ISTJA President

Seán is a science graduate of University College Dublin (1987) with an MA in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting from New York University (1993).

He has been a science journalist since the late 1990s, after starting out as a science teacher and a regular contributor to The Irish Times, the Irish Independent, The Sunday Times, Science, as well as RTÉ Radio 1, Newstalk, and East Coast FM.

In television, he was a science slot presenter on TV3’s Ireland AM (2009-2012) and lead researcher for The Investigators (2008) on RTÉ 1.

In radio, Seán worked as a researcher and presenter on the silver PPI award-winning What’s It All About? (RTÉ Radio 1, 2014), Life Matters (RTÉ Radio 1, 2015) and Irish Scientists (East Coast FM, 2016). In podcasting, Seán was the creator, producer and presenter of Cool Science and Curious Minds (2018, Irish Research Council), Ireland’s Place in Space (Space Industry Skillnet, 2021) and Agrifood Matters (2022, UCD School of Agriculture and Food).

He is a former editor of Technology Ireland and a co-founder of Science Spin (2003) – Ireland’s first popular science magazine. In 2013, Seán wrote his first book, How Irish Scientists Changed the World (Londubh, Dublin), and he is working on his second.

In 2023, he was appointed as communications lead for the Faculty of Science and Health, at Dublin City University.

Twitter: @ScienceSpinning

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