Who’s taking part: November 2019

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! is back this November. Between Monday 11th and Friday 22nd, students at over 50 schools will be putting their questions to 30 scientists across 5 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…


Drug Discovery Zone

The Drug Discovery Zone is a themed zone supported by Wellcome.

Sudhin Thampi | Postdoctoral Researcher, NUI Galway

I am a researcher involved in designing new implant materials and newer structures/shapes to suit patient condition.

Sergio Saldana | Postdoctoral Researcher, NUI Galway

I am trying to develop a new device that could be use in future treatments for Multiple Sclerosis.

Katie Fala | PhD Student, University College Cork

I study how bacteria talk to one another using special chemical signals, and how we might be able to interrupt their conversations using new drugs

Frances Shiely | Senior Lecturer, University College Cork

I work in epidemiology, a science that tells us about health and disease in population.

Diarmuid Kenny | Group Leader, Charles River

I work with a group of people who look to see how different medicines work and hope to find new medicines that can treat illnesses from the basic cold to other worse illnesses.

Aoife Campbell | PhD Student, FutureNeuro

I look at how different parts of the brain connect to one another and what happens when those connections stop working

The Schools

  • Grange Community College, Dublin
  • Skerries Community College, Dublin
  • Colaiste Pobail Setanta, Dublin
  • F.C.J. Secondary School, Wexford
  • Scoil Dara, Kildare
  • Blessington Community College, Wicklow
  • Killinarden Community School, Dublin
  • Drumshanbo Vocational School, Leitrim
  • Leixlip Community School, Kildare
  • Piper’s Hill College, Kildare
  • Heywood Community School, Laois
  • QUEEN OF UNIVERSE N S, Carlow

Energy Zone

The Energy Zone is a themed zone supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

Mohamed Daoud | Researcher, Tyndall National Institute

I am an electrical engineer, I convert energy from one form to another using semiconductor devices

Jessica Franklin | Geologist, NUI Galway

I study sandstones, which are rocks made up of millions and millions of grains of sand, and imagine what ancient environments looked like in Ireland over 200 million years ago!

Jennifer Andreasson | Technology Analyst, Accenture

My job is to know all about the coolest new technologies out there and help to solve our energy crisis!

Jason McGuire | PhD student, MaREI

I work in assisting the government to make policy changes to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Caitriona Sheridan | Network Planner, EirGrid

I help to plan the electricity network for future generations, in particular investigating how to make the network more sustainable

The Schools

  • ST MOLAGA NS, Dublin
  • OUR LADY OF MERCY N S, Sligo
  • SCOIL NA MAIGHDINE MHUIRE, Westmeath
  • KNOCKRAHA N S, Cork
  • GAELSCOIL CHALADH AN TREOIGH, Limerick
  • ST PATRICKS GNS, Dublin
  • ST SENANS NATIONAL SCH, Wexford
  • MONEYSTOWN N S, Wicklow
  • SN PAROISTE MAITIU NFA, Dublin
  • SCOIL MHUIRE, Galway
  • SCOIL NAIS BHRIDE, Carlow
  • S N MHUIRE, Meath
  • OUR LADY QUEEN OF APOSTLES, Dublin
  • SCOIL AILBHE, Tipperary

Food Zone

The Food Zone is a themed zone supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

Katie Starsmore | Research Technician, VistaMilk

I measure the amount of gas (methane) that a cow burps and figure out ways to reduce the amount of gas made by the cow.

Dheeraj Rathore | Research Technologist, Teagasc

My job involves improving crops to suit better in changing climates and fight against diseases.

Israel Ikoyi | Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Limerick

I am a soil scientist looking at important microbes in the soil to understand how they can help plants grow better and how farmers can give them the best conditions to do so.

Aoife McHugh | PhD student, University College Cork, Teagasc

I look at tiny bugs (microbes) that can survive dairy processing, from milk collected from the cows on the farm all the way through processing to dairy powder

The Schools

  • St.Brendan’s Community School, Offaly
  • Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow
  • GAELSCOIL NA CRUAICHE, Mayo
  • Oatlands College, Dublin
  • Inver College, Monaghan
  • Tallaght Community School, Dublin
  • Árdscoil Uí Urmoltaigh, Cork
  • JOHN PAUL II N S, Dublin
  • SCOIL CNOC MHUIRE SIN, Dublin
  • Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Galway
  • Drumshanbo Vocational School, Leitrim
  • Loreto Community School, Donegal
  • Scoil Chaitriona, Dublin

Sodium Zone

The Sodium Zone is a general zone supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

Faye Morton | Biomedical Scientist, Health Service Executive

I help doctors and nurses find out what’s wrong with their patients by testing their blood to see if they are healthy or sick

Maria McNamara | Lecturer, University College Cork

I’m a palaeontologist and I study preserved colours and biochemicals in amazing fossils – ancient birds, insects, pterosaurs and feathered dinosaurs – we even recreate fossils in the lab!

Sabine Giron | Research Engineer, Irish Manufacturing Research

I work with intelligent and sensitive robots to solve today’s and tomorrow’s challenges

John Butler | Lecturer, Technological University Dublin

I do experiments and make mathematical models to learn how the brain works when we walk.

Armin Shams | Research Fellow, Lero

I am trying to build sustainable smart cities through digital transformation

Souvik Kundu | PhD Student, Tyndall National Institute

I am doing research in Haptics, which means giving the feel of touch artificially. It means you can feel like you are touching something in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality without actually touching the substance.

The Schools

  • S N NAOMH COLMAIN, Kilkenny
  • ADAMSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Dublin
  • NORTH DUBLIN NS PROJECT, Dublin
  • S N NAOMH FEICHIN, Mayo
  • S N MA RUA, Limerick
  • Dún an Rí College, Cavan
  • Inver College, Monaghan
  • SCOIL TOBAR PADRAIG, Limerick
  • Eureka Secondary School, Meath
  • Ardgillan Community College, Dublin
  • Malahide Community School, Dublin
  • Loreto Community School, Donegal
  • Community School, Kilkenny

Water Zone

The Water Zone is a themed zone supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

Maxime Savatier | PhD Student, Trinity College Dublin

My job is to understand where the water and nutrients flowing to the irish seas come from and what happens to it when it mix with sea water, to protect the coast for the future.

Jake Cunningham | PhD Student, Maynooth University

I’m trying to make electricity from waves in the sea and ocean.

Amy Heather Fitzpatrick | PhD Student, Marine Institute Galway

My job is to find new ways to detect the winter vomiting bug, or as scientists call it ‘norovirus’, in water, sewage and shellfish.

Ann Reen | Executive Scientist, Water Quality Laboratory Cork

I take water samples from houses, rivers, lakes and the sea, and test them for bugs that cause diseases.

Annette Wilsn | Project Officer, AquaTT

I work with marine and environmental scientists from across Europe to communicate their research and results.

The Schools

  • S N COLM CILLE, Clare
  • DUNMANWAY CONVENT GIRLS SENIOR NATIONAL SCHOOL, Cork
  • Community School, Kilkenny
  • Mountmellick Community School, Laois
  • CLOCHAR LUGHAIDH CAILIN, Dublin
  • Balla Secondary School, Mayo
  • Community College Dunshaughlin, Meath
  • Le Cheile Secondary School, Dublin
  • DUNBOYNE SENIOR N S, Meath
  • Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School, Wicklow
  • Old Bawn Community School, Dublin
  • Loreto Community School, Donegal
  • GAELSCOIL NA CRUAICHE, Mayo

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