Featured Events

What can Irish Lakes tell us about Climate Change?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 12 – 1pm, The National Wax Museum Plus

“What can Irish lakes tell us about Climate Change” Dr Evelyn Keaveney of Queens University will be giving a presentation on how climate change affects the world and what carbon dating can tell us.

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"Insects as Food?" with Alchemist Café Dublin

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 7 – 9pm, NoLIta Dublin, 64 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2

Entomophagy is the human use of insects as food. This is not a remarkable concept in many parts of the world, but most diets in Ireland do not yet feature meaningful amounts of any insects or insect-derived ingredients. So far in Ireland, insects are being farmed towards non-human animal and plant feed ingredients. At this café scientifique we’re going to discuss the potential and rationale for incorporating insects into the human diet, sparked off by an introduction from an expert researcher in this area, Anna Rettore.

There will be samples of food-grade roasted insects, for everyone who wants, to try on the night!

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Defying Gravity

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 9:30am – 2pm, Marsh's Library

Can your students defy gravity? 4th-6th classes are invited to come along to the library, to make simple toys with no more than three materials that fly through the air. The children will identify where the forces occur and in small teams try to create a design that will stay in the air the longest, using the library galleries as their landing strip!

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Vampires & Chemistry

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 12 – 1pm, The Gleeson Theatre, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin St, Dublin 8

This talk begins with a description of blood, the role of chemistry in our understanding of it and explores the possibility and probability of vampirism. An interactive and stimulating presentation by Prof John Cassidy, DIT. This presentation is most suited to TY, 5th and 6th year students.

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The bone vault: the poetry and paleontology of Heaney’s bog bodies

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 5:30 – 7:45pm, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare St, Dublin 2

What different understanding do we gain when a poet describes a fossil or an archaeological site, rather than a paleontologist or archaeologist? Through the lens of Heaney’s poetry on bog bodies, the paleontologist Prof. Michael Stephenson of the British Geological Survey, in conversation with the poet Prof. Iggy McGovern, will compare the methods of the poet and the paleontologist, outlining the case for combining poetry and science to deliver greater understanding of the natural world.

Featuring bog bodies from the National Museum of Ireland, the event offers a unique insight into stories of science, poetry and human history. This is a Science Week 2017 event and is a collaboration between the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geo-sciences, the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, and Poetry Ireland.

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Science and Discovery through Augmented Reality

Monday, 13 November 2017, 12 – 1pm, The National Wax Museum Plus

One of our staff members will be on hand to teach visitors all about how we use Augmented Reality to turn our Science & Disovery Area into an interactive classroom. This will feature usage of the Augmented Reality App Wax Magic, and our staff member will be on hand to discuss the process of creating the app and giving live demonstrations for visitors.

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