The National Opera House, High Street, Wexford

OFFICIAL OPENING OF WexSci WEXFORD SCIENCE FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 10.15AM – 10.30AM

The National Opera House, High Street, Wexford, Ireland

To Book: www.nationaloperahouse.ie/whats-on/show/wexsci

All Lectures are free but must be booked in advance.

Events are suitable for adults and students.

A Personal Quest to Breathe in Space

with Niamh Shaw

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 10.15AM – 11.20AM

In 2014, Niamh Shaw announced to the world that she wanted to go to space; and then she made a show about it in partnership with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and ESA ESTEC in The Netherlands. ‘To Space’ explored her impossible dream and the current state of the space industry. With videos, images and personal stories, Niamh shares her progress thus far, illuminating the relevance of space in our society, her progress, her struggles and challenges, the importance of sharing the story of space to the wider population, and explaining why she has devoted the remainder of her life to fulfilling a 40 year old dream. Niamh Shaw, PhD is an Irish engineer, scientist, artist, communicator & space explorer.

Rejuvenate Your Brain

with Dr. Sabina Brennan

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 11.35AM – 12.25PM

Many people may feel that memory loss and dementia are inevitable parts of ageing. Dr Sabina Brennan, author of 100 Days to a Younger Brain, explains that this is not necessarily the case. Sabina will explain that scientific evidence shows that our lifestyle can have a major impact on how our brain functions and reacts to the ageing process. In her lively and entertaining talk, she will give tips and practical advice on things that we can do now to protect our brain and memory in the longer term. The evidence to date suggests that it’s never too late or too early to start looking after our brain health. Think of it like a pension fund. Healthy brain habits now build the brain’s reserves. It’s a lodgement, like money in the bank for later in life. Professor Sabina Brennan is a psychologist, and award-winning science communicator.

A Clash of Two Cultures

with The School of Looking

SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 12.35PM – 2.30PM

Public Talk followed by a demonstration and opportunity to try the Meta-perceptual Helmets. In his seminal 1959 Rede lecture, The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, British novelist and chemist remarked, “The clashing point of two subjects, two disciplines, two cultures, of two galaxies…ought to produce creative chances”. From a background in architecture, Cleary and Connolly’s work evolved over two decades to embrace science and art as the two inseparable faces of human creativity. They consider that both are necessary to create a balanced, progressive and innovative society and so dedicate their lives to sparking the creative chances that C.P. Snow wished for in his 1959 lecture. In this talk the artists talk about the accidental meetings and circumstances that lead them to embrace science in their work. They will discuss the Meta-perceptual Helmets from the first ideas to the final works they became, and the ideas behind Invisible Things, a new collaborative project going beyond the visible spectrum to attempt to see as animals and machines see, with the Crawford Gallery and the Tyndall National Institute in Cork. The Meta-perceptual Helmets were produced with the support of the Arts Council.