Professor Aoife McLysaght

Tips for Existence
‘It’s very abstract but every now and then I remind myself, we’re all related. Even the plants’.

Professor Aoife McLysaght
Tips for Existence Episode 12
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Aoife McLysaght is a Professor in the Molecular Evolution Laboratory of the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at the University of Dublin in Ireland. Her research has been published in world leading science journals such as Nature and Nature Genetics. She is also a promenient figure in science outreach speaking regularly at the Science Gallery in Dublin and the Electric Picnic. She has appeared on The Infinite Monkey Cage numerous times and has been frequently onstage at Shambles events such as Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People and Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium of Reason. In 2018 she co-presented the RI Christmas Lectures with Professor Alice Roberts on the topic of evolution.


Once the meaning of it all was simple, if at times also cruel and/or barbaric. The Universe was made by a god, sometimes omnipotent, sometimes fractious, sometimes both. Now, as we explore the Universe and start to explain ourselves, the Universe has started to lose it single meaning and we have to find individual meanings ourselves. This is Tips for Existence where Robin Ince talks to cosmologists, composers, astronauts and authors about what gives them meaning.
Clips included in the show: Various clips of Aoife from the Science Gallery, 2018 RI Christmas Lectures, The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC, Sun by the Flaming Lips, Highway to Hell by AC/DC, BBC news report on Ireland’s referendum, Richard Feynman on Horizon, Evolution and the Secret of Life at the RI

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