Welcome to UCD Science. University College Dublin has one of the most diverse Science programmes in the country, providing undergraduate and graduate courses in the biological, biomedical, chemical, geological, mathematical, physical and computer sciences. Watch our new 60 second video showcasing the world-class facilities in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science.
Visit the UCD Science stand at Higher Options to talk to academics about studying DN200 Science, DN201 Computer Science and DN230 Actuarial and Financial Studies. Each day there will also be a talk on Working in Science & IT by Dr Orla Donoghue. Brochures and a calendar of events will be available on the stand each day. (Posted 5 August 2015)
Congratulations to incoming UCD PhD students Brian Caffrey and Andrew Smith who were awarded Wellcome-TRUST-National Institute Health (WT-NIH) PhD scholarships. (Posted 7 August 2015)
Professor Pat Guiry has become the first Irish academic to be elected President of the International Scientific Committee of the European Symposium of Organic Chemistry. The pan-European committee is responsible for the biannual event which brings together hundreds... (Posted 5 August 2015)
Landslides can sweep away all in their path. On land this might mean people, cars, trees and buildings, so we pay attention to them, but what about the landslides that happen under the sea? These dramatic submarine events can wreak havoc in the ocean, but they can also affect coastal regions by triggering tsunamis - so we need to understand how and when they might happen, according to Dr Aggie Georgiopoulou, a Lecturer in Sedimentology at UCD School of Earth Sciences. Posted 5 August 2015)
Oysters are a delicacy in demand, but farming them is not without its stresses. ‘Invading’ species can take hold at oyster farms, where they grow rapidly. Conversely, some types of farmed oyster can themselves ‘escape’ and cause problems in the wild. Dr Tasman Crowe and his group at UCD School of Biology and Environmental Sciences are taking an ecological-eye view of these issues in oyster farming, with the aim of protecting oysters from the the environment and of protecting the environment from oysters. (Posted 5 August 2015)
Have you ever watched as a flock of birds flies overhead? The individuals seem to self-organise as they collectively soar, swoop and suddenly change direction. Similarly, groups of fish and insects seem to work as a dynamic whole. Could there be parallels with how humans think as a collective? Dr Vladimir Lobaskin from UCD School of Physics has been looking at the parallels between how individual animals or particles interact in nature, and how opinions and behaviours spread through human societies. (Posted 5 August 2015)
Keeping track of animal populations is an important task when monitoring the environment. But head counts are arduous and don’t always give the best indication of how populations are faring, and tracking individual animals is costly and often unfeasible. Could clues from DNA offer more insights? Dr Jens Carlsson and his group at the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science think so - and they are developing less costly and faster ways of analysing that DNA for ecological information. (Posted 5 August 2015)