UCC Science in Society Public Lecture Series

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The UCC Science in Society Public Lecture Series is back and open to the public! Hear from world-renowned academics on a variety of fascinating topics. Every Tuesday & Thurs from 16 Jan-18 April.

This fascinating weekly lecture series is delivered by world-leading UCC STEM academics and is open to the public.

The lectures will outline the nature of science, the type of knowledge discovered by science and the types of question that science cannot answer. They will look at the role of science in modern society, in the modern developed economy, and the broad ethical issues raised by scientific and technological advances. The interface between science and religion, and science and the environment will also be examined, along with some of the ways in which science can be misused.


Lectures are free to attend and all are welcome.


Lecture Details 2024

All lectures held in Boole 2, Boole Basement, Main Campus, UCC

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Note: schedule may be subject to change.  For queries, contact Prof Alan Kelly: a.kelly@ucc.ie

Date Topic Lecturer
Tuesday 16 January How science works Prof Alan Kelly
Thursday 18 January The ethics of science communication Prof Alan Kelly
Tuesday 23 January No lecture
Thursday 25 January What has science discovered about the natural physical world (part 1)? Prof Paul Callanan
Tuesday 30 January What has science discovered about the natural physical world (part 2)? Prof Paul Callanan
Thursday 1 February Circular economy, energy and the environment Prof Jerry Murphy
Tuesday 6 February When science goes wrong; Eugenics and the Nazis, weapons of mass destruction and environmental pollution Dr Michael Whelan
Thursday 8 February The Human Microbiome – Part 1 Dr Pauline Scanlan
Tuesday 13 February Food processing: a problem or a solution? Prof Alan Kelly
Thursday 15 February No lecture Dr Tom Reed
Tuesday 20 February Darwinian evolution I Dr Tom Reed
Thursday 22 February Darwinian evolution II
Tuesday 27 February Science and the environment Dr Michelle McKeown
Thursday 29 February The ethics of artificial intelligence Prof Barry O’Sullivan
Tuesday 5 March Plant based foods: sustainable and nutritious? Dr Aylin Sahin
Thursday 7 March Advances in Genetic Engineering Prof Tommie McCarthy
Tuesday 12 March Mathematics and society Dr Tom Carroll
Thursday 14 March The Human Microbiome – Part 2 Dr Pauline Scanlan
Tuesday 19 March Can the food we eat really make us smarter? Dr Elaine McCarthy
Thursday 21 March No Lecture
Tuesday 9 April Some milestones in Ireland’s scientific heritage Dr Declan Kennedy
Thursday 11 April Obesity: the everyday pandemic Dr Majella O’Keeffe
Tuesday 16 April Evolution of parent-offspring conflict Dr Tom Moore
Thursday 18 April Globalised efforts to combat infectious disease Prof Ger Killeen


Lectures are free to attend and all are welcome.


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