Clare Viney

Director, The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited

Clare is a Chartered Scientist and Chemist with almost 20 years’ experience in the science community and not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about investing in future generations and those from diverse backgrounds and experiences, empowering people to realise their potential and achieve their career and development goals. Prior to her role at CRAC, Clare was with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for 16 years in a variety of roles ensuring that the RSC remains the most influential voice for chemistry in the UK, Europe and beyond.  

CRAC provides research, intelligence and innovation to all those who support the career development of people of all ages and in all sectors. We work in partnership with government agencies, education organisations and providers and employers and professional bodies. A registered UK charity, CRAC has been operating since 1964. Vitae is the global leader in supporting the career and professional development of researchers, experienced in working with governments and over 200 institutions in 20 countries as they strive for research excellence, innovation and impact. CRAC has been a pivotal force in career and professional development for researchers in higher education since 1968, when we ran our first project to support transitions of doctoral researchers to industry. Much of our work has been funded by the UK Research Councils and we have played a key role as the UK drives for high-level skills, innovation and world-class researchers.

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Professor Donal O'Shea

St Vincent’s University Hospital and St Columcille’s Hospital

Professsor O'Shea Qualified from University College Dublin in 1989 and then moved to Hammersmith Hospital in London. He completed research with Professor Stephen Bloom on how the brain controls appetite.

After that he moved to his current position establishing the first hospital based multidisciplinary treatment unit for the management of adult obesity in the country. He is a member of the Department of Health Policy group on obesity that established in 2011 and chaired a group carrying out a health impact assessment on the potential benefits and harms of a tax on sugar sweetened drinks.

He has presented the EU Ministers for Health and the Director General of the WHO on the importance of prevention of childhood obesity, and has specific research interests in gender issues as well as obesity. He has published over 200 research papers.

A regular on Operation Transformation, he recently took up his role as National Lead for Management of Obesity in Ireland with the Health Service Executive.

Ken Rogan

Communications Advisor, Cancer Trials Ireland

Ken Rogan has been working in journalism, public relations, and healthcare communications, for eighteen years. He is currently the part-time communications manager with the Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science & Industry (IPPOSI).

His journalism has been published in the Irish Times, Sunday Independent, Irish Examiner, Herald, Big Issue, and Metro Herald, where he was a weekly columnist for two years, until the paper folded in 2014.

Ken has worked for Carr Communications, Wilson Hartnell PR, and as a freelance communications consultant.

During the Volcanic Ash Cloud Crisis in 2010, Ken was the on-site media trainer for the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), preparing spokespeople ahead of appearances on every major news programme on TV and radio in the country. In 2013, he was the agency lead for another IAA project: FlightFest – the Aviation Gathering, which brought 100,000 people onto the streets of Dublin.
Ken continues to provide media training for a range of spokespeople in the public sector as a consultant, and also for patients through his role in IPPOSI.  

In 2004, Ken spent a month in Iraq as a freelance journalist. That had some scary moments. Ken is also a playwright and screenwriter. His first play was produced in 2017 and toured nationally in 2018.

Barry McCall

McCall Media

Barry McCall has been a writer, editor, journalist, and communications specialist for more than 40 years, contributing to a wide variety of newspapers and magazines while working extensively in the public relations area.

He is currently a regular contributor to The Irish Times; he is Editor of Business Ireland magazine – the quarterly business magazine published by The Irish Times on behalf of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is Associate Editor of business magazine Decision, and a feature writer for a range of specialist magazines covering a variety of industry sectors, including accounting and finance, the construction industry, and health.

He also acts as a consultant copywriter for many of Dublin’s leading PR agencies.

Over the years Barry has gained experience in a wide range of areas, including business, finance, science, technology, the environment, and energy. Specifically, he has been a regular feature writer for the Innovation section of The Irish Times and has contributed a large number of technology and energy-related features to the Irish Independent and The Irish Times as well as to numerous trade and industry publications, including Enterprise & Innovation magazine, which he edited for Forbairt during the 1990s.

He has been editor or associate editor of a large number of magazines and journals including Decision Magazine, CIS Report, and Management Magazine.

Barry was president of the National Union of Journalists of Great Britain & Ireland from 2012 to 2014.

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Vicky Hellon


Vicky Hellon is the Associate Publisher at F1000 which she joined in 2017 after previous roles in Open Access publishing at Nature Research. Her role encompasses developing content across F1000Research, building collaborations and supporting the development of funder specific publishing platforms, particularly HRB Open Research which she is currently project lead on and also Wellcome Open Research. These platforms aim to change the way science is communicated and provide benefits to researchers with F1000’s unique publishing model. She is passionate about the progression of Open Research and particularly enjoys opportunities to actively engage with the research community.

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Dr Fiona Mansergh

Department of Health

Dr Mansergh works in the Health and Wellbeing Programme in the Department of Health as an Assistant Principal Officer. The Programme has responsibility for co-ordinating the implementation of Healthy Ireland, our Framework for improved Health and Wellbeing, 2012-2025.

Her responsibilities include working with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Sport Ireland on implementing the National Physical Activity Plan, working with the Department of Education and Skills on physical activity and wellbeing in schools, working with the Department of Justice and Equality on the health related aspects of the National Strategy for Women and Girls, developing the forthcoming Women’s Health Action Plan, managing the Healthy Ireland and Health Behaviours in School Children Surveys and working on the National Sexual Health Strategy.

She has a first-class degree and PhD in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin and spent approximately 17 years, following completion of her PhD, working as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Associate and Research Fellow in universities in Canada, the UK and Ireland. She has worked on the genetics of inherited eye diseases, targeted models of inherited diseases, neuronal differentiation during embryonic stem cell development and potential therapies for inherited eye diseases, among other areas.

She took up an SFI Fellowship in 2015, working in the Performance Improvement Division for a year, before accepting a position in the Civil Service in 2016.

Deirdre Robertson

Economic and Social Research Institute

Deirdre Robertson is a researcher in the Behavioural Research Unit (BRU) of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

The Behavioural Research Unit is a multidisciplinary team of behavioural scientists that specialises in applying behavioural science to policy. Deirdre’s research focuses primarily on designing experiments to pre-test policy interventions across a diverse range of areas including health, environmental behaviour and financial decision-making.

Prior to joining the ESRI, Deirdre held postdoctoral positions in Columbia University and as an Irish Research Council fellow in Trinity College Dublin.

She holds an MSc in experimental psychology from the University of Sussex and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

Maeve Mullooly

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Maeve Mullooly is a Research Fellow in the Division of Population Health Sciences at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

Maeve’s research focuses primarily on understanding the role of risk factors for breast cancer, how they influence tumour development and heterogeneity within breast malignancies and how they can be used to identify women at highest risk of breast cancer to enhance prevention opportunities.

Prior to joining RCSI, she participated in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme through the Ireland-National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium, a programme between the US and Ireland, designed to enhance postdoctoral training and develop collaborations across all aspects of cancer prevention research.

Maeve holds a Masters in Public Health and completed her PhD training at University College Dublin.

Dr Sorcha McKenna

McKinsey Ireland

Sorcha graduated from Trinity with a degree and PhD in Microbiology in 2003.

From there she joined McKinsey as a junior associate in Dublin. She worked across multiple sectors and geographies before specialising in Healthcare Systems and Services where she worked extensively on the development of new delivery models for long term conditions and the implementation of integrated care.

She led much of McKinsey’s work with private and public clients on Integrated care across EMEA and has authored multiple publications on Obesity and delivering change in health systems.

Sorcha took over the McKinsey Dublin Office as managing partner in 2016 and leads client work across sectors in Ireland with a continued specialty in delivering change in the public sector and an increasing interest and focus on responding to climate change.

Shaun O'Boyle

Science communicator and producer

Dr Shaun O'Boyle is a science communicator and producer. He has worked on exhibitions that combine science and art at Science Gallery Dublin and Wellcome Collection, London, and is a public engagement adviser on projects that include the Irish Sign Language STEM Glossary at DCU and Dunsink Observatory.

He is one half of production partnership Bureau, who have produced radio programmes, documentaries and podcasts for Newstalk, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Inspirefest, and Festival of Curiosity. Shaun teaches workshops on science communication, with a focus on creative and inclusive engagement. Shaun is the founder of House of STEM, a network for LGBTQ scientists in Ireland, and a co-organiser of the International Day for LGBTQ+ People in STEM.