Robert Boyle Winter School

Climate Change the Irish Story is a 1-day event of expert presentations on climate change aimed at the general public.

The 2nd Robert Boyle Winter School will take place in the RDS Dublin on Saturday 25th January (Robert Boyle’s 393rd Birthday!) and will explore “Climate Change the Irish Story”

The day will feature presentations about the past, present and future engagement with Climate Change. Evelyn Cusack Head of Forecasting at Met Eireann and Kevin O'Sullivan Environmental and Science Editor of the Irish Times will chair sessions.

This year marks the bi-centennial of Sligo born George Gabriel Stokes and in 2020 we will celebrate the bicentennial of John Tyndall who was born in Carlow. Both were towering figures of Victorian science and their work is the foundation to climate change science and mathematics. Aoife Kearins, a mathematics student from TCD and a native of Skreen Co Sligo will talk about Stoke's childhood in Skreen and its influence on his work.

Dr Norman McMillan a leading champion of John Tyndall in Ireland will talk about Tyndall’s pioneering work on the “Greenhouse Effect” and shed light on the complex relationship between Tyndall and Stokes.

The audience will also be introduced to Robert Boyle by the Eoin Gill, learn about his approach to experimental science and witness some of Boyle’s pioneering experiments on cold and heat. Professor J Owen Lewis former dean of the faculty of Engineering and Architecture, UCD and CEO of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has been at the forefront of sustainable energy research in Ireland since the 1980s. He will ask what are we doing, what can we do and what should we be doing about climate change.

David Robert Grimes author of the “Irrational Ape” is a DCU based physicist working in oncology. He has written in the Irish Times, the Guardian and other media combating pseudoscience. His recent book, “The Irrational Ape: Why Flawed Logic Puts us all at Risk and How Critical Thinking Can Save the World” has been described by Robin Ince as “A beautifully reasoned book about our own unreasonableness”.

Start Time: 10 am
Finish Time: 4 pm
Venue: Minerva Suite, RDS

Book via Eventbrite: This event is organised by Calmast STEM Engagement Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology in partnership with the RDS and the Lismore Heritage Centre.