Keynote public events

Monday 15th April 2019, 18.30 - 19.30, Convention Centre Dublin

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

The science of perception, hallucination and free will comes to life on stage as “peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman takes a deep dive into the neurobiology of human experience. Baba’s brain consists of roughly 80 billion neurons, none of which has any clue that he exists. And yet somehow those cells come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes, laughs, and mind-blowing scientific discoveries. Take a deep dive into embryos, octopuses, and self-conscious robots, and see whether your sense of reality survives intact.

About Baba
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, science communicator, and award-winning playwright based in New York, NY.

Best known for his “Rap Guide” series of science-themed plays and albums, Baba has toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway.

In addition to his science rap, Baba is a pioneer in the genre of “lit-hop” or literary hip-hop, with rap adaptations of BeowulfGilgamesh, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Baba tours and performs regularly and has spoken at several TEDx conferences and performed at the World Science Festival.

See Baba Brinkman's website.


*BNA2019 delegates can book their ticket during registration (available shortly)

Tuesday 16th April 2019, 18.30 - 19.30, Convention Centre Dublin

Inflamed depression by Professor Ed Bullmore

The Anne Silk Lecture 2019
Held in association with the Silk Trust and the Royal Society of Medicine

Ed's recently published book, "The Inflamed Mind", will form the basis of this talk, discussing the new science on the link between depression and inflammation of the body and brain.

He will explain how and why we now know that mental disorders can have their root cause in the immune system, and outline a future revolution in which treatments could be specifically targeted to break the vicious cycle of stress, inflammation and depression.

Professor Bullmore is a world expert in neuroscience and mental health. He has been Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge since 1999, and in 2005, he also became Vice-President of Experimental Medicine at GlaxoSmithKline while maintaining his post at University of Cambridge. 

See Ed Bullmore's website

The Anne Silk Lecture, supported by The Silk Charitable Trust, is given by a leading UK neuroscientist and is open to the public as well as to academics and clinicians. The general theme of the Silk Lecture is 'Progress in Neuroscience' across fundamental, translational or clinical neuroscience.


 *BNA2019 delegates can book their ticket during registration