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Gone Fission with Dr Paul Deane


Is It Time For Ireland To Give Nuclear Power A Chance?

Friday 17 January at Blackrock Castle Observatory

This is an interactive talk and audience members are asked to bring their smartphone to share their thoughts.

About the Speaker: Dr Paul Deane is a research scientist in clean energy futures at UCC. He is also a fellow at the Colorado School of Mines and in 2018 was the Royal Irish Academy speaker on computer science.

His research helps us understand the choices involved in delivering clean, affordable energy to all.

He has co-authored over 100 technical papers in diverse areas such as electricity production, farming and agriculture, natural gas futures, energy access and international aviation. His research has been published in Nature, Joule and he is a regular contributor to print, television and social media in Ireland.

The talk will begin at 8.00pm on Friday 17th January. It is free to attend, and we welcome anyone with an interest in the topic to come along on the night. For directions to Blackrock Castle, see our Skeptics In The Castle information page.

We look forward to seeing you there!



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Video Blog: Professor John McInerney on Nuclear Radiation

Last May, in the wake of the Fukushima crisis, we invited Professor John McInerney, from the UCC Physics Department, to speak to us about nuclear radiation.

The video is now online in full on our YouTube channel. It’s well worth watching. In his talk, Professor McInerney describes what radiation is, and recounts the biggest stories related to nuclear power generation. Later he talks about the future of nuclear power and what it might mean for Ireland.

First segment: What is Nuclear Radiation?

Second segment: Nuclear Power

Our Writeup of the meeting last May.