‘How memories make us’

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 18:30 to 20:30
Maynooth University

This year’s SFI’s Science Week 2023, asks people to explore what it means to be human in today’s world, and how the decisions we make today will impact the people and world of the future. 

The Development and Alumni Relations Office, in conjunction with the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Maynooth University, are delighted to invite you to a talk by
Prof. Richard Roche and Dr Linzi Ryan entitled ‘How memories make us’, A talk exploring how our memories form a fundamental part of who we are, how they are formed, and what we can do to preserve them.

This is a hybrid event. 
Please register for this event (either in-person or online) via Eventbrite by Friday 10th November 2023.  


  • Welcome Desk Opens from 6pm 
  • Talk 6.30pm – 7.15pm  

  • Reception to follow.  

Prof. Richard Roche  
Prof. Richard Roche has worked with Maynooth University’s since 2005 in the Department of Psychology, following postgraduate and postdoctoral study in Trinity College Dublin. He was appointed Deputy Head of Department in 2021. His research interests are in cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology, particularly memory, ageing, dementia, stroke, brain injury and synaesthesia. To date he has published 37 research articles and three books, and acted as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2014-2016). He has received over €1,450,000 in research funding, and is involved in collaborations between Maynooth University and the Stroke Unit of Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, as well as Peamount, Beaumot and St Vincent's Hospitals and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire. He served on the Neuroscience Ireland committee from 2005-2014, as Vice-President 2010-2012 and President 2012-2014, and was the founding President of the Irish Brain Council in 2013. He is a staunch supporter of neuroscience advocacy, outreach and engagement with the public for the past number of years. 

Dr Linzi Ryan  
Dr Linzi Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Postgraduate Program Director in the Department of Design Innovation, where she teaches design thinking at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  She was the recipient of Ireland’s first PhD in Product and Service Systems Development, has a First-Class Honours Masters Degree in Product Design and Innovation, and a First Class Honors Degree in Industrial Design. She is an experienced product and service designer in both the public and private sector. She was the Project Manager on the INTERRG Project ‘Extending independent living for older people’, which resulted in a permanent change to the delivery of Dementia services in the North West. As Project Manager on the INTERRG ‘Building Capacity for Service Design within Public Services’ Project, she worked with over 15 public bodies (including the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Education and Skills, the Health Service Executive and the Revenue Commissioners).  On this project she trained over 170 staff in the public sector, resulting in direct changes to the delivery of services.   She continues to research and implement user-centered design, particularly in the area public sector and healthcare reform.