Earth Science in the Arts
iCRAG researchers take part in a wide range of communication events, including:
- Regional festivals e.g. Cork, Midlands, Cavan/Monaghan science festivals
- UCD Festival
- Departmental open days
- Culture Night
- BT Young Scientist Exhibition
- National Ploughing Championships (below)
- European Researchers’ Night
- Lightning Talks in Trinity College Dublin
Science meets Poetry
Viewing science through poetry can be both illuminating and informative. iCRAG has collaborated with poet Prof. Iggy McGovern and Prof. Micheal Stephenson of the British Geological Survey to run a number of events exploring earth science through the poetry of Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. Situated on the outskirts of Dingle, and overlooking the sea and hills, the event was a both a tribute to two poets of the land and a clarion call for increased overlap between poetry and the sciences. Y ou can listen to a recording of our poetry event (Tools to Open Our Eyes: The Geology and Poetry of Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney) at Feile na Bealtaine 2018, Dingle Co. Kerry, with Prof. Iggy McGovern and Prof. Mike Stephenson on the iCRAG SoundCloud page.
Each year iCRAG takes part in Geological Society of London's Great Geological Bakeoff. This competition challenges researchers and members of the public alike to express their love of all things geological through the delicious medium of cake. All geobakeoff entries can be entered on Twitter using #geobakeoff wity many interesting conversations on the merits of each cake taking place online. The competition is a fun way Keep an eye on the Geological Society's website around April every year for info on what to bake and how to enter.
iCRAG is eager to engage in debate with the public on the major geoscience issues of our time: energy, resources, water. To this end, the Switch movie screening and Q+A public debate took place in the Irish Film Institute in November 2015. Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we're gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorro. This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen. Switch is also about a changing energy conversation. Today, it’s polarized and unproductive. Switch focuses on practical realities and encourages a balanced understanding. Finally, Switch is about changing the way we use energy, to realise the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency. Attended by over 200 people, the event was a stimulating night of discussion and debate.
Interested in collaborating on a public event?
Get in touch with our Education and Public Engagement manager at firstname.lastname@example.org