Highlights of Science Week 2017

Science Week 2017 ran nationwide from November 12th -19th.

More than 1180 events took place across the country for Science Week this year.

There were 12 regional science festivals which ranged from one-day events, and up to two weeks of activity. These festivals took place in Cavan/Monaghan, Cork, Carlow, Festival of Farming and Food (Teagasc), Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo, the Midlands, Sligo, Southeast, Tipperary.

A number of funded Science Week events showcased throughout the week, including events by the Ark Theatre, The British Council of Ireland, Dublinia, Dunsink Observatory, Foodoppi, Learn it Educational Solutions, the Science Gallery, ADAPT, The Rediscovery Centre, Rokit Entertainment and Wexford Co. Council.

Several events were coordinated by SFI. Some of which included, Scintillating Science with Dara O’Briain which launched the beginning of Science Week in the National Concert Hall and the Dublin Science Week Family Open Day at the Convention Centre Dublin, successfully brought an end to the week of festivities.

There was significant coverage of Science Week across print media, online media, social media, radio and television (including a partnership with RTÉ which involved a dedicated Science Week page on the RTÉ website, social media promotion and the screening of Science Week promos, ‘Feats of Modest Valour’ documentary, ‘Will a Robot Steal my Job?’ documentary, Weather Live, Science Week features on the weather forecasts, children’s science programming including ‘Brain Freeze’ and ‘Wonder What’ and more).

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.

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