Featured Events

The Science of WandaVision

Visit the magical, scientific world of WandaVision with the Superhero Scientist Barry Fitzgerald! In early 2020, the Disney+ series WandaVision arrived to much-deserved adulation. The series features one of the MCU’s favourite couples – Wanda Maximoff and Vision – as they settle into life in a small town. But all is not as it seems, and Wanda’s world is built on puzzlement and magic. And there’s a lot of science to explore here. You’ll get the answers to questions like ‘What is the science behind Wanda’s magic?’, ‘Is it possible to build a synthetic digestive system for Vision’?, and ‘Could someone really run as fast as Pietro Maximoff?’.

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The Science of Running

Discover the science of running with ultramarathon runner Keith Whyte who has won races such as a 100km race in -30c Antarctic ! Running is a sport practiced by so many every day. Whether it’s a 5 km run after work or that final long weekend run before a marathon, running is good for not only the body, but also for the mind. In this event you’ll learn about the science of running; both the physical response to running and how our muscles use energy, as well as the best way to train, and how running how help with mental resilience.

And we’re looking for your running data as part of a citizen science running experiment! Taking you on this journey will be avid hobbyist runner Barry Fitzgerald and the Irish record holder for the 100 km ultramarathon Keith Whyte. Lace up your shoes, and get your favourite exercise tunes ready. Because it’s time to start running!

Booking available at midlandsscience.ie

Sugar and Spice and Everything Science

Join Christine Campbell of Anyone4Science and Dr Craig Slattery of UCD to explore the chemistry of chocolate.  There’s a lot of great science and chemistry in chocolate. How do we taste things and why do we like sweetness ? We like creamier chocolate because it tastes and feels different to us and that difference is all down to particle size. Dark chocolate and cacao contain an amino acid called tryptophan that your brain uses to produce the neurotransmitter Serotonin, which can increase feelings of overall happiness. Serotonin is the feel-good chemical and influences your mood.  This event will also explore the processing of chocolate from bean to bar and we’ll also explore how to make amazing chocolate sauce using water, even though chocolate is hydrophobic. This event is supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Booking available at midlandsscience.ie

The Midlands Science Festival celebrated science in the midlands by exploring everything from astronomy to zoology, encouraging curiosity about the world around us. Last year's events took place online for the general public and also through remote delivery to groups in line with the current Covid 19 situation. Last year’s festival included an exploration of biodiversity in Ireland, an animated series exploring the science of our bodies and digging deep into earth science and geology. The festival also explored how we could all improve our joint health and will be looking at sugar and spice and everything science in a unique event exploring the science of chocolate.  Ultra-runner Keith Whyte explored the science of running in a special event which included analysis of data from all sorts of runners all over the midlands. He runs 100KM in his events – that’s not a typo ! Midlands Science explored the impact of running on the human body in this fast-paced event !

A Discovery Day engaged people of all ages with astronomy, superheroes, dinosaurs and much more. Students also had the chance to take part in a wide range of events and workshops specially developed for Science Week in the midlands and there was a strong focus placed on the contribution that research in the midlands is making in the region, to creating a better future for everyone. Last year’s festival also saw the festival’s continued partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, providing a continued insight into how science helps us to understand our heritage and where we live.  There were lots of prizes and competitions associated with last year’s festival and details can be found on the social media channels of Midlands Science. The Midlands Science Festival Book Club for adult and younger readers was back last year as well.  The festival also brought science to life through classic sitcom meeting the Marvel universe in a unique exploration of the science of Wandavision !

The festival was ran by Midlands Science, a not for profit organisation which has received awards from Rethink Ireland and the Naughton Foundation for its creative and impactful work in promoting science in the community. Supported by Science Foundation Ireland and a number of partners, last year was the ninth year of the festival. The guest curator for last year’s festival was Dr Barry Fitzgerald of Eindhoven University of Technology.