Brian Trench is a senior lecturer in the School of Communications. He teaches modules in Science and Media, Science and Society and Research Methods. His research interests are in online journalism and in social uses and representations of science and technology. He manages the Biosciences and Society research group within the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology and has been a theme leader in the EU-funded ENSCOT (European Network of Science Communication Teachers) and MUDIA (Multimedia Content in the Digital Age) projects. Brian was a member of the government advisory body, Irish Council for Science Technology and Innovation, 1997-2003. He was a full-time journalist for 20 years before joining DCU.