Kildare students to interact live with Nobel Prize winner via Aertv

20 Nov 2012

Secondary school students from a school in Co Kildare will have the opportunity to tune in live to a lecture on climate change that will be presented by Prof Mario Molina, one of the winners of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, at Dublin City University (DCU) tomorrow.

The students, from Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge, Co Kildare, will be able to pose questions to Molina from their classroom PCs using the online TV-streaming service Aertv.

A leading authority on pollution and its effects on the environment, especially the ozone layer, Molina will be talking about climate change during his lecture at DCU tomorrow.

In 1995, he was the joint recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Together with the scientists Prof Paul Crutzen and Prof F Sherwood Rowland, Molina was awarded for his work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly around the formation and decomposition of ozone.

His most recent research on pollution as a result of the rapid expansion of cities led to Molina being assigned by US President Barack Obama to the transition team on environmental issues in the US.

Prof Mario Molina

Prof Mario Molina

Molina will be speaking at 11am tomorrow at DCU and his lecture will also be broadcast live on Aertv.

Aertv’s director Philippe Brodeur said it has always been a goal of the online TV service to bring such educational content to people across Ireland.

“For the students who are able to participate in direct on-screen interactive discussion with Prof Molina the feeling of being at the lecture itself will increase the sense of engagement and benefit the learning experience,” he said.

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Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic