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Colaiste Muire, Crosshaven win Munster Final of Debating Science Issues


Teams from Colaiste Muire, Crosshaven and McEgan College Macroom, debated the merits and ethics of nanotechnology in a heated Munster Final of the secondary school Debating Science Issues competition.

Miriam Riordan and Luke Fehily of Colaiste Muire were declared the winners on the day.   They were supported by their teacher Ms Sarah Downey,   and other “researcher” students at the final, held at the Nimbus centre CIT.   

Tadg Lane and Denise Kelleher from McEgan College, supported by their teachers Ms Maureen McAdam and Ms Emma Buckley, put up a brave battle on the day. 

Both teams tackled the challenging debate motion “Nanotechnology has significantly contributed to our well-being and environmental sustainability” in front of a panel of distinguished judges which included Dr Hugh Mc Glynn, CIT (chair), Ms Niamh Doyle, Johnson& Johnson and Dr Bryan Kelleher, CIT.

Debating Science Issues (DSI)  , now in its 7th year, is an all-island schools science debating competition which encourages young people to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science. DSI is co-ordinated by nine Medical and Science Research Centres in Ireland. In Munster, debates are co-ordinated by Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) at UCC and Cork Institute of Technology. Schools in Munster, taking part in DSI, initially received three hour workshops to facilitate a discussion forum on the ethical issues raised by either Genetically Modified Food (delivered by the APC) or Self-Testing (delivered by CIT). School teams then debated a motion related to the initial workshops in the regional heats. From there, the debating motions are circulated so that students debate on an array of controversial topical issues including stem cell research, genetically modified food, health and self-testing, nanotechnology, vaccination, health care funding and organ transplantation lists.

We wish Colaiste Muire all the best at the national semi-finals and final which will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin on March 27th!

Photo (l-r) Luke Fehily & Miriam Riordan, Colasite Muire, Crosshaven and Denise Kelleher &Tadg Lane, McEgan College, Macroom

26 March 2014