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Queen's University Doctoral Researcher to give TEDxFulbrightDublin Talk

Doctoral Researcher and Architect Róisín Hyde from the School of Natural and Built Environment is one of 10 speakers who have been chosen to speak at the prestigious upcoming TEDxFulbrightDublin event.

On Sunday 9 September, 10 speakers will take to the Tivoli Theatre stage in Dublin to explore their Ideas Worth Sharing.

The theme of this year's TEDxFulbrightDublin event is 'Notion of a Nation'. A diverse range of topics will be addressed including Irish culture, justice, consent, direct provision, environmental sustainability and well-being.

Róisín's TEDx Talk 'Geopolymer – a concrete foundation for building a sustainable future' will explore the ways we currently produce concrete and how this is negatively impacting the planet. It will also examine how cutting-edge technologies such as Scanning Electric Microscopy, X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction Analysis, LiDAR and 3D-Printing can help to develop the next generation of high-performance, low-impact construction materials.

Speaking ahead of her talk Róisín said:

"It is a great honour to represent Queen's School of Natural and Built Environment, the Sustainable Construction Materials Research Group and STEM Women at TEDxFulbrightDublin.

"As a Queen's researcher I am privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with experts such as Professor Michael McGarry, Architect; Dr Sreejith Nanukuttan, Civil Engineer; Dr Mark Russell, Material Scientist; Mr John Meneely, 3D Laser Scanning Specialist; and Mr Geoff Davis, Concrete Technician, in the development of a high-performance, low-impact, geopolymer concrete cladding panel."

Róisín added:

"TEDx is an amazing opportunity to share our research with a wider global audience, and to raise awareness of the negative impact our current methods of construction are having on our planet, and the many ways in which technology can help us to develop more sustainable practices. Digital technologies are transforming how we design and build, and my talk will share some of the processes and technologies I have adopted and developed as part of my PhD research."

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to 'Ideas Worth Spreading'. At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. The TEDx initiative grants licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers.

A link to Róisín's TEDx Talk will be available to view on the Queen's University Belfast website and YouTube from October 2018.

You can also follow Róisín on Twitter @NoMAD_Tweets.