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Join us at The Chestnut on Wednesday May 22nd for Birr's first ever Pint of Science event! We'll learn about what local scientists get up to in their off-time and how state-of-the-art technology here in Birr and elsewhere helps them with their research. We'll also be holding a pub quiz with Pint of Science goodies for the winners. So come along, grab a drink, take a seat and hear about everything from atoms to galaxies. We can't wait to see you there!
An introduction to mathematical optimisation and its applications
James Merrick (Research affiliate with Stanford University, the Electric Power Research Institute and Diatom Robotics)
Many interesting and important problems may be framed as optimisation problems. Leonhard Euler wrote in 1744: “Nothing takes place in the world whose meaning is not that of some maximum or minimum”. Mathematical methods and algorithms developed in the past 60 years, along with the advancement in computing, have enabled the solution to these problems at greater and greater scale, with an ever growing range of applications. This talk will introduce the ideas of how to solve these problems and outline some applications in energy and space.
I-LOFAR: The build and the science
Rachel was on the team of undergraduate students that helped build the research grade radio telescope, I-LOFAR (Irish Low Frequency Array) in Birr Castle, during the summer of 2017. This facility connects Ireland to the International LOFAR Telescope, which is one of the most sophisticated and advanced astrophysics research projects in the world. During this talk she will take you through the experience of the build, an overview of how the radio telescope works and a sample of what exciting science can and is being performed.
The Science Behind The Whiskey
Greg McEntee (Process Team Leader, Tullamore Distillery)
The process of making whiskey has been around for hundreds of years and distillers around the world are utilising modern science to optimise an age old process. This talk will give an overview of the whiskey production process, from grain to glass, with a nod to some of the key chemistry and biochemistry that the distiller relies on to produce consistently high quality whiskey.