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‘The Secret of the Bat Genome’

‘The Secret of the Bat Genome’

This is the first of a series of ‘STEM on Stage’ talks by leading scientists and technologists covering a range of STEM-related areas.

Women in Technology & Science (WITS) invites you to a talk by Prof Emma Teeling on ‘The Secret of the Bat Genome’.

This event on 7 March also marks our celebration of International Womens’ Day and WITS’ own 23rd anniversary.

In her talk, Teeling challenges the generally accepted demonisation of bats and presents them as superheroes. Bats’ unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup. They are essential for the ecosystem to function – without them, plants and even entire industries could die. By studying bats and their unique sensory abilities we will gain great insight into human diseases of the senses, such as blindness and deafness. And Teeling believes that the secret of everlasting youth lies within the bat’s DNA.  

Prof Emma Teeling is a leading international scientist in the cross-cutting fields of mammalian phylogenetics and comparative genomics. Her particular expertise is in bat biology and she is director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research at Science Centre West, University College Dublin.

To mark the WITS anniversary, we will also be showing ex-chair Margaret Finlay’s pictorial history of WITS from 5pm. All past members are very welcome.

This event is open to all and is free to WITS members or €10 for non-members. (We will be happy to welcome new members on the night.) Concessions apply.

The evening's agenda:

  • 5pm: Welcome and drinks; WITS
  • 5.30pm: Prof Emma Teeling on ‘The Secret of the Bat Genome’, followed by Q&A
  • 6.15pm: Networking
  • 6.45pm: End

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