Science Week Lecture Series

As part of Science Week 2007, which runs from 11 – 18 November, we have just announced a lecture series which is free to the public. Please find more information below and apply for tickets online.

To celebrate Science Week 2007 Discover Science & Engineering in association with Women in Technology and Science (WITS) and the Royal Irish Academy will bring together some leading scientists during Science Week. The Science Week Lecture Series will run from 13th-16th November. The lecture series is free to the general public and it is aimed at improving the level of understanding of the role that science and engineering play in our everyday lives.

A number of inventors, technologists and scientists from various walks of life will explore the science behind everyday items, from soccer boots to cosmetics, as well as discussing popular topics such as space travel and forensics in order to bring science to life in an interesting way.

The Science Behind the Football Boot

Craig Johnston – Inventor of the Adidas Predator and ex Liverpool soccer player

13th November – Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street – 18:30 – 20:00pm

As a midfielder for Liverpool FC in the 1980s, Craig Johnston analysed how the design of the team’s boots could be improved to enhance the players’ control of the ball. After retiring from professional football, he became head of innovation at Adidas and developed the Predator, now the world’s best selling boot worn by David Beckham and Jonny Wilkinson.

Science and Space Travel

Joe Edwards Jr – Former NASA astronaut

14th November – Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street – 18:30 – 20:00pm

Joe Edwards Jr was selected as a NASA pilot astronaut in 1994, in the 15th group of astronauts. He piloted the last American crewmember to the Russian Mir space station and flew the closest flying maneuvers ever attempted around an orbiting space station in the history of manned space flight in the orbiter Endeavour. Joe is also a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun) and a former Chairman of the Board of the National Science Center, a science, mathematics and engineering educational organisation created by the U.S. Congress.

The Science of Beauty

Industry Panel Discussion

15th November – Royal College of Physicians, No. 6 Kildare Street – 18:30 – 20:00pm

The Science of Beauty event will bring together some leading scientists in the field of Cosmetic Science to reveal the innovative thinking that goes into making cosmetic products. Not many people realise the vast science that underpins the cosmetics industry and the many different types of scientists who work on creating innovative and beneficial products – development of which can take years to ensure that they meet the needs of consumers to enhance appearance and well-being.

To discover more about the science behind the cosmetic products you use every day, join us for our lecture and panel discussion with industry experts on the Science of Beauty.

Science of Forensic Investigation

Dr Shiela Willis – Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory

16th November – National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street – 13:00 – 14:30pm

Dr. Sheila Willis is Director of the Forensic Science Laboratory, a position she has held since 2002. Prior to that, she was Deputy Director and Head of the Chemistry Section. She completed her undergraduate degree in UCD where she also carried out her PhD research on organometallic chemistry under the supervision of Professor A.R. Manning. She was recently chair of the European Academy of Forensic Science and has been active in the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes since its inception.

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8 Responses to “Science Week Lecture Series”  

  1. 1 KM

    Piaras, I fear your blog has become little more than loudspeaker for you own work. All this patting yourself on the back has become tiresome.

  2. 2 Piaras

    Hmm three shameless plugs in three years (albeit that they happen to all have been posted in the last month). Don’t think that that really qualifies as a loudspekaer for my own work.

  3. 3 KM

    Also the Edelman blog and your blog are becoming one and the same.

  4. 4 Paul Whelan

    Piaras, If your bloggers want to know what a shameless plug is, just read on. The best and definitive interactive ‘nature’ web site in Ireland is mine at I run Ireland’s first Spring Watch and Autumn Watch using Yahoos maps to plot sightings of events such as the first leaf fall or first arrival of flowers. The site also hosts the National Road Kill Survey, which passes data to the National Road Authority. Other wildlife projects include surveys on Mammals, Lizard and Biodiversity. All the data can be viewed on either Yahoo maps or Flash maps county by county.
    The site can also be used by professionals because it takes in data using the Irish Grid system and lat/long readings.
    I would be interested in bloggers opinion of the site. Plug, plug plug. Don’t worry Piaras, I’m more shameless than you.

  5. 5 Piaras

    No worries Paul it’s shameless plug day. Like the site by the way, have been on it before – very interesting project.

    KM – Yes the Edelman site is a little bit lacking in content at the moment. Some dual post (but relatively little at that) is happening more so to encourage other staff to post content such as the Bud Rising video which other staff here were responsible for. We do some great work here so just trying to get other staff members to actively talk about it.

  6. 6 Emmet Ryan

    Well seeing as we’re in shameless plug mode don’t forget to check out my blog to learn about the pain me and my fellow STIGateers go through in the Dublin City Marathon. Race is in less than 12 hours.

  7. 7 Paul Whelan

    God, Emmet, give us a break! Is the race still on? Get a bike – not a blog.

  8. 8 Paul Whelan

    Back to science. I just put up some stuff on my web site for biology students. Have a look at:
    or just go to the home page of and look for the Leaving Cert. Biology Stuff.
    Wish I could get involved in science week – but it seems a closed shop – run by ‘the big boys’ with a focus on technology. Natural sciences seems to be left out. Pity really since this century will see more of a fusion between technology and biology than ever before. A friend of mine did physics in TCD and is now working on a Ph D. in Cambridge in nanotechnology/biology.

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