Past Events

November 2011’s Alchemist Cafe

The Future of Water is Smarter Water

People only think about water when there is too much of it or too little of it. However, managing a city’s water infrastructure presents significant challenges. Similar in extent to electricity infrastructure, it tends to connect to every house and property. By 2030, it is expected that 60 percent of the world’s population, or nearly five billion people, will live in cities, putting an overwhelming strain on already overburdened water infrastructure. Much of a city’s water infrastructure runs underground, out of sight of the average person. They will discuss the work they have undertaken with the support of Dublin City Council to highlight the hidden water network and which will be part of the Science Gallery’s Future of water exhibition. They will also describe their adventures on several of the other water projects they have and are currently involved in; and which can be described as ‘environmental informatics’.

Dr. Jer Hayes and Dr. Emanuele Ragnoli are Research Scientists at the IBM Dublin research lab. Emanuele has a background in Mathematics while Jer has a background in Computer Science. Both are committed to making science more open to people and emphasising the highly practical role science plays in our lives.

Date: Tuesday 15th November 2011
Location: Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin
Time: 7:00pm (sharp, note early start)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided.
This event is a part of Science Week and in association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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October 2011’s Alchemist Cafe

Fernando Blasco and MathsJam

Most people envisage mathematics only as a necessary tool for science and technology. A tool rather abstruse, composed largely of equations and complex definitions. While it is true that maths provides the language for science, and that its development has been motivated by problems in areas such as physics, chemistry or biology, it is also true that many practitioners have focused since ancient times on its recreational side. Surprisingly, this side of maths tends to be forgotten by both the general audience and not so few mathematicians.

Dr. Fernando Blasco is a mathematician at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and one of Spain’s best known maths promoters. He uses magic to introduce the public to topics such as prime numbers, knot theory, sudoku, topology, number systems, mind games, Rubik’s cube, calendars or quick calculations. He has collaborated with TV shows in Spain and has played in Civic Centers, Science Museums, University Classrooms and other stages

Alongside the talk we will be playing host to MathsJam, a free monthly event for maths enthusiasts to get together in a pub to discuss and do problems, games, puzzles or anything they find interesting, all within a relaxed enviornment. It’s a great opportunity to have fun with maths and make new friends. Founded in London, MathsJam has taken off and has spread to eleven cities. The events all happen simultaneously, allowing us to link up online and share ideas.

MathsJam meet on the second last Tuesday of every month from 7pm. Check us out at the event or email dublin@mathsjam.com to join the mailing list. We are also on Facebook under “Dublin MathsJam”.

Date: Tuesday 18th October 2011
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided.
This event is a part of Maths Week Ireland, in association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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May 2011’s Alchemist Cafe

Michael Gill of Trinity College Dublin will be talking about the unexpected genetic links between Schizophrenia and Autism.

Schizophrenia and Autism are related disorders of brain development with many different causes. Recent genetic studies are showing that schizophrenia and autism are more closely related than might have been considered up to now. Both are disorders that can result from many different rare genetic mutations that disrupt the development of the brain and affect its basic cognitive functions. The implies that there are multiple forms of the disorder that share similar clinical symptoms much the same as intellectual disability has many origins but shares similar clinical characteristics. Surprisingly, some of the mutations seem to be the same in both conditions and are also found in other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and epilepsy but how this might happen is not known. There are important clinical and ethical implications of this work that need to be considered in detail.

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2011
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary finger food will be provided

In association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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