I’m a Scientist November 2017: Who’s taking part?

Schools in Ireland taking part in I’m a Scientist November 2017

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is back! Between the 6th and 17th November, students from over 50 schools will be putting their questions to scientists across 4 different zones.

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

Let’s meet the scientists and schools taking part…

Diagnosis Zone

Supported by Wellcome

The Scientists

Shannon Fullbrook | PhD Student, Nucleic Acid Diagnostic Research Laboratory, NUIG

My work involves looking for new ways to find what is causing you to get sick.

Matthew Flood | PhD Student, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, UCD / Insight Centre For Data Analytics (SFI)

I use special mathematics called ‘chaos theory’ with cool body sensors to defeat Parkinson’s disease.

Katie Benson | Postdoctoral researcher, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

I’m a DNA detective, I figure out if people’s genes (not the ones they wear!) are making them sick.

James Brown | Lecturer, The National University of Ireland Galway

Exploring better ways to find and treat breast cancer.

Hugh Byrne | Professor, DIT

We use light based spectroscopy techniques, routinely used in physics and chemistry, to try to help doctors to diagnose cancer at an earlier stage and to try to understand how it develops and spreads.

The Schools

  • Ballymakenny College, Louth
  • Castleblayney College, Monaghan
  • Clonkeen College, Dublin
  • Coláiste Chilliain, Dublin
  • Coláiste Cholmáin, Cork
  • Le Cheile Secondary School, Dublin
  • Leixlip Community School, Kildare
  • Loreto College, Dublin
  • Loreto Community School, Donegal
  • Old Bawn Community School, Dublin
  • Scoil Chaitriona, Dublin
  • Scoil Mhuire, Galway
  • St Gerard’s School, Wicklow
  • St Kevin’s Community College, Wicklow
  • St. Kilian’s Community School, Wicklow

Energy Zone

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland

The Scientists

Yang Li | PhD Student, Chemistry Department, NUI Galway

Improving the chemistry of combustion

Stephen Rhatigan | PhD Student, Tyndall National Institute

I make materials that split water to make energy

Shane Mcdonagh | PhD Student, University College Cork

Researching ways to make environmentally friendly fuel.

Karla Dussan | Postdoctoral researcher, National University of Ireland Galway

Like when you try to get the most juice out of a fruit, I try to find better and new ways to get the most energy out of plants, trees, anything that can be grown again and again, even the waste in the brown bin at home! So we never run out of juice 🙂

Emma Hanley | PhD Student, UCC

What is our energy future ? – My work is trying to help figure out what Ireland’s energy future will be by using computer models to discover the different fuels and technologies we will be using in 2050, (by this time you will be older than 40!)

The Schools

  • Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Galway
  • Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow
  • Colaiste Lorcain, Kildare
  • Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Dublin
  • Grange Post Primary School, Sligo
  • Marist College, Westmeath
  • Mount Anville Secondary School, Dublin
  • Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin
  • Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine, Kerry
  • St Caimin’s Community School, Clare
  • St Eithnes Senior GNS, Dublin
  • St Josephs College, Dublin
  • ST Mary’s Convent, Tipperary
  • St. Mogue’s College, Cavan
  • The Kings Hospital, Dublin

Food Zone

Supported by Wellcome

The Scientists

Yvonne Lenighan | PhD Student, University College Dublin

I am a Nutritionist and I am working on beef, I want to find out if eating grass-fed beef is healthier than grain-fed beef!

Ioannis Zabetakis | Lecturer, University of Limerick

The most important medicine in life is food, according to the father of Medicine, a Greek guy called Hippocrates; so, in my work I am trying to make our food more nutritious and healthy.

Gonzalo Delgado-Pando | Postdoctoral researcher, Teagasc Food Research Centre

I’m trying to know the quality of a steak from images of the animal

Golnaz Ezzati | PhD Student, Crops, Environment, and Land Use Research Center of Teagasc- Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland

Using high-class trash in farm-drains to clean dirtywater of cows’ smelly homeworks !

Elaine Kennedy | PhD Student, University College Dublin

nvestigating the potential of milk proteins to help control blood sugar levels.

Ciara O’ Donovan | PhD Student, Teagasc Food Research Centre and APC Microbiome Institute

My work involves looking at the bacteria and other microorganisms living in the guts of athletes

The Schools

  • Ballyconnell NS, Cavan
  • Ceathru Na Ngarrdhanta, Galway
  • Gaelscoil Na Cruaiche, Mayo
  • Harolds Cross NS, Dublin
  • Knockraha NS, Cork
  • Our Lady of Mercy NS, Sligo
  • SN An Phairtin, Clare
  • SN Baile Ui Ghiblin, Cork
  • SN Gort Na Huaighe, Tipperary
  • SN Naomh Colmain, Kilkenny
  • St Mary’s Parish Primary School, Louth
  • St Molaga Senior NS, Dublin
  • Thornleigh Educate Together National School, Dublin

Fluorine Zone

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland

The Scientists

Sarah Guerin | PhD Student, University of Limerick

The smallest building blocks inside of your body can create electricity, which I want to use to both fight infection, and make better smartphones!

Kieran Fraser | PhD Student, ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin

I’m creating a virtual butler to help you manage all your mobile notifications

Kathryn Schoenrock | Postdoctoral researcher, NUI Galway

I research the animals that live in kelp forests and the way kelp forests might act as a nursery, hunting ground, or lifelong habitat for different species.

Joanne Duffy | PhD Student, NUI Galway

I take genes from barnacles, put them inside bacteria, and force the bacteria to make barnacle glue.

Chris Werner | Ireland’s Centre For High End Computing

I work everyday with a powerful supercomputer, and write code every day, with my job involving working with giant datasets to use in climate applications

The Schools

  • Ardee Community School, Louth
  • Beech Hill College, Monaghan
  • Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Galway
  • Coláiste Bríde, Dublin
  • Colaiste Chomain, Mayo
  • Community School, Kilkenny
  • Curragh Post-Primary School, Kildare
  • Deravoy National School, Monaghan
  • Malahide Community School, Dublin
  • Maryfield College, Dublin
  • North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School, Wicklow
  • Old Bawn Community School, Dublin
  • Portlaoise College, Laois
  • St Oliver’s Community College, Louth
  • Trinity Comprehensive School, Dublin
Posted on October 31, 2017 by ModJosh in News.