UCD / IADT Science Expression Competition

    When a science and superhero obsessed boy finds out about the importance of invisible-to-the-naked-eye marine micro-organisms he decides to use his own perceived invisibility to help his parents.
    Evin O’Neill worked with Dr Emmanuel Reynaud, UCD Biology & Environment Science. Dr. Reynaud’s studies how the capacity of a single bacteria excretion to form complex tissue secretion ability in an organism context. He currently focuses on the epithelia functions at the molecular level within artificial epithelial tissues (lung, kidney, gut) to create optimal conditions for cell biology and molecular approaches as well as drug screening on specifically targeted functions: protein expressing defect (cystic fibrosis, lung), water retention (kidney diseases), tumour formation (Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition EMT, metastasis.) and infections.

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    The film highlights the existence of rogue waves and their close proximity to areas of science. Through visual metaphors and a journey with a physicist from the university to the sea, the objective is to show all the facets of rogue waves: the positives and negatives of their instability and power.

    Rogue Wave was born out of collaboration with Prof. Frederic Dias at the UCD Mathematical Sciences, an applied mathematician the UCD School of Mathematical Sciences who specialises in ocean waves and hydrodynamics & the UCD Earth Institute. For decades scientists questioned the existence of rogue waves. They were scientifically improbable and — unlike tsunamis — there did not seem to be any specific underlying cause like an earthquake or volcanic eruption that would displace huge volumes of water. Professor Frédéric Dias explains in a recent UCD interview that it is always difficult to define a rogue wave because nobody can agree on a definition, but it is a very large wave which is both localised in space and time. These waves will “occupy a specific area of, for example, one kilometres squared,” explains Professor Frédéric Dias,

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    Dependence juxtaposes scenes of a veterinary post-mortem with a portrait of an elderly woman whose dog named Trixie has recently died. The film conveys the idea of zoonosis and the One Health Concept.
    This project was a collaboration with Prof Sean Callanan at the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research and and Post-Mortem Room Technician Brian Cloak at the Veterinary Pathology Department at UCD. Their research revolves around pathobiology and Infectious in animals. Recently these UCD scientists made a breakthrough studying diseases spread by red squirrels in Ireland. They have also been researching a link between nervous centre defects in purebred greyhounds and similar defects being found in a closely-knit tribe in Siberia.

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    In a classroom, with the summer sun beating through the window, a number of children are playing on their own, each keeping to their respective activities. Drawing; building blocks; toy cars, each child keeps to himself.
    We break away from the classroom to an animation, illustrating existing example of multidisciplinary science projects and collaborations between totally different words within the scientific community, each with huge success.
    Back in the classroom, one child breaks the trend. Crossing the room, he rallies up troops and together they build the greatest wooden block city ever constructed, using skills from all different areas of infancy.
    The film stems from a collaboration with Prof. Scott Rickard at UCD’s Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL) who focuses on dynamic interdisciplinary research community advancing scientific knowledge through mathematics and computation. Director at UCD Earth Institute, Prof Chris Bean and Cardiologist at Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Doctor Martin Quinn, are in large part to thank for the making of this film.

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    Five creatures, planted in five different outdoor locations, play a musical instrument each. The sound that’s made is not of the instrument itself, but of the earth. They make the sounds of volcanoes preparing to erupt, of glaciers colliding or breaking and of earthquakes causing tsunamis – but not the ones we know. These sounds are beyond the realm of human senses – they represent the constant underground shifting of the earth – a reaction to its own movements, and those of the human race. These are haunting sounds we have never heard before, and can never hear naturally, but they are permanently around us. Within each scene, the musician looks as if they are part of the terrain. They match the colour of their surroundings, and elements of the location (such as grass or roots) can be seen growing on them and their instrument. They may be nightmarish and disturbing or calm and soothing, like the sounds they make. The scenes also include trespassers of sorts. Humans walk in and out of these settings, completely oblivious to the bizarre music and musician. They are hikers or farmers who go about their lives, so close to these musicians, but so distant at the same time.

    Splintered Concerto is a collaboration with Interim Director Prof Chris Bean & Dr Ivan Lokmer at the UCD Earth Institute. The research area of both scientists covers various aspects of seismology, with a focus on volcano processes and imagery in highly heterogeneous structures. New research areas include ocean-land coupling.

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UCD / IADT Science Expression Competition

Barry Dignam

UCD Research and The National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire led the Science Expression Competition to link scientists and film makers to create new Irish science films. After a great speed dating event 13 teams submitted film treatments for 3 minute…

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UCD Research and The National Film School at IADT Dun Laoghaire led the Science Expression Competition to link scientists and film makers to create new Irish science films. After a great speed dating event 13 teams submitted film treatments for 3 minute science shorts. The teams were encouraged to create films that have a strong visual dynamic, challenging cinematic boundaries and conventions. The final five films were screened in the Lighthouse Cinema as part of the UCD Imagine Science Film Festival. The winning film was "Invisible" with an honorable mention to "Rogue Waves".

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