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Concrete ideas make a big impact at student competition

Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30

Ruairi Robertson and William Wilson receive their cheques from Eucharia Meehan of the HEA and Irish Research Council and Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor of the ‘Irish Independent’
Ruairi Robertson and William Wilson receive their cheques from Eucharia Meehan of the HEA and Irish Research Council and Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor of the ‘Irish Independent’

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.

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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.

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