The first rounds of the 2012 Debating Science Issues competition were held recently, involving four Donegal Schools. The motion under debate was “The potential benefits of using embryonic stem cells to develop new medical treatments mean we have a moral obligation to support this type of research.”
Leabharlann Phobail Gaoth Dobhair hosted the first debate on Wednesday, January 18 between Phobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair and St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny. A packed room heard both sides of the motion, with St. Eunan’s College emerging the victors.
Bundoran Community Library hosted the second debate on Thursday, January 26 between teams from Magh Ene College, Bundoran and Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town. Once again it was the travelling team, Abbey Vocational School, who won.
The next round of the competition will be held in Central Library, Letterkenny at the end of February. This time the motion will deal with GM foods. A tough battle between St. Eunan’s College and Abbey Vocational School is expected with a place in the Western Section up for grabs.
Wellcome Trust, the largest independent charity in the United Kingdom is supporting the Debating Science Issues (DSI) project for a fifth consecutive year with a People Award. DSI is a cross border schools science debating competition involving nine collaborating partners: the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway, W5 in Belfast, Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at DCU, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, CRANN at TCD, CLARITY at UCD, the Centre for Cross Border Studies in Armagh, Cork Institute of Technology and Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at UCC.