UL Student Fiacc Larkin accepting his award at the'SCIENCE SPEAK' competition which took place in the RDS Concert Hall on April 27.
Fiacc Larkin, a University of Limerick postgraduate student in Computer Science and Information Systems was awarded 3rd place worth €200 in the'SCIENCE SPEAK' competition which took place in the RDS Concert Hall on April 27, 2009. Fiacc showcased an excellent presentation titled 'Finding Method in the Madness: How to Visualize Large Multi-Dimensional Data' at the Science Speak 2009 event 'Showcasing cutting-edge Irish Science'.
Master of ceremonies for the night was RTÉ presenter Pat Kenny who, together with the panel of judges, had the task of selecting the winning presentations. The judging panel included Dick Ahlstrom, Science Editor, The Irish Times; Peter Brabazon, Programme Director, Discover Science and Engineering; Evelyn Cusack, RTÉ meteorologist; Mary Mulvihill, science writer and broadcaster and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, TV presenter and teacher.
Now in its fourth year, 'SCIENCE SPEAK' continues to showcase the research of a postgraduate finalist from each of the seven universities. They are asked to individually present their research in an easy to understand manner to a non-specialist audience in a competition that tests both their communication skills and their ability to make their science accessible to all.
University College Cork's Julie O'Donovan took first prize and received €1,000 for her winning presentation. Second place and a cheque for €300 went to Ciarán O'Carroll from NUI Maynooth for his talk, 'Emission Impossible: Reducing Laughing Gas Emissions with Crabs and Seaweed'. Each runner-up also received a cheque for €100.
'SCIENCE SPEAK' is a joint initiative organised annually by the RDS and The Irish Times in association with Irish Universities Promoting Science.