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The School of Communications will host the IAMCR annual conference in DCU, 25th - 29th June 2013

The conference theme is Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders

The overarching theme of the 2013 IAMCR conference is "Crises, 'Creative Destruction' and the Global Power and Communication Orders".

The conference theme centres round the concepts of crisis and "creative destruction", with connotations of historically-rare periods of intensified flux and challenge, accompanied by all-round or multi-dimensional processes of innovation.

Thus, this theme invites reflections and papers addressing whether or how the current deep economic/financial crisis and its attendant gales of "creative destruction" may engender various shifts in the geo-political and communication order.


Visiting Professor Dr. John Sullivan, Associate Professor of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania, will give a lecture entitled

'Free,Open Source Software Advocacy as a Social Justice Movement' - on Tuesday 26th March at 12.00, C136

john Sullivan Dr. Sullivan's research explores the links between media industries and systems of social and economic power. More specifically, he focuses on the constructions of audiences within media organizations, the implementation of U.S. media policies, and on the political economy of cultural production.


Sixth annual Celsius Symposium on Science and Society

Interdisciplinary experiences - collaborations and collisions

Friday 10 June 2011, 9am to 4pm, The Helix Gallery, Dublin City University

Celsius Logo and link to Celsious Site

This symposium will explore incentives and inhibitions to collaborations in higher education and research between the natural sciences and engineering, on the one hand, and social sciences and humanities, on the other. A point of departure for this exploration is that many of the most pressing social issues and most engaging intellectual issues have a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary aspect.

The keynote speaker, Prof Brian Wynne (Lancaster University) is a pioneer in social studies of science with a long record of research and publication on issues in science governance. His most recent work has focused on social issues in biotechnology and genetics.

Draft programme

9.00 – 11.00 Interdisciplinarity and Pedagogy
Eilish McLaughlin (DCU School of Physics): Developing a module in Interdisciplinary Science
Lynn Scarff (TCD Science Gallery): The Future of Water – the Idea Translation Lab
Richard O’Kennedy (DCU Vice-President for Learning Innovation): Science in the courtroom – forensics, role-play and undergraduate education
Brian Trench (DCU School of Communications): Science communication – the evolution of a new academic subject
Chair: Marguerite Barry, DCU

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 1.00 Synergies between disciplines
Pat Brereton (DCU School of Communications, Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Stephen Daniels (DCU School of Electronic Engineering): New research approaches for sustainability
Enrico Marsili (DCU School of Biotechnology) and Padraig Murphy (DCU School of Communications): A dialogical life cycle approach for nanotechnology?
Siobhan O’Sullivan (former scientific director, Irish Council for Bioethics, and member, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies): Research ethics and bioethics – where disciplines meet
Chair: Juliana Adelman, TCD

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.15 Keynote address
Brian Wynne (Lancaster University): Lay expertise in governance of food biotechnology
Chair: Padraig Murphy

3.15 – 4.00 Concluding panel session
Chair: Brian Trench

The Celsius group wishes to acknowledge the support of the Office of Vice President of Research and the Office of Vice President of Learning Innovation