LIMERICK Festival of Science is to kick off this Saturday with a wide range of events and activities highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the Mid-West region.
This year’s festival will focus on climate action and aims to educate people on how science and technology can improve the future of the environment.
The festival comes alongside Science Week 2019 which will run nationwide from November 10th to the 17th.
Science Week Coordinator, Tanja Calis says they “want to build excitement, curiosity and interest around science in society to democratise science and make people feel that they can be part of the conversation”.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has been encouraging people to actively participate in the festival and to ask questions about science using the social media campaign #BelieveInScience.
The foundation is also encouraging the public to plant trees and create as much awareness as possible in an attempt to mitigate climate change.
“There will be tree planting events taking place across the country, where the public can find out what trees do for our environment, which trees suit the Irish ecosystem the best and how you can plant your own trees at home”, Ms Calis adds.
Limerick’s Festival of Science is being facilitated by the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology.
Speaking of the importance of the festival, Science and Engineering Faculty Manager at UL, Bernie Quilligan says the “science industry in Ireland is expanding rapidly and creating jobs at a faster rate than the education system can produce qualified people.
“Urgent action by the Government is needed, otherwise Ireland will be further disadvantaged in providing the graduates necessary to drive future knowledge-based economic and social development,” she stresses.
A variety of interactive talks, workshops, quizzes, competitions and other activities for all ages will be held across the city from November 9th until the 16th.
Here’s what Limerick Voice is most excited for:
Café Scientifique in the City: Science of Aircraft Design
When? Saturday 9th of November at 11am.
Where? Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street.
What? A public lecture discussing all things aircrafts. Dr. Ronan O’Higgins from the School of Engineering at UL will be explaining how aircraft wings lift, how engineers decide on the shape of aircraft and how new materials make aircraft lighter and more efficient.
Amazing Ugly Animals Roadshow
When? Tuesday 12th of November at 9:30am, 11am and 1:30pm
Where? Limerick Institute of Technology.
What? An interactive and engaging science show for primary and secondary school puils presented by Simon Watt exploring the world’s “ugly animals”.
Science Magic Show
When? Thursday 14th of Novemner at 9:30am.
Where? University Concert Hall at the University of Limerick.
What? An educational and magical performance by Dr. Sarah Hayes with exciting an explosive science demonstrations.
Climate and Art
When? Friday 15th of November at 11am and 1:30pm.
Where? Limerick School of Art and Design and Limerick Institute of Technology.
What? A workshop exploring the world’s climate with a fun make-and-take session.
For the full list of Science Week events in Limerick, click here.