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Dillon Centenary Symposium - Science, History and Chemical Ballet

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Institute for Life Course and Society (ILAS)

National University of Ireland Galway (North Campus)

Upper Newcastle Road

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This event marks the 100 year milestone since the appointment of Thomas Dillon as Professor of Chemistry in Galway.

A century later, and the scientific topics that Dillon started exploring – such as the study of carbohydrates and sugars, as well as research into Ireland’s seaweeds – are still relevant in the cutting-edge research that will be discussed throughout the day at the Thomas Dillon Centenary Symposium. Scientific Lectures will be given during the day from experts in the field from 9.30-5pm. We will include a lecture from Dillon's grandson, Professor Niall Dillon of Imperial College London, who is a reknowned molecular biologist, on signalling in stem cells and early mammalian development and the relevance of this to cancer, as part of the scientific session.

From 5 pm to 7.30pm, the symposium will transform into an evening of celebration for the general public, featuring a historical lecture by Thomas Dillon’s granddaughter, the author Honor O Brolchain (at 6 pm). There will also be a ballet piece performed by Youth Ballet West inspired by Dillon’s description of the “benzene ring” and choreographed by another family member Ester O Brolchain. There will be a “Threesis” challenge, where research students will present their thesis succinctly and engagingly in only three minutes aimed especially for a lay public audience. A reception will follow, with a chance to share stories and memories. Details of the programme can be found on www.dillonsymposium.wordpress.com and attendees are asked to register for the free event through Eventbrite.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are very limited spaces at the ILAS, but you will be able to park at the University Park and Ride in Dangan, within a short walk of venue. If choosing to park there, please use the pay and display section of the car park. These are the spaces between the blue lines. Please avoid the white lines as you could be clamped without a valid permit.

The Park and Ride Car Park is €6 for a full day.

Parking on the Main Campus is €10 for a full day.

Pay and Display can be paid for by coins at the machine or by downloading the app – apcoaconnect – to pay by phone.

There is no parking charge after 5.45pm.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

send an email to paul.v.murphy@nuigalway.ie

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

There is no charge for attending this symposium. But tickets are essential as there is a limited number of seats in the auditorium. They are also needed to help us planning and making appropriate catering arrangements.

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Institute for Life Course and Society (ILAS)

National University of Ireland Galway (North Campus)

Upper Newcastle Road

Galway

Ireland

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