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Science Week Event: Evening, 16th Nov. 2017, 5 Merrion Sq. – limitied places remaining

Earthquakes and other Geohazards

Despite its lack of large earthquakes, Ireland holds a special place in the history of Earthquake studies thanks to the pioneering work of Robert Mallet in the mid-19th century. Come see the past and present of live earthquake monitoring worldwide, from the heart of Dublin.

Location: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 5 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Date: 16th November 2017

Time: 19:00 – 20:00 and 20:30 – 21:30

There are a limited number of tickets for this FREE event. Please go to:


Thursday 7th December: STP Seminar – “Quantum Aspects of Black Hole and Fuzzy Sphere in String Theory”

Title: Quantum Aspects of Black Hole and Fuzzy Sphere in String Theory

Speaker: Yoshifumi Hyakutake (Ibaraki University, Japan)

Abstract: One of important directions in superstring theory is to reveal quantum nature of black hole. In this talk we embed Schwarzschild black hole into superstring theory or M-theory, which we call a smeared black hole, and resolve quantum corrections to it. Then we boost the smeared black hole along the 11th direction and construct a smeared quantum black 0-brane in 10 dimensions. Quantum aspects of the thermodynamic for these black objects are investigated in detail. We also discuss fuzzy configurations which will correspond to the microscopic description of the black hole.

Time: Thursday 7th December 2017, 2.00pm.

Place: Lecture Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

M7.3 Iran earthquake, 12th November 2017

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred on the 12th November 2017 at 18:18 UTC in the northwest of Iran. For more details please see

this post on the INSN homepage.

Science Week 2017 Press Release

Press Release

Thursday 9th November 2017

DIAS School of Cosmic Physics announce programme of events for Science Week 2017


Space, telescopes, meteors earthquakes and other geohazards will form part of the exciting line-up of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) School of Cosmic Physics 2017 Science Week programme.

Science Week takes place nationwide from 12th to 19th November and the DIAS School of Cosmic Physics is offering a schedule of free interactive events and outreach activities led by their researchers.

Events and activities taking place at DIAS School of Cosmic Physics during Science Week include:

·         ‘Space and Telescopes of the Future’ a public talk by space enthusiast and radio broadcaster, Seanie Morris at Dunsink Observatory, Castleknock, Dublin 15, Sunday 12th November 2017 at 7.30pm: https://www.dias.ie/2017/11/06/science-week-at-dunsink-observatory/

  • Daily talks on meteors and space travel, by Dr Jonathan Mackey and other DIAS Researchers for primary and secondary school students at Dunsink Observatory.
  • Talks on meteors for groups from the Irish Girl Guides and secondary school students from DIAS, Astronomy & Astrophysics PhD Candidate, Sam Green at Dunsink Observatory.

All of the public events will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and members of the public are encouraged to book early.

Announcing details of their Science Week programme today, Dr Eucharia Meehan, Director of DIAS, said: “We’re delighted to announce our programme of events for this year’s Science Week.

“Science Week is an ideal opportunity for the public to engage with the work of our researchers  and this year we have some exciting talks from researchers in the School of Cosmic Physics.

“We would encourage anyone with a curiosity about science, space and the natural world to explore with the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies this Science Week.”




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Notes to Editors:

DIAS was founded by Éamon de Valera in 1940 as a research centre focused on three disciplines: Celtic Studies, Theoretical Physics and Cosmic Physics.  In addition to conducting and publishing research, the organisation runs the Dunsink Observatory and coordinates a number of national initiatives on behalf of government.  Further information is available at www.dias.ie.

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Science Week at Dunsink Observatory

Kick Off Science Week at Dunsink Observatory

Seanie Morris talks about Space and Telescopes of the Future
Sunday November 12th at 7:20 pm

Free Event, ample free parking

Advance booking required: Book here

Family Open Night, November 22nd

Big Bear Planetarium at Dunsink Observatory: “BACK TO MARS FOR GOOD”

Using state-of-the-art Fulldome 360-degree 3D digital projection technology with stunning graphics and advanced computer simulations. This is a  fully interactive learning environment which is educational and fun. Discover the many fascinating facts about our Universe and learn from qualified Astro Officers.

Starts at 7:00 pm,  Free Event and ample Free Parking

Advance booking required:  Fully Booked

26th October 2017 – DIAS Annual Report Published


Thursday, 26th October 2017

DIAS annual report

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) has today (26.10.17) published its annual report for 2016.

The report documents the key activities undertaken by DIAS last year, including global research, involvement in major national scientific initiatives, and public engagement campaigns.

DIAS was founded by Éamon de Valera in 1940 as a fundamental research centre focused on three disciplines: Celtic Studies, Theoretical Physics and Cosmic Physics.  In addition to conducting and publishing research, the organisation runs the Dunsink Observatory and coordinates a number of national initiatives on behalf of government.

Some of the key highlights in the 2016 DIAS annual report include:

  • Attracting international talent to Ireland through competitive processes – DIAS funded 85 researchers last year. Of these, 30 per cent were Irish, with 70 per cent from other countries of origin.
  • 115 international research visitors to DIAS from 20 countries.
  • Success in securing competitive research funding including a €2.8m award to initiate the development of the first permanent sea-floor seismic, tsunami and marine acoustic observatory in the Irish NE Atlantic. The project is entitled “Insitu Marine Laboratory for Geosystems Research” (iMARL).
  • Further development of the Irish Script on Screen initiative to the point that 365 manuscripts are now available online for researchers nationally and internationally. This online resource had over four million hits in 2016.
  • High-level publications across high-impact journals (including Nature).
  • Ongoing development of the iCRAG Centre for geosciences, in which DIAS is a leading partner.
  • DIAS’s key role in the establishment of the iLOFAR (the European low-frequency radio telescope) site.
  • High-profile international collaborations, including with the European Space Observatory, the European Space Agency, the James Webb Space Telescope endeavour, the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) and the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).
  • 5,500 visitors to the Dunsink Observatory; and the installation of Meteor cameras at Dunsink.
  • DIAS’s ongoing coordination of the Irish National Seismic Network, and the Seismology in Schools initiative.
  • DIAS’s partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to run the national office for the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation. This office marked its twentieth anniversary in 2016.

Commenting today (26.10.17) on the publication of the annual report, Dr. Vincent Cunnane, Chairman of DIAS, said: “For DIAS, 2016 began with the deployment of Ocean Bottom Seismometers off the coast of Donegal and ended with a lecture on why experts disagree about the physics of climate change.

“In addition to our growing research output, we had a significant increase in public engagement over the year – through our own lectures and events, and our involvement in initiatives like Science Week and Culture Night.  We also continued to enhance our international reputation, as can be seen from the high-level global partnerships in which we were involved and the high rates of interest from international researchers in conducting research at DIAS.

“In 2016, DIAS continued to contribute to the national and global knowledge pool, and to influence future developments in the study of our cosmos, our planet and our identity.  We have been building on this work this year, and will be launching a new strategic plan in the coming months.”

DIAS’s 2016 annual report is available to download at: https://dias.ie/reports



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17th November – School of Celtic Studies Statutory Public Lecture 2017

Thursday 2nd November: STP Seminar – “Top Mass from Asymptotic Safety”

Title: Top Mass from Asymptotic Safety

Speaker: Astrid Eichhorn (University of Heidelberg)

Abstract: I will introduce the key ideas underlying the asymptotic safety scenario, which is mainly explored as a model of quantum gravity and will review its current status. I will then highlight that it might at the same time provide an ultraviolet completion for the Standard Model of particle physics. First hints indicate that such a setting might even reduce the number of free parameters of the Standard Model, and turn the top mass as well as the low-energy value of the Abelian gauge coupling into predictable quantities. Within simple approximations of the Renormalization Group flow for gravity and matter, the theoretical values for these quantities obtained from asymptotic safety lie in the vicinity of the observed values.

Time: Thursday 2nd November 2017, 2.30pm.

Place: Lecture Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

Thursday 26th October: STP Seminar – “Towards understanding the endpoint of the superradiant instability: Kerr black holes with synchronised hair”

Title: Towards understanding the endpoint of the superradiant instability: Kerr black holes with synchronised hair

Speaker: Eugen Radu (Aveiro University)

Abstract: A 50 year-old lingering question in black hole (BH) physics is the endpoint of the Kerr BH superradiant instability, triggered by massive, bosonic fields.In a recent breakthrough, East and Pretorius reported long term numerical evolutions of this instability, using a Proca field to trigger it.Evolutions terminate in stationary states of the vector field condensate synchronised with a rotating BH horizon. We show these end points are fundamental states of Kerr BHs with synchronised Proca hair. We also propose a universal (i.e. field-spin independent), analytic model for the subset of BHs that possess a quasi-Kerr horizon, and show the model is accurate for hairy BHs that may emerge dynamically from superradiance.

Time: Thursday 26th October 2017, 2.30pm.

Place: Lecture Room, School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS, 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

Hallowe’en Night 2017 – Tuesday 31st October, 18:30-20:00 : Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (Matter)

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (Matter)

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) will hold a special event this Hallow’en Night exploring the spooky dark matter that surrounds us.

Tuesday 31st October has been designated as International Dark Matter Day – to coincide with Hallowe’en. DIAS’ event will take place from 6.30pm to 8pm at 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

Dark Matter

The evidence for Dark Matter (and the even more mysterious dark energy) has been steadily accumulating since the 1930s and we now believe that less than 5% of the universe is made of the “normal” matter that physicists study in the laboratory. The nature of the dark matter is one of the greatest mysteries in modern physics and will be discussed by the Directors of the DIAS schools of Cosmic Physics, Professor Luke Drury, and Theoretical Physics, Professor Werner Nahm as a dialogue between astrophysics and particle physics.

The event is free to attend, and you can register now at Eventbrite