The Jury is made up of five well respected people from a variety of fields.
Paul has had a distinguished career as an investigative journalist before taking up his present position as Environment correspondent for RTE. He has presented many reports on climate change, including on Greenland, Chad and the 2009 United Nations Climate Change conference. He also covered the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami for RTE and the resulting Fukushima nuclear accidents in Japan.
In 2000, Paul won the “National Journalist of the Year” in the ESB National Media Awards for his reports on the infection of Irish people with Haemophilia, HIV and Hepatitis C from contaminated blood products. He followed this up with a documentary exposing the practices of US-based drug firms which were reported as exporting infected blood products to Ireland. On a lighter note, he has become known recently by a hat he likes to wear rather indiscriminately, allegedly from a tribal area of Pakistan.
Evelyn Doyle is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biology and Environmental Science in University College Dublin. She completed a BSc in Microbiology in the National University of Ireland, Galway and then came to UCD as a PhD student working on microbial carbohydrases. After 4 years working as an industry-funded postdoc, she joined the staff of the Department of Industrial Microbiology in UCD in 1990 and was Head of Department from 2002-2005. Although she retains an interest in microbial enzymes, the main focus of her research is now environmental microbiology, particularly the role of microorganisms in key environmental processes such as rumen fermentation, nutrient cycling in soil pollutant degradation and climate change. She is also currently Scientific Meetings Officer of the Society for General Microbiology, which hosts 2 major scientific conferences per annum in the UK/Ireland.
Christoph Falkenroth studied musicology, philosophy and medieval German at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg. Following graduation, he worked as a freelance research writer, journalist and multimedia author. In 1996/97 he completed his training as a scriptwriter at the “International Filmschool Cologne”. For twelve years he solely wrote and adapted screenplays of various genres and developed different drama formats for German TV. He spent six years as a board member of VDD (German Writers Guild) and is member of the “German Television Academy “. Since 2008 he is research assistant and project coordinator at MINTiFF, a research project at the Technical University Berlin, which deals with “STEM and Equal Opportunities in TV drama formats”. He lives in Cologne and Berlin.
After 2 years in Economic Sciences, 10 years in show business as artist, musical producer for radio and tv, Vincent found and managed a Production and Post-production company named Riff International Production from 1985 to 2007. He produced clips, titles, programs for Museum, documentaries and a science’s and technology magazine called “C’est Pas Sorcier” 26’ broadcast 5 days a week on France, 3 during 15 years.
Now he’s member of Association Science & Television General (50 sciences documentaries french producers) and delegate to Pariscience, science film festival in Paris. He knows science film and film festivals from the inside and outside Vedere la Scienza, ASO Olomouc, Cinéglobes, Energy film festival Lausanne), and has lead an equally eclectic life as host, singer, and actor.
Professor Paul Coughlan
Paul Coughlan is Professor of Operations Management at Trinity College Dublin and Course Co-Director at the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy. Following an early career in engineering management in offshore construction, Paul completed a PhD in the area of product development at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. On graduation he joined the operations management faculty of the London Business School before moving to TCD. Paul has been research active in the areas of operations improvement, new product development and commercialisation of university research. As Course Co-Director at the newly-formed TCD-UCD Innovation Academy, Paul has played a central role in the establishment of the Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A particularly innovative feature of this radically new course is the use of video by the participating PhD research students. Here, the students plan, script, record, edit and present a video-based pitch of the innovation potential in their proposed or actual thesis research.