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Exhibition at University College Cork

Discover a remarkable young woman’s story through a stylish small exhibition, described by visitors as “stunnng! Very, very interesting” and “excellent exhibtion, really good information and beautifully presented”. Experience it for yourself ; it is free, open to all, and on until Thursday 20th December. Whether Ellen’s story is new to you, or you already…

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Exhibition Open in Boole Library, UCC, Cork

Monday 15th October, 6pm was the Opening of the Ellen Hutchins, Ireland’s First Female Botanist Exhibition. The exhibition was opened by Astrid Wingler, Professor of Plant BiologyHead of Plant Science, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences and Environmental Research Institute,  University College Cork. Carrie O’Flynn, the Historical Re-enactor featured on the poster (see above) was there…

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27th July 1808: a significant date

Seaweed, Fucus tomentosus, drawn by Ellen Hutchins, 1808 Today marks a significant date in Ellen’s Story for two reasons. On 27th July 1808, 210 years ago, she wrote to fellow botanist, Dawson Turner, to tell him of her discovery of a particular seaweed, Fucus tomentosus, in fruit, and that she had…

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VOTE ELLEN

[caption id="attachment_1822" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Bantry Credit Union window with Jenny Dempsey, designer of the website and her daughter, Trinity VOTE ELLEN bunting and information about the Supercomputer Naming Competition has appeared in two Bantry shop windows – the Bantry Credit Union and the Bantry Bookshop. All Ellen’s plant hunting and her discoveries of new plants…

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Ellen: schools website launch

The Ellen schools website is officially launched today, with content specifically developed as research resources for school students interested in entering the competition to name Ireland’s new Supercomputer. Interesting, engaging, and informative material separate pages for primary and secondary school students summaries of useful information, great photos and illustrations at secondary level, links to more…

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Pioneering young woman scientist

A tribute, on International Women’s Day Ellen Hutchins: pioneering young woman scientist Botany is the scientific study of plants and Ellen Hutchins is rightly regarded as the first Irish female botanist. After schooling in Dublin, around 1805, she returned home to Ballylickey, County Cork and set about her systematic pursuit of the study of plants…

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New Irish Supercomputer Could Be Named After Ellen

A competition to name Ireland’s new national supercomputer has been launched and Ellen Hutchins is one of six names in the hat.  ‘The competition looks to shine a light on a shortlist of six pioneering Irish scientists and to educate young students about their lives and achievements’, says the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)…

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