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Congrats to Famelab Winners!

Posted on: 27 Jan 2016

Congrats to Famelab Winners!
Cork's top new science communicators, who took part in the "Famelab Cork" competition on 26th January in Triskel Christchurch.  Judges on the night were Prof John O'Halloran (UCC), Ms Valerie Cowman (Cork Training Centre) and Mr Paschal Sheehy (RTE).  The event was run by Dr Simon Elliott and Dr Karen McCarthy of Tyndall National Institute and prizes were presented by Mr Francois-Xavier Joly, winner of Famelab France 2015.

Up to 100 people witnessed Cork's top new science communicators take to the stage share their passion for science and learn about how the force of your foot can defeat a concrete slab. Held annually in over 20 countries across the globe, Famelab is the world's largest science communication competition, and last night 8 local competitors took to the stage in the Triskel Arts Centre to dazzle with their interesting science.

With topics ranging from finding ripples in space to splitting water to power the Earth, the audience were entertained and engaged. Whilst the judges deliberated, the audience was then treated to a unique show “The Physics of Taekwon Do”, delivered by Dr Robert Howard of DIT. Robert, who is also a 7th degree Taekwon Do master, had the crowd on the edge as he used simple physics to break through timber and concrete!

Congratulations to the eventual winner Dr Daragh Finn (INFANT) for his talk on why do babies cry at birth, and a special congratulations to the two runner-ups from Tyndall National Institute; Niamh Kavanagh (her talk described the future of optical fibre) and Dr Philip Murphy (his talk was based on laughter as an defense strategy).

Dr Daragh Finn, from the INFANT research centre at UCC, who won the "Famelab Cork" competition in Triskel Christchurch, fascinating the audience with the science of why newborns babies cry.  Daragh goes on to represent Cork in the final of Famelab Ireland.

Special thanks to the wonderful judges: Prof. John O'Halloran, VP for Teaching & Learning, UCC, Valerie Cowman, Cork Training & Education Board & Pascal Sheehy, RTE News.

Famelab Cork is presented by Tyndall National Institute and the British Council in Ireland with generous support from the East Bay Community Foundation, Science Foundation Ireland, CPL plc and Henkel Ireland.

Ms Niamh Kavanagh, a research student at IPIC and Tyndall National Institute, who came second in the "Famelab Cork" competition in Triskel Christchurch, fascinating the audience with how to speed up the internet by making light go faster.  Niamh goes on to represent Cork in the final of Famelab Ireland.
Dr Philip Murphy, Tyndall National Institute, who was one of the prizewinners in the "Famelab Cork" competition in Triskel Christchurch, fascinating the audience by explaining the science of laughter.