Space and science fans are prepping for Space Week 2022, which will run from October 4th to 10th across Ireland. The annual festival encourages people to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through the inspirational topic of space. It is run by MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and ESERO Ireland. 

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at SFI, said: “SFI and our ESERO Ireland Programme supports initiatives such as Space Week as the perfect opportunity to celebrate the wonders of space and science. With our ever-growing STEM workforce, Ireland is primed to become a leader in the space sector, and Space Week gives people the chance to engage with research and develop a greater understanding of our planet and universe.” 

Schools, industry, and families are encouraged to organise, or participate in, Space themed activities scheduled all over the country. Events planned for 2022 include workshops on alien life at Galway Atlantaquaria, an evening of free astrophysics talks at Maynooth University, and an open night at DIAS Dunsink Observatory featuring a guest talk from former Director of NASA Ames Research Center.

For schools, ESERO Ireland are hosting a range of events for teachers and students, including a Space Careers Roadshow at City Hall Cork on October 11th. At this roadshow, students will hear from Irish space professionals and learn how to pursue a career in our growing space sector.

To get involved in Space Week, just check to find events in your area, or for tips on how to register and host your own event. The website has resources for students, teachers, families and industry partners, so there is something for everyone.