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Debating Science Issues (DSI)

Debating Science Issues (DSI) All-Ireland Debating Competition

Click on the images below taken at the April 2010 All-Ireland Final, held in the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin

Teacher Fiona Knight, Ciara McConvey, Oonagh Mitchell, David McShane, Luke Brown
DSI 2010 All-Ireland Runners-Up: Clonakilty Community School, Co. Cork
Motion: This house proposes that animal testing is necessary for the advancement of disease treatment.

DSI - Debating Science Issues is a dynamic debating competition which invites young people to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science.

Open to students in the senior cycle of secondary school in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the competition aims to:

• encourage young people to take an active interest in biomedical science and to engage with contemporary research
• facilitate discussion amongst young people on the advances in the biomedical field and the societal and ethical impact of this research
• stimulate young people to think differently about biomedical science, as they discover the immense impact it has on society and to consider a career or education in this field
• expose students and teachers not normally involved in the traditional sciences to the area of biomedical science
• generate awareness of biomedical research within the broader school community

“The competition provided a great opportunity for students to expand their communication and scientific skills. The fact that the students can link it to everyday societal changes gives it an edge:” teacher

Debates will cover the following biomedical topics:

• Stem Cell Research
• Genetically Modified Food
• Nanotechnology
• Health & Self Testing
• Immunology Practices
• Rare Diseases

Participating schools will also have the opportunity to avail of a 3-hour interactive student workshop on biomedical science before the debating competition begins.

Competition Prizes include Amazon vouchers, framed certs, travel bursaries and school trophies.

If you would like to know more, contact Danielle Nicholson on 091 495259 or by email on danielle.nicholson@nuigalway.ie

DSI – Debating Science Issues is funded by the Wellcome Trust and co-ordinated by the following research, medical and science centres:

The Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) at University College Cork

The Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University

The Royal College of Surgeons Dublin

W5 Interactive Discovery Centre Belfast

The Centre for Cross Border Studies  Armagh

Cork Intitute of Technology CIT

Clarity Centre, UCD

CRANN, Trinity College Dublin


Follow the DSI competition 2010-2011 on Twitter @DebatingScience

 To view a short DSI Highlights 2010 video, follow us on Facebook and to find out more about the competition, please visit our new website www.debatingscienceissues.com