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Academics encourages to do stand-up comedy

Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, a NUI Galway nanoscience physicist has been honoured with the Mary Somerville Medal from the Institute of Physics.

Dr Fairfield has been awarded the medal for her, “stellar work as a public speaker and writer on physics for a popular audience, and for having organised and hosted many innovative events bringing physics to the Irish public.”

Dr Fairfield has been the director of Bright Club in Ireland for over two years now and is encouraging academics to discuss their work through stand-up comedy.


She runs Bright Club events that teaches academics how to use comedy to discuss their work. The physicist has her own solo stand-up comedy shows in Galway and Dublin in which she talks about physics.


nui galway physicist Dr Jessamyn Fairfield Mary Somerville Medal

She has just returned from a two-week Arctic Circle residency program on board a ship. It involved bringing together scientists and artists to explore how the Arctic and its exploration intersect with art, science, architecture, education and activism.

Commenting on the research trip Dr Fairfield, said: “The raw and beautiful environment of the Arctic Circle is the perfect place to bring together scientists, artists, and innovators.

“I was delighted to be selected for the Summer Solstice 2017 expedition, where I worked on a Cerenkov detector made from Arctic ice to detect cosmic rays.

“I also ran a Bright Club training on how everyone, including artists and creators, can use humour to talk about the work they are passionate about.

nui galway physicist Dr Jessamyn Fairfield Mary Somerville Medal

“I am excited about the projects which are coming together as a result of this residency, and absolutely loved sharing the ship Antigua with so many amazing individuals during the midnight sun.”





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