Concrete ideas make a big impact at student competition
Post-graduate researchers with ideas on how to make cheaper, stronger, environmentally-friendly concrete, and how to convert Omega 3-rich seaweed and marine microalgae into food, won honours at the Irish Independent/Higher Education Authority Making an Impact 2015.
William Wilson, Institute of Technology, Sligo and Ruairí Robertson, UCC, were awarded €2,500 each after being selected from five finalists at an event in The Helix, Dublin City University. The focus of the competition is effective communication of research to a lay audience. While William's presentation on ultra high-performance fibre-reinforced concrete won the panel award, Ruairí was the choice of the audience of second-level students.