Looking back on 2016!

We are now busy preparing for our fifth annual Midlands Science Festival but we just wanted to take a quick look back on some of the key highlights of last year’s event to give you an idea of how people were inspired by science in a variety of different ways!

One of the things that we always tend to discover through feedback is that people love being able to speak to scientists and to meet people who have a similar mindset to them so this is something that we try to ensure happens every year by bringing in scientists such as Dr. Craig Slattery of University College Dublin, career advisors like Anne Scally from Pro-Activ Management and experts in particular fields such as ornithologist Ricky Whelan from BirdWatch Ireland.

We also seek to engage a number of postgraduate research students to come and speak at our festival each year as it’s a great opportunity for them to hone their communication skills and have the chance to let people know what area of science they are involved in, to explain their work and of course to talk about why they’re doing it. With this in mind we had talks about nutrition from Food Health Ireland, engineering insights from Intel, maths workshops from NUI, Maynooth, technology lessons from iConnect and lots more!

Younger audiences were entertained and informed by our friends from the Exploration Dome, the Reptile Zoo Village, Anyone for Science, GSI, Sustainable Energy Ireland, Go Fly Your Kite and a number of other fun and exciting performers last year.

We cant wait to fill you in on what’s being planned for this year so keep an eye out for more news soon!