Other work

Young Scientists Journal

I am currently the Executive Research Editor of the Young Scientists Journal (YSJournal), the world's peer-reviewed science journal for young people aged between 12 and 20. I am responsible for overseeing the peer-review processes of YSJournal and for ensuring the implementation of strict ethical and integrity standards for all research published by YSJournal. YSJournal provides a unique platform for young people to become familiar with the processes involved in scientific publishing and allows team members to develop key leadership and STEM skills whilst networking and making friends worldwide.

YSJournal was founded in 2006 by Christina Astin and Ghazwan Butrous in King's School, Canterbury. Originally a school science journal, YSJournal has gone global and now has a worldwide membership.

Supporters of YSJournal include the Royal Society and the University of Oxford, who are hosting this year's YSJournal Conference on October 16th in St Anne's College.

European Student Parliament

I am a keen and active debater, and earlier this year I and 5 other students were selected for the Irish delegation to the European Student Parliament following a preliminary selection round containing roughly 100 students. Each delegate was assigned to a working group, each dealing with a specific topic for preparation of resolutions to be voted on by the parliament. My topic was titled "Exploring the inside" and entailed the ethics and issues surrounding cutting-edge medical imaging, management of patients' data and the latest developments in microscopy.

We worked in our groups for 2 full days in Manchester, where we analysed information, debated the issues at hand and formulated our resolutions with our moderators.

The conclusion of the programme was the parliamentary debate in Manchester City Council, where every group's resolutions would be read out, scrutinised, defended and finally voted on. My working group passed 7 out of the 8 resolutions we proposed and it was an enriching and enjoyable experience.

The EUSP project is organised by Wissenschaft im Dialog and is a satellite event of the EuroScience Open Forum.