IOPI’s 50th birthday celebrations at the Spring Meeting

13 March 2014

IOP Ireland celebrated its 50th anniversary in Dun Laoghaire in March with its annual Spring Meeting.

Jennifer Gaughran being presented with the Rosse Medal by Paul Hardaker, IOP Chief Executive
Jennifer Gaughran being presented with the Rosse Medal by Paul Hardaker, IOP Chief Executive

 

The focus of the event was all that is best in Irish physics research with panels of speakers reviewing Irish achievements across nanotechnology, photonics, astronomy and plasmas.

Dun Laoghaire

 

The meeting also included the Rosse Medal competition for postgraduate communication of physics. This year’s winner was Jennifer Gaughran, from Dublin City University with her presentation on Multi-Stage, Solvent-Controlled Routing for Automated On-Disc Extraction of Total RNA from Breast Cancer Cell Line Homogenate. 

Padraig Dunne, UCD, discussing where physics will be in 50 years.
Padraig Dunne, UCD, discussing where physics will be in 50 years.

 

Alongside the more usual academic talks, Tony Scott interviewed Norman Apsley, CEO of the Northern Ireland Science Park who gave a fascinating insight into the world of start up businesses.

Groups at Spring Meeting

 

Finishing off the formal aspect to the meeting, was a free flowing discussion on where Irish physics will be in 50 years time. Among areas discussed included a prediction that the numbers of women in physics might exceed those of men and on a flight of fancy that a few Star Trek visions such as breaking the speed of light might have come to pass. 

David Murnaghan, one of the three physicists who set up IOPI cut the 50th birthday cake along with Tony Scott, former chair of IOPI. The event concluded with a visit to the Commissioners of Irish Lights and a walk along the pier in Dun Laoghaire.