Details unveiled for Cork Science Festival – November 2018

22 October 2016
By Bryan Smyth

From climate change and cocktail chemistry to mystery molecules and the physics of juggling, Cork Science Festival is rolling out an amazing programme of science events, talks, seminars, and fun exhibits for all ages from 11 to 18 November.

Ms Winter (Meabh Deane) and Ms Summer (Ciara Deane) with Master Autumn (Reed Barry) and Ms Spring (Alexa Barry ) playing in the unusually mild weather at the launch of Cork Science Festival. This year’s Cork Science Festival includes a demonstration about the frequency of extreme weather events and link to climate change among a line up of over 100 free events, running from 11-18 November. Flagship events such as ‘Celebrate Science’ takes place at Gateway UCC on Sunday, 11 November from 12 Noon until 5pm and the ‘Community Festival of Science’ takes place on Sunday, 18 November at Neptune Stadium from 2pm to 6pm. 

As part of Science Week 2018, this year’s celebration of science in Cork has a jam-packed programme of mostly free events with something for every age. Cork Science Festival opens with a bang on Sunday 11 November at ‘Celebrate Science’ in Gateway UCC on the Western Road with over 75 interactive workshops, exhibits and talks on science in our every day lives. Throughout the week, there is something for everyone from the Science of Skin with the ‘Skin Nerd’ Jennifer Rock, to the screening of 2001: Space Odyssey at Kino and Cocktail Chemistry at Edison.

For children, the fun never stops during Cork Science Festival with primary school outreach extending across the city and workshops on Learnit LEGO, ‘Bloody Detectives’ and ‘Electric Brain’ to Science Storytime in libraries and “Celebrate Science” at Gateway UCC on 11 November and finally the “Community Festival of Science” at Neptune Stadium on 18 November.

Speaking at the launch of Cork Science Festival, MaREI’s Aoife Deane said, “Cork comes alive with science each year for Cork Science Festival. This year, there are fresh and exciting ways for families and individuals to engage with science in our city. We have a really diverse range of events and we invite everyone to attend free science events in Cork. From primary school workshops, science storytime at libraries, movie screenings and science events as well as the flagship Sunday events in Gateway UCC and Neptune Stadium, we can scientifically guarantee a really great and fun time for all.”

Part of the national Science Week, Cork Science Festival is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, and is one of the biggest events in the Cork calendar.

Developed by a team of volunteers representing education, research and industry across STEM from the Cork area, most activities on the Cork Science Festival are free of charge to encourage your engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

For more information, booking requirements and a programme of events please see or follow us on social media @corkscience

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