Chimera Art & Science Exhibition

A collection of work resulting from our artists in residence programme CHIMERA is currently on display at the Galway City Museum and runs until 31st December 2015. The Chimera Art and Science Programme has seen both artists work alongside CÚRAM researchers, with full access to its laboratory facilities for the past six months, with the aim of investigating the meeting point of art and science. The programme is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme which aims to support and develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and the public engagement sector in Ireland. Opening hours at the museum are from 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free.

‘Brilliant Biomaterials workshops for Science Week and the Galway Science & Technology Festival.

The CÚRAM team  were busy in November rolling out their ‘Brilliant Biomaterials’ workshops at secondary schools across Galway City and county.

Many thanks to Colaiste Íognaid, The ‘Bish’, Claregalway College, Presentation College Athenry and Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin in Cararroe for having us to visit. We also had a fun day at the GSTF EXPO Day at NUI Galway on the 22nd November looking at how biomaterials can help repair the human body! 

Ten things to know about….BodyTech – Manus Biggs and David Finn on RTE One

Two of our top researchers Dr Manus Biggs and Dr David Finn were interviewed for RTE’s ‘Ten things to know about…’ programme earlier this year. You can watch Manus being interviewed about his research at and David’s programme ‘Ten things to know about …Pain’ is still available on the RTE player if you missed it first time around !!


Two of our researchers Juhi Samal and Isma Liza Nohd Isa enjoyed great success at the Threesis competition in October. Both presented fascinating  3 minute talks on their research, called ‘Biomaterial Pills for Parkinsons’ and ‘A Biomaterials approach to Back Pain’. Juhi was awarded second prize and went on to present at the National Finals in Dublin while Isma won the audience favourite award on the night. 

Ploughing Championships 2015

For the first time, CÚRAM took part in providing public workshops and ‘Smart Futures’ talks with Science Foundation Ireland at their stand at the Ploughing Championships 2015. A really busy and fun day with hundreds of families passing through the SFI tent on the day. With Rachel Ronan, Claire Concannon and Diana Gaspar at the helm, the workshops were listed as one of the top ten things to do at the event! 

ReelLIFE Science 

CÚRAM is one of the main sponsors of ReelLIFE SCIENCE, a novel science video competition for Irish primary and secondary schools, which aims to promote science in the classroom and beyond by inviting students to produce a short video communicating a scientific topic in an engaging and entertaining way.

The winners of ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2015 are today, at the start of Science Week, announced as Scoil Aonghusa Senior, Tallaght, at primary school level, with ‘Scoil Aonghusa Rocket Launch‘, and Fifth Year secondary school students, Solas O’Halloran and Matt Tyrkiel from Causeway Comprehensive School, Co. Kerry with their video, ‘The Mystery of Light‘.

The project is also supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme. See the winning videos on