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The Robert Boyle Summer School


6th (2017) programme can be seen here.

5th (2016) Robert Boyle Summer School here

4th Robert Boyle Summer School See 2015 Programme Here

The 4th Robert Boyle Summer School was a great success running 25th - 28th June at Lismore addressing the theme of Scientific Communication. This was chosen to mark the 350th anniversary of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Phil Trans) and also to address serious issues in scientific publishing today.On Thursday events commenced with a presentation on Boyle's life and works with costumed re-enactment of Boyle's experiments by Eoin Gill and Prof Jim Malone gave the evening talk on science and the twentieth century novel. On Friday we had Prof Michael Hunter (on Boyle's communication by letter, book and Phil Trans articles), Dr Aileen Fyfe traced the history of scientific publishing from the early Phil Trans and Dr Michelle DiMeo spoke about Lady Ranelagh and the republic of letters. Michelle's talk was presented in St Carthage' Cathedral Lismore and the session was dedicated to memory of Mary Mulvihill. On the Saturday wee connected with  current issues in scientific publishing with John Pethica and Dorothy Bishop. This session was dedicate to the memory of Dr Ian Elliott and Peter Mooney who passed away in the previous month. The formal proceedings ended with a panel discussion chaired by Sean Duke. We also had BBQ in Lismore Castle grounds, a tour of Lismore Castle Jacobean Gardens and a dinner with poetry by Iggy McGovern.


The 3rd Robert Boyle Summer School in 2014 explored the relationship between science and religion with respect to Boyle himself and how science and religion have interacted since. A most enjoyable and stimulating discourse took place led by world-leading scientists and historians including Prof Lorraine Hanlon, Prof Luke O'Neill, Prof Lawrence Principe, Prof John Hedley Brooke, and Prof Terry Eagleton.

See 2014 programme here

See 2013 programme here

See 2012 programme here


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Enquiries and further information for the festival may be made with Lismore Heritage Centre

Telephone: +353 (0) 58 54975 / 54855


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