Robert Boyle Summer School

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The 8th Robert Boyle Summer School is aimed at adults interested in engaging with new ideas. ‘Superhuman’ is the theme for this year’s Robert Boyle Summer School which runs in Waterford city and Lismore from June 20 to 23. It will demonstrate how Science and Technology is catching up with mythology and we are now poised to create Superhumans.

This Year’s Programme

The centuries-old fascination with prolonging human life and today’s technologies and science that allow greater health, strength and mental function will be under the microscope as researchers and medical experts gather with members of the public for a lively discussion about the opportunities and problems of what was once science fiction but is now becoming possible.

Speakers include:

Prof Annraoi de Paor, Dr Natalie Kaoukji, Cambridge, Prof Luke O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin, Prof Niall Moyna, Dublin City University, Prof Tomás Ryan, Trinity College Dublin, Prof Madeleine Lowery, University College Dublin, Nuala Clarke, Artist, Oliver Feeney, NUI Galway, Calmast Team: Cordula Weiss, Sheila Donegan, Eoin Gill (WIT) and Paul Nugent (IOP).

The gathering will consider the possibilities and perils of human modification and performance enhancement. Leading experts will also explore genetic modification, designer babies, bionics, prolonging life and implications for humanity. (details below)

The Robert Boyle Summer School includes a mix of interesting talks, panel discussions and debate as well as social events. The highlight will be a garden party in stunning Lismore Castle, the birthplace of Robert Boyle with baroque music, local artisan food by Eunice Power and Robert Boyle Gin cocktails from the local Blackwater Distillery.

About the Robert Boyle Summer School

The Robert Boyle Summer School is not actually a school in the everyday sense. It is part of the tradition of Irish cultural summer schools but addresses themes related to science, history and culture. It attracts a diverse audience the majority of which are not scientists, but people interested in ideas. You can expect to meet a friendly crowd interested in discussing ideas. Activities include talks by leading thinkers in science, history, art and philosophy with discussion and debate. There is also be a recreational side, with the recreation of Boyle’s 17th Century Experiments, Garden party at Boyle’s birthplace of Lismore Castle

Booking is on eventbrite
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