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Science Communicator

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€30 - 60
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Last Updated: August, 2017

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A specialist teaching role combining science expertise with communication skills, aimed at encouraging students to explore science and scientific principals.


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Rosa Doran is an Astronomy Educator working for the non-profit organisation Galileo Teacher Training Programme, which aims to educate teachers globally in the field of space science.

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James Stewart
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James Stewart is employed to manage the design and delivery of a programme of workshops, shows and events hosted by W5 in Belfast. He holds a Degree in Geography and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education Management Qualifacation from ILM. Over the past two years he has been involved in delivering a programme of events to 35,000 post primary students in areas ranging from animation to anatomy.

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Cian O'Mahony
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Cian O’Mahony is a science teacher based in Cork. Here he talks about how he chose his career and what his job is like. Science Ambassadors include newly qualified and well established Irish scientists. They work in science and technology, love their work and want to help others learn about what it’s really like working in their particular areas of research and innovation.

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Brian Macken
Science Communicator

Brian Macken is working on the Science Bus.  In secondary school he studied Physics, Applied Maths, Business, German, Geography, English, Irish and Maths. He then went on to study Theoretical Physics and Computer Science in NUI Maynooth.  Following that he did a one-year Masters in Science Communication in Dublin City University. Beyond that, all the training for working on the science bus has been on the job training - you learn by doing.

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A Science Communicator works with students and other groups to bring Science, Engineering and Technology to life, and to increase understading of science and the role of scientists. They use a variety of tools such as demonstrations, lectures and workshops.


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Enthusiasm for science, and an ability to communicate that passion to a wider audience. Excellent conmmunication skills and writing skills.


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There is no single route to becoming a Science Communicator. A good understanding of science is a must. You do not actually need a science degree, although most people in the occupation have a a science background or a science-related qualification.

For example, Niamh Shaw, freelance Science Communicator and perfomer, did a degree in bioengineering at UCD, and a research masters in engineering, followed by a PhD on edible films – biodegradable packaging, in UCD food science department. She then took a postdoctoral research position in the food science and technology department in UCC, before pursuing training in performance - Career Articles on this page for more.

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