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Upcoming summer events

Below is information on upcoming DIAS internal & public events. To keep up to date with DIAS events – subscribe to our newsletter here.

22nd May: Black Holes and Quantum Computers
Public lecture with Professor Marika Taylor on the fundamental puzzles of black holes and their implications for the technologies of tomorrow. Professor Marika Taylor received her PhD under the supervision of Professor Stephen Hawking and is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Deputy Head of the School Mathematical Science, University of Southampton. Register for the event here.This lecture is part of the Irish Quantum Foundations Meeting.

23rd May: DIAS School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture
Prof. Don Zagier from the Max Planck Institute, Bonn will deliver a public lecture on ‘Numbers, Knots, & Quantum Theory’ at 6pm in Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Zagier’s work focuses on number theory. He had an accelerated education, obtaining his high school degree at 13, two bachelor degrees from MIT at 16, and his PhD from Oxford at 20. People interested in attending can register here in advance.  

23rd-24th May: Irish Quantum Foundations Meeting 2019
The annual IQF meetings aim to present the most exciting recent developments in any research area broadly related to fundamental physics and quantum foundations, both internationally and within Ireland. It is collaboratively organised by DCU, DIAS, NUI Maynooth, TCD, TUD and UCD. More information here

23rd May: The annual DIAS O’Raifeartaigh Lecture 
This lecture will be delivered by Professor Nima Arkani-Hamed of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton. The event, which takes place annually, is held in honour of Lochlainn O’Raifeartaigh who was appointed Senior Professor in the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS in 1968 and made numerous seminal contributions that continue to influence the landscape of theoretical physics to this day. Further information on the event here

24th May: Installation of electronics platform for communication between INSN data centre & Ocean Bottom Seismometer (OBS).
The installation of an electronics platform for the communication between the INSN data centre and a fixed OBS is planned for installation in the North Atlantic and will be deployed on the 24th May. This equipment is part of an iMARL project – led by DIAS scientists. Join us on social media for more details at the time of the event! 

24th-25th May: DIAS Celtic Studies Conference: ‘To frighten off the rude and ignorant’?
The Celtic Studies Conference will take place at DIAS, 10 Burlington Road and will focus on Intentional obscuritas in Irish and Welsh literature (650–1650). Registration is open now

29th May: Anniversary of confirmation of General Theory of Relativity
This May marks 100 years since Eddington’s experiment and analysis of observations at a solar eclipse provided the first evidence to prove that Einstein’s theory of general relativity was correct. To coincide with the anniversary, Prof. Tom Ray will be a keynote speaker at an event in Sobral, Brazil – one of the sites where observations of the solar eclipse took place. Equipment utilised in Sobral in 1919 will be on loan to the Museo de Eclipse from DIAS who are the custodian of this equipment. 

7th June: DIAS Dunsink Observatory Public Open Night to kick off Solarfest 2019
Prof. Tom Ray will give a talk about the 1919 Solar Eclipse Expedition and “Ireland’s Role in Proving Einstein Right”, followed by a hands-on viewing of the night sky. More information here

7th June: 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition
DIAS’s Dmitry Molodtsov will deliver a talk at this event in London, which involves a large conference, over 1,000 technical oral and e-Poster presentations, and a technical exhibition presenting the latest developments in geophysics, geology and reservoir/petroleum engineering. 

8th June: Solarfest at DIAS Dunsink Observatory
This annual event is a celebration of solar astronomy for professional and amateur astronomers, as well as the general public. The event will take place from 11am-5pm and will feature various speakers throughout the day. See here for further information.

10th-11th June: iCRAG (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences) Summit
Taking place at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, the summit will bring together iCRAG researchers from DIAS and other Irish universities to discuss a variety of Geoscience topics.

11th June: Bloomsday festival event in DIAS Dunsink Observatory: “A heaventree of stars”
An evening of readings, discussions and music will be held in the original Meridian room of the observatory at Dunsink, now part of DIAS. This event is open to the public. More information on speakers and times here

1st-5th July: Amplitudes 2019
Amplitudes 2019 will be the tenth-anniversary edition of the most important international conference on scattering amplitudes, which describe the interactions of fundamental particles and fields. Leron Borsten, School of Theoretical Physics has been invited to speak at this event. Further information here

4th July: “100 years of the International Astronomical Union – the Irish and Portugese experience”
Secretary General of the International Astronomical Union and former Board member of the School of Cosmic Physics, Professor Teresa Lago will give a talk at DIAS. The lecture will explore Ireland’s long history of association with the IAU, as well as the experience of small countries joining the European Southern Observatory and the important role of astronomy education. This is an invite only event. 

8th-18th July: 27th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
The IUGG are a major international organisation dedicated to advancing, promoting, and communicating knowledge of the Earth system, its space environment, and the dynamical processes causing change. This meeting will bring together thousands of researchers from around the world. DIAS’s Sergei Lebedev is a co-convenor of the session “Cratonic Structure and Dynamics” at the event, and the presenter of two talks, on research performed at DIAS. Further details on registration here

20th July: Anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing
The 20th of July marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon, as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. DIAS Professor Emeritus, Denis O’Sullivan, was involved in studying the moon rocks as part of this mission, and was one of the first people on the planet ever to handle the lunar material.

22-26 July: The XVIth International Congress of Celtic Studies
The International Congress of Celtic Studies is the foremost international gathering of scholars researching the languages, literatures and cultural traditions of the Celtic-speaking peoples. Held once every four years, the Congress provides a forum in which experts from across the full range of Celtic Studies — including literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, musicology and art history — come together to share the fruits of their work. Speakers from DIAS include: Chantal Kobel, Barry Lewis, Andrea Palandri and Nora White. Learn more

25th July: Award of the 2019 O’Ceallaigh medal to Professor Piergiorgio Picozza
The O’Ceallaigh medal honours Professor Cormac O’Ceallaigh who was Senior Professor and Head of the Cosmic Ray Section at DIAS from 1953-1984. The international award is made every two years and marks outstanding contributions to cosmic ray physics over an extended career. The medal will be presented during the opening ceremony of the International Cosmic Ray Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

17th August: Astrophysics for writers @ WorldCon
DIAS researchers will be presenting talks about I-LOFAR, Ireland’s contribution to the world of Radio Astronomy and giving pointers in “Astrophysics for writers”. More information available from here.

17th-25th August: National Heritage Week
National Heritage Week will take place across the country from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th August. For more information on DIAS’s events and involvement, keep an eye on our website.

26th-29th August: Young European Radio Astronomers Conference 2019
DIAS has been chosen to host the Young European Radio Astronomers Conference in 2019, whereby 30 early-career radio astronomers will formally present their work, in a conference setting to their peers over the course of three days. This event is not open to the public. Further information available here

27th August: Julia for Scientific Computing
Julia is a new language which aims to solve the two language problem of scientific computing (writing prototype code in one language (Matlab/Python) and production performant code in another (Fortran/C/cython). This course aims to introduce users to Julia, demonstrate its main features and provide enough instruction to get up and running with it. Participation in the course is free of charge. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information available here