Public Awareness and Understanding of Science
Editorial April 2012

Tackling Obesity

By Professor William Reville, UCC

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Public Lecture Series 2013

In this Lecture Series, a distinguished list of speakers will discuss various aspects of science and technology, many of particular relevance to Ireland today.
Weekly from January through March 2013 on Wednesday evenings in Boole 4 Lecture Theatre at UCC. Lectures start at 8PM, but please come a little earlier.

Science For All 2011

GRAND FINAL – Science for All – Postgraduate Student Public Presentation Competition 2011, Wednesday, 30th March. Winner Announced
Click here for Science For All 'Book of Abstracts'

Films of Recent UCC College of Science, Engineering and Food Science Public Lectures:

Autism; Biochemistry of Health and Mood; Brittle Bones; Cancer; Climate Change; Eugenics and Nazis; Gaia; Health Effects of Ionising Radiation; Mathematics and Economics; Mental Illness; Nuclear Power; Peak Oil; Poisonous Animals; Renewable Energy; Science and Religion (John Polkinghorne).

Click here to view films

Contacts: Users of this site are invited to contact the Editor with letters on current scientific issues, comments on the site, suggestions for improvements, and so on.

Editor: Professor William Reville, Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Science, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

Tel: +353 (0)21 4904127, +353 (0)21 4904369, Fax: +353 (0)21 4904452, e-mail:

Number of visitors to site since 12th June 2005

Bald Eagle (US Fish and Wildlife Service), Malvaceaepollens (Micromondi Exhibition, Science Museum, Trieste)

About this site

Two large sections of this site – Understanding the Natural World and The UCC Public Lectures – explain some of the wonderful knowledge science has discovered about how the natural world works, the place of humans in the world, and the science-based technology on which modern civilisation runs.

We have a rich legacy of science in Ireland that remains largely unappreciated by the general public and another large section of the site contains biographies of famous Irish scientists. There are also sections on Science in the News, Scientific Quotations, Science and Humour, Quizzes and Puzzles, and, Careers and Courses in Science and Technology.

This site is designed like a magazine, with an Editorial Page and Letters to the Editor Page. The Editor, William Reville writes the weekly Science Today column in The Irish Times, and many of these columns have been reproduced as articles on this site.

Is Current Climate Change Natural or Man-made?

On 3rd December, 2009, Ian Plimer, Professor of Geology, University of Adelaide debated this issue at UCC with Declan Waugh, a prominent Cork-based environmentalist who strongly supports the majority position.  Professor William Reville, UCC, chaired the debate.  You can view the debate by clicking here.

Annual SEFS Newsletter

College of Science Engineering and Food Science (SEFS)

Annual Graduate Newsletter & Report 2011

Keeping you in touch with developments in Science, Engineering and Food Science at UCC.

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