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Darren Reidy wins UCC Science for All 

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Darren Reidy a PhD student at UCC’s School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, has emerged as the winner of the thirteenth annual UCC Science for All competition.

Born and raised in Listowel, with a love for the lakes and mountains Darren’s huge desire to understand how the natural world worked led him to becoming an ecologist. He is currently completing the final year of his Ph.D. in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.  Darren’s research interests are in the fields of conservation biology, invasion ecology and habitat management.  He spoke about his research which focuses on aspects of the ecology and ecophysiology of aquatic invasive plant species in Ireland, with the aim to elucidate potential management strategies for combatting alien species invasions.

Darren is passionate about environmental conservation, sustainable development, community engagement and science communication. Prior to commencing his Ph.D., he worked for a number of years as an education officer in Killarney National Park, and as a science/nature broadcaster with Radio Kerry.

The science communication competition now in its 13th year, challenges young scientists to share the excitement of their research with the general public in an easily understandable manner, without using jargon. All presentations on the night were of a very high standard including 3 from APC speakers.

The judging panel which was chaired by Mr John Dolan, Features Editor, Evening Echo, and  also included Ms Liz Dooley, Director Operations (Biologics) Janssen and Ms Donna O’Driscoll, Director of Marketing & Communications, UCC.

MC for the final was Dr Fergus McAuliffe, TV presenter on “The Science Squad”, and “10 Things to Know About…”,  and Education, Public Engagement and Communications Manager at  iCRAG – Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences.

The competition is organised jointly by  the APC Microbiome Institute, the Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC; www.ipic.ie) and the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, www.ucc.ie/en/sefs.

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