Pádraic was born and bred in Dublin. From as far back as he can remember he has always been fascinated by plants. As a child he kept a collection of cacti and succulents and upon moving to a house with a larger garden started (with the help of his father) a vegetable garden and small tree nursery. His Grandfather used to take him to the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin cultivating his wonder for all things green. After finishing school he started a degree in general science in UCD, in his third year he decided to specialise in Botany and has never looked back. After the completion of his degree he spent a short period working in the Marine Institute studying phytoplankton (the plants of the sea) before moving to Wageningen in the Netherlands to begin a PhD in plant genetics, particularly focusing on photosynthesis, where light becomes life! Currently he is working in the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research investigating plant population genetics to understand how plants adapt to new environments and why they grow where they do.
He thinks that the communication of science by scientists to the general public is absolutely essential. TEDx is a wonderful opportunity to do this first hand and to broad audience. Science communication is about sharing the wonder of scientific discovery and insight with others. Proper science communication is essential so that myths, spin doctoring and lies about everything from vaccines to GMO’s can be shown for what they are. This way we can make informed decisions about which technologies and policies we will use to ensure a healthy happy future.