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Published on 09.11.12

CRANN researchers take part in 'I'm a Scientist, Get me Out of Here!'

Arlene O'Neill

From Monday 12th - Friday 23rd November, six Trinity College scientists will be taking part in the online science engagement event: I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!  They’ll be chatting with students from 36 schools across ROI and NI, including 7 Dublin schools. CRANN will be supporting Arlene O’Neill and Shane Bergin as they take part in this challenging science communication competition.


Students take part in quick fire Facebook-style online live chats, ask the scientists all the questions they want and then vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of €500, to communicate their work with the public.

The event is split into zones, with 5 scientists in each. Trinity College Dublin scientists Paul Higgins and Arlene O’Neill are in the Space Zone, while Jean Bourke is in the Health Zone and Shane Bergin, Andrew Jackson and Eileen Diskin are in the general Hydrogen Zone. They’re researching anything from flesh-eating parasites to new planets orbiting distant stars. 

This is the first time the event has come to Ireland, and it’s proved very popular with teachers. Teacher Sinead Prior from St. Mogues College, Belturbet said “The class are really looking forward to it.” im-a-scientist-logo.jpg

You can watch live chats and read the students’ questions online here: http://imascientist.ie and follow @imascientist on Twitter.

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