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SCIENCE WEEK - Robert Boyle Science Festival 2015

Run as part of Science Foundation Ireland's National Science Week
When Nov 09, 2015 12:30 PM to
Nov 14, 2015 12:30 PM
Where South-East region
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The Robert Boyle Science Festival celebrates SFI's National Science Week in the South-East. It features a variety of workshops, activities and more for schools and members of the general public.

 

Events for Members of the Public

Free evening talks-- all welcome! Takes place in WIT Main Campus Auditorium

Tuesday November 10th at 7pm

The role of nutrition in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer's disease. With Professor John Nolan, School of Health Science WIT.

Professor Nolan will present information on key nutrients from the human diet that have been discovered in the human retina and brain. He will explain the importance of these nutrients for human health, and their role in optimising eye and brain function. the importance of optimising these key nutrients, called carotenoids, from an early age and the role they play in preventing age-related diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer's disease will be discussed.  The lecture will also discuss the risk factors for AMD and Alzheimer's disease.

Wednesday November 11th at 7pm

Can cancer be stopped? With Dr Salvador Macip, University of Leicester

We all are aware that cancer is one of the most important diseases that we face nowadays. It is very frequent and still mortal in around half of the cases. But what is cancer, really? Where does it come from? What makes so powerful? Why are we so interested in studying the genome of cancers? And most importantly: can it be stopped? Is there a way we will eventually win the battle against it? We will talk about the secrets that are hidden in the genes of cancer cells and how we can use this information to find new ways to control them.

 

 

Primary School Events at Waterford Institute of Technology

Monday November 10th at 9.45 am (Senior Infants-1st class), 11.15 am (2nd-4th class), 12.45 pm (5th-6th class)

The Bubble Show! From the London Science Museum. Explore the wonderful world of bubbles and learn some fun science with the ever popular annual visit to Waterford of the London Science Museum.

Tuesday November 11th at 9.45 am (5th-6th class), 11.15 am (5th-6th class)

Dr Death and the Medi-Evil Medicine Showhistorically, scientifically accurate panto for children and other childish people. Sneezes, wheezes, sickness and diseases are never welcome.  But in the past, some of the treatments could be worse than the underlying illness. Join the time-travelling ‘Doctor Death’, to see if he can ‘cure’ you.

Warning: This show promises blood, guts, gore and a lot more!

 

Thursday November 12th at 9.45 am (5th-6th class), 11.15 am (5th-6th class)

The Robert Boyle Show. Learn about Ireland's most famous scientist Robert Boyle, through an interactive presentation with Eoin Gill, WIT.

 

Friday November 13th at 9.45 am (5th-6th class), 11.15 am (5th-6th class)

It takes Guts, with the London Science Museum. Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then out the other end!

This show, featuring video footage of people's insides, is a gross, squirm-inducing show all about the amazing human digestive system.

 

Friday November 13th at 10 am (5th-6th class), 12 pm (5th-6th class)

The Science of Colour with Dr Sheila Donegan. Learn about the science of colour through hands on chemistry and physics workshops.

 

Primary School Events in Lismore Heritage Centre

Sunday November 8th at 1.30pm, 3pm (Suitable for Families)

It takes Guts, with the London Science Museum. Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then out the other end!

This show, featuring video footage of people's insides, is a gross, squirm-inducing show all about the amazing human digestive system.

 

Primary School Events in Dungarvan Town Theatre

Wednesday November 11th at 10.30 am (5th-6th class), 12.15 pm (5th-6th class)

The Robert Boyle Show. Learn about Ireland's most famous scientist, Robert Boyle, through an interactive presentation with Eoin Gill WIT.

Thursday November 12th at 10 am (Senior Infants-1st class), 11.30 am (2nd-4th class), 1 pm (5th-6th class)

The Bubble Show! From the London Science Museum. Explore the wonderful world of bubbles and learn some fun science with the ever popular annual visit to Waterford of the London Science Museum.

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Secondary School Events in Waterford Institute of Technology for Junior Cycle

Tuesday November 10th at 12.45 pm

Dr Death and the Medi-Evil medicine show; a historically, scientifically accurate show.

Sneezes, wheezes, sickness and diseases are never welcome.  But in the past, some of the treatments could be worse than the underlying illness.  Join the time-travelling ‘Doctor Death’,to see if he can ‘cure’ you.

Warning: This show promises blood, guts, gore!

 

Tuesday November 10th at 10 am

Dynamic DNA: Learn all about DNA. The Double Helix and the Molecule of Life! With Dr Cas Kramer, University of Leicester

An interactive, lighthearted lecture about DNA and genetics. What is DNA, where does your DNA come from, and what does your DNA do? Explore the molecule of Life, take part in an interactive experiment and learn about the role of DNA in solving crime and the genetics of biological clocks!

 

Wednesday November 11th at 12 pm

Chemical Magic with Damian Connolly WIT

Chemistry is an experimental subject, and what can be more stimulating than a chemical demonstration performed skilfully before an audience? WIT Department of Science hopes to attract students to the subject using memorable visual experiments. We hope that the demonstrations will lead to a new generation being captured by the excitement of chemistry.

 

Friday November 13th at 12.45 pm

It takes Guts, from the London Science Museum. Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then out the other end! This show, featuring video footage of people's inside, is a gross, squirm-inducing show all about the amazing human digestive system.

Secondary School Events in Waterford Institute of Technology for Senior Cycle

Monday November 9th at 11.30 am

Computers and Cars with Brendan Jackman and Frank Walsh WIT. A workshop exploring the use of computers in vehicle motion. In this presentation the WIT Automotive Control Group will explain how vehicle networks similar to the Internet are used in cars to control everything from engine operation to central locking to the information displayed on the dashboard.  They will also describe some of the exciting new trends in networking cars to each other as well as roadside units such as signs and traffic lights.  The presentation will also include a live demonstration of vehicle networks in operation and a behind-the-scenes look at some high-tech car components from top-of-the-range Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

 

Tuesday November 10th at 12.45 pm

Dynamic DNA Learn all about DNA: the Double Helix and the Molecule of Life! With Dr Cas Kramer  University of Leicester.

An interactive, lighthearted lecture about DNA and genetics. What is DNA, where does your DNA come from, and what does your DNA do? Explore the molecule of Life, take part in an interactive experiment and learn about the role of DNA in solving crime and the genetics of biological clocks!

 

Thursday November 12th at 10 am and 12 pm

Cloning, regenerative medicine and genetic manipulation- extensions to life but at what cost?

Cloning, regenerative medicine, genetic manipulation, life extension... Recent biomedical discoveries promise considerable improvement in the quality of human life, but hold the potential to alter forever society. Are the anticipated benefits worth the price we would have to pay for them? We will analyse the social impact and ethical consequences of several of the most recent advances in biomedicine and, instead of giving answers, we will review arguments in favour and against each development to give the audience the tools to reach their own conclusions.

 

Friday November 13th at 12 pm

Isaac Newton: His Physic and Life, with Gabriel Gallagher WIT

Isaac Newton was arguably the greatest scientist of all time. He was also a difficult man; at times much more interested in alchemy, religion and revenge than in mathematics or physics. This talk aims to provide students with an understanding of his major breakthroughs in physics (laws of motion, gravity and optics) while also giving them an appreciation of the complex man behind these achievements. The talk is suitable for students taking physics at Leaving Cert.