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Smashing Science @ The chq Building

Location icon white The chq building Thu 13 Nov 2014, 5pm to 11pm

Come along to The chq Building and join us for three very special screenings as part of science week. Film, Science, Beers ( Kronenbourg ) and Discussion. It's one not to be missed for anyone with an interest in all things science.

Doors open at 5pm each night for science demos, an exhibition & complementary beers.

Thursday 13th – PARTICLE FEVER (18:30)

Friday 14th – MONEYBALL (18:30)

Saturday 15th – The Grand Finale - THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (18:30) After show beer tastings with tunes from SciMan Cullen ( aka Lazertom and Ships ) In A White Suit. A right be of craic to be had all together.

So come and join us in The chq Building for this fun fact packed evenings of film, discussion and exploration. Each event kicks off with an inspiring short film to introduce the theme of the evening and warm up for the dynamic post screening panel and audience discussion with leading scientists and thinkers.

Tickets are €8 and include entry to the Pre-screening event with some lovely complementary beers, Tickets are available here -->

The Smashing Science program is co-presented by Insight, AMBER, UCD Science Expression and Happenings who come together to host this series of films

Don't forget to join us early at our ‘show & tell’ before every screening. You are invited to join science demos from 5:00pm each evening and meet scientists from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and AMBER. There’ll be an exhibition of research images from UCD, washed down with a complementary beer.


Thursday 13th November at our opening night we celebrate 60 years of CERN with a screening of the multi-award winning feature documentary PARTICLE FEVER. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter.

Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, from the inspiration and initiative of producer David Kaplan and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, The Godfather trilogy)

In our post screening discussion we celebrate discovery and reveal the very human stories behind this epic machine with Irish scientists who have worked and collaborated with CERN programmes over the years.

Our discussion will be moderated by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, broadcaster and member of the School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin. She recently completed her Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics Education with the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin. In 2004 she was chosen to participate in a Summer Studentship at CERN where she worked with the COMPASS group researching gluon spin.


It’s Friday night in the city so we take the ball and roll with an evening exploring the functions of big data and analytics in sport. Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Hollywood is known for stretching the truth and for never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. But it turns out that Moneyball is quite an accurate account of what Billy Beane did for the Oakland Athletics in 2002. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution – using data analytics to get ahead of the curve.

In our post screening discussion we meet the scientists from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics working with leading sports professionals in Ireland to improve understanding and performance at the highest level. We discover what is really going on behind the scenes in training and planning in cutting edge sports science. Panel Discussion Moderated by Off the Ball, Newstalk sports journalists - Nathan Murphy & Adrian Barry with Prof Brian Caulfield, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Andy McGeady, Sports Writer, Ray Boyne former Head of Performance Analysis at the Dublin GAA Football Team and Brian Healy, Head of Predictive Modelling Team at Paddy Power.


On Saturday 15th November we look to the past and how science, invention and innovation were presented in the clever and often dark comedy The Man in the White Suit. In the 1951 Ealing Studios film, a timid Sidney Stratton, played by Sir Alec Guinness, is a brilliant research chemist and Cambridge scholarship recipient. Stratton is determined to create an ever-lasting fibre that repels dirt. His invention troubles the establishment, big business and the fearful public. Stratton goes on the run trying to outwit his detractors and defend his invention. Our post screening discussion will take a lively review of the film, and will discuss where we are now in the race to create fantastic materials of the future through the wonders of nano science and technology.

Panel discussion moderated by Irish Times Journalist, Una Mullally with Emer O'Daly, Love & Robots, Pádraig Murphy, Lecturer in Communications at Dublin City University and Chair of the MSc in Science Communication, Prof Valeria Nicolosi, Principal Investigator in AMBER, internationally regarded as a leading expert in the field of nano and materials science

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