About the Festival
The Midlands Science Festival is all about taking science out of the lab and into libraries, theatres, streets and younger classrooms, giving people a variety of fun ways to explore the world around them. The overall event is a unique opportunity to explore science through a programme of interactive exhibits, workshops and shows developed by local development agency Midlands Science (formerly Atlantic Corridor ) based in Tullamore, in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and partners, we are now heading into our fourth year and our 2016 festival promises to be even bigger and better.
Science Foundation Ireland’s new campaign aims to create the connection for industry and individuals with science and innovation in Ireland. This is achieved through a wide-ranging programme, engaging academic and industrial scientists, educational establishments, industry and the Irish public through partnership, information, events, competitions and awards.
We look forward to celebrating #ScienceRising during this year’s Midland’s Science Festival and Science Week. Co-ordinated by SFI Discover, the education and public engagement programme of Science Foundation Ireland, Science Week will run from 13th–20th November 2016 for the 21st year!
We’ll be serving up a whole range of exciting activities and events for all ages so please keep an eye on our blog features and events page for updates and news which will be coming your way very soon.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported & attended our science festival events over the past few years as together, we are spreading the science story across the Midlands & beyond. We are working hand in hand with some of the most amazing speakers & performers to communicate the key message that science is all around us in everyday life & is a fantastic career option for young people to consider. Every year we set out to show people from four years old upwards that science can be fun, inspiring & eye opening as well as educational & necessary.
– Jackie Gorman, Midlands Science Festival Director
The Midlands Science Festival 2015
With over 90 events ranging from entertaining marine life workshops and enthralling reptile visits to stargazing, energy, ecology and chocolate, there really was something for all age groups during the 2015 Midlands Science Festival. Events were held in venues around the region with many taking place at local sports clubs and cafes and others in schools and even outdoors.
Jackie Gorman, Director of the Midlands Science Festival commented, ‘I am delighted at the success of our third Midlands Science Festival, which as promised was bigger and better than the one we ran in 2014. It was wonderful to see so many families attending some of our new events such as ‘Ugly animals’ and ‘Medieval Medicine’ to informative seminars on how to look after your heart health and it was also fantastic to see some of our key speakers interacting with audiences in very relaxed settings such as libraries and cafes this year.’
The festival is a fantastic way to really capture the imagination and show people that science can be fun. Other new activities featured this year from the Irish Wildlife Trust, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Exploration Dome which arrived at one lucky Midlands primary school and pupils learned about earth science, maths and astronomy. A good number of Midlands students also had the opportunity to avail of some high level careers advice which was delivered by representatives from NUI, Maynooth, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.
It is our belief that once an appreciation of maths and a curiosity of science is established, often through fun activities such as maths trails or attending Midlands Science Festival events, it will stay with them forever and indeed many of our past pupils have taken up careers in the world of science and maths.
– Fionnuala Doheny, Principal