Donegal students debate Science Issues

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.”

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.

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email editorial@donegaldemocrat.ie To contact Donegal Post, email editor@donegalpost.com To contact Inish Times, email editor@inishtimes.com.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.