John Hickey

JOHN HICKEY is the Regional Fisheries Development Officer for the Seafood Technical Services Business Unit with Bord Iascaigh Mhara. John is the also the facilitator for the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) South-East and is based in the fishing port of Kilmore Quay.

Ginny Smith

GINNY SMITH is a freelance science writer and presenter with a passion for sharing her love of science with anyone who will listen. She studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge before discovering a love of brains and specialising in Psychology.


BRICKS4KIDS provides project-based programmes designed to teach the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to children. Specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide the building blocks approach to educational play, promoting the reinforcement of STEM concepts and fostering teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Nicola Jordan

NICOLA JORDAN attended the Presentation Secondary School, Wexford, and graduated from UCC in 2003 as a civil engineer. Nicola currently works as a Water Conservation Engineer with Wexford County Council. When not travelling, she enjoys coastal rowing, having rowed across the Irish sea a few times, and going on hikes, although she still has to conquer Carrantuohill!

Brendan Cooney

BRENDAN COONEY is the Senior Executive Scientist with Wexford County Council. He is responsible for environmental regulation and management within County Wexford.

Alan Kelly

ALAN KELLY is a professor in food science at University College Cork, who specialises in teaching and research into the science of dairy products.

Anyone 4 Science

ANYONE 4 SCIENCE was established in 2005 to provide fun, hands-on-science and engineering activities. They believe that in order to really learn about science, you have to get involved in hands-on activities. Their philosophy is to use simple, readily available household items to make the science accessible for everyone

Eoin Morrissey

EOIN MORRISSEY Eoin attended Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and completed a degree in Sports Management & Coaching. He later completed his Masters in Sports Management and Exercise through University College Dublin.

Annette Soraine

ANNETTE SORAINE is Chief Commercial Officer at INNOVATE, the digital technology company based in Gorey. She has responsibility for the development and execution of INNOVATE’s commercial strategy. She has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry in Ireland, Netherlands, and the UK with global brands such as Microsoft, Cisco, Vodafone, and Oracle. Annette is a Board member of Fastrack to IT. FIT works in close collaboration with government bodies to promote an inclusive Smart Economy by creating a fast track to marketable technical skills.

Gerald Fleming

GERALD FLEMING is a well known meteorologist who recently retired as Head of Forecast Division, Met Éireann in December 2017. Following schooling in CBS Wexford, he took B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Experimental Physics from UCD, following which, he joined Met Éireann in 1980. He is still very active in meteorology, most notably with the World Meteorological Organisation (a UN agency) for whom he has chaired the Programme on Public Weather Services for over a decade.

Marc McMenamin

MARC MCMENAMIN is a teacher, journalist and documentary maker. A specialist in exploring uncharted corners of Irish history, he is the maker of several acclaimed, award-winning radio documentaries, including Good Cop/Bad Cop, exploring the life of controversial former NYPD officer Peter Daly, and Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker. Codebreaker is his first book.

Make Create Innovate

MAKE CREATE INNOVATE develop and deliver workshops using interactive technology creatively. They offer fun, STEAM-based educational experiences (incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) that support an integrated approach to learning for all ages

Dr. Conor Murphy

DR. CONOR MURPHY is from Kilanerin in Co. Wexford. He is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at Maynooth University and senior researcher with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS (ICARUS). Conor works on topics ranging from historical climatology and the development of quality-assured long-term rainfall records to assessment of climate change impacts nationally and internationally. He has published more than 40 papers in international peer reviewed journals, including Science and Nature Climate Change and has been awarded in excess of €4 million euros in research grants. He sits on the National Climate Change Adaptation Committee and the Royal Irish Academy Committee on Climate and Environmental Change.


TEKCENTRAL is a professional ICT training company specialising in computer science, coding, technology and physical computing for young people, schools and adults and is headed up by Frank Turner and Niamh Bierney. Frank and Niamh hold degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, ICT teachers Diplomas, along with qualifications in cryptography, forensic engineering, IT management and digital media design. Having worked for many years in lots of exciting sectors within the Electronics, Computer and Manufacturing industries (and being from the Commodore 64 generation!!) they wanted to get young people enthusiastic again about computers and technology as they had been from a very young age!!

Prof. Sabine Brennan

PROFESSOR SABINA BRENNAN is a psychologist, innovative public educator and experienced communicator. Professor Brennan attended university for the first time at the age of 42, graduating from NUIM in 2007, coming first in class with a first class honours degree in psychology. She is passionate about lifelong learning and encouraging older adults to return to education.

Dr. Hugh Feeley

DR. HUGH FEELEY is a Scientific Officer at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland with responsibility for ecological monitoring and assessment of Rivers and Lakes to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. Hugh has worked extensively in the scientific research and environmental science sectors and is an experienced scientist skilled in research, scientific writing, field work, ecology, and freshwater science.

Karin Dubsky

KARIN DUBSKY is a German-Irish marine ecologist working in Trinity College Dublin, and is the coordinator and co-founder of Coastwatch Europe, an environmental NGO and a member of the European Environmental Bureau.

Brendan Wallace

BRENDAN WALLACE is a consultant engineer and patent holder. He teaches mathematics and physics privately. At age eight, he read a short article about Einstein and he has never looked back.

Prof. Cliona O’Farrelly

PROFESSOR CLIONA O’FARRELLY Professor of Comparative Immunology at TCD has spent a lifetime promoting an interest in science and society. Particularly in making difficult science approachable to all. Cliona is a core member of the Wexford Science Cafe who have been meeting once each month for the last four years to discuss science. She received the Irish Research Scientists’ Association Gold Medal 1998, and Nature Mentor of the Year 2014.

Dr. Ted Burke

DR. TED BURKE is a lecturer at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) where he teaches a range of subjects including robotics, computer programming and engineering design. As a founding member of the RoboSlam STEM outreach collective at DIT, he has created a variety of science and engineering workshops for the general public over the last decade, with a special focus on robot building for beginners. He was a team member of the Breadboard Games workshops which ran in all the Wexford libraries in August.


WWETB is a statutory body with responsibility for education and training in County Wexford and County Waterford.

London Science Museum

LONDON SCIENCE MUSEUM Part of the world’s leading group of science museums, the London Science Museum founded in 1857 brings science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine to over 3.3 million visitors each year.

Dr. Betsy Hickey

DR. BETSY HICKEY is an ecologist and horticulturalist with a PhD. in Botany, a BSc. in Ecology and Diplomas in Commercial Horticulture. She has more than 20 years’ experience in these areas including design, construction, planting, aftercare, plant production, teaching and consultancy.

Luke O’Neill

LUKE O’NEILL is professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin. Among his many awards, he recently received the 2018 Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for his world-leading research. Professor O’Neill also has a very popular and highly engaging weekly Science radio slot on Newstalk