Claire O'Connell speaking at a podium

Claire O’Connell

Award-Winning Science Communicator, Journalist, Author, Podcaster, Rapporteur & MC

why book claire?

  • Claire O’Connell is an Adjunct Professor at UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, holding a B.Sc., Ph.D., and an M.Sc. in Science Communication
  • Writing for The Irish Times since 2005 and contributing to publications like Silicon Republic, Claire is a seasoned science communicator
  • Co-author of “Catching the Worm” with Nobel laureate Professor William C. Campbell and “Work. Life. Lessons from Leaders,” showcasing her expertise in science and leadership
Claire O'Connell speaking at a podium

Biography

Claire O’Connell holds a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. from University College Dublin and a M.Sc. in Science Communication from Dublin City University. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science.

Claire has been writing for The Irish Times on a weekly/monthly basis since 2005, and has written for numerous other publications, including Silicon Republic.

She has published two non-fiction books: Catching the Worm, Towards Ending River Blindness and Reflections on My Life (Royal Irish Academy, 2020), written with Nobel laureate Professor William C. Campbell, and Work. Life. Lessons from Leaders (Royal Irish Academy, 2023), a collection of insights from leaders in academia, industry, medicine and politics.

Claire has MC’d many events, including the Research Summit and SCI:COM, and has moderated numerous panel discussions in conferences. She has also worked as a rapporteur at several conferences, delivering a round-up on stage at the end of the event for delegates and producing written summaries for organisers.

Claire O'Connell speaking at a podium

She is the host of ADAPT Radio, a monthly podcast produced by ADAPT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, which explores how AI is impacting life and what we need to do to harness its power for good.

Claire is an experienced communications trainer. For many years she has coached academics, from undergraduates and PhDs to professors, in the art of engaging audiences about research.

Masterclasses

You may want to go deeper with your audience. Masterclasses can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

How to Communicate With Anyone About Your Research

Have you ever faced blank stares and stifled yawns when you talk to someone outside your field about your academic research? Or maybe you wrote a killer article but it got no traction. Engaging effectively with audiences – from individual conversations to newspaper articles to large public talks – is easier when you think about what interests that audience, and how to use language that connects rather than separates you.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why communicating broadly about your research is important for everyone, including you
  • How to engage audiences effectively whether writing or speaking
  • A process for planning talks or articles that will overcome blank-page paralysis

At the end of the session, you will have worked up a short outline for an engaging article or talk about your own research.

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testimonials

“Claire delivered media training to myself and my postgraduate students at DCU. The impact on my students was evident in the several awards they won at conferences for their presentations, the most noteworthy was an award for communications for one of my students from an EI Technology Centre we were part of. They excelled after her training.”

Professor Christine Loscher, Dublin City University

“Even before the event Claire was hugely helpful, as she found some of the panelists for us. On the day Claire did a fantastic job, expertly chairing the discussion and allowing each panel member to talk and giving space for a hugely engaging debate. The session was a big success and that is thanks to her. I have no hesitation in recommending Claire and I hope that I will be working with her in the future!”

Dr Stephen Carroll, Programme Manager, SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality

“Dr Claire O’Connell is a skilled reporter and interviewer who has an innate ability to navigate complex and intricate scientific concepts, making them accessible, interesting and educational for a wide audience. Her extensive experience in scientific journalism shines through in every conversation and written article and is a testament to her remarkable talent for extracting the most engaging and insightful narratives from her guests. Claire is an invaluable asset to the field of science communication and we are delighted to have her as the presenter of the SFI ADAPT Centre podcast series.”

Olivia Waters, ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin