July 10, 2007
All Aboard for Science Track!

The winners of the UCD Conway Institute’s AccesScience ’07 poster competition were in Pearse Street DART station on June 26 to see the launch of this year’s Science Track, a joint initiative between UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research and Iarnrod Eireann.

DART train driver and 'Science Track' winners  Conor Burns, Eimear Kelly and Dylan Kavanagh

Pictured with DART train driver and their 'Science Track' posters are Conor Burns (back right), Eimear Kelly and Dylan Kavanagh

Winners of this competition to visually represent 21st century science will see their artwork displayed in DART stations and trains as part of the initiative. With three categories; primary school, secondary school and adult, the standard in this year’s event was extremely high. The tough task of picking the winners fell to a judging panel chaired by Olympic medalist, John Treacy, and also included RTE weather presenter, Nuala Carey; singer/ songwriter Juliet Turner and Nick Kelly, former lead singer with The Fat Lady Sings.

Dylan Kavanagh, a 5th class pupil in De La Salle, Ballyfermot took first place in the primary school category with his poster “Science is Cool”. Runner up in this category was Eimear Kelly from St. Clare’s, Harold’s Cross with her picture entitled “Hynotise the Teacher”. 

Isabel Kelly, a pupil at the Teresian School in Donnybrook won the secondary school category with her poster “Colour life with Science”. Runner up in this category was Conor Burns, Castleknock Community College with his drawing “Science is all around us”.

Kate Hedigan, a postgraduate student in UCD Conway Institute took first place in the adult category with her work entitled “Looking Deeper: 21st Century Science”. Runner up in this category was Dr Alfonso Blanco, technical officer in UCD Conway Institute.

Members of the commuting public can see the six winning posters for themselves over the coming weeks on DART trains and stations as well as some Arrow commuter trains. These poster sites allow access to an audience of over 100,000 commuters per day and are an ideal opportunity to highlight scientific issues to a diverse audience and encourage a positive attitude to scientific research.  

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