Looking ahead to Science Week in Laois..

As the upcoming Midlands Science Festival and national Science Week grow closer, we are gearing up to provide an array of incredible events and science fun the Midlands.
The festival which begins on November 9th, celebrates science in the region with hands-on workshops and interactive demonstrations for people of all ages.

Jackie Gorman, Direc tor of the Midlands Science Festival said,

‘Every year we want the festival to ignite curiosity and let people discover that science and technology can offer amazing opportunities, often in ways that they may not realise. This year’s calendar of activity is bigger and better than ever. We are delighted to announce some of the key events which will take place in Laois this year including Waterways Ireland and Dr Mindflip workshops, science fun with the Rediscovery Centre, exploring the archaeology of the Vikings with the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin zoo workshops, exciting science journey with Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident scientist and lots more.’

Pho to: Pupils from Portloaise attending an event hosted by Midlands Science with partner, Integra LifeSciences last year during Science Week.

Upcoming Pho tography event for Laois

We are pleased to invite members of the public to come along explore the his tory of pho tography with renowned pho tographer Veronica Nicholson during Heritage Week 2019. Veronica is a pho tographic artist and educa tor, with a Masters’ degree in Digital Art who lives in the Midlands.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science said,

‘Join us for Heritage Week with a science twist in on August 21st in Laois. Pho tography is both an art and a science and can provide us with an insight in to past times. It continues to this day to be a great hobby for people, with amazing technological advances in pho tography. Veronica Nicholson will explore how pho tography began and how it has developed over time, both as a process and as a past-time. We are encouraging those attending to bring along old pho tographs and cameras on the day so that together, we can explore the his tory of pho tography and how it relates to our everyday lives.’

This unique event entitled, ‘Light Tales, Pho tography His tory’ will take place from 4-5pm in the Portlaoise Library, Lyster Square, Portlaoise on August 21st.

Admission is free and the event in suitable for children under 12 and people of all ages. For further information and booking please contact Jackie Gorman on 0579323902 or at jgorman@midlandsscience.ie


One of the activities visi tors can look forward to in Laois this year is an insect folklore video workshop with en tomologist Nessa Darcy which includes a short learning session about insects, their habitats and conservation needs. Children will get a chance to make up their own insect s tory, which will be recorded, and to create their own rudimentary paper insect puppets and background to act out a video to illustrate their s tory. This workshop is suitable for aged 8+ and takes place in Portarling ton Library on November 14th at 11:00am and again at 2:00pm.

Jackie Gorman, Midlands Science Festival Direc tor said,

‘We have a unique poetry reading by writer, Eleanor Hooker and a discussion with journalist, Claire O’Brien on poetry and how it describes the natural world as compared to science, how the arts and humanities relate to each other in Portlaoise Library on Friday, November 16th. This will be a wide-ranging and interesting dialogue about the conflicts and connections between the arts and science. We will be celebrating science in schools and campuses, in libraries and outdoors and we want as many people as people to come along and see that science is not just for academics and lab coats-it is everywhere and there for us all to enjoy. We are particularly looking forward to the ‘science of weather’ talk with well-known weather forecaster, Gerald Fleming. This will take place on the evening of November 13th in Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages.’

This is the sixth year that a dedicated programme of free Science Week events is being rolled out in the counties of Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford. It will bring together a large number of interested participants including science communica tors, performers and researchers, science and technology speakers, science and TY students, mini scientists and the general public from all over the Midlands and beyond.

Jackie Gorman continued,

‘We also have some workshops from Make Port available in Portarling ton this year. This includes a tour of Fab Lab and workshop sessions covering electronics, laser engraving and 3D printing. The science festival is a real celebration of science and features something for everyone to enjoy. The Rediscovery workshops will also be back in the Midlands during Science Week, this time in Mountmellick Library on Nov 16th. In a 90 minute hands-on and fun workshop with the team from The Rediscovery Centre, children will learn about a whole range of science and environmental topics. This fun and engaging workshop is being provided by the Rediscovery Centre who are focussed on the science of sustainability in our communities.