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Debating Science Issues (DSI)

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



Students from Ardscoil La Salle, Raheny (left) and Presentation College Warrenmount (right) take part in the Debating Science Issues competition



Debates will cover the following biomedical topics:

• Stem Cell Research
• Genetically Modified Food
• Nanotechnology
• Health & Self Testing
• Vaccinations
• Animal Testing

Participating schools will also have the opportunity to avail of a 3-hour interactive student workshop on biomedical science.

Debating Science Issues (DSI) is funded by the Wellcome Trust and co-ordinated by Danielle Nicholson at the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway. The programme is coordinated in RCSI by Dr. Maria Morgan, Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics and Maria Kelly, RCSI REACH Programme Manager

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