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14th Nov 2016

6 amazing Irish women making waves in the science world

Serious career goals.

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There’s science in everything.

From our perfect morning cup of coffee to the soothing face mask we put on after a long day. Everything we do, touch, see, think about or hear has some element of science to it.

So to celebrate Science Week we thought we would take a look at some of the most impressive female scientists on our radar at the moment.

Talk about career goals!

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

When it comes to astronomy, Jocelyn Bell Burnell is one of Ireland’s most accomplished scientists.

The Armagh native has been working as an astrophysicist for decades, with her most notable contribution to astronomy being the discovery of pulsating radio stars, or pulsars.


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Lisa Helen

Lisa is a PhD student at the Tyndall Institute in University College Cork. In 2015  she won the Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA). Since then, she has been working on the Smart Needle, a clever new medical technology designed to aid the delivery of anesthetic nerve block injections.

Professor Lorraine Brennan

Professor Brennan’s work at the UCD Institute of Food and Health focuses on metabolic diseases and developing methods to track what we have eaten. By examining small molecules in blood and urine samples the research team she is working with hope to develop a method to track exactly what people have eaten.


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Susan McKenna-Lawlor

Susan McKenna-Lawlor is an Irish astrophysicist. She is a professor of experimental physics at Maynooth University and has been described as a trailblazer more than once in her career.

Susan is the founder and Director of the SME Space Technology Ireland Ltd and was also the Principal Investigator for Ireland’s EPONA experiment on the Giotto mission to Halley’s Comet in 1986.


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Dr. Emmeline Hill

While working at University College Dublin, Emmeline identified important genetic information relating to horse racing performance. Her discovery has  led to the development of a ‘speed gene’ test to help match horses with courses and to inform breeders and trainers. How cool is that?

Jessie Barr

You might recognise her name and there’s a reason why. Jessie Barr was an Olympian in 2012 competing in the 4×400 relay in London. Not only that but she is PhD student in Sports Psychology at the University of Limerick. Talk about having it all! Jessie will be taking part in the ‘Peak Performance- The Science Behind Sporting Success’ event on November 17th at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham as part of Science Week 2016. We can’t wait to hear her share her wisdom.

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Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, Science Week will run from the 13th-20th November with events taking place all around Ireland. You can find events in your local area here.