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Shaun O'Boyle


Dr Shaun O'Boyle is a producer and science communicator. He is one half of producing partnership Bureau, who make radio documentaries and podcasts that feature diverse voices and unexpected stories. Shaun has also produced science reports for the BBC, and was the producer on Newstalk's weekly science show, Futureproof, from 2010 to 2013.

Shaun is working to improve support and visibility of LGBTQ+ scientists. He is the founder of Irish network, House of STEM, and one of the organisers of #LGBTSTEMday, the first International Day for LGBTQ+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, taking place on 5th July 2018.

Shaun develops events, exhibitions and projects that connect with science in creative ways. He worked at Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin from 2010 to 2016, and is currently working on a new gallery at Wellcome Collection, an oral history archive of science in India, and a new project at DCU to create a glossary of scientific terms in Irish Sign Language.

Shaun teaches workshops and courses on science communication, and consults on public engagement projects and initiatives. He has been a science adviser on television series for RTE, BBC and TV3, and has spoken at several events and conferences about science communication and diversity in STEM. He has a PhD in Developmental Biology from NUI, Galway, and his postdoctoral research at UCD was in the area of genetics and evolution.

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