Niamh Kavanagh is a Physics PhD Student & Science Communicator at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork.
I am in a fortunate position that, alongside my PhD research, I get the opportunity to do a lot of science communication work with the general public; informing them about the cutting-edge research their taxes are contributing to, sharing my passion for science and showing them how research is improving their lives. Working with young people is something I’m especially passionate about; trying to inspire their interest in science, ignite their sense of curiosity and encouraging them to consider careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths). We need new scientists all the time.
However, if science is not valued within society, young people will naturally not see it as a valuable career choice. If less young people go on to become scientists, we will all miss out on the ingenious inventions and world-changing improvements they could have made. Science is our path to discovery, understanding and even survival. We need all the brilliance we can get. To ensure this, the value of science needs to be recognised within society and evidence-based decision-making must be an integral part of our national policies, conversations and culture.
That’s why I’m standing up for science and marching in Dublin on Saturday April 22nd at 2pm.