Friday, February 28, 2014

Favorite Blogs - Fascination of Plants Day

Fascination of Plants Day, which is coordinated by a dedicated team of plant scientists and naturalists, organize a wide range of activities throughout Ireland. Its aim is to remind the public that plant science is of critical significance to the social, environmental and economic landscape now and into the future. Plants are unique organisms.  It was last held on the 18th May, 2013.  The next one, the third time the event will have been held, will take place on the 18th May 2015 and the official website for that has just been launched.  Check this out to see the results of the success of the 2013 event which was truly global.  If you want to be a part of this then the organizers want to hear from you as soon as possible.  Also watch out for sporadic events around the 18th May. 2014.

The results of last the 2013 event in Ireland can be accessed via their blog:  and  at

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Votaí do Mhná - TG4 - Wednesday March 5th

Former Trinity Botany graduate Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, (Botany and Plant Sciences at the NUI Galway) will be appearing on the TV Channel TG4 in a documentary on the Irish women’s suffrage movement.

Votaí do Mhná - (Votes for Women) - will be broadcast on TG4 on Wednesday March 5th at 9.30pm, and again on Saturday March 8th at 8.50pm.  It can be watched online on the TG4 player.

Monday, February 17, 2014

New Botany Course Website - Living Sustainably

The UK Chief Scientist announced last week that the extreme weather being experienced in the UK and Europe is being influenced by global warming and this has been echoed in the UK Parliament. The Plant Science team in Trinity College Dublin is very committed to dealing with climate change through a wide range of research projects as well as through their extensive teaching programme.  The Botany  Broad Curriculum course Living Sustainably: a complete guide to surviving a changing planet (BCBOT) is just one of the large number of climate change  related courses that they offer, and it has just launched a new look website.  The students on the  course contribute to the site blog as well as carry out a range of assessments from choosing the most accurate carbon dioxide calculator and measuring their own footprint, to producing a personal action plan.   The course is aimed at students from all disciplines from Music to Mechanical Engineering and is all about taking personal action. Have a look at the new site at:

'This is your time, your planet, you can decide what kind of world you want to create'

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Head of Botany

Professor Trevor Hodkinson 

Professor Trevor Hodkinson will take up the role of the new Head of Botany, commencing in July of this year.  He will take over the management of Botany from Professor Daniel Kelly who has worked work so hard these past years to ensure that the discipline remains an important and vibrant part of the faculty.  So our grateful thanks to Daniel for his fantastic work and our best wishes to Trevor as he prepares to take over the reins.
Find out more about Trevor at:


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Final Year Student Presentations

Each year final year (Senior Sophister) plant science students present the results from their individual final year research projects.

This year posters explaining their research will be on display in the Luce Hall Seminar Room on Wednesday 19th March from 2:00pm . Between  4:00-5:00 pm students will also be in front of their posters to discuss their projects and answer questions, which will the be followed by wine and refreshments.  This is a great opportunity for prospective students to get an insight into the course and to meet final year students and staff.   Freshman Students are especially welcome so we look forward to seeing you. For more information contact  Check out some of our postgraduate posters here

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Check out our favorite blog - Brilliant Botany

Just one of the lovely images on
Brilliant Botany was started in November of 2011 by Claire who has degrees in both Plant Biology and English which is a formidable combination.  She is really passionate about plants and uses her blog to introduce people about the exciting world of plant sciences.  She has produce a fantastic range of posts, especially about careers in botany, as well as a series of wonderful series about plants on You Tube link.  This is a blog you need to check out because you will find yourself going back to it all the time.  

You can contact Claire at or via twitter (@brilliantbotany).

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lisa Egan awarded PhD on her research on duckweed

Congratulations to Lisa Egan on completing her PhD.  She has been working on the use of duckweed as an indicator of toxicity of acid mine drainage on freshwater ecosystems as well as its potential use as a bioremediation system for the waste streams.  

Acid mine drainage is a globally significant pollutant affecting hundreds of thousands of kilometres of river channel, as well as severely impacting lakes and groundwater. The picture shows a unique system she developed for assessing the surface area of duckweed fronds using digital imaging.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Is biodiversity a driver in the health benefits of green space?
A  Special Seminar will be held on Friday 14th February 2014, 2-3 pm in the Botany Lecture Theatre  by Dr Jenny Roe, Senior Research Leader for Health and Wellbeing, at the Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York.  The talk
 'Is biodiversity a driver in the health benefits of green space?'
examines the effect of green space on wellbeing which is a hot topic just at present. Find out more about Jenny’s research  at

Monday, February 3, 2014

Darwin Day Lecture 2014

In association with the Department of Genetics
The Humanist Association of Ireland

Altruism and the Oddity of Humans

Dr Nicola Marples
Zoology Discipline, College

7.30pm, Wednesday 12th February
JM Synge Theatre
Trinity College

Admission is free, but be sure to get there in good time to secure your seat!