Featured Science Week Events

Gastronomy @ Castle Leslie - Science of Good Food

The Oriel Room in The Lodge, Castle Leslie, Sunday, 19 November 2017, 5 – 6pm

Attendees to the Castle Leslie Estate food demonstration can look forward to an arrivals drinks reception, followed by the Head Chef Darragh Dooley's presentation of dishes including a selection of appetisers, starters, main courses and desserts.

He will explain the techniques he uses to prepare these dishes and some will incorporate a molecular element. In addition, guests will get the opportunity to sample his food creations followed by Questions and Answers.

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The Science of Confidence

Gaiety School of Acting Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Sunday, 19 November 2017, 11am – 12:30pm

Dry mouth
Amygdala Hijack
Sweaty hands
Shortness of breath
Increased heart rate
Increased oxygen intake

Do they sound familiar? Public speaking is the number one fear in the world. You can’t conquer your fear until you first understand the science behind it. The Science of Confidence seminar will take you through the journey of the physiological aspect that lies behind the fear of public speaking, while also providing you with new and robust ideas to excel both in the art of confidence and communication.

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Science Week Screening: Body Tech

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 12 – 1pm, Paccar Theatre ,Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

As part of Science Week 2017, Science Foundation Ireland and Science Gallery Dublin are pleased to present some of the leading and award-winning films from the recent European Science TV and New Media Festival, held annually in Lisbon. Five very different films are featured, including Bodytech, an episode of the series Ten Things to Know About.

Did you know that the hydrochloric acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades? Or that the brain releases so much dopamine during an orgasm that a brain scan resembles that of someone on heroin? In this series Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Kathriona Devereux and Jonathan McCrea face up to their fears, undergo a series of stress tests, challenge themselves to push through the pain barrier, and examine the finer workings of the brain — all in the name of science!

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Cocktail Chemistry @ Edison

Edison, 11-12 Washington St, Centre, Cork, Thursday, 16 November 2017, 7 – 9:30pm

Join us for “Cocktail Chemistry" on Thursday 16th November at Edison Cocktail Bar on Washington Street. A team from Queens University, Belfast will combine Alcohol & Alchemy and discuss how science can change your perception of colour and taste.

Two sessions are available 7.00pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: €5 which includes cocktail tastings.

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The Science of Distillation

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 7 – 9pm, Teeling Whiskey Distillery, 13-17 Newmarket, Dublin 8

In celebration of Science Week 2017, Teeling Whiskey Distillery is delighted to be delving into the science of distillation for a unique evening featuring a tour, tasting and in depth discussion on the science behind whiskey distillation.

The evening will begin with a tour of the distillery with a particular focus on the science behind the whiskey. This will be followed by a guided tasting and talk in our beautiful Alchemy room. Teeling distiller Paul Corbett will be joined by researchers Dr. Roderick Jones and Darren Cappelli from UCD to give an intimate talk on some of the interesting aspects of whiskey distillation and the similarities and differences to other types of distillation.

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The Key To Consciousness, A Journey Into The Stuff Of Thoughts

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 6 – 7pm, Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.

As part of Science Week 2017, Science Foundation Ireland and Science Gallery Dublin are pleased to present some of the leading and award-winning films from the recent European Science TV and New Media Festival, held annually in Lisbon. Five very different films are featured, from David Attenborough exploring the extraordinary ways living creatures produce and use light, to a rare insight into how the Himalayas reveal evidence of global warming. The screening day will also include a chance to hear from the filmmakers and scientists from two films, one an innovative presentation called Bodytech from Ireland, and another on the intriguing topic of consciousness and our attempts to understand it.

The Key to Consciousness will be screened followed by a panel discussion featuring the French producer/director Cecile Denjean and neuroscientists from Italy and Belgium to tell us about the science and the filming style which brings this theme to life. The panel will explore the themes raised throughout the day and will feature Diarmaid Mac Mathúna, Marcello Massimi, and Camille Chatelle. 

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Build the Ultimate Umami Burger

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm, The Sugar Club,8 Lower Lesson Street, Dublin 2.

A Multi-Sensory molecular gastronomy and gastro physics experience.
Foodoppi presents “Eat your science” hosted by Celebrity Chef Louise Lennox and Food Scientist Aisling Larkin. The show promises to be the tastiest ticket in town.

Watch as Louise and Aisling introduce the audience to the fascinating world of food and science, experience the difference between taste and aroma to learn how they are intrinsically linked, unlock the secrets to building the umami burger, create tomato caviar and enjoy the flame-grilled perfume before entering the exciting world of liquid nitrogen cooking. 

This event will explore chemical reactions and physical changes of food like never before.

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Science Week 2017 is set to be the biggest yet and there is a variety of events around the country to attend to meet increasing public demand.  Science Week 2017 takes place from 12-19 November.

#BelieveInScience and Science Week are part of Science Foundation Ireland’s work to promote the potential that science and discovery offer Ireland, today and in tomorrow’s world.

Science Foundation Ireland has partnered with organisations and businesses across Ireland, including running science festivals in Galway, Cork, Carlow, Limerick, Waterford, the Midlands (spanning Longford, Offaly, Laois and Westmeath), Sligo, Mayo, Kerry and Cavan/Monaghan, in the South East (spanning Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny and Tipperary), Sligo and Tipperary. Some of these festivals are brand new and the line-up also includes a Teagasc-run festival which will see science events spanning eight counties. In Dublin City, there will be a host of science events happening across the city for both adults and children.

Science Foundation Ireland is calling on communities and businesses to play their part in Science Week.  For offices, you can imagine and host your own event or simply gather everyone around to watch a TEDx talk or science video.  If you own a restaurant, why not highlight the science behind your menu?  Why not simply start the science conversation by sharing some science facts in your workplace? If you are involved with a sports club, bring in a guest speaker on the science of your sport.

Alternatively, people can engage with science by attending a Science Week event, by doing experiments with their children, by engaging with Science Foundation Ireland to ask questions about science or by checking out science programming on RTÉ.

If you plan to run an event, don’t forget to register it here.

Recommended read for Science Week

For Science Week 2017, the Rick O’Shea Book Club is recommending The Martian, by Andy Weir for members to enjoy this November. Not only is this a brilliant book but it is also known to be scientifically strong. It includes facts about what we’re up against to grow food in Mars, what storms are like there, how difficult the climate and gravity is, the distance in delivering messages and getting to and from Earth. 

The Rick O’Shea Book Club has been running on Facebook since it was established in July 2014 by RTE broadcaster Rick O’Shea. There are now over 10,000 members, making it Ireland’s biggest book club.

Join the book club here!