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Talking Science – without the jargon


Would you like to know more about using probiotics to treat cancer, diet and Listeria monocytogenes infection, making more soluble medicines, or how about learning about a brand new drug for treating cystic fibrosis?

These are just some of the exciting and cutting edge topics which will be battling it out to win 1st place at the UCC Science For All Final Competition on the 5th of April.

The competition now in its 12th year, challenges young scientists to communicate the excitement of their research with the general public in an easily understandable manner, without using jargon.

Kathriona Devereux, science presenter will act as MC for the final.  The panel of judges will be chaired by Mr John Dolan, Features Editor, Evening Echo, and also includes Dr Julie Crowley, winner of Science for All and Science Speak intervarsity (2009), Ms Donna O’Driscoll, Director of Marketing & Communications, UCC, and Mr John O’Donoghue, Education Co-ordinator, Royal Society of Chemistry.

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

Professor Paul Ross Head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science said “The Science for All competition is a fantastic vehicle for students to learn competencies on how to communicate the excitement and intricacies of their research to the public in an enjoyable and informative context”.

The competition is organised jointly by the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, and two Science Foundation Ireland funded research centres, the APC Microbiome Institute (, and the Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC; ).

The final takes place in University College Cork’s Western Gateway Building lecture theatre G05 at 7pm on Tuesday 5th April.

All are welcome and admission is free.


  • Ade Fajemisin – Optimal and Responsible Forest Harvesting
  • Vanessa Las Heras – Your western diet: Impact of your diet on Listeria monocytogenes infection
  • Tadhg Fitzgerald – Fiddling with settings to make programmes run faster
  • Carol McCarthy – Sense and Solubility; Using Silica to Make New Medicines for Patients
  • Jonathan Keane –  The Modern Microbiome and Colon Cancer
  • Nicola Ronan – A breath of fresh air: What happens when doors are opened in cystic fibrosis?
  • Richard O’Shea – “Greening the gas grid, the low hanging fruit”