogen Zone | A general zone for primary schools

This zone is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme.

The Scientists

Uday Bangavadi | PhD Student, Tyndall National Institute

The invisible Light which makes you see the world.

Pierre Casaubielh | Marei – University College Cork, Beaufort Facilities

Using anything surrounding people (wind, water and waste) to produce Energy and reducing pollution.

Chloe Huseyin | PhD Student at APC Microbiome

Bacteria aren’t the only things that live in your gut… Ask me about what else lives in there.

Irene Regan | Medical Scientist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine

I tell patients what is in their blood

Ricardo Segurado | Lecturer at University College Dublin

Lots of diseases run in families, so I want to work out how your sex, your weight, your growth rate, your diet, and your genes all come together to make that happen.

The Schools

  • Ardfert Central N.S., Ardfert
  • Ballygiblin N.S., Mitchelstown
  • Bodyke NS, Bodyke
  • Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway
  • Gardenfield N.S.,Tuam
  • Gortnahoe N.S., Thurles
  • Holy Cross Primary School, Kilkeel
  • Newport NS, Newport
  • Our Lady of Mercy GNS, Cahir
  • Our Lady of Mercy P.S., Sligo
  • Scoil Mhuire Lourdes, Carrigaline
  • Scoil Naomh Lorcain, Maganey
  • St. Molaga’s, Balbriggan
  • Sullivan Upper Preparatory, Holywood
  • Waterpark National School, Waterford

Thanks to the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme for providing core funding for the I’m an Scientist, Get me out of here event.

Posted on October 23, 2015 by modangela in News. Comments Off on November 2015: Who’s taking part?