Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search

PROBE Programme of Events on 27.09.19

Find your way around Trinity with our campus map!

Join us at the Main Stage, for “What's the Story?” An evening where researchers have been invited to tell stories about their work, what fascinates, frustrates and drives them. Expect stories about Mammoths, The Arms trade, Extracellular Vesicles, Quantum mechanics, Atheism, Chemical Engineering, Transport and so much more!

Reception area or Galbraith seminar room 

Ongoing – audience drop in

Marco Alfano

Effective care plans always require the medical expertise of medical professionals complemented with the equally important expertise of patients about their priorities, concerns, goals and traditions. To this end, a research project on patient empowerment is being carried out at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The project is developing three applications that facilitate acquisition, comprehension and learning of health information and lead to patient empowerment. The first one, helps patients/citizens in finding the most relevant health information on the Internet in terms of language complexity, information quality and information classification. The second one helps them to understand medical texts (through translation of medical terminology in lay terms. The third application helps users to create personalized medical learning on the Web. Their use enables patients/citizens to take control of their health care needs and leads to an increase of their freedom/autonomy. It involves a paradigm shift from a person who just expresses his/her health conditions and “passively” accepts and “automatically” follows a therapy/treatment received by a medical professional (and today/tomorrow by an AI device) to a fully empowered person who acts together with professionals and technology in making and operating the best and most informed choices. 

Neill lecture Theatre

These events will run in a cycle restarting every 45mins

Dawn Seymour Klos (4 mins long – music video)
Did women have rights in the Middle Ages? This short music video will display actual writs, cases, and contracts drafted or commissioned by women in the thirteenth-century. Women regularly appeared in court despite English Common Law’s mandate they be represented by an attorney or husband. Many of the cases and comments on thirteenth-century law mirror modern issues in the struggle for women’s rights globally. While the imagery and text displayed in the video is medieval, the song is a modern call to action for gender equality. Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato’s ‘Fall in Line’ shares thematic and culturally upheld sentiments from both the thirteenth-century and present day.

Ema Vyroubalova & Shauna O'Brien (15 mins)

Shakespeare has become a global phenomenon -- his plays have been translated into over 80 languages and literally performed across the globe in virtually all known languages. The area of Global Shakespeare studies examines how Shakespeare’s plays have traveled around the world in stage productions, literary adaptations, and films, particularly the during the 20th and 21st centuries. Scholars working in it consider how many of these adaptations combine aesthetic and political concerns and agendas and how they incorporate elements of literary, dramatic, and cinematic traditions from around the world. I have been especially interested in how these productions and films approach the issue of linguistic difference and how they make themselves accessible to audiences who might not understand the languages that they are originally made in. Dr. Shauna O'Brien's research focuses on Shakespeare productions in the Persian-speaking regions of Iran and Afghanistan, exploring issues of censorship and gender on stage.

Dr Sylvie Kleinman (20 mins)

Madeleine ffrench-Mullen’s 1916 prison diary: writing for self, writing for Ireland

Imprisoned for almost 40 days after the Easter Rising, Madeleine furtively wrote a diary, hiding random scraps of paper and pencil stubs in her clothes. She looked back to the failed revolution, forward to the Irish Republic, and recorded her thoughts and reactions to the present. 

Her prose meanders between the pondered and the emotive, observations are astute, yet this precious testimony to an assertion of self has never been published. Time was seized and frozen on paper, history had been made. Despondency swiftly lead to resolute calm, and acceptance of her fate, then outbursts of cynical humour shed light on her character. Virtually no other writings of hers have survived, and that this diary survived is in itself a miracle, for the house she lived in with Kathleen Lynn for 30 years had been raided.

Transcribing, editing and footnoting the text for publication has been straight forward. But an ordered, academically-robust printed transcript only partially conveys the emotionally-charged energy of the diary. My hands-on presentation will ask participants to engage with and react to facsimiles of the original mismatched sheets, and comment on this creativity in captivity. 

How to make a Comet (5-6pm, suitable for all ages)

Comets are icy, rocky bodies that and are usually identifiable by their long sweeping tails as they orbit the Sun. These tails are produced by gasses that are released as the comet melts as it heats up in the inner solar system, and have made comets celestial objects that have been observed since ancient times by many different cultures. We will replicate the formation of comets by taking their base building blocks, water (ice), dirt, ammonia and organic material.

Moon Craters

The moon is covered in permanent scars that can tell us about the lunar history. These scars are craters, caused by impacts of meteors and asteroids, and left untouched for eons by the lack of erosion and atmosphere on the moon. We can demonstrate how these craters are formed and this helps us understand the lunar history and its geology by exposing different layers of the lunar surface.

Rocket Science

Rockets employ a fundamental concept to produce thrust. It is this thrust that allows rockets to launch from the surface of the Earth into orbit and to manoeuvre and propel themselves in space without friction. Although true rockets use complex chemical reactions to achieve extreme levels of thrust to get them into orbit, the concept can be demonstrated using a balloon and airflow!

Planetary bodies in 3D and space rocks - meteorites and space rock analogues (6-6.30pm)

In this event be prepared to experience planetary bodies and their surface features in 3D. You will be seeing 3D models and anaglyph 3D images from various NASA and ESA Earth and Planetary missions. You will also be able to feel cool space rocks and their analogues from Earth in your hands.

An observing experience (6.30-7pm)

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a professional astronomer, and have to travel to some of the most remote places in the world to use a telescope? In this talk I will share my experience of observing at ESO's La Silla facility, located at an altitude of 2500m on the outskirts of the Atacama desert in Chile.

Gravitational waves: the new era of multi-messenger astronomy (7-7.30pm)

In this talk Dr. Kate Maguire will discuss the excitement surrounding the recent detections of gravitational waves -- the elusive ripples in the fabric of spacetime that led to the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017. She will also talk about how the longstanding mystery of how gold is formed may now be answered through the first detections of the smashing together of two neutron stars in the distant Universe.

Stellarium: a glimpse of the sky tonight (7.30-8pm)

Stellarium is a free software package that can be used to identify observable stellar objects in the sky at any time. We will use Stellarium to discover the most interesting objects in the sky during the PROBE research night. We will talk about their properties and how they move in our sky. Weather permitting, some of these objects will be observable with our own telescope at the School of Physics, Fitzgerald building. 

Tour of the Monck Observatory on the roof of the Fitzgerald Building (clear sky dependent, 8-10pm, last tour starting at 9.30pm)

Sign up for tickets here :

This tour will take place at half hour intervals during the evening. Groups of 8 maximum will be escorted to the roof of the Fitzgerald building and brought into the observatory to view the sky through the 12” telescope. Unfortunately due to the nature of this activity, we cannot accommodate children under the age of 7. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all visitors must be escorted at all times. Please arrive 10mins early.

Global Brain Health Institute – Shaping Our Brains to Build Brain Health

Sign up for tickets here:

1. Session: 5.30-5.45

2. Session: 6.00-6.15

3. Session: 6.30-6.45

4. Session: 7.00-7.15

Our brain structure and function is hugely affected by our environment and our interactions with that environment. Light of one wavelength can make us mentally sharper, while that of another can help us relax and zone out, for example. Stress from the environment can deplete our mental abilities by its effects on our brain’s neurons. But we also create the environments that shape our brain function and so can indirectly shape our own brain health in this way.

The Global Brain Health Institute (, located in Trinity College Institute of  neuroscience (, trains fellows from 37 countries to devise methods and policies that can shape the brains of millions of people by building brain healthy environments. We will show the effects of different environments on brain function, including colour environments, using the very striking, immersive media ceiling. We will also show how the colour of the ceiling changes in line with the brain activity of someone who is connected to the ceiling by an EEG (electroencephalography) system, showing how we shape our environments as well as vice-versa.

TBSI - Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute

As part of the European Researchers Night Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute is opening its doors on September 27th!

Please join Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute researchers for a variety of guided Behind the Scenes lab visits, ‘show & tell’ activities and games! We invite you to meet with researchers from broad Biomedical Science backgrounds. During this evening, we will promote how TBSI researchers contribute to our society by displaying their work in an interactive and engaging format.

This is public event is a part of PROBE 2019 which is dedicated to bringing researchers closer to the public. It will showcase the diversity of our research and highlight the impact this research hason our daily lives. The aim is to motivate young people to embark on research careers. Friends, family and budding junior science enthusiasts are welcome!

Please note that this is a free but ticketed event so please register here. Contact Dr. Hayley Furlong ( for more information.

Date: September 27th Time: 5- 8 pm  Location TBSI, Pearse Street

Time Activity Topic Location Researcher
17:00- 20:00 Foyer for Activities and Interactive Demonstrations
The Essential Metals of Life Stand 1 McDonald
Extracellular Vesicles Stand 2 O'Driscoll
Brain waves: a window into the mind Stand 3 Cunningham
Take a look inside your body Stand 4 Caldwell
Know your own strength Stand 5 Caldwell
The wonder of our nerves Stand 6 Caldwell
Vaccine Game Work-shop Stand 7 Sheedy
State of the (HE)ART Stand 8 Lally
Oral & Oesophageal Cancer Stand 9 Creagh
Getting under your skin Stand 10 Fletcher
Viruses & Infection Stand 11 O'Farrelly
Who is behind renal inflammation? Stand 12 Little
Macrophages: Guardians of the Body Stand 13 Downer
17:30-19:45 Guided Lab Tours (15 mins each)
Time Activity Topic Location Researcher
17:30 Lab Tour The Essential Metals of Life Lab #1 McDonald
17:50 Lab Tour Extracellular Vesicles Lab #2 O'Driscoll
18:10 Lab Tour Oral & Oesophageal Cancer Lab #3 Creagh
18:30 Lab Tour Viruses & Infection Lab #4 O'Farrelly
18:50 Lab Tour Brain & Neurological Disease Lab #5 Hardiman/Nasseroleslami
19:10 Lab Tour Diet, immune cells and cancer Lab #6 Lynch
19:45 Event Close


Under the Surface is an intimate theatre performance, designed for three spectators. The piece is part the artist’s PhD research, revolving around how technology offers new ways to see our bodies beyond what our eyes can usually capture. During the 15-minute performance, the spectators are invited to see the performer’s body through the mediation of technology and hopefully get a glimpse of what lies underneath. This work was funded by CONICYT-PFCHA/Doctorado Nacional/2017- 21170002. Not suitable for underage audiences.

Book your free tickets here.

Mauricio Quevedo is a Chilean theatre practitioner. His professional experience and training range from actor to director to academic. He has performed and directed in productions in Chile, Canada and England. Among his most important works are his intermedial staging of Heinner Müller’s Hamletmachine (2012) and the cyberformance of Patrick Leroux’s Embedded (2013), which was performed in an apartment and streamed live on the Internet. He is currently finishing his PhD at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, researching how new technologies can be incorporated into live performance and offer a view of the performers body beyond the skin.