I am the Education and Public Engagement Manager for the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at University College Dublin and Dublin City University, Ireland. Education and Public Engagement (EPE) is a strategic priority for Insight, and our vision is to build an empowered, scientifically engaged, inclusive and creative society, underpinned by a commitment to involve citizens in data science and embed a culture of engagement within the centre.
Our public engagement activity within different communities has been hugely successful and we have made a significant contribution to technology and science learning in schools and communities. By developing strategic partnerships with local government authorities, educational establishments, science agencies, health boards, state organisations and businesses, Insight has delivered meaningful projects that promote the practical and beneficial applications of a data-driven society to a broad range of sectors and environments. In particular, the institute has been recognised as an invaluable long-term educational resource to schools and communities across Ireland.
Increasing young people’s engagement with STEM subjects in innovative ways both inside and outside of the classroom is a personal passion of mine as well as being part of my current role within Insight. I have a BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics and PhD in Biomedical Sensors from DCU. I am a strong advocate for active citizenship, volunteering and empowering young people and my principal research interests lie in the field of science education, communication and public engagement.