TV series focusing on scientific research in Ireland comes to RTÉ

11 Jun 2012

This Thursday, The Science Squad hits Ireland’s screens and promises to take an entertaining look at scientific research that is taking place in the country.

Tune in Thursday at 7pm to see presenters Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Kathriona Devereuex and Jonathan McCrea travel the country meeting Irish scientists who are working at the forefront of research and innovation.

The Science Squad will make scientific innovation accessible to viewers, showcasing the latest developments across a wide range of sectors and demonstrating where this research applies and who it directly affects.

Social networking, rugby tackle analysis, healthcare monitoring and air travel are just some of the topics explored by the series, which will feature six episodes.

Former Rose of Tralee Ní Shúilleabháín is currently studying for a PhD in mathematics education at Trinity College Dublin, while fellow presenter McCrea is best known for presenting Newstalk’s Futureproof, a weekly science news broadcast. Devereux is one of RTÉ’s newest faces, having cut her teeth presenting Small World, which aired on RTÉ One late last year.

This week’s episode focuses on developments from CLARITY in UCD, which is working with IRFU physiotherapist Brian Green to develop systems to detect collisions in elite-level Rugby Union, as well as technology being developed by UCD’s SMARTLab Research Facility that enables people who have lost or have limited use of their speech or limbs to speak and complete tasks using their eyes instead.

The programme will also feature Geraldine Boylan, professor of neonatal physiology at UCC, who has developed a pioneering neo-natal brain seizure detection system.


Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.