Featured Events

Fun STEM Table Quiz & Fireworks!

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 7:30 – 10:30pm, Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow

STEM Table Quiz with Fireworks after Dark! 

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Smart Cities

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 2 – 5pm, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow

2 pm: Jim Heverin  Architect & Director  from Zaha Hadid Architects London (“Smart cities means what?”),

3 pm: Dr. Eddie O'Connor  Chief Executive at Mainstream Renewable Power (“Powering the Modern World”).

4 pm: Dr William Brazil Trinity College Dublin. (“Transport systems and the Smart city”),


Jim Heverin  Director Zaha Hadid Architects

Jim joined Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in 1997, and he’s been a director since 2009. He has worked on many of the practice’s seminal projects, and has led several high-profile commissions. He oversees one of three ZHA design business units.

He was project architect for the Mind Zone exhibition building within the Millennium Dome (2000, receiving RIBA Award), as well as the inaugural summer pavilion project for London’s Serpentine Gallery (2000).

At a smaller scale, Jim was also project architect for the Maggie’s Fife Cancer Care Centre in Scotland (2006), He was also project director for the Evelyn Grace Academy in London (2010), which delivers an expansive curriculum on one-eighth of the traditionally required site area, winning the 2010 Stirling Prize.

Jim was project director for the £245m London Aquatics Centre which formed a key venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Dr Eddie O’Connor, Executive Chairman, Mainstream Renewable Power:

“Eddie is a world renowned entrepreneur and leader in renewable energy. He founded Mainstream in 2008 following ten years as Chief Executive of global renewable energy company Airtricity which he founded in 1997. Airtricity was sold in 2008 to E.on and Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) .

Eddie has been named World Energy Policy Leader by Scientific American magazine and Oilprice.com cited him as one of the five most influential figures in the US clean energy sector.  He was presented with the Leadership award at the annual Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards and in 2013 he received wind energy’s most prestigious award, the Poul La Cour Prize from the European Wind Energy Association in recognition of his work in the sector.  In May 2016, Eddie was appointed as the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) new Global Ambassador.


Dr William Brazil is a research fellow in the TRiSS research centre in Trinity College Dublin.

His research areas include sustainable mobility, intelligent transport systems, behavioural economics, and emerging transport technologies. Dr Brazil will be speaking about the role of smart cities in a transport context, including journey planning applications, the role of transport information and traffic monitoring in urban transport, and the application of emerging technologies.

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Dargan 150

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 9:30am – 5:30pm, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow

The last day of the festival will feature Dargan 150, a conference on the work and theories of the Carlow engineer William Dargan.

The 150th anniversary of the death of William Dargan, a man with strong Carlow connections, is being commemorated next weekend in a series of free public lectures to be held in the Institute of Technology, Carlow.

Sponsored by Carlow County Council, Institute of Technology Carlow and the Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society the talks take place in the appropriately named Dargan Building in the Institute on Saturday 18th November commencing at 9.30 am. Everyone is welcome.

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EUREKA is a new, fun and interactive Science and Technology Festival for Carlow and neighbouring counties. This festival has been established to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) topics, subjects and career opportunities to various demographic groups. A wide range of events and activities is planned for Science Week, which will be formally launched on Monday 13th of November, these include, active learning workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, interactive seminars, STEM themed cakes, debates and fireworks. This festival is the result of a strategic collaboration between the Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow Museum and the County Library in Carlow. It will become a flagship STEM calendar event for the region, which will use innovative outreach methods to promote interest and discourse in STEM subjects and topics for young and old alike. The festival is kindly supported by Science Foundation Ireland.