Outreach

Selected Public Appearances

2019

  • College Open Day @ Trinity College Dublin (November).

  • Newstalk Moncrieff Show for Science Week Live @ Maritime Museum (November).

  • Cork Astronomy Club @ University College Cork (November).

  • Smart Futures @ Higher Options, Dublin (September).

  • Astrophysics for Writers @ WorldCon, Dublin (August).

  • Festival of Curiosity @ Dunsink Observatory, Dublin (July)

  • Pint of Science Dublin, Doyles (May).

  • Smart Futures SciFest@College, Dublin City University (May).

  • Transition Year Physics Experience, TCD School of Physics (April).

  • Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture, Galway AstroFest 2019 (January).

2018

2017​​

2016

2015

Dunsink Observatory

Built in 1785, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) Dunsink Observatory has a long history in the service of science. I help organise open nights at the observatory, where the public can meet the scientists at DIAS who are expanding our understanding of the universe, the Dunsink team who care for the history and future of the observatory, and the community of astronomers and space fans who help make Dunsink one of the most important sites for space exploration in Ireland.

Astronomical Midlands

The Astronomical Midlands is a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Project, which uses the recently constructed Irish Low Frequency Array (I-LOFAR) and Education Centre at Birr Castle to engage students, teachers, and members of the public in rural communities in the Midlands of Ireland with astronomy.

Astro Science Challenge

The Astro Science Challenge is an interactive, space science adventure for children aged 7-11 that will coincide with ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station in 2015. The adventure consists of six ‘episodes’, each with a new science-based challenge for the students to complete. I was involved designing the 'space weather' episode, acting as science advisor for content and providing data for the students to analyse. The content is still available online for schools to use anytime.

Sunspotter

Sunspotter is a part of the Zooniverse collection of citizen science projects. It asks the public to organise sunspot images in order of complexity to better understand and predict how the Sun's magnetic activity affects us on Earth. I am part of the science team that designed the project, and am currently analysing the results!

Sunspotter

Sunspotter is a part of the Zooniverse collection of citizen science projects. It asks the public to organise sunspot images in order of complexity to better understand and predict how the Sun's magnetic activity affects us on Earth. I am part of the science team that designed the project, and am currently analysing the results!

LIFE AT THE EDGES

From arctic expeditions to deep space discoveries, this Science Gallery exhibition is about exploring frontiers and limits, and boldly pushing the boundaries of space, humanity, technology, biology, and determination. I advised scientific planning of the exhibition, helped create the Mediator Handbooks, and participated in public events related to the exhibition.

Public Engagement

I regularly talk about space weather at public outreach events. Some recent highlights include European Researchers Night, Space Week, a number of public talks, and an appearance on Today FM.

Online Presence

Examples of some recent online articles featuring me, as well as blogs that I have contributed to.

Mentoring

I have participated as a mentor in the Trinity College Dublin School of Physics Gradlink Programme for many years. As of 2017 I am also participating in the wider Trinity College Dublin Alumni-to-Student Mentoring Series. The schemes aim to develop current students knowledge of the labour market and career paths.

© 2019 by Sophie Murray
 

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Alchemy of Space at Body and Soul

Appearance as part of Science Gallery LIFE AT THE EDGES exhibit (which I consulted for)

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