Discover Research Dublin 2013
Discover Research Dublin @ The Innovation Academy
The Innovation Academy invites you to our event for European Researchers Night
Trinity College Dublin will host Ireland’s 2013 contribution this annual event, which takes place across Europe on the same night and is designed to celebrate the achievements and careers of researchers from every discipline. The aim is to give the public the opportunity to meet researchers and experience interactive activities, hands-on demonstrations, digital displays, games or just plain old-fashioned talking…
Discover Research Dublin will have crowd-sourcing events, live building-sized projections, 3D digital experiences, pub quizzes, TED-talks, competitions – and more! All activities have a direct public involvement and emphasize fun engagement over a broad range of topics and types of researchers.
Our Programme for Discover Research Dublin
The Research Assembly Line: The purpose of PhD education in Ireland?
The Innovation Cafe will host a panel discussion exploring the changing nature of PhD education in Ireland. Just how useful is a PhD? In an increasingly competitive employment market, what skills do PhD graduates need to make them stand out from the crowd, and who is responsible for ensuring PhD students attain those skills?
Our expert panel is drawn from academia, industry – and somewhere in-between!
Nibble on Knowledge!
Join us for wine & nibbles as you enjoy the latest in our Innovation Café series.
7pm – 10pm: Life’s a Pitch
Find out what it takes to be a researcher and how they spend their day (and night!)
Our team of PhD students have set up exhibition stalls to display their research. We invite you to browse their booths, talk to them about their work, watch videos, demos, handle props, ask silly questions! Click on the flyer below for more details.
7.15pm – Laura’s Laser Lightshow!
Find out the science behind optical displays and lasers, and how lasers can be used in all sorts of applications – and all during a brilliant laser display right over your head!
7.45PM – AJ is Building a Brain!
Meet Ayokunmi Ajetnmobi (aka ‘AJ’) and his bio-chip brain. See how he plans to track the development of the human brain, and how he and his brain hope to play their part in understanding mental disorders.
8.15pm – Amaury’s Solar-Powered Gadgets
Find out how Amaury plans to create a more efficient solar panel – and how solar panels are used now to power all sorts of every day objects. Hold on to your hats as you race the solar cars!
8.30pm: The Lego Challenge
Build something wearable, recreate an Olympic event, interpret “hope”…with Lego!
These are some of the tasks in this fast-paced challenge where students work in teams against the clock and each other. This is a fun group activity that illustrates the key research skills of creative thinking, teamwork, innovation and focus under pressure! Prizes for the winning team…be in it to win it!
6 – 9pm – Treasure Trail
Play the ‘Life’s a Pitch’ Treasure Trail!
The answers could be anywhere in the room – on a stall, in a display, even inside our brainy researchers’ brains! Follow the trail and submit your answers for your chance to win an iPod Shuffle! The winner will be announced at around 9.30pm – so stick around!
Meet the Researchers….
Taking the maxim ‘you are what you eat’, Vincent is using fossils, skeletons and shells of corals and crustacea from ancient seas to identify what the climate of the earth was like millions of years ago. In doing so, his research will enable climatologists to predict the future climate of the planet. See what a day in the life is like for a geologist such as Vincent….
Barbara Bergin, PhD student in the Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College Dublin argues that we should look past Herod’s reputation as the Bible’s arch-villain, and see him as Herod the Great, the innovative architect, a builder and a king who brought to his realm stability, prosperity and full employment. Read about what draws Barbara to Herod…
How can physics help to cure one of the world’s most common deadly diseases? Michael is using nanotechnologies to develop a more cost effective way to test malaria vaccines. Find out what drives him in his research, and what brought him to research in the first place….
With over 8000 people in Ireland living with Multiple Sclerosis, Sarah is investigating the underlying causes of the disease. Find out how she aims to tackle this problem, what brought her to research, and how she uses music to relax (while also singing lead vocals in her band)…
How can sewage help tackle the looming energy crisis? With fossil fuels running out, renewable resources are required to ensure we can continue in our modern lives. Christine is investigating new designs that can enable water used during water treatment to recover energy, thus creating a more efficient service. Find out what inspired her in her research….
How can you create solar cells that work in dull-light conditions such as those usually found in Ireland? Laura is developing solar cells that are inspired from nature’s photosynthesis processes and using lasers to test them…
Ayokunmi Ajetunmobi (AJ) is building a brain. With his brain, AJ hopes to discover how the brain develops and what happens that can cause mental disorders. Find out how he’s building his brain, and what research means to him….
Solar panels are almost prohibitively expensive, despite offering a great alternative to fossil fuels for our energy needs. Amaury is using computer simulations to understand organic photovoltaic devices at a microscopic scale, which could potentially become a realistic renewable energy…
Adam has just submitted his thesis on late author, John McGahern, in which he argues that McGahern’s representations of Irish males characters were influenced by American authors such as Ernest Hemingway and Herman Melville. Find out how, and what Adam particularly loves about research….
Jake is creating an online tool that can assist his fellow PhD students to organise, maintain and analyse their research, which will ultimately help them to write the thesis. In an increasingly online and interactive study environment, Jake hopes to tackle issues that might arise for early stage researchers and make the process easier. Find out what led Jake to this area of study, and why he enjoys it so much…
Matthew’s work focuses on developing the new generation of hydrogen gas sensors. Why might we want that, you ask? There are loads of industrial applications, but perhaps the one that might affect you most directly is in your hydrogen-fuelled car. Sounds futuristic? A few major car manufacturers have announced plans to launch these as soon as 2015!
Find out more about Matthew’s work here, as well as what brought him to research in the first place…
James is a PhD student in History, and explores the complex political and social issues that dogged Anglo/Irish relations in Ulster during the latter half of the 16th century.
Find out about his research here, now with LEGO…..!
Ian is investigating why we hear what we hear (and how we hear where it’s coming from!). Watch his very entertaining video here, and see how he spends a typical day….
Anara is investigating how humans interact with robots, and how humans might react if a robot interacts with them! Image a robot that speaks back to you in a style similar to your own voice? Meet Anara and her adorable friend here….
Clive is developing a device for injecting temperature responsive gels, containing bioactive therapeutics, into the heart. He hopes this will improve the hear function for people who have already suffered heart attacks. Find out more about this research, as well as about Clive here…
Irma is investigating the linguistic phenomenon of ‘code-switching’ (where a speaker or speakers switch between a two languages, dialects or styles throughout the course of a conversation). Find out more about code-switching among Greek migrants in Ireland here….