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Physics Everywhere

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10:00 – 16:30 7 Feb 2015
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Museum of Country Life
Turlough Park
Castlebar
Co. Mayo

10.00  Pilar Nogues - Event organizer - Introduction

10.10  Andrew Shearer, BSc, MSc, PhD, M Inst P, C Phys
Talk1: Physics All Around Us
What would the world be like with out physics research – no electricity, no radio, no television, no internet, no flights, no... This talk will look at what Physics is – how do Physicists understand the world? It will include a layman’s overviews of new physics and astrophysics research – what is Higgs Boson? What is a black hole? It will also include some demonstrations.
Andrew Shearer, BSc, MSc, PhD, M Inst P, C Phys     
Professor of Physics, Head of School of Physics, NUI Galway
Research interests include Optical Observations of Pulsars; Computational Astrophysics Virtual Observatories; Instrumentation Development; High Performance Computing and Medical Imaging. Over 100 publications in Astronomy and Computing.

11.00  Declan Holmes - Demo1: Physics of Light from colour to invisibility

Declan Holmes BSc, HDip, M Inst P
Declan has a degree in Experimental Physics from National University of Ireland Galway and a Higher Diploma in Applied Physics and Computers from National University of Ireland Maynooth. Since 2001, he has performed interactive science shows for Science Ireland, The True Physics Project and Maths Academy Ireland to over 80,000 students in 1000 schools around the country.Science Ireland, The True Physics Project and Maths Academy Ireland are all part of iWonder Creations an award winning STEM education company.
11.30  Coffee Break
12.00  Declan Holmes - Demo2: The Nano Show
This is a  show that explores the world of Nanotechnology, which allows us to engineer things atom by atom and it will have a major impact on everyone from better drugs to faster computers. Participants will discover amazing new materials created from nanotechnology like ferrofluids, smart fabrics and carbon nanotubes.
13.00  Lunch / Museum Self-Guide

14.00  Andrew Shearer - Talk 2 : How Physicists see the world or can you be in two different places at the same time?
This talk will look at the modern view of the universe from quantum mechanics to black holes. How 20th century Physics changed our view of what is reality. The talk will end with a discussion of what we don’t know? It will include some demonstrations.

15.00  Brendan O´Dowd - Talk: SEM images of a gecko and a tarantula
The talk  includes a short primer on how small the scale of a nanometre is and will focus from a Physics perpective on the design of specific parts of their anatomy.
Brendan O'Dowd - Research Fellow at School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin
Brendan went to St Gerald's in Castlebar and then did Theoretical Physics in Trinity College. After this he started his PhD in the School of Physics, also in Trinity College. His research was on nanowires, especially magnetic and semiconductor nanowires.  He is now working on a potential spin-out company in the Applied Physics Research Group in Trinity.

15.25  Katy Egan -  Workshop: Biomimicry
This workshop will consist  of an interactive talk and activities which will be dispersed throughout the talk and will include interactive games and questions to the audience. 
Katy Egan  BSC, MA Environmental Ed.&Communication
Katy works as the Ecology and Sustainable Living Officer for Presentation Ireland, a NGO working towards a fairer, just and sustainable world. A background in ecology with a postgraduate in Environmental Education and Communication (Royal Roads University, Canada). Katy has since developed education programmes and workshops for a range of schools and organisations in Ireland including the NPWS, Kippure Outdoor Education, The Irish Wildlife Trust, P.U.R.E, Leave No Trace Ireland and Conservation Services. Recently Katy has become fascinated by the idea of Biomimicry and how it is an incredible avenue for youth to engage with real life problems in an exciting and dynamic way.

16.10  BT Young Scientists 2015 - Projects
Students will be sharing some of the projects entered at the 2015 BT Young Scientists Exhibition. Not to be missed!

16.30  Close of event

Event type: Event
Sponsored by: IOP Ireland
Organised by: Pilar Nogues
Contact details: 094 90 31751
Admission free

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Museum of Country Life
Turlough Park
Castlebar
Co. Mayo
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10:00 – 16:30 7 Feb 2015
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