Last April Science.ie asked for volunteers to travel from Dublin to Turin this summer on a specially designed Science Communications Bus, in order to promote Dublin City of Science 2012 and science in Ireland.
Six young Irish science ambassadors have been chosen, and they will begin their journey this weekend. The team members come from a wide range of backgrounds…
|Dara Boland (22)
Dara has just completed a BSc in Marketing, Innovation and Technology at Dublin City University. He has a passion for all things hi-tech and travelling, and has performed on stage in the O2, the Odyssey arena and the Helix.
|Ellen Byrne (25)
Ellen got hooked on science, engineering and maths in primary school after witnessing an onion cell explode under a microscope. The event ignited her enthusiasm and passion for exploring and learning and has fuelled her interest in pharmacology and science communication.
|Michelle Dunne (34)
Michelle is a science and chemistry teacher in St Joseph’s College, Presentation Convent in Lucan, Co Dublin. She mentored groups of students at SciFest 2010 at Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, where they collected eight awards. Her students also won a Highly Commended and Best Display award in the 2010 BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition.
|Caitríona Geraghty (27)
Caitríona works in Engineers Ireland’s STEPS to engineering programme for school students. Her knowledge and experience will allow her to communicate Ireland and its science initiatives in the European cities that the bus will visit.
|Ronan Lyne (24)
Ronan is a neuroscience student in Trinity College Dublin and works part-time in its Science Gallery. He contributes science articles to the student newspaper Trinity News and also presented a series of promotional shorts for RTÉ for the 2010 BT Young Scientist Exhibition.
|Martin McKenna (23)
Martin is a biochemistry student in TCD and hopes to go on to a career in science communications. He earned a professional qualification in photography from Kulturama College in Stockholm and was also editor of Trinity News. In a personal capacity, he also runs www.lunchblock.ie, which reviews places to grab lunch in Dublin.
The Science Bus
The Science Communications Bus is a fully equipped mobile media centre, with a satellite broadband connection and laptops for the students to upload their blog posts, pictures, video, and interviews.
When stationary, an awning will extend from the side of the bus, creating an exhibition area to promote Ireland as a destination and Dublin as the 2012 City of Science.
The bus will visit a number of European cities to promote Ireland and its City of Science celebrations in 2012.
The team will leave Dublin this Sunday, visiting Liverpool, Brussels and Amsterdam before arriving in Turin to join the City of Science 2010 celebrations.
On the way back they will visit Toulouse and Barcelona before returning to Ireland on 14 July.
The trip is being organised by Discover Science & Engineering in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government.
Visit the Dublin City of Science 2012 website