March 26, 2009
AccesScience '09 final

Over 250 secondary school pupils attended AccesScience ’09 in UCD’s O’Reilly Hall on 26th March, an event hosted by the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. The challenge for entrants to this annual competition is to talk about their scientific work without jargon.

Sabrina Devereux, a 3rd year PhD student with Dr Francesca Paradisi of the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology, UCD Conway Institute and UCD School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, came 2nd overall with her talk entitled “What a Waste???”. Sabrina’s work centres on finding ways to deal with the 91,000 tonnes of solid waste generated from prepared potatoes in Ireland each year; enough to fill 1,200 Boeing 737 airplanes. The audience vote judged Sabrina best out of the 7 speakers.

A celebrity judging panel of Dublin 98 FM’s Siobhan O’Connor, singer/songwriter Cathy Davey, comedian Paddy Courtney and travel writer and broadcaster Fionn Davenport decided on the placing and the event was hosted by Pat Kenny of RTÉ.

First place went to Órlaith Burke from the UCD School of Mathematical Science for her talk on radon gas measurement and 3rd place went to Isabela Aparicio for her research to destroy the defences of the malarial parasite.


Photo: Sabrina Devereux with Dr Jimmy Devins (left) and Dr Hugh Brady (right)

UCD Conway's AccesScience '09 2nd place and audience choice winner, Sabrina Devereux pictured with Dr Jimmy Devins, Minister of State for Science, Technology & Innovation (left) and UCD President Dr Hugh Brady


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