SBBS opened its doors to the public on Wednesday 29th March for the popular ENGAGE Accessible Science event, hosted by Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. Six Ph. D. students from the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science (SBBS) and the School of Medicine competed for the ENGAGE 2017 trophy in front of a full audience in the Moore Auditorium.
Congratulations to winner, Stephanie Whelan. Stephanie, a Ph. D. student in Dr. Katherine Howell's group (UCD School of Medicine), provided the audience with a fascinating insight into her research on a potentail cure for the lung disease, emphysema. Runner-up was Philippa Fowler from Dr. Niamh O'Sullivan's group (SBBS) who captivated the audience with her description of using the common fruit fly to investigate debilitating genetic disorders termed 'hereditary spastic paraplegias'.
In his opening address Prof. Wim Meijer (Head of School) emphasised the importance of communicating scientific knowledge to the general public to enable society to make informed decisions.
On presenting the prizes, chair of the judging panel, Ms. Caroline Gill (NovaUCD), commended all six finalists on the clarity of their presentations. Other members of the judging panel were Dr. Seamus Kelly (UCD School of Public Health), Mr. Brian Mooney (Guidance counsellor and Education Columnist) and Dr. Karl Quinn (Nova UCD).