Ever wondered why we experience fear? Or if there is any truth to the ‘sunny south east’? #StopAndAsk the questions you have always wanted to know the answer to this Science Week.

9th November 2017 - Irish people are being asked to #StopAndAsk questions about the world around them as part of Science Foundation Ireland’s national Science Week 2017. Taking place from the 12th – 19th November, Science Week provides people across the county with the opportunity to ask question, explore the science in their everyday lives and discover how science explains the world around us. The aim of the #StopAndAsk campaign is to enable society to make sense of the world around them and to facilitate conversations between the general public and the scientific community in Ireland. 

For Science Week 2017, Science Foundation Ireland is calling on people to #StopAndAsk questions that they’ve always wanted to know about the world around them.  People of all ages are being encouraged to ask their question on social media, whether it’s: “why do I experience fear?”, “how can I kick the perfect penalty kick?” or even “is there any truth to the ‘sunny south east’?”.  To join the conversation, use the hashtag #StopAndAsk and tweet, Instagram or Facebook your question - Science Week 2017 through Science Foundation Ireland, its partners and the science community will aim to answer the best questions throughout the week. 

As part of the campaign, Science Week took to the grounds of Trinity College Dublin to hear what questions some members of the public wanted answered and to ask them a few questions about the world around them. 

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland  said: “Science Week is a brilliant opportunity to explore the world of science and technology that surrounds us all, and is playing an increasing role in our lives.  Science helps us to ask and answer the questions, solve the problems and to consider what is next. This Science Week, we want as many people as possible to get involved and ask the questions that matter to them - the questions that have always made them curious!  We’re calling on everyone to take part in the #StopAndAsk conversation and to attend the events taking place in your county, or nationwide.”

Some of the Science Week 2017 events and activities not to be missed include:

  • The Science of Horror Movies, Movies@Dundrum, Dublin – Wednesday, 15th November 2017 at 7pm
  • ‘Weather Live’ presented by Met Eireann – will air on RTE One on Wednesday 15th November – Friday 17th November 2017 at 7pm
  • Cocktail Chemistry @ Edison – Edison, 11-12 Washington Street, Cork City – Thursday 16th November at 7pm
  • The Science of Confidence – Gaiety School of Acting, Temple Bar, Dublin – Sunday 19th November at 11am
  • Electric Circuits: Brushbots, a radical robot adventure with designer minds – Tralee Institute of Technology – Saturday 18th November

Hundreds of events are being held nationwide to celebrate Science Week from the 12th to the 19th of November. For a full list of the thrilling science shows, hands-on workshops and talks across the country, visit our events listing.

Join the #StopAndAsk conversation on social media using #StopAndAsk and watch out for science all around you!