When scientists write science fiction
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 12:00 – 12:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)
Write what you know. That bit of advice has been handed down to new writers with great regularity, but what does it mean for writers whose day jobs are in the science and technology fields? What advantages or challenges do they face when writing with a science background? What does it take to walk in both worlds?
Team-Up – How Scientists Collaborate To Solve the Unsolveable
16 Aug 2019, Friday 10:30 – 11:20, Odeon 1 (Point Square Dublin)
The media portrays scientists as lone geniuses making brilliant discoveries conducted in isolation, with no lab assistants or colleagues. But increasingly science is actually performed by large teams. What is it like to actually work in science, and what are the implications for how and why science is done?
Early Science and Genre Fiction
16 Aug 2019, Friday 12:00 – 12:50, Liffey Room-1 (CCD)
Early science included water mills for grinding grains and basic geometry for mapping stars. How would Renaissance science look to alien cultures? How will Greek philosophy be applied in the future? Who wouldn’t love to see the architectural engineering of Egypt applied to alternate realms? We’ll dive into the wealth of early science and recast it for future/alternate/alien worlds!
Tall technical tales
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)
What kind of stories emerge from the lab when scientists gather round the campfire and have too much to drink? Will they involve exploding particle accelerators, the escape of dangerous diseases, or why you should never operate a centrifuge while drunk?
Really big telescopes
19 Aug 2019, Monday 12:00 – 12:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)
If we can utilise the radio spectrum on planet Earth for astronomy, our descendants or alien species could build imaging interferometers the size of planets or even planetary orbits, and look for buildings on planets around Tau Ceti. What are the implications for exploring the universe – by us or aliens?