November 2015’s Alchemist Café for City of Physics

Is Science Cultural?

City of Physics is a month-long project “bringing science out of the lab and onto the streets”, organised by Trinity College Dublin physics lecturer, Dr. Shane Bergin and University College Dublin mathematics education lecturer, Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. As part of the celebrations, Alchemist Café Dublin are hosting an open public conversation about the place of science in culture.

This is a timely conversation as the Irish Government are currently drafting Ireland’s first national culture strategy, Culture 2025.

Shane has sparked our café scientifique conversation by saying:

“Science and scientists that do not connect with the culture they are part of miss the point of what science is about.

Is there anyone in Ireland who doesn’t have an opinion on their GAA county team, the government, or Bono’s continuing contributions to save the World? Probably not.

Whether they make you defensive or search for your passport, issues like this are part of our cultural make-up. We own them. And they matter to us. Culture mediates how a society evolves. To be outside it is to act in opposition to it. Is Science outside it?

Shane will join us on the night to give us an introduction to the topic before we open up the conversation for our inclusive and interactive audience discussion.


Date: Tuesday 17th November 2015

Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided

This event is in association with City of Physics and CPL


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