CLARITY are happy to be part of the Debating Science Issues initiative, which is co-ordinated by REMEDI.
DSI - Debating Science Issues is a dynamic debating competition which invites young people to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science.
Open to students in the senior cycle of secondary school in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the competition aims to:
- Encourage young people to take an active interest in biomedical science and to engage with contemporary research
- Facilitate discussion amongst young people on the advances in the biomedical field and the societal and ethical impact of this research
- Stimulate young people to think differently about biomedical science, as they discover the immense impact it has on society and to consider a career or education in this field
- Expose students and teachers not normally involved in the traditional sciences to the area of biomedical science
- Generate awareness of biomedical research within the broader school community
“The competition provided a great opportunity for students to expand their communication and scientific skills. The fact that the students can link it to everyday societal changes gives it an edge:” teacher
Debates will cover the following biomedical topics:
- Stem Cell Research
- Genetically Modified Food
- Health & Self Testing
- Animal Testing
Participating schools will also have the opportunity to avail of a 3-hour interactive student workshop on biomedical science before the debating competition begins.
Dr Bridget Kelly is one of the Leinster co-ordinators for this initiative. For more information, contact her at bridget.kelly(at)ucd.ie
More information on the 2012 competition can be found on the DSI website.