Past Events

December 2006’s Alchemist Cafe

Nature, Nurture & Noise; How chance events in brain wiring shape who we are.
Dr. Kevin Mitchell of Trinity College Dublin will be discussing the roles of genes in shaping who we are, and the limits of genetic determinism, especially in regard to the development of the brain.
Date: 7th of December 2006
Venue: The Mercantile, Dame St
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November 2006’s 2nd Alchemist Cafe

Bioethics Busybodies?! What Does Bioethics Offer Now & in the Future?!
Dr. Dónal O’Mathúna of Dublin City University will discuss whether bioethics is a help or a hindrance to advances in biotechnology, looking at both its current impact and its potential implications in the future. affect us in the future.

Date:23/11/06
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
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Part of Science Week 2006
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November 2006’s 1st Alchemist Cafe

Biodiversity-The Science Behind the Slogans!
Dr. George Smith of BIOFOREST project, Trinity College Dublin will be discussing biodiversity; what it really is, how it is affecting us all now, and will affect us in the future.

Date: 9th of November 2006
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
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Part of Science Week 2006
In association with CPL

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October 2006’s Alchemist Cafe

Feel The Noise! Smell The Rainbow?
Dr. Fiona Newell of Trinity College Dublin discusses Synaesthesia the condition which means people “taste” sounds, “hear” odours and even “smell” colours.

Date:19th of October 2006
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
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September 2006’s Alchemist Cafe

Big-Small? Small-Small!
Prof. John Kelly of Trinity College Dublin will be discussing nano-particles, in particular silver nano-particles of all types of different colours. Possible applications for these materials range from modern optoelectronic materials, to biosensors and antibacterials.

Date:27th of September 2006
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St
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July 2006’s Alchemist Cafe

Wolfgang von Kempelen (1734-1804) Technology, Illusion and Alchemy!
Prof. Annraoi de Paor, Professor Emeritus of University College Dublin discusses the life and fascinating work of Wolfgang von Kempelen, creater of the infamous hoax automatic chess-playing machine known as The Turk.

Date: 12th of July 2006
Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer St
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June 2006’s Alchemist Cafe

Cannabis – a therapeutic or drug of abuse?
Dr Veronica Campbell from Trinity College’s Instituite of Neuroscience discusses the use and abuse of the popular “recreational” drug.

Date: 14th of June 2006
Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer St
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May 2006’s Alchemist Cafe

Will a worm a day keep asthma away?
Dr Padraic Fallon of Trinity College Dublin discusses the use of parasitic ‘worms’ to cure disease

Date: 17th of May 2006
Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer St
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April 2006’s Alchemist Cafe

Did dinosaurs have feathers?
Dr Gareth Dyke of University College Dublin discusses the links between modern birds and their ancestors the Terrible Lizards

Date: 12th of April 2006
Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer St
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March 2006’s Alchemist Cafe

Weather Forecasting – Science or Black Art?? Bringing Credibility to the world of Uncertainty.
Gerald Fleming of RTÉ and Met Éireann will bring the insights of a weather forecaster to bear on the problem of communicating scientific ideas and information to the public.
He will examine the tensions between the worlds of Meteorology and Media, and how these can be positively resolved to merge the strengths of both.

Date: 14th of March 2006
Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer St
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