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Join me for a science safari around Ireland’s most ingenious quarter. Check out the great events at Trinity all week, Bealtaine science, innovation for teachers,  and catch something Infectious.

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Science Safari Trinity Trail

The Trinity Trail

An ingenious safari: the humane hangman’s drop, the machine that revolutionised 20th century, and a serendipitous cure for leprosy . . . just some of the stories featured in my new podcast trail around Trinity College, Dublin – arguably Ireland’s most ingenious and scientific quarter, claiming 400 years of continuous discovery and invention. Visit little-know gems, hear some hidden heritage, and it’s free! The self-guided trail takes about 90 minutes. More information and the audio files here.

From a bang to a whimper:  from poetry to physics, this one-day symposium exploring varied views of the Universe takes place at TCD on Tuesday May 12th. Adm free, booking advised. Part of a programme of events in science and engineering marking Trinity Week at TCD.

Waste not, want not: can we really have sustainable transport, energy and biofuels? Just some of the questions at a free one-day symposium in TCD on Wed May 13th (again, part of Trinity Week), with an excellent line up of international speakers. Adm free, booking advised.  And the Friday symposium is on the size of our environmental footprints.

Blimps and telescopes: a varied programme of free films, debates and workshops runs all week at the Science Gallery and is well worth checking out here.

Digital Literacy: Bernie Goldbach always runs interesting IT events out of Tipperary Institute, and next  up is a one-day conference on innovation in schools, and ICT in education on Sat May 16th, aimed in particular at teachers. Free, Nenagh, booking advised.

The stars, the stars: artist and astronomer Deirdre Kelleghan is running several events in conjunction with Dublin public libraries during May, and an art and astronomy event on May 24th for National Drawing Day at Dunsink Observatory, Dublin 3pm.  Meanwhile, the Irish Astronomical Association is hosting an open day at Castle Archdale Country Park, Northern Ireland, on Sat 23 May, with solar observing, an exhibition, talks, and a mobile planetarium. Finally, the last South Dublin Astronomical Society talk of the season is on May 14th, exploring the physiology of the eye, and astronomy, and speculates on how we could adapt our eyes specifically for astronomy.  Gonzaga College, Dublin 6 at 8pm.

Bealtaine Science:  biodiversity events, whale watching and more. Some of the events taking place in the southeast for the annual Bealtaine ‘festival of outdoor science’ for schools and adults. May 17th-24th.
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