Archive for November, 2009

Remembering Darwin, one-minute films to save the world, a packed Science Week, a pop-up LHC, a conference on the history of digestion . . . and join me for a ‘Green Drink’  or a science week talk.


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Under a Grey Sky: rain-soaked and industrialised Irish boglands as you’ve never seen them, in a new exhibition of work by Irish photographer Simon Burch, at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, until November 15.

One minute to save the world:

If you had one minute,  what would you say? That’s the challenge of a film competition currently being run by the Guardian newspaper.  And here is Co Carlow-based eco-artist (and former scientist), Cathy FitzGerald‘s evocative response to the challenge, and to the havoc being caused to small islands by rising sea levels.  Vote for your favourite film here, closing date Friday, November 6.

Green drinksWant to save time and money? Then join me this Tuesday evening, November 3, when I’ll be sharing some science-based tips and techniques that are easy to do and will help you make great savings.  The event is this month’s Green Drinks, an informal and very friendly gathering where people can meet and share ideas.  Every first Tuesday, Science Gallery, 6-8pm, adm free. Plus, 10% off the cover price of Drive like a Woman, Shop like a Man.

Defusing design:  fear and loathing, and bad design on Dublin’s streets — just one of the topics tomorrow night, when 12 Irish design experts present 5-minute illustrated talks  about ‘design for use’ or Defuse. Sugar Club, Dublin, Nov 3rd.



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Remembering Dr Ada English: for four decades psychiatrist Dr Adeline English was medical superintendent at Ballinasloe district lunatic asylum.  Consultant psychiatrist Brendan Kelly, who is researching her life and work, will talkabout this revolutionary Irishwoman — she was one of six women elected in 1921 to the second Dáil —  at Ballinasloe Library, November 3rd, 8pm.

Cattle: cause or cure for climate crisis? Feasta’s annual lecture, will be given by award-winning Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean biologist and farmer. November 7th, 2.30pm, TCD.

Broadcasting authority positions: Wanted: people with expertise in science, technology or environmental matters to serve on the boards of  the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, and RTE. Expressions of interest now being sought. Closing date: Nov 12.  Five-year term. More info here.

The sceptical economist: Expect a provocative evening when David McWilliams, currently promoting his latest book: ‘Follow the Money “, gives the Irish Sceptics November talk. November 10, 8pm, Dublin.

Memory matters and our plastic brains: how our memories are crucial for both survival and creativity. UCD biochemist Prof Ciaran Regan is the guest speaker for this month’s Alchemist Cafe.  November 10, 7.30pm, adm free. Dublin

Science Week: another packed programme this year November 8-15, with something for everyone around the country.  Including yours truly, will be giving talks at some of the Dublin libraries on how a little science can help us to live a little more sustainably.  Check out events near you, here.

Herodotus-Aristarchus-Valli$20copyMoon News: marking the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing in 1969, and International Year of Astronomy, artist and astronomer Deirdre Kelleghan will be looking back at Apollo 11, and forward to future trips to the moon. Raheny library, November 9, 6.30pm.

Cork Discovery Week: a week of hands-on events for the public and school groups, with events around Cork city November 14-18.

Why it’s great being a scientist:  Prof Luke O’Neill is always worth listening to — and on November 16, he’ll give a special  talk, linking immunology, Charles Darwin and cartoonist Gary Larson, on foot of  winning this year’s RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence. RDS, all welcome, booking essential.

Brewing, biology and the black stuff: marking 250 years of Arthur Guinness, a talk by Guinness microbiologist Edward J Bourke, who has an interest in industrial and maritime history.  8pm Wednesday 18 November, Lismullin Conference Centre, Navan Co Meath. €5, incl Refreshments.

Who are the Irish? TCD geneticist Dan Bradley, who has studied the genetic origins of the Irish people, gives one of the current series of RIA library lunchtime lectures, Thursday, November 19, 1pm, Dublin.

the_screamSuffering, torment and art: in association with the exhibition of Munch Prints at the National Gallery, a lecture organised by the Centre for the History of Medicine, and given by Dr Dieter Buchhart, Director, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria. November 19, 6.30pm, National Gallery.  Still on Munch: check out the 1895 self-portrait in the exhibition, and tell me if that wasn’t influenced by the discovery of x-rays that year!

The cooler side of global warming: the provocative title of an evening talk for the Irish Met Society by physicist Dr Frank Mulligan (NUIM), Nov 26th, 7:30pm TCD.

Remembering Darwin: several events take place this month, on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s groundbreaking work On the Origin of Species, including What next for nature?, a lecture in the RDS by Jonathan Silvertown (Open University), on Tuesday, November 24, 7 p.m.  And what promises to be a fascinating one-day seminar organised by the Natural History Museum Saturday 28, Dublin. More Darwin events here.

History, Digestion and Society: from hunger strikes, to the development of frozen and processed foods, our understanding of nutrition and digestive diseases, even criminal poisoning.  Some possible topics for a conference next year at UCD 30 April – 1 May 2010.  Interested?  Closing date for abstracts is November 30.  E-mail: ian.miller2@ucd.ie

Leviathan goes scientific:  We are expecting the popular Leviathan political cabaret to tackle science this month (Science Gallery, November 25), but no details yet on their website. Check this space for details.

pop-up LHCPop-up guide to the LHC: now, you can have your very own large hadron collider, thanks to some ingenious ‘paper engineering’.  This week sees publication of a pop-up guide to the CERN experiment — the real experiment is also expected to restart later this month. The 20-page Voyage to the Heart of the Matter (Papadakis, 2009) costs £20.

Up with 3D ageing! the latest Disney/Pixar 3D film, UP, gets an unlikely thumbs up from Dublin consultant geriatrician, Prof Des O’Neill, who recommends it as a remarkable study of ageing, writing in the British Medical Journal here.

Introducing the Evolvaphone! Marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species…’, composer George Higgs and geneticist Aoife Mclysaght bring you a new booth that will compose music from your identity in accordance with the laws of natural selection! From November 24th, at TCD’ s Science Gallery.  The What If exhibition continues at the gallery until December 13.

SPIN goes digital: the monthly Irish science magazine, Science SPIN, is now available in in a digital online version.

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