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Research night at QFT: GATTACA + Q&A

The projection of the Science Fiction classic GATTACA will be followed by an interactive panel discussion between Postdoctoral Researchers from Queen's University Belfast and the audience.

Date(s)
September 19, 2019 - August 19, 2019
Location
Queen's Film Theatre 20 University Square Belfast BT7 1PA
Time
18:00 - 20:30
Price
£0-4 (depends on conditions; see QFT's website)

Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law star in this engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection.

Hawke stars as Vincent, an “In-Valid” who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent’s dreams steadily unravel. 

Has science caught up with fiction? Do we now know the precise make up of our genes? Could this be used to improve our lives? Stay on after the film for a discussion with some of QUB’s postdoctoral researchers and get the answer to these questions and more.

Panel:

  • Dr Ivanka Antova (Postdoc, QUB School of Law): Health and governance
  • Dr Stevanus Nugroho (Postdoc, QUB Astrophysics Research Centre): planets and their atmosphere
  • Dr Willian da Silveira (Postdoc, QUB School of Biological Sciences): Gene expression and space travel
  • Dr Julia Miskelly (Manager of the Genomics Core Technology Unit at QUB): DNA analysis and Life Sciences

This event is organised by QFT and the Postdoctoral Development Centre of Queen’s University Belfast, as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (16-20 September 2019).

A few free tickets are available for QUB staff and students (priority to postdocs) by applying here

Event type
Film
Department
Audience
All
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