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Is the future of mathematics medieval?
    Thursday July 12, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1

    Is mathematics more than just a single subject and what do we lose by teaching it in isolation? Ireland’s medieval heritage can provide tantalising hints at the answer. It suggests that mathematics is more a way of thinking that has applications from art and astronomy, to music and geometry. Moreover mathematical skills were considered intrinsic to intellectual, literary and artistic expression.

    Ireland has a rich tradition of scientific endeavour, yet today uptake of mathematics is dismal. Does this suggest that the complex mathematical skills found in Irish monastic schools should be considered as a way forward for modern teaching?

    The panel will argue that medieval education is relevant today. Indeed Dan Shechtman’s Nobel Prize-winning work on quasicrystals has connections to Kepler’s 16th Century work on Platonic solids and Fibonacci’s 13th Century aperiodic number sequences.

    Royal Irish Academy, Ireland

    University of Oxford, UK

    The National College of Art and Design, Ireland

    University of Greifswald, Germany

    University College Dublin, Ireland

    Type Science Programme, Engagement & Education
    Host Organization Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
  • Organiser Mary Kelly
  • Tags SP3


Hot Science 1: "Tiny but mighty: How today's nano-materials will lead to tomorrow's technologies"
    Thursday July 12, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1


    This talk will introduce nanoscience and nanomaterials for a lay audience. This will lead into a description of some of the research on-going in Prof Coleman’s group with an emphasis on the practical applications of this work. Finally, collaborations with industry will be discussed and the possibility of commercialising such research explored.



    Professor of Chemical Physics, SFI Researcher of the Year 2011...

    Type Events, Science Programme
    Host Organization ESOF2012
    Tags SP96


European Crucible: A catalyst for inter-disciplinary innovation and collaboration
    Thursday July 12, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1

    Ever wondered what a biochemist and a mathematician might have in common, or how a social scientist and a particle physicist could work together? European Crucible at ESOF is designed to help you find out just what great minds and creative thinkers can do when they come together!
    European Crucible builds on the success of the UK’s award-winning Crucible programme and its pool of multi-national, multi-disciplinary researchers from science, technology, engineering, medicine, arts, design, and social and political science. European Crucible invites other talented early stage researchers from across Europe – Europe’s ‘research leaders of the future’ - to come and participate in this session and satellite event to expand their innovative potential, form a collaborative peer network, and address the challenges of proposing new ideas for interdisciplinary research with impact!
    Innovative, collaborative, inter-disciplinary research is becoming increasingly important to match European research priorities and meet global ‘grand challenges’. European Crucible aims to help early stage researchers develop skills, knowledge and connections to enhance their research capacity and impact through interdisciplinary collaborations and knowledge exchange. For ambitious early stage researchers committed to a research career in Europe, European Crucible will i) harness skills and aptitudes for interdisciplinary research and innovation; ii) inspire and empower a network of potential European research leaders and iii) explore and enable collaborative linkages between academia, business, policy and the media.


    European Crucible @ ESOF : Satellite Event

    European Crucible - A catalyst for inter-disciplinary innovation and collaboration

    Wednesday, 11th July 2012 – Convention Centre Dublin 10am-12.00 noon - the Ecocem Room.

    Registration: By registering for our satellite event and conference session (European Crucible), delegates are eligible for a reduced registration rate of €100 incl 23% VAT registration rate.  

    • Email: EuropeanCrucible@hw.ac.uk
    • Related website: Scottish Crucible: http://www.hw.ac.uk/scottishcrucible/
    • Twitter: Follow European Crucible on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EuroCrucible
    • Register using this link


    The first field asks for an Offer Code to validate the registration – please enter the code: ESOFCRUCIBLE




    Alan Miller is a Professor of Physics and Deputy Principal for...

    After finishing her degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Leeds...

    Some former participants of Scottish Crucible will be invited...

    Dr Clark is a representative of the Scottish Government

    BBC, UK Described by The Times as both "the world's most enthusiastic...

    Dr Ruth Neiland is Head of Research Futures, Heriot-Watt University...

    Dr Sara Shinton has a background in academic research (Physical...

    Type Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher
    Host Organization Heriot-Watt University
  • Organiser Ruth Neiland
  • Tags CP4



The Young Academy movement
    Friday July 13, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1

    Young academies are currently formed all over the world. These are groups of excellent young scientists who get together in order to act across disciplinary borders and create voices of young researchers. This creates dynamic and creative groups with great potential, which may be well suited to help finding possible solutions to the future grand challenges which badly needs new ways of thinking and real multidisciplinary collaborations.
    Die Junge Akademie in Germany was established in 2000 and has been a source of inspiration for other young academies to be established worldwide. In 2010 a Global Young Academy was started and in 2011 a Young Academy was established in Sweden.
    This session will put the movement of young academies in a global perspective and discuss if the young academies are filling an existing gap and what should be their role and function in the future? What can the Young Academies contribute with and what is their unique role?

    Young Academy, Sweden

    KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

     Die Junge Akademie, Germany

    Global Young Academy, Germany

    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Sweden

    Type Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization The Young Academy of Sweden
  • Organiser Anna Sjöström Douagi
  • Tags SP92


Hot Science 2: Shale gas fracking: Global problem or a global solution?
    Friday July 13, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1

    The extraction of shale gas is the subject of global debate, with many concerned over potential risks associated with the process. Very little is known about the geological, environmental and health impacts. The scientific and engineering communities are starting to contribute to the debate on the future of shale gas extraction.


    Fracking is not new, but the method has recently spread across the globe. Many nations view it as a replacement to traditional fossil fuels, or a means to avoid relying on others for their fuel needs.


     The Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK have launched a review into the geological, environmental and technical risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, and the National Academy of Sciences has hosted workshops on the public health impacts, with a report into the seismicity imminent.


    The debate is not driven by science, but by the spread of the practice, particularly into populated areas, but science is responding. This session will explore the issues that are arising. 


    Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

    Freelance science journalist

    Professor in Applied and Environmental Geophysics, Keele University...

    University of Strathclyde, UK

    Type Events, Science Programme
    Host Organization Nature Publishing Group
  • Organiser Ruth Francis


Scientists and advocacy


Hot Science 3


Lost Down Memory Lane


Revealing the past: remote sensing techniques in archaeology
    Saturday July 14, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1

    Archaeological air photography has now been joined by satellite imagery, airborne laser scanning and a variety of airborne and ground-based survey techniques known jointly as 'remote sensing', since they explore what is on or beneath the earth or ocean without disturbing its surface or damaging what lies below.

    These new technologies have had a dramatic impact illustrating to the general public the character and importance of heritage sites and of the evolving landscapes within which they lie. Improved public understanding and appreciation of these visual and material links with the past can lead to greater enjoyment and interest in such sites, advancing the case for heritage conservation and the continuing enjoyment for future generations. This session aims to highlight the interdisciplinary range of techniques available and specifically illustrate the most recent developments in this field.

    The Discovery Programme, Ireland

    Roman-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute...

    Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart...

    The Discovery Programme, Ireland

    Type Science Programme, Science & Culture
    Host Organization The Discovery Programme
  • Organiser Anthony Corns
  • Tags SP71



The third mission of the University
    Sunday July 15, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1

    Since the times of the first scientific revolution in the XVII Century, the traditional role of the University has been twofold: Teaching and Higher Formation on the one hand and Research on the other hand. In modern times, however, the progressive strategic increase of the role of scientific research in the growth not only cultural but economic of a modern country and the very perception of this new role has brought about the awareness that the two above mentioned missions were no longer adequate.

    It is now felt that a third mission besides research and formation and higher teaching qualifies a modern University. This has come to be broadly referred to as "The third mission of the University" and refers to the need for the University to provide a bridge between higher knowledge and the entity which commissions and supports research, society.

    It is, thus, more and more widely recognised that the University should not just equip the young with the necessary knowledge and know-how to teach and make research but make them aware of the necessary ties between science and society. The researcher must learn not only to communicate his research to his peers (this he has always done) but make clear the reasons for doing it to the layman and the society at large. This is all the more necessary since most scientists that ever lived are still alive today and, in addition, since the large majority of them operates within or with the University system.

    Several examples and good practices will be illustrated with the final aim of bringing the scientific community to understand that the ultimate goal is what could be termed RESP (Researcher's Engagement with Society and Public).

    Inter-university Centre Agorà Scienza, Italy

    Inter-university Centre Agorà Scienza, Italy

    Director of the Office of Public Programs, AAAS

    Champion ESOF2014, Chairman of the Danish National Research...

    Deputy Director of National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement...

    Type Science Programme, Engagement & Education
    Host Organization Inter-university Centre Agorà Scienza, Italy
  • Organiser Andrea De Bortoli
  • Tags SP80


The true cost of personalised cancer medicine
    Sunday July 15, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Wicklow Meeting Room 1

    We are experiencing a revolution in the development of targeted anti-cancer agents that are focused against particular defects in tumours. These successes, however, bring their own challenges, such as the high cost associated with the use of contemporary therapeutics to treat cancer. Moreover, the true benefit of such 'targeted drugs' is often quite limited due to poor trial design, notably the lack of enrichment of patients for the relevant molecular lesion concerned.

    To tackle this, there have been considerable efforts to develop companion diagnostic approaches that can be utilised alongside such molecular therapies to sub-stratify patients into different groupings based on predicted drug response. While there has been classically some inertia on behalf of the pharmaceutical/biotech industry to delve into this arena, the health economic argument is coming to the fore.
    This session will explore the complex interplay and driving forces behind advancement in development of anti-cancer agents and associated companion diagnostics, as well as the health economic, ethical and social issues that these developments engender.

    The format will compromise of a panel discussion, with 3 speakers covering different perspectives (twenty minutes each), followed by extended discussion with audience.


    • What Drugs Should we Give to Which Patients? – An Oncologist’s Perspective (Dr. Catherine Kelly)
    • Development of Personalised Molecular Diagnostics for Cancer Patients – An Industry Perspective (Dr. Iris Simon)
    • What is the Economic Cost of Personalised Cancer Medicine? (Prof. Nils Wilking)

    Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Ireland

    Agendia BV, The Netherlands

    Karolinska Institute, Sweden

    University College Dublin, Ireland

    Type Science Programme, The Future of Medicine & Health
    Host Organization University College Dublin
  • Organiser William Gallagher
  • Tags SP90


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