NUI Galway invite young science enthusiasts and filmmakers to participate in the 2020 ‘ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME’ video competition

23rd April 2020: NUI Galway is challenging young science enthusiasts and filmmakers around Ireland to produce fun short science videos at home for the innovative ‘ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME’ competition. The best videos will be voted for by the public to win €1000 for the filmmaker’s school or youth organisation.

Videos can be up to one minute in length and can communicate any aspect of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), including How Things Work, Climate Action, Healing the Body and Science on the Farm. Filming can be on smartphones, tablets or cameras and the closing date for entries is Friday, 29 May.

Supported by  SFI Discover Programme, the Community Knowledge Initiative, CÚRAM SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices and the Cell Explorers science outreach programme, the best videos will be screened for the public at the Galway Science and Technology Festival on 8 November.  

Speaking about the competition’s launch, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “We are delighted to support this initiative, which cleverly combines science literacy and creativity, while providing a great opportunity for young people to be creative in communicating scientific topics from home, while maintaining social distancing. ‘ReelLIFE SCIENCE @ HOME’ encourages young people to connect with the science and technology in their everyday lives, and to bring that knowledge to a wider audience, while promoting current Irish scientific research and development.”

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Since launching in 2013, more than 13,000 young people in 400 schools and youth organisations around Ireland have taken part in the ReelLIFE SCIENCE programme, which is organised by Dr Enda O’Connell and a team of scientists and science communication enthusiasts from NUI Galway.

More information about taking part can be found at