Geneticist Aoife McLysaght at Soapbox Science in Dublin (video)

28 Apr 2014

On Saturday, visitors to Trinity College Dublin’s (TCD) front square were treated to dynamic displays of Soapbox Science from Ireland’s most prominent female scientists. They included geneticist Aoife McLysaght.

The free Soapbox Science event was well-attended and spanned a range of scientific fields, including ecology, genetics, chemistry, psychiatry, nanoscience, medicine, and veterinary medicine.

The 12 speakers had a maximum of 15 minutes on the day to catch the eye and open the minds of their audience with props such as mummified bats, Count Dracula, misbehaving brains and a model of a farmyard animal.

We’ll be publishing more talks from the day, but here’s our first video of the talk from Aoife McLysaght, principal investigator in the Molecular Evolutionary Laboratory and lecturer in genetics at Trinity College Dublin. It was on Evolutionary insights into how genes work.

Soapbox Science Ireland – Aoife McLysaght, Evolutionary insights into how genes work 

You can also check out Aoife’s great guest column on women in science from earlier in the year here.

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