The Irish Ocean Literacy NetworkThe Irish Ocean Literacy Network had their network meeting in the wonderful Athlone Campus, Dr. Declan Devine and Dr. Ian Major were wonderful hosts and made the network feel so welcome.
The steering group had a brief meeting before joining the network for the INSPIRE presentation.
The full presentation will be made available soon, but it was a very interesting discussion about plastic.
The network members come from a range of backgrounds and it was great to be in a room with people dedicated to our ocean. All members have a voice and our goals all link towards developing ocean literacy on our island.
In the next few weeks our work will be focused on adding new members to the group, so if you are interested in the ocean and would like to learn more about the network why not join us at the next meeting in January? Its a great networking opportunity and we would love to hear from you. Email us today and find out more.
A Science@Sea course in multidisciplinary marine science will take place on the 7th and 8th of November in Cork Harbour and its approaches. This intensive two-day Continuous Professional Development (CPD) course aboard the RV Celtic Voyager is aimed at postgraduate and graduate students of marine-related sciences, technologies and engineering, as well as researchers, industry professionals and educators.
We are looking forward to meeting everyone to our Irish Ocean Literacy Network meeting. There will be a steering group meeting in the morning. The INSPIRE talk at 11am is a great opportunity to meet members and possibly join the network.
Please RSVP if you would like to attend email; RSVP us
SPECIAL INSPIRE talk on Plastics and Compostable Products by Dr.Declan Devine & Dr. Ian Major Inspire Project : researching more environmental friendly materials /plastics “Used food packing is often difficult to sort and clean, and that’s if it’s a simple one plastic sheet or container. The use of multiple plastics in the same film adds complexity to this process. Combined with the prohibitive cost, this can make recycling uneconomical. Through INSPIRE, we’ll create special compostable plastic that can be disposed of in the brown food waste bin. This will help create a circular economy that will reduce the quantity of plastic ending up in the landfill or the sea.”
CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway, are teaming up with the National Aquarium, (Galway Atlantaquaria) to showcase the science behind the shores of Galway Bay for Culture Night 2018. The event, ‘Sea-search: Marine Inspired Research’, will take place in conjunction with both Culture Night and Galway's first ‘Loving Galway – Celebrating our Green and Blue Spaces’ festival at Galway Atlantaquaria on Friday the 21st of September.
The Seasearch event will be an interactive, educational science investigation of the links between marine science and biomedical science. Researchers taking part in the event will talk about a range of research across these two fields currently underway in Galway, from microplastics and animal regeneration, to drug delivery and barnacle inspired glues!
The walk through the Salthill seascape will be followed by a trip to the Galway Atlantaquaria to learn about how marine life has inspired modern advances in medicine and technology.
Participants will meet at 5:45pm on Grattan beach.
Sea-search is an ideal family event where participants of all ages get to experience the worlds of medical and marine science and discover amazing facts and experiments designed to inspire the next generation of ‘Sea-searchers’.
All events are free for the public to attend, although parental or guardian guidance is required.