Written by Dave Cullen
This month, the Euro Science Open Forum was held at the Convention Centre Dublin. The Alchemist Aperitif event, which was part of the ESOF programme was organised by CPL’s Judith Moffett along with the committee of the Alchemist Aperitif and the Irish Science & Technology Journalists Association. Judith’s Alchemist Cafe provides regular science-related talks and lectures in Dublin. Ireland’s hosting of ESOF was seen as a huge coup for the profile of Irish science and an opportunity to bring scientific topics to a mainstream audience. The forum took place over the evenings of the 11th, 12th and 13th of July. The lectures were chaired by science writer Sabine Louet, Editor of Youris.com, science communication lecturer Brian Trench and Journalist Claire O’Connell.
A capacity attendance packed the Kudos bar venue for all three science cafés. Audiences were treated to a diverse range of science topics discussed by world renowned scientists and academic writers. Danish author, Lone Frank explored developments in genetic sciences. The codes of conduct for scientists were discussed by Melissa Anderson of the University of Minnesota and Sara Tegami of the Max Planck Institute spoke about the application of physics in the fight against cancer. Perhaps the most highly anticipated lecture was by Frank Close of the University of Oxford. He gave a fascinating discussion on the search for the Higgs Boson, the proposed elementary particle that may have been discovered by the LHC at CERN.
Video coverage of the lectures of ESOF 2012 has been made available for viewing. Follow the links below to watch them now.