International science award for Pádraic

Published 17/06/2014 | 05:30

Padraic Flood from Gorey who won a prestigious Science Communication prize
Padraic Flood from Gorey who won a prestigious Science Communication prize

A GOREY PhD candidate has won a major Science Communication award at an international competition in the UK.

Pádraic Flood from Sean Líos, who studies at the Wageningen University in Holland, was selected from nearly 2,000 young scientists from 22 countries, to win the International FameLab competition.

Pádraic, pictured right, son of Gerry and Liz Flood, discussed improving photosynthesis to prevent food scarcity. He won the FameLab Benelux competition in Amsterdam in May, and the regional heat in March in Wageningen.

The final was held in front of a packed audience at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, in the UK, with tens of thousands watching live online. The competition was judged by an international team of experts in science communication.

Pádraic is currently finishing his PhD in plant genetics at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. His research focuses on natural genetic variation in traits that are affected by many genes.

He is particularly interested in how the processes of evolution sculpt the genetic landscape of these traits and how we can use such information to optimise plant performance for both yield and nutrition.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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