Monday, 12 November 2018

Human Biomonitoring:from exposure biomarker identification to population studies

Human BiomonitoringDr Holger M. Koch is the Head of Human Biomonitoring laboratory in the Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine in Bochum, Germany and will discuss current research on human biomonitoring (HBM) including the development of new biomarkers and methods for emerging chemicals of concern such as phthalates, bisphenols, parabens, sunscreens, pesticides and novel substitutes. Theoretical foundations and approaches will be illustrated with practical examples from population studies such as the German Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) and the German Environmental Survey (GerES) and from the working environment


Speaker: Dr Holger M. Koch, Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine, Bochum, Germany

Location: AS203, River Room, Arts/Science Building    
Time: 13.00

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Dancing Bodies and Subatomic Particles: Creating Interdisciplinary Performances

Exploring the Science of the Very Small through Dance TheatreIn the era of TED talks and immersive presentations, performative science has developed as a unique niche within the art world, and stimulated new networks between the arts and other academic divisions on campuses in higher education.  Deidre Cavazzi, Dance Department Chair at Saddleback College in Southern California, will speak about her work designing performance projects that are cross-disciplinary and bring together diverse communities and audiences. Her recent collaborations have involved physicists, architects, geologists, mathematicians, chemists and botanists, and helped inspire students to make connections between the arts and STEM fields through multimedia performances and campuswide activities.  She will share tools for initiating interdisciplinary projects, as well as models for performance design and multi-departmental events.  To learn more about her work, please visit

Speaker: Deidre Cavazzi, Saddleback College

Location: AS203, River Room, Arts/Science Building    
Time: 12.00

Thursday, 15 November 2018

NanoDance: Exploring Science of the Very Small through Dance Theatre

Explore the world of nanoscience with dance and theatre! This multimedia piece will explore the science of the very small, with performance and projection devised by visiting choreographer Deidre Cavazzi, Saddleback College. The performance will be preceded by a short talk by Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield, School of Physics, NUI Galway. Art and science intertwine in this exciting new dance theatre piece that explores physics, technology, and wonder.

Performances will take place at 6pm on Thursday, November 15, and Friday, November 16, in the O'Donoghue Centre at NUI Galway. The Thursday performance will include a talkback session with Jessamyn and Deidre, facilitated by Marianne Ní Chinnéide of the NUI Galway Discipline of Drama and Theatre Studies.

 Tickets are free but must be prebooked here:

Choreography & Direction: Deidre Cavazzi 
Nanoscience Talk
: Dr Jessamyn Fairfield

Location: O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway    
Time: 18.00

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Optics of Mobile Phone Cameras and Tunable Lenses

Peter P. Clark is delivering a seminar at NUI Galway under the OSA Travelling Lecturer Programme in association with NUI Galway OSA Student Chapter and the School of Physics. Peter has been an optical engineer for over forty years. He spent twenty years in the Optical Engineering Department of Polaroid Corporation. Following which he developed tunable optical elements for Lensvector Inc. Currently Peter is doing optical system design consulting for Optikos Corporation, who specialise in optical metrology. Peter is an OSA Fellow, an elected member of the OSA Board of Directors, and co-chair of the International Optical Design Conference. He is also a recipient of OSA's Engineering Excellence Award. Peter will be talking about his work in imaging, lens design and the challenges associated with designing miniaturised cameras. 

Tea, coffee, and sandwiches will be provided. All welcome, the more the merrier!

Speaker: Peter P. Clark, Optikos Corporation

Location: AS203, River Room, Arts/Science Building    
Time: 13.00

Friday, 20 September 2019

Toxic Organic Contaminants in our Environment

The Ryan Institute Centre for One Health (COH) will host their second Annual Conference ‘Toxic Organic Contaminants in Our Environment' on   September 20th 2019 in the O’Donoghue Center at NUI Galway.

Centre for One Health Annual Conference

The conference’s overarching objective is to promote awareness of issues relating to the presence of toxic organic contaminants within the Irish environment. This will be achieved by bringing together relevant stakeholders in Irish industry and policy-making sectors with researchers actively investigating the sources, pathways and impacts of toxic organic contaminants on the Irish environment. By so doing, it will help establish networks and foster knowledge exchange between stakeholder groups to help develop solutions to problems associated with toxic organic contaminants.

Further details are available at the Conference Website.

Location: O’Donoghue Center at NUI Galway    
Time: 08:00 - 17:00