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'Speaking with Plants'

UCD Science Expression

Saturday, 28 June 2014 from 14:30 to 15:30 (IST)

'Speaking with Plants'

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Dr Niamh Shaw, scientist turned performer & Prof Bruce Osborne, Plant Ecophysiology Research Group, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Earth Institute in association with EuroScience present 'Speaking with Plants' in The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin at 14:30 on Saturday 28th June. Kindly supported by INTEL.

Dublin hosts The Plant Biology Europe FESPB/EPSO Congress 2014, which takes place in The Convention Centre Dublin from 23-29 June. The Congress will see delegates from over 50 countries including Mexico, Chile, US, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Sri-Lanka, Russia, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad, Singapore and China converge on Dublin to engage in scientific debate and exchange on plant science. See more.

UCD’s Professor Bruce Osborne, is President of The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) and in charge of the organising committee of The Plant Biology Europe FESPB/EPSO 2014 Congress. Committed to public engagement in plant biology, he approached Dr Niamh Shaw about developing a short show about plants.

They discovered a common passion for biology, ecology and house plants but sadly Niamh can't keep a plant alive. So a challenge was set, Niamh was going to find her 'green thumb' and Bruce was going to guide her journey. Bruce wants to highlight the importance of plants and encourage us all to recognize the close connection between our lives and the plants around us.

Join us in at 14:30 The National Botanic Gardens on Saturday 28th June to hear whether Niamh has succeeded in her grand challenge to keep her plants alive and even resurrect dead ones under the watchful eye of a leading plant biologist.

Other contributors to the discussion will include Mathew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, Thomas P. Shaw, Secretary of County Louth Beekeepers Association (Niamh’s green fingered Dad) and horticulturist, garden writer and garden designer, Fionnuala Fallon the gardening correspondent for The Irish Times.

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The National Botanic Gardens
Botanic Avenue
9 Dublin

Saturday, 28 June 2014 from 14:30 to 15:30 (IST)

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UCD Science Expression is Ireland's dedicated science film festival; a dynamic public engagement programme invigorating conversation around science, technology, research and innovation through film and new media. If you love science, have a soft spot for scientists and relish the innovative thinking of researchers worldwide, UCD Science Expression is for you.

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