Festivals And Events Across Ireland For National Science Week

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have announced an investment of almost €480,000 to support festivals and events across the country as part of national Science Week (SW).

A total of 13 festivals and 13 unique events will be held between 10th - 17th November, with this years SW theme being climate action.

Science Week aims to help people understand climate action, how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change.

SFI, the national foundation for investment in research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), coordinates Science Week annually through its SFI Discover Programme and provides funding for projects and events to improve public understanding of science and technology. Businesses, communities and institutions are invited to take part in Science Week 2019, which is expected to reach over 1,000 events nationwide.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister Humphreys, said: "I am delighted to announce this important investment of €476,000 in Science Week festivals and events through SFI, which will help a diversity of citizens to access science at a local level across the country. Scientific literacy and understanding are an important facet of a modern and progressive society. We are in a time of disruptive change which can greatly impact society, be it in areas of health, climate, or in artificial intelligence and big data impacting the workplace. As outlined in the whole-of-Government plan, Future Jobs Ireland, we are answering the future needs of our businesses and workers by ensuring a steady pipeline of people with STEM skills, in preparation for tomorrow's world."

The 13 Science Week regional festivals will offer a range of opportunities for the public to engage in Science Week. They feature family open days, school events and public talks across the regions.

Minister Halligan said: "Ireland has a world-class reputation for research and development. It is important that we work together to create a culture that embraces science and technology to give all members of our society equal access to learning and experiencing STEM. Science Week is a great opportunity for us to do this, and to demonstrate the clear benefits that STEM offers to society. I am delighted to see so many key stakeholders working to deliver this fantastic festival, which helps us to build greater public engagement and trust in the scientific research we fund. I would encourage everyone to get involved."

Throughout Science Week there will be a variety of ways for the public to get involved and find out more about our amazing planet through events, interviews, social media and much more. The public can get involved by finding an event to attend on www.scienceweek.ie or following #BelieveInScience online.

The climate theme will be weaved into the programme, with events such as 'Alchemy and Innovation' at Cool Planet Experience in Wicklow. This is a chemistry workshop where adults look at alternatives to plastic. There will also be climate themed shows and workshops for both adults and children taking place across the country (e.g. Dr Ken Farquhar's How to Save the Planet in 45 minutes, Dr Naomi Lavelle's Eccentric Energy show, 60 Minute Science - Carbon Hoofprint, a solar powered toy inventor workshop).

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland said: "Science Week is an exciting opportunity for people in all kinds of communities in Ireland to connect with science and to consider its value and relevance in their everyday lives. It broadens our horizons and gives everyone the opportunity to get involved in conversations about the critical role of science, especially when it comes to important global issues like climate change. The funding of Science Week provides essential support to many fantastic events across the country that will inspire the next generation of scientists. I invite all members of the research community, businesses, libraries, arts and youth groups, and institutions to actively engage with their local community and to consider organising events."

The festivals that have been approved for funding in 2019 are: 

• Cavan Monaghan Science Festival

• Cork Science Festival

• EUREKA Science and Technology Festival

• Festival of Farming and Food

• Galway Science and Technology Festival

• Kerry Science Festival

• Limerick Science Festival

• Mayo Science and Technology Festival

• Midlands Science Festival

• Sligo Science Festival

• Southeast Science Festival

• Tipperary Science Festival

• WexSci - Wexford Science Festival

In addition to the 13 festivals, 13 other events have received funding under the SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call, which include events for both adults and children. They span topics such as climate change, health, baking in space, future fashion and much more.


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 January 2020
IT Solutions Firm Creates 100 Jobs In Co Kildare
A leading Irish provider of compliant IT solutions is to create at least 100 jobs at its headquarters in Sallins, Co Kildare. Odyssey VC said the recruitment drive, supported by Enterprise Ireland, was made possible due to consistent yearly growth since it was established in 2015.
24 November 2011
Hackers Plan On Dublin Descent
Next summer Dublin will under siege from hackers and innovators through a major interactive exhibition and festival organized by Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, called Hack The City. It is hoped the even will engage and inspire over 40,000 visitors with exciting innovations that will transform our cities from the ground up.
01 November 2013
Location Of New National Science Centre Announced
Dublin's Earlsfort Terrace has been announced as the location for a new interactive national science centre. State-owned premises adjacent to the National Concert Hall will become the home of the Exploration Station, which if being developed by the Irish Children’s Museum Ltd.
09 June 2011
Ford And Shatter Sign Forensic Services Agreement
The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation on Criminal Justice Matters since the Assembly and Dáil elections, has been held in Armagh. Justice Minister David Ford and the Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, discussed a number of issues ranging from youth justice to support for victims of crime.
01 July 2010
100 Jobs For Medical Devices Firm In Galway
A top US medical devices firm is to bring 100 jobs to Galway as part of the expansion of its plant. Merit Medical is investing €6.7m as the company enters the surgical pre-pack business in Europe, establishing Galway as its European centre.