International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Robert Boyle Science Festival

Activity by John Sodeau   |   added on Sep 15, 2011   |   Ireland Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): RIA, UCC

A three-day event to be held at Lismore Castel to celebrate the 350th Anniversary orf the publication of Robert Boyle's, "The Sceptical Chemyst". Lectures and Discussions about the evolution of the atmosphere, climate change and the Life of Boyle will be held in addition to Astronomy Classes and Chemical Demonstrations.


2011 represents the 350th anniversary of the publication of Robert Boyle’s famous scientific paper entitled, “The Sceptical Chymist”. This document set the scene for the establishment of the academic topic we now call the Chemical Sciences. 2011 is also the year that has been designated the International Year of Chemistry (or more simply, IYC) and so it is appropriate that Robert Boyle’s enormous contribution to the subject will be celebrated in a Science Festival hosted at his birthplace in Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford.


The Festival will take place during Science Week between Friday 18th November and Sunday 20th November, 2011. Events will be mounted by Eoin Gill (WIT) and Dr Declan Kennedy (UCC) suitable for both children and adults including lectures, demonstrations and “hands-on” experiences. An Astronomy event will take place on Friday evening with the opportunity to view the night sky through telescopes. Talks by Professor Duncan Thorburn Burns, MRIA (QUB) and Dr Allan Chapman (of Channel 4 TV fame) will emphasise material on Boyle himself and also his scientific partnership with the equally famous Robert Hooke. Due to the universal importance of Boyle’s law of gases, two further lectures will be devoted to Earth’s atmosphere. The first is to be presented by the Chief Scientific Officer to DEFRA in the UK, Professor Bob Watson FRS, and will provide a political perspective relevant to human activities on air pollution, climate change and agriculture. The second, by Professor Richard Wayne from Oxford University, will attempt to put the evolution of our atmosphere in proper perspective with our neighbouring planets in the Solar System and answer the question: Why Life on Earth?

Topic: demonstrations, chemistry education Audience: students, general public, professional chemists, professors, educators, teachers, school children, secondary schools, tertiary education, graduate students
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