UCC's Science in Society Lecture Series Asks, Could Jurassic Park Really Happen
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Thursday 1st, February 2024
Ireland Report / Story
In its eighteenth consecutive year, the University College Cork's (UCC) 'Science in Society' free public lecture series is set to ignite the minds of the community with a diverse array of thought provoking scientific topics. The series, aimed at bridging the gap between scientific advancements and public understanding, promises to delve into cutting edge subjects, sparking discussions and providing a unique opportunity for engagement.

One of the much anticipated highlights of the series is the upcoming lecture by distinguished palaeontologist Professor Maria McNamara. Titled "Could Jurassic Park really happen?" the talk, scheduled for March 21st 2024, will unravel the mysteries surrounding the concept of resurrecting extinct species. Professor McNamara expressed her thoughts ahead of the lecture, stating,
"The idea that dinosaurs and other extinct species could be resurrected has fueled the imagination of the public and the blockbuster movie industry for decades. But could it really happen? And would it be ethical? In this talk, we'll look at the science behind the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchise, and whether de-extinction of such ancient animals is even possible."


The Science in Society series kicked off on January 16th 2024 with a lecture by Professor Alan Kelly exploring the fundamental question of "How science works". The subsequent talks in the series cover a broad spectrum of topics, including the ethics of science communication, the natural physical world, the circular economy, and environmental concerns, offering attendees a comprehensive overview of the significant role science plays in shaping society.

The series unfolds at UCC's Boole 2, with lectures scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.00pm. The choice of venue and timing aims to make the lectures accessible to a wider audience, fostering inclusivity and ensuring that scientific knowledge is within reach of the general public.

The Science in Society lectures are free and open to everyone, emphasising UCC's commitment to providing an enriching experience for the community. Attendees have the chance to engage directly with experts, ask questions, and explore the implications of scientific advancements in various fields.

As the series progresses, it promises to stimulate curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and contribute to a more informed and engaged public, embodying the university's dedication to the dissemination of knowledge and fostering meaningful dialogue between the scientific community and the wider public.
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