Featured Events

The Usual Suspects - Toxicology, Forensics and Psychology

The Little Theatre, St Mary's Place, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Friday, 16 November 2018, 8 – 9:30pm

This evening event will be facilitated by Dr Craig Slattery, a toxicologist with a passion for science communications. He will explore the world of poisons from ancient times to the more recent use of nerve agents such as Novichok in the UK. He will joined by Dr Brian Gibson, a forensic scientist with Forensic Science Ireland, Garda HQ, who will discuss the role of forensic science in the criminal justice system in Ireland. Also participating is Professor Andrew Silke, who has a background in forensic psychology and criminology. He is an international expert on terrorism and has worked with the United States Department of Homeland Security, NATO and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Everything you wanted to ask about solving crimes using science, poisons and criminal minds, this is a unique chance to do so.

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Mary Ward’s World of Wonder

Moate Library, Moate, Co. Westmeath, Wednesday, 14 November, 10:30pm – Thursday, 15 November 2018, 3:30am

Midlands Science presents Mary Ward’s Amazing World of Wonder. This project brings art, ecology and maths together to produce something unexpected and magical. This includes an immersive video projection and sound-scape, drawing on the Victorian  tradition of Science as Performance, adapted from Mary Ward's book "A World of Wonders as Revealed by the Microscope"  published in 1858. Mary Ward's Amazing World  of Wonder has been created by visual artist Caroline Conway and photographer Tina Claffey, using macro-photography and Zoetrope animation to reinterpret the Victorian  wonder of discovery and relate it to the contemporary world. Over the course of a one day workshop, art, ecology and maths and their links are explored. The maths element will involve exploring Fibonacci numbers and Joseph Plateau's Phenakistoscope and then  participants are set a challenge to make their own  animation discs that will follow certain behaviours.

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Drawing With Light – the science of photography

Birr Castle Demense, Birr, Co. Offaly. Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 3:30 – 6pm

Photography translated from the Greek literally means drawing with light. This event with photographer Veronica Nicholson will involve a walk to explore the practice of photography and impact of light. All participants are encouraged to bring their cameras. There will also be a short introduction to invention of photography and the event will conclude [in darkness] with people experimenting with Mary Rosse’s nineteenth-century photographic dark room,  the oldest surviving dark room in the world.

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Midlands Science Festival increases awareness of the value of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in the midlands amongst all age groups.

We celebrate science in our community in a number of ways, everything from astronomy to zoology can be explored through shows, workshops and talks. This year’s festival includes a family open day and we will also be exploring a number of topics including the science of golf, the poetry of ecology and the 100th anniversary of the flu pandemic in Ireland.

We are excited to bring brand new Leonardo da Vinci workshops to the festival with artist Paul Timoney [and a real life Mona Lisa!] and a series of “Bite Sized Science” events to libraries across the region. For those with green fingers, there’s a unique bees and gardening workshop with some music. For keen eyed photographers, there are photography events exploring the science of light including a visit to the world’s oldest darkroom. There’s a loud and science packed series of  Dinosaur Science Shows with even bigger dinosaurs this year. There’s a chance to unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes as we will also be solving famous crimes from the past with the help of science.

There’s so much to do and see this year in the midlands. Popular activities such as science knitting patterns for local knitters [eyeballs and brains this year!] and a Science Festival Book Club for adult and younger readers are back again this year. Exploring everything from Da Vinci’s notebooks to why dinosaurs actually had feathers, the Midlands Science Festival is a unique opportunity to explore science through a carefully curated programme of activities, workshops and shows.

Supported by Science Foundation and a number of partners, this year is the sixth year of the festival.