Our very busy summer of public engagement was capped off with the largest outdoor event in Europe. With nearly 300,000 people in attendance, the National and World Ploughing Championships did not disappoint! Returning after a 2 year absence, it was an absolute pleasure to join Science Foundation Ireland at their stand in the Government Village to run short, snappy workshops about hydrogen fuel cells and batteries.
The demographic was wide with children, parents, teachers, retirees and more all sitting down with us to spark some conversations with our PhD Researchers. Well done to Áine Coogan for leading the team for the entire 3 days and thank you to Lucy Fitzsimmons and Munirah Ghariani who are both doing their PhD at Trinity College Dublin and thank you to Nishanth Thomas who is a researcher at the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Sligo. It was great that both partnership institutions once again worked together for this event, sharing ideas and stories about their own research journey to date.
Thank you to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) for having us and we hope everyone of the 1000 people who met enjoyed our activities and conversations. Thank you also to the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Prof. Linda Doyle and to the Minister for State for Further, Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Niall Collins TD and to the Minister for Further, Higher Education Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD for visiting us over the 3 days.