moderator & speaker

Take part in a number of live and pre-recorded talks every year. Recent events include: moderating the Rapid Response to Coronavirus discussions in the Science Gallery and interviewing Nobel laureate Dr William C. Campbell at the Dublin Book Festival 2020.


HIGHLIGHTS:.

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January 2020 & 2021 – Rapid Response to Coronavirus at the Science Gallery

Moderated one of the first coronavirus panel discussions in Ireland in 2020, with experts which included Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, and Prof Karina Butler, chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee. The same panel was reassembled in 2021 – this time virtually – to reflect on the pandemic and what we had since learned. Both were livestreamed and can be watched back here: 2020 / 2021

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December 2020 – Dr William C. Campbell at the Dublin Book Festival

Interviewed Nobel laureate, Dr William C. Campbell, about his memoir Catching the Worm as part of the Dublin Book Festival. He recounts his early life in Donegal, his time studying zoology in Trinity College Dublin and his move to the United States to work as a parasitologist. For more see: link / To watch back: click here

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DCU

November 2020 – Communicating Covid-19 at DCU

Discussed how the media have performed in communicating Covid-19 as part of a panel at the annual Celsius Research Group Science//Society seminar. The other panellists were Dr Ida Milne – historian of infectious diseases, Cormac Sheridan – science and technology journalist and Brian Trench – science communication researcher. For more see: link / To watch back: click here / Read a report on the event in The Irish Times

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SCICOM

December 2017 – Role of Journalism at SCI:COM

Chair of panel which discussed future of science journalism and its role in creating an open and participatory society. Panel members included: Jonathan McCrea, Claire O’Connell, Olive Heffernan, Anthony King, Sabine Louët, and Tom Kennedy. Event in association with ABSW and ISTJA. For more see: link

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Science Gallery

November 2017 – Body Tech Screening at the Science Gallery

Moderator of panel which discussed Bodytech, an episode of the series RTÉ series, Ten Things to Know About. This was a Science Week 2017 event.

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ABSW

October 2017 – ABSW Workshop on Science Journalism in Queen’s University Belfast

Spoke on a number of panels including ‘How to thrive as a freelance science writer’, ‘Careers in science broadcasting’, and ‘Communicating to a lay audience’.

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Inspirefest

June 2015 – 25 Years of WITS at the Inspirefest Fringe

Member of the panel which discussed challenges facing women in STEM.

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May 2014 & 2015 – Communication workshop at the UCD Innovation Academy

Invited to give a workshop on communication to current PhD students from UCD and Trinity College Dublin.  Following the workshop, students have successfully published articles and set up their own blogs.

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November / December 2014 & May 2015- Journalism career talk in Trinity College

Invited to give a talk on my career as a science and health journalist to the Genetics Society and again at the Genetics Alumni Gathering the following month in 2014. Also, gave a ‘Career in Science Journalism’ at the PRTLI Careers Workshop, May 2015.

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April 2014 & November 2015 – Talk at Cool Jobs in the Science Gallery, Dublin 

Spoke about science journalism (watch it here) and participated in the career ‘speed-dating’ following the series of talks. This was aimed at undergraduate and transition year students.