10 images of Irish research bound to make you stand up and take notice

23 Aug 2017

The cerebellar network between neurons (red), astrocytes (yellow) and microglia (green) in a mouse organotypic slice culture. Image: Maria Velasco/IRC

Research doesn’t just need to be about graphs and slideshows, as these 10 Irish researchers demonstrate with fantastic imagery.

In an effort to make the Irish Research Council’s (IRC) new website look impressive at launch, Irish-based researchers were asked to submit their best images of an aspect of their work.

The IRC said that it received a total of 124 entries, but it was decided to whittle this down to 10, with only the best selected.

Generally, Ireland has fared well when it comes to photography competitions with Brendan Ó Sé of Cork earlier this year being named as the overall winner of the 10th iPhone Photography Awards.

Thousands of images, taken from photographers across 140 countries, entered into the competition. Ó Sé took first prize for his Dock Worker image, ahead of Yeow-Kwang Yeo of Singapore for The Performer, and Kuanglong Zhang of Shenzhen, China for The City Palace.

Here are the 10 winners of the IRC’s recent competition.

Abulaiti Hairisha

Simulating the controlled growth of polymer thin films by molecular layer deposition. Image: Abulaiti Hairisha/IRC

Chiara Mizzoni

A group of FARC fighters watch a game of afternoon football at a demobilisation and transition camp in Icononzo, Colombia. Image: Chiara Mizzoni and Andrew Grene

Pierre Jolivet

Visualisations from open sound control driven inputs to virtual reality environments. Image: Pierre Jolivet/IRC

Ross Lundy micro-mushrooms.

Deforest gold micro-mushrooms on copper meadow. Image: Ross Lundy/IRC

David Cichon

Garment workers in Phnom Penh marching for a living wage and collective bargaining rights on International Labour Day 2017. Image: David Cichon/IRC

Sven Batke

A bromeliad plant from the same family as pineapples, which grows on top of tall, tropical trees. Image: Sven Batke/IRC

Maria Velasco

The cerebellar network between neurons (red), astrocytes (yellow) and microglia (green) in a mouse organotypic slice culture. Maria Velasco/IRC

Ross Lundy

Copper oxide nanoblades. Image: Ross Lundy/IRC

Sajad Alimohammadi

Refractive index-matched PIV applications: velocity profiles for flow around an array of cylinders. Image: Sajad Alimohammadi/IRC

Shane Holohan

Ben Collis and Elisabeth Künkele performing as part of IRC scholar Shane Holohan’s PhD in arts practice. Image: Einar Kling-Odencrants

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic