After the global economic crisis people have returned to putting more trust in science and engineering, which is contributing to the rise of Geek Culture.

After the global economic crisis people have returned to putting more trust in science and engineering, which is contributing to the rise of Geek Culture.

Dr. Joseph Roche

Research Projects Coordinator

Working at Science Gallery must be really cool!

It’s a wonderfully interesting place. It makes science relevant and accessible to the public through an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events. My job is to find ways that Science Gallery can initiate or collaborate in research projects in order to become more actively engaged in scientific research, more connected with a network of like-minded partners, and more likely to secure funding for future scientific endeavours.

That sounds like an exciting job.

It is. On any given day I could be working in vastly different areas of scientific research, education and communication. I get to perform a lot of exciting scientific demonstrations and I get to talk to people about science, sometimes for the radio or on TV. Things like brainstorming and pitching events or research topics are constant in a workplace that places so much importance on ideas. Even the proposal and report writing, which could be considered the boring parts of my job, are extremely satisfying in their own way.

But you’ve had other exciting jobs...

Yes, during my PhD I used the Hubble Space Telescope to observe dying stars. I was also a research assistant at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, US, and was the project manager for Space Expo in Dublin.

It's exciting to think that young people are being celebrated for knowing science and wearing their intelligence with pride rather than being labelled as nerds or bookworms.

How do you think that people think of science these days?

It seems like science is once again becoming more relevant to society. After the global economic crisis people have returned to putting more trust in science and engineering which is contributing to the rise of Geek Culture. It's exciting to think that young people are being celebrated for knowing science and wearing their intelligence with pride rather than being labelled as nerds or bookworms.

 In the history of science, who do you find inspiring and why?

Carl Sagan was a game-changer in Science Communication. He demonstrated that scientists did not have to portray themselves as purely objective and unfeeling observers. Allowing his natural enthusiasm and passion for science to shine through made him much more human and set the standard for all scientists communicating science ever since.

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