sun13novAll Daysun20Science Week Book Club(All Day)

sat12nov10:00 amsat3:00 pmMidlands Science Discovery Day10:00 am - 3:00 pm Sacred Heart Secondary School, Daingean Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

sun13nov11:00 amDive In! The Science of Swimming11:00 am The Lough Ree Inn, Coosan Point, Athlone. Co. Westmeath

mon14nov4:00 pm101 Years of Insulin – The Past, Present and Future of Diabetes care in Ireland4:00 pm Online

mon14nov7:30 pmJust Relax - The Secret Science of Successful Golf7:30 pm Athlone Golf Club, Hudson Bay, Athlone, Co. Roscommon

mon14nov7:30 pmBounce Back Better – The Science of Stress and Resilience7:30 pm Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone, Northgate St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

tue15nov3:00 pmtue5:00 pmDrop-In: Viking Artefact Detective3:00 pm - 5:00 pm St. Mary's Youth and Community Centre, Harbour St, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

tue15nov6:00 pmSo You Want To Be A Formula 1 Driver?6:00 pm Online

tue15nov7:00 pmArchaeology Through the Keyhole; Stories Through Science from Co. Offaly7:00 pm Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

wed16novAll Daythu17How to be a Climate Hero(All Day) Online

wed16nov7:00 pmwed9:00 pmHow to get started with Sustainable Living - A Hands on Workshop7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Portlaoise Family Resource Centre, Harpur's Lane, Maryborough, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

wed16novAll Daythu17How to be a Climate Hero(All Day) Online

thu17nov7:30 pmBeauty and the Chemistry Beasts7:30 pm Annebrook Hotel Mullingar, Austin Friars St, Bellview, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

fri18nov7:00 pmfri8:30 pmLook Up for Science!7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Lough Boora Discovery Park, Boora, Leabeg, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

fri18nov7:30 pmHop to it! The Science of Beer and Brewing7:30 pm Dead Centre Brewing, Custume Pier, Custume Place, Athlone. Co. Westmeath

Science Week is coming and we are getting ready! This year, we are delighted to be back in person and look forward to seeing you all again. We have a huge range of activities for all age groups. We will be kicking off with our Discovery Day in association with Integra, on Saturday November 12th in Tullamore. Our Discovery Day is a family friendly event that will include dinosaurs, superhero science, chemistry experiments and much more. Our Midlands Science Festival runs from Saturday November 12th to Friday November 18th.

The week will include workshops for schools and a range of activities for all age groups, including an event exploring the science of pets with Pete the Vet (in association with Zoetis), an event in Dead Centre Brewing in Athlone, exploring the science of beer and brewing and an open water swim at Lough Ree on Sunday morning. As well as the above, Dr Andrew Magee will be talking about the science of resilience and our online event exploring the science of F1 Racing includes the chance to win a day in the pit with a race team at Mondello Park. All events are free of charge, the Midlands Science Festival is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, through the Discover Programme.

The Midlands Science Festival 2021 – Review

We were delighted to present a full week of free interactive science and exploration as part of national Science Week 2021. With plenty of virtual events ranging from entertaining animal workshops with Dublin Zoo and the National Reptile Zoo to informative public talks on subjects such as ‘Joint Health’ and the ‘Science of Chocolate.’ It’s no surprise that thousands of people attended this year. Most of our events were held online due to the ongoing pandemic, but that meant that even more people from the Midlands and across Ireland could access our activities. The festival is a fantastic way to really capture the imagination and show people that science can be fun.

‘I’m delighted at the success of our ninth Midlands Science Festival, which as promised was event bigger and better than the one we ran last year during Covid-19 times. It was wonderful to see so many schools registering for workshops which all pupils could access, as previously these events may only been available for a few classes. Organising such a largescale event online is certainly a challenge, but one we have really enjoyed and I wish to thank Science Foundation Ireland, all of our partners, speakers, performers and sponsors once again for making this all possible.’ – Jackie Gorman, CEO, Midlands Science

A large number of Midlands students had the opportunity to avail of some high-level careers advice from companies such as 3M, Irish Manufacturing Research, Cpl Recruitment, Accenture, IPCC, The Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and many others. We were also delighted to partner with Bord na Móna, they provided a guided walk and talk at Lough Boora Discovery Park in Co. Offaly. At this event, Bord na Móna safely hosted a number of young pupils from Kilcormac NS and provided an overview of the ecological, environmental and cultural value of raised bogs while also focusing on the biodiversity features of interest available at the Lough Bora Discovery Park.

The virtual Discovery Day which was supported by Integra LifeSciences drew an audience of thousands of young people nationwide and included the Exploration Dome, the Reptile Zoo, Anyone 4 Science, Dale Treadwell’s Dinosaur Show, Anyone4Science and more. People of all ages had the opportunity to explore the night’s sky and learn about the science is Superheroes as well as meeting some very interesting reptiles and dinosaurs and this was all done online. Science Week is a wonderful opportunity for young science enthusiasts and their families to see what’s new and innovative in the world of science and technology.