National partners travel to Galway for first Cell EXPLORERS Network meeting

Science communication and educational outreach in Ireland took a giant leap forward last week, with the inaugural meeting of the Cell EXPLORERS Network. IMAGE 1: Representatives from all national teams gather to celebrate the establishment of the Cell EXPLORERS Network. Right – Left: Dr Mary Carr LYIT, Dr Kellie Dean UCC, Samantha Prior UL, Dr Shane McGuinness NUI Galway, Karen McGibney NVRL-UCD, Dr Caroline Gilleran DkIT, Maya Frost AIT, Dr Guiomar Garvia Cabellos IT Carlow, Dr Sinead Miggins MU, Ben Nolan NUI Galway representing ITT. (Photo: Aengus McMahon Photography) Delegates from across Ireland travelled to NUI Galway on Thursday 17th May to consolidate the recent expansion of the proj

We have a new National Coordinator!

Dr Shane Mc Guinness has just begun as the new National Coordinator of the Cell EXPLORERS programme. Welcome to the team Shane! Shane has years of experience with science education and outreach, having co-founded biodiversityinourlives.com, a not-for-profit environmental education platform. He has also worked with Dublin Zoo’s Discovery and Learning department, BirdWatch Ireland’s Policy and Advocacy section and The Junior Einstein’s Science Club, in inspiring young and old alike with the wonders of science and the responsibility we have as scientists (and simply human beings) to look after what’s precious. Shane’s past research has focussed on tackling human-wildlife conflict in eastern Afr

Nobel Prize winner visits Cell EXPLORERS

Nobel Prize winner and DNA scientist Paul Modrich discuss the banana DNA extraction experiment with 5th class primary students form Presentation Primary School, Tuam (left) and Cell EXPLORERS demonstrator Rachel Allen, NUI Galway Undergraduate Biochemistry student (right) On a sunny Thursday in May, 60 young Cell EXPLORERS from 5th and 6th class of two local primary schools, Scoil Mhuire from Clarinbridge and Presentation Primary School from Tuam, benefited from an experience of a life-time: meeting a real-life Nobel Prize-winning scientist! Professor Paul Modrich of Duke University, who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2015 for his work on how cells repair DNA, visited a enthusias

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Cell EXPLORERS is funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the SFI Discover programme, NUI Galway and the Galway University Foundation.