TU Dublin Unveils Its New Home in Grangegorman with Exciting Programme of Events
TU Dublin is delighted to host Revealing Grangegorman 2023, a programme of events to celebrate our new campus and allow the public to experience the extensive transformation the University has pioneered in Grangegorman recently, when the pandemic may have curtailed access to many.
TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick, said:
"We are hosting these events to officially open the new and the beautifully restored buildings on campus and to outline our future ambitions. We encourage Dubliners to experience it for themselves; our campus was made for collaboration - with exceptional learning facilities to allow connection with the community, with future employers, and with industry partners.
I am immensely proud of what we have achieved so far, and we are less than halfway through; with the completion of the Academic Hub and Library due next year and the planned construction of the West Quad, Grangegorman is becoming an important contributor to the creative and economic life of the city and to Dublin 7 in particular.”
The Revealing Grangegorman programme of events, performances, tours and talks will take place throughout June to celebrate the new campus and its 10,000 student population. A 'Quad Quest' competition, similar to a scavenger hunt, will take place on Saturday, 03 June, where participants will be given a flavour of the activities of the campus. In addition, the School of Food Science and Environmental Health are hosting talks on Food Sensory Pleasures - The Science of Taste and the applications of Genetic Technology - Not a fan of Brussels sprouts? Blame your parents!
TU Dublin's School of Biological Health and Sports Sciences are hosting a seminar on Barefoot running, shoe choices and running mechanics, and for those with an interest in food over fitness, their School of Culinary and Food Technology will host 'guided tours' to share the state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, the expertise and of course experience samples of the school students work.
The history of the Grangegorman campus will also be brought to life through the final-year class of the Drama (Performance) (TU962) from TU Dublin Conservatoire, in a production called 'The Asylum Workshop, written by Colin Murphy, based on fragments from the archive of the institution once known as the "Lunatic Asylum", Grangegorman. This play, supported by Grangegorman Histories, was a sell-out at its limited run in December, and tickets are available here.
TU Dublin's Art, Design and Media Graduate Exhibition will also launch take place on Thursday, 01 June, presenting the work of over 200 graduating students from creative disciplines located in the East Quad. The exhibition is the culmination of years of full-time study and gives students the opportunity to showcase the results of their imagination, hard work, and creative skills.
As part of the celebrations, the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) is also hosting a family fun day on campus on Saturday, 3rd June, between 12pm and 4pm. Events include an inflatable obstacle course, a busker's corner, sports day activities, circus entertainers, food stalls and much more. There will also be two free outdoor movie screenings on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. TU Dublin and the GDA are keen to welcome as many people as possible to explore and enjoy the campus. Read the full programme here.
Programme of Events
|Tuesday, 30 May||18:30 - 19:30||TU Dublin Sustainability Office||Birds of Grangegorman & Swift Walk with Dr Brian Gormley||St. Laurence's||Book here|
|Thursday, 01 June||Four Tours
12:00, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00
Please arrive ten minutes before the event start
|School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology||The World famous School of Culinary and Food Technology (which has been in existence for over 85 years) will host 'guided tours' of our 'Centre of Excellence Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage Studies' training and laboratory areas which are based in the Central Quad Building, Grangegorman Campus. During these guided tours, guests will discover the state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, expertise and experience samples of the school students' work.||Atrium, Central Quad||Guests intending to join one of our guided tours should arrive at the Central Quad Atrium at one of the welcome times listed 11.50am (for a tour starting at noon) / 12.50 pm (for a tour starting at 1pm) / 1.50pm (for tour starting 2pm) / 2.50pm (for tour starting 3pm). Guests arriving after these times listed will not be allowed to join the tours. Guests must be accompanied by a tour guide at all times and for safety and security reasons.|
|Thursday, 01 June||
11:00 - 13:00
Seminar every 15 minutes
|School of Food Science and Environmental Health||Food Sensory Pleasures - The Science of Taste Everyone has food preferences based on taste, but why? The sense of taste is a combination of how a food smells, looks and sounds. Foods that satisfy the sense of taste (by flavour, texture, mouth feel, and sensory perception) result in a greater eating experience. In this 'Food Sensory Pleasures - The Science of Taste' event, our public sensory panellists will sample different food ingredients to further explore their appearance, texture, smell and taste. The participants will perform basic sensory tests to detect food differences and compare natural and artificial flavourings. The 'Food Sensory Pleasures - The Science of Taste' event will take place between 11am-1pm on 01 June in the Food Processing Hall (CQ-109 on the 1st floor of the Central Quad building) of the TU Dublin School of Food Science and Environmental, Grangegorman campus for members of the public of all ages. Visitors will also have an opportunity to hear about the programmes and ongoing research in the school and see our state-of-the-art facilities.||Central Quad, Room CQ-109||Book here|
|Thursday, 01 June to Saturday, 10 June||10:00 - 17:00 (Daily)||Schools of Art, Media & Design||TU Dublin's Art, Design and Media Graduate Exhibition will also launch take place on Thursday, 01 June, presenting the work of over 200 graduating students from creative disciplines located in the East Quad. The exhibition is the culmination of years of full-time study and gives students the opportunity to showcase the results of their imagination, hard work, and creative skills.||East Quad (all five floors)||https://gradx.ie/|
|Friday, 02 June||11:00 - 12:00||TU Dublin Library Services & Campus Planning||Open House tours of the buildings on the Grangegorman Campus, including the Central Quad, East Quad, An Croí, the Clocktower, Lower House, the current interim library at Park House, and the new Academic Hub library currently under construction. The TU Dublin Campus Planning and Library Services staff will lead the tours.
This is an opportunity to visit and learn about the historic and new buildings on the Grangegorman campus and discover what the future holds for the TU Dublin and Grangegorman community.
|There are five tours to choose from:
An Croí + Clocktower tour
Central Quad Open House
East Quad Open House
Lower House tour
Park House Library Open House + Academic Hub site
|Saturday, 03 June||12:00 - 14:00||TU Dublin STEM Ensemble||Grangegorman Alien Mystery Tour
Something strange is going on in the Grangegorman campus! The birds have stopped singing. Strange lights appear in the sky late at night.
This calls for teams of puzzle-solving adventure-seekers to participate in Grangegorman Alien Mystery, a family-friendly technology-enabled "treasure hunt". Explore the Grangergorman campus and search for evidence of alien activity. Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test as your family searches for clues about what is happening at our university.
|Grangegorman Campus - Northside||Book here|
|Saturday, 03 June||12:00 - 16:00||Central Quad Schools||Quad Quest
Curious about the subjects that TU Dublin students study in the Grangegorman Campus? Come along to Quad Quest at the Central Quad, Grangegorman, on 03 June to try out some of our subjects.<br/
Complete a series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths mini-challenges, including Robot Racing, virtual reality, fun with Chemistry, the "seven spells" Maths challenges and the Maths Maze. Challenges are suitable for all ages and are based on the subjects that students learn about on the Grangegorman campus.
|Atrium, Central Quad||Book here|
|Tuesday, 06 June||10:00 - 10:45||Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute||Leaf No Waste: tackling sustainability in the fresh food sector
Who we are: Leaf No Waste is a research project that optimises sustainability when growing fresh produce. Our goals are to build crop resilience, reduce food waste and plastic packaging waste, and raise awareness of food waste. The event: Learn about and engage in discussions about food waste, plastic packaging waste, and sustainability in produce. Target audience: Anyone interested in sustainability, especially those interested in food, plastic, and food production!
|Greenway Hub, Room GW302||View Website|
|Tuesday, 13 June||14:00 - 14:30||School of Biological, Health and Sports Sciences||Not a fan of Brussels sprouts? Blame your parents! The Genetics of taste receptors and Applications of Genetic Technology in Everyday Diagnostics.
Each person shares around 99.9% of their DNA, but some really interesting differences can be found within the 0.1% variation. One of these sites in our genomes that varies between individuals, is a position on a gene called TAS2R38. The TAS2R38 gene contains genetic information (encodes) for a taste receptor that can detect chemicals like phenylthiocarbamide, or "PTC". Bitter foods, such as vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, contain molecules that are similar to PTC. Depending on which variant a person inherits, it can cause them to dislike the taste of Brussel sprouts and give a very valid excuse towards skipping them at dinner! The applications of the technology involved in analysing single point variations along a person's genome can also play a role in your predisposal for many different diseases, and we will also look at some examples of these variants across a person's genome and discuss how molecular diagnostics is used to decipher a person's genetics.
|Central Quad, Room CQ-007||Submit your interest to email@example.com with 'Genetics' in the subject line.|
|Tuesday, 13 June||11:30 - 12:30||School of Biological, Health and Sports Sciences||Nurturing Seeds of Science into Budding Medical Scientists
This event will demonstrate how we nurture and develop our Medical Scientists – from Bench to Bedside in the School of Biological, Health and Sports Sciences. You will be engaged in activities which will allow you to understand the important role that Medical Scientists play in healthcare delivery for patients and the public. You will get the chance to participate in interactive activities such as building a DNA double helix using 'jellies' and observing the transmission of bacteria using 'glitterbug'. In addition, you will observe the pathway that a sample taken from you at a hospital bedside or GP practice takes as it makes its way through the diagnostic laboratory for testing. This will help you understand the important role that Medical Scientists play in the clinical diagnostic pathway to ensure a quality-assured result for you.
|Central Quad, Room CQ-319||Please book by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Seeds of Science' in the subject line.|
|Tuesday, 13 June||14:30-15:00||School of Biological, Health and Sports Sciences||Barefoot running, shoe choices and running mechanics
This session will discuss differences in footwear and their potential effects on running mechanics, and provide practical examples of how scientists measure running injury risks using modern sensors.
|Central Quad, Room CQ-010||Please book through email@example.com with 'Barefoot running' in the subject line.|
|Tuesday, 13 June||13:00 - 14:00||School of Biological, Health and Sports Sciences||Are you a supertaster?
This workshop describes how we taste and how our other senses affect how we perceive taste. Find out if you are a supertaster or can your brain trick your ability to taste?
|Central Quad, Room CQ215||Please book through firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Supertaster' in the subject line.|
|Wednesday, 14 June to Saturday, 24 June||19:30 - 22:00||TU Dublin Conservatoire||The Asylum Workshop
Fragments from the archive of the institution once known as the "Lunatic Asylum", Grangegorman
A documentary drama by Colin Murphy
With the final-year Drama students of the TU Dublin Conservatoire
Directed by Peter McDermott
Supported by Grangegorman Histories
|East Quad, Black Box Theatre||Book here|
|Saturday, 17 June and Saturday, 24 June||14:00 - 16:30||TU Dublin Conservatoire||East Quad, Black Box Theatre||East Quad, Blackbox Theatre||Book here|
|Thursday, 27 June||11:00-12:00||Photonics Research Centre, Electrical & Electronic Engineering||Introducing the concept and operating principle of optical fibre sensors, examples of their applications in various industries structural health monitoring of engineering structures and composite materials, medical devices, medical diagnostics, food, air quality control, and others.||CQ 008||No booking required|
|Thursday, 29 June||16:00-17:00||Centre for Eye Research Ireland (CERI)||Why can’t I see that? This lecture will provide a brief overview of why some people need glasses to see clearly, the rise of short-sightedness in children and colour vision-related issues. Target audience = general population, to raise awareness of this research.||CQ 009||No booking required|