Past Events

October 2010’s Alchemist Cafe

The Dr Maths Randomness Show

Understanding if events are random or have some underlying structure is a fascinating area of mathematics, filled with great discoveries.

In the short run, chance may seem to be volatile and unfair. Considering the misconceptions, inconsistencies, paradoxes and counter intuitive aspects of probability, it is not a surprise that as a civilization it has taken us a long time to develop some methods to deal with this. In antiquity, chance mechanisms, such as coins, dice and cards were used for decision making and there was a strong belief in the fact that God or Gods controlled the outcome. Even today, some people see chance outcomes as fate or destiny – “that which was meant to be”

Could it be synchronicity that we will all end up in the pub on a Tuesday?

The discussion will be led by Steve Humble (aka Dr Maths) who believes that the fundamentals of mathematics can be taught via practical experiments. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most children learning maths outside the classroom.

In March 2010 he published an academic paper on the educational benefits of learning maths outside the classroom and is presently researching into the effect of parents on their children’s homework His latest academic paper is called The Humble-Nishiyama Randomness Game which gives a flavour of his other two mathematical loves – Magic and Randomness. For the last seven years he has written a fortnightly newspaper column called Dr Maths. You can find more information on Dr Maths here.

Date: Tuesday 12th October 2010
Location:The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7.30pm (Sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!
Complimentary Finger Food will be provided.
This event is part of Maths Week Ireland.

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May 2010’s Alchemist Cafe

Computations and virtual worlds for mechanobiology research

Prof. Patrick Prendergast (Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Bioengineering in Trinity College Dublin) will discuss how the combined use of the principles of engineering with biology can lead to the development of new treatments for diseases and movement disorders. The crucial role of computer modelling in achieving this will be explored. An open audience discussion will follow.

Date: Tuesday 18th May 2010
Location:The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7.30pm (Sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!
Complimentary Finger Food will be provided.
In association with Biomedical Engineering Division of Engineers Ireland.

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February 2010’s Second Alchemist Cafe

Neuroscience and Nanotechnology – every little helps!

As part of national Engineers’ Week, Joseph Gallagher of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience will tell us about technologies being developed to assess how the cells that isolate the brain from the rest of the body are functioning, and how cells already on the way to the brain could be used to deliver medicine.
An interactive audience discussion will follow.

Date: 9th of February 2010
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary finger food will be provided

In association with Biomedical Engineering Division of Engineers Ireland, CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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February 2010’s First Alchemist Cafe

“Because I’m worth it!” but are you really?

How are cosmetics tested in Ireland before they get onto the shelves and do they really perform miracles? What about over the counter (OTC) medicines – how are these tested and approved? Functional foods are also a new group of products making medicinal claims (e.g soy protein, cranberries) – are these claims verified in controlled clinical trials?

Vanessa Hyde will talk about the current state of cosmetic, medicine and functional food testing in Ireland and de-bunk some of the myths about clinical trials. Vanessa has a background in basic and clinical sciences including 15 years experience in quality management of clinical trials in Ireland with emphasis on Good Clinical Practice (GCP). She is an experience Clinical Trials Auditor and travels to various sites worldwide to ensure trials are conducted to GCP. She is constantly in touch with leading authorities in her field of responsibility.

Date: Tuesday 2nd February 2010
Location:The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7.30pm (Sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!
In association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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