Featured Events

The Giraffe Habitat Challenge at Dublin Zoo

To celebrate the new arrival of our giraffe calf and Science Week 2019, Dublin Zoo is calling upon young scientists to participate in ‘The Giraffe Habitat Challenge’. This innovative competition tasks budding young scientists and engineers to try their hand at creating a new sustainable giraffe house and outdoor habitat.

Students will participate in a 2 hour workshop at Dublin Zoo where they will learn from a team of experts including zookeepers, zoologists, engineers and sustainability experts before setting on their challenge to design a new giraffe habitat.

‘The Giraffe Habitat Challenge’ takes place from Monday 4th to Friday 8th November and Monday 11th to Friday 15th November 2019 in Dublin Zoo. The programme has been specifically designed for 3rd – 6th class primary students and 1st to transition year secondary students.

The winner of the best designed habitat will receive an incredible €2,000 off their school’s electricity bill for a year and runners up will secure a trip to W5 in Belfast for their entire class, with thanks to SSE Airtricity. SSE Airtricity is Ireland’s largest provider of 100% green energy and sustainability partner to Dublin Zoo.

To find out more or to book your space please contact the Discovery and Learning Team on education@dublinzoo.ie or 01 474 8932

Dublin Science Week Family Show

Date: Saturday Nov 16th - Time: 10:15am, 12pm, 1:45pm, 3:30pm

Location: The Round Room at the Mansion House Dawson Street Dublin 2

Booking: click here

Science Foundation Ireland are delighted to bring the Ugly Animal Roadshow with Simon Watt to the Round Room at the Mansion House on 16 November for Science Week 2019.

Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter. He runs Ready Steady Science, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals. He is currently an artist in residence at the National Maritime Museum. His book 'The Ugly Animals: We Can't All be Pandas' is out now. Why should the panda get all the praise? The Ugly Animal Preservation Society is dedicated to raising the profile of the world’s most aesthetically challenged endangered species.

Join biologist and presenter Simon Watt for a performance that celebrates and explores the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous. The show features videos, demonstrations and lots and lots of audience participation. The show will address this year’s climate action theme by looking at how climate change is exacerbating extinction.

Twitter: @uglyanimal - Web: uglyanimalsoc.com

Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Beekeeping and their Importance in the Ecosystem

Date: Thursday Nov 14th - Time: 6pm

Booking: click here

As part of Science Week 2019, The Ark is delighted to present a free talk on bees & beekeeping by Dr Niamh Shaw. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats. Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world's most important pollinator of food crops. Pollination is not just important for the food we eat directly, it's vital for the foraging crops, such as field beans and clover, used to feed the livestock we depend on for meat.

Dr Niamh Shaw, theatre maker, scientist and bee enthusiast, will present a fascinating talk for grown-ups that links with this year's Science Week theme of 'Climate Action'. In her inspiring style showing us the importance of bees in our ecosystem, the basic principles of beekeeping and what we can learn from apiculture as a community.

The Ark present a range of exciting events for children as well as events for adults for Science Week 2019. Explore biodiversity, food, human health and behaviour and STEM topics through all kinds of art! Check out more events here.

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland

This year Dublin Science Week have a wide variety of events planned as it aims to stimulate interest, excitement and engagement for people of all ages and backgrounds. Dublin Science Week will focus on all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in order to promote awareness and understanding. The importance and relevance of these topics in everyday life will be a key aspect of the week with events planned on topics such as space, food, sport and much more.