Physicists meet in Athlone to discuss the climate of change

12 April 2019

Almost seventy people attended IOP Ireland’s annual spring meeting in Athlone on 30 March 2019, themed 'climate of change'.

IOP CEO Paul Hardaker presents the Rosse Medal to Sarah Markham. They are shaking hands and looking into the camera.
IOP CEO Paul Hardaker presents the Rosse Medal to award to Sarah Markham.


The event combined academic talks on topics including: the physics of climate change with Professor Joanna Haigh; the post-IPCC report and COP24 scenario from Professor John Sweeney; climate science in the media given by Cormac O’Raifeartaigh and how to achieve a consensus for action on climate change. There were also lively interactive sessions on the importance of making environmental science accessible through Irish sign language with Dr Elizabeth Matthews and the redefinition of the SI units from Dr Bajram Zeqiri. Copies of the speaker's slides are available to download

The presentation of the Rosse Medal, awarded for the best communication of research by a postgraduate student and commemorating the 3rd Earl of Rosse (Sir William Parsons KP, FRS) and one of the most prestigious awards for physics postgraduates in Ireland, was a particular highlight.

25 physics postgraduate students from higher education institutions across Ireland competed for the medal and, after fiercely fought rounds comprising posters and oral presentations, the medal was awarded to Sarah Markham from the University of Limerick. Sarah, who is pursuing a PhD degree, won the award with a presentation entitled 'Higher Contrast Endoscopic Ultrasound Imaging for Biopsy: First Principle Modelling'. It’s the third time in a row that the award has been presented to a University of Limerick student.

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