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Science without the Jargon at UCC


Would you  like to know more about how travel affect the microbes in our guts, how microbes affect drug uptake,   how stress in pregnancy affects the microbiome,  how chemistry is being used in developing new technology in solar energy, how bile affects the microbes in our lungs or how  alien plants are affecting our rivers and lakes?

Come along and hear ten minute talks about cutting edge research which will be battling it out to win 1st place at the UCC Science for All Final Competition on the 5th of April.

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.

Snatch Comedy, will provide a dose of their fabulous unpredictable Improv-sketches for the intermission.

MC for the final is Dr Fergus McAuliffe, TV presenter on “The Science Squad”, and “10 Things to Know About…”,  and Education, Public Engagement and Communications Manager at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded  iCRAG – Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences.  Fergus is a previous winner of Famelab Ireland and Famelab International, the HEA “Making an Impact” competition, UCC Science for All and UCC Doctoral Showcase.

According to McAuliffe, “Winning Science For All kickstarted my career in science communication, giving me the skills and confidence to bring my research to diverse audiences. The experience of taking part in the competition gave me an in depth insight in to the public interest and understanding of science, allowing me to refine my research into a compelling story.”

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

Professor Paul Ross, Head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC and Deputy Director, APC Microbiome Institute, said “The Science for All Competition is a great medium for students to acquire or enhance their communication skills and competencies.  It provides them with a wonderful platform to showcase their research and relay their passion and knowledge on their subject matter to the general public in a relaxed and educational manner”.

The competition is organised jointly by  the APC Microbiome Institute  and the Irish Photonics Integration Centre, two Science Foundation Ireland funded Research Centres, and UCC College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

The final takes place in University College Cork’s Western Gateway Building lecture theatre G05 at 6.15pm on Wednesday 5th April. All are welcome and admission is free.

Full Programme

Photo (left to right): Ciara O’Donovan, School of Microbiology, APC Microbiome Institute and Teagasc, Elaine Enright, School of Pharmacy and APC Microbiome Institute and Katie Togher, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Infant and APC Micorbiome Institute