Aoibhéann Bird is a science communicator, physicist, Scouter, SCUBA Diver, water lover, outdoor adventurer!
Increasing young people’s engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in innovative ways both inside and outside of the classroom is a personal passion of Aoibhéann. She has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics and PhD in Biomedical Sensors from Dublin City University and her principle research interests lie in the field of science education and outreach, specifically engaging and exciting an interest in the sciences in people of all ages.
Aoibhéann is currently the Education and Public Engagement (EPE) Manager for the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Dublin and Dublin City University, Ireland. Supported by Science Foundation Ireland and industry partners, Insight focuses on new ways to capture and understand data from the world around us, make better decisions for people, communities and industry, and create a more informed society in a healthier, more productive world. Insight’s EPE programme is mandated to raise public awareness of Insight research to various stakeholders, to inspire, excite and motivate an interest in Science and Technology and to help lay the foundations for a new generation of scientists. The creativity of this role is what excites Aoibhéann, showcasing cutting edge research and being able to merge her work with her hobbies to engage the public in novel events such as “Diving into Space” and “Scouting STEM”.
Aoibhéann is a strong advocate for active citizenship, volunteering and empowering young people. In the evenings you can usually find her enjoying the outdoors with her Venture Scouts, supporting them to plan and run hiking expeditions and community projects. At the weekends you’ll probably find her whizzing around Dublin Bay on a boat and teaching students how to explore the hidden depths along the Irish coastline with her SCUBA diving club.
If you want to see her attempting to turn the Science Bus into an amphibious vehicle, follow here: