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Vaccine Questions Ep8: Looking to the future with Professor Christine Loscher

Thursday, 29 July 2021

In the final episode of this series, Professor of Immunology Christine Loscher discusses the vaccine rollout and answers questions on vaccines for teens, booster shots and more.

Science Committees, Life and Medical Sciences Committee, Covid-19 Research Response

Dr Conor Crawford awarded the Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize 2021

Thursday, 8 July 2021

UCD PhD student recognised for his transformative work developing vaccines against a major human pathogen 

Science Committees, Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee, Grants and Awards

Vaccine Questions Ep7: Understanding human behaviour with Professor Pete Lunn

Monday, 5 July 2021

In episode 7 behavioural economist, Professor Pete Lunn shares expert insights on how our behaviour impacts the spread of COVID-19 and what drives this behaviour.

Science Committees, Life and Medical Sciences Committee

A financial analyst's love of fashion leads to a new career as a software engineer

Friday, 25 June 2021

For our second computer science profile, we spoke to Olga Minguett, a National College of Ireland graduate working on voice recognition technology at Optum while studying for her MSc in AI at University of Limerick, to...

Science Committees, Engineering and Computer Sciences Committee

Vaccine Questions Ep6: Vaccine solidarity with Dr Siobhán O'Sullivan

Monday, 14 June 2021

In episode six Dick chats to Dr Siobhán O’Sullivan, Chief Bioethic Officer at the Department of Health about the difficult decisions officials and individuals must grapple with in this pandemic and the values and...

Science Committees, Life and Medical Sciences Committee

Watch Peatlands: a climate solution

Thursday, 10 June 2021

In the fifth in this series of Climate Conversations, Dr Florence Renou-Wilson discussed the role Irish peatlands can play in climate mitigation.

Science Committees, Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee

Vaccine Questions Ep5: Inoculation against misinformation with Professor Jane Suiter

Friday, 21 May 2021

In episode five Dick chats to Professor Jane Suiter, Director of the Institute for Future Media, Democracy and Society at DCU about what drives the spread of disinformation and how it can undermine vaccination...

Science Committees, Life and Medical Sciences Committee

Water is a public health issue

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Availability of a secure supply of clean water is a necessity that comes at a high cost, but has an as yet unrealised value. Find out more in this blog by Professor Fiona Regan, DCU.

Science Committees, Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee, Climate Change Blog

The role of Irish Bioethics: (re)building trust and reasonable discourse in medicine, science and technology

Thursday, 22 April 2021

If you missed our RIA Life and Medical Sciences Symposium on the need for a sustainable framework in Ireland for deliberating on bioethical responses you can watch it now.

Science Committees, Life and Medical Sciences Committee

Vaccine Questions Ep4: Trust and reliability with Emer Cooke

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Emer Cooke, Head of the EMA explains its role in assessing and authorising COVID19 vaccines, and Dick asks why should we trust the EMA to ensure that all the vaccines we receive are safe and reliable?

Science Committees, Life and Medical Sciences Committee