Science celebration launches with a bang

Cork Festival science celebration launches
Reed Barry pictured at the launch of the Cork Science Festival. Picture Clare Keogh

This year’s Cork Science Festival promises to make science even more fun than ever before. A Celebration of Science, the festival runs from 10-19 November, and has something for all ages.

The Cork Science Festival line-up of over 100 events includes explosive workshops such as ‘flames, flashes and frozen flowers’ to crime scene investigation, rainbows to laser shows, ‘cool planet’ climate change workshops, ‘down-under dinosaurs’ demos, building DNA games and the chemistry of cocktails and a special screening of The Matrix.

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, and part of Science Week Ireland, the Cork Science Festival features two flagship events, which are free, open to all the family and will provide hours of educational entertainment.

‘Celebrate Science’ takes place at Gateway UCC on Sunday, 12 November from 12 Noon until 5pm and provides a great free day out for all the family.

The ‘Community Festival of Science’ takes place on Sunday, 19 November at Neptune Stadium from 2pm to 6pm and again provides an entirely free and fun engagement for every age with all things science.

Cork Festival science celebration launches
Schoolgirl Emma Dunphy is surprised by a Tyndall cleanroom scientist at the launch of the Cork Science Festival. Picture: Clare Keogh

“We are on a mission to showcase everything that science has to offer the people of Cork, with free open days, incredible shows, science tours, fun workshops, awesome exhibitions, live demonstrations and experiments and so much more,” said Mervyn Horgan, Cork Science Festival co-ordinator.

“The team behind Cork Science Festival represents Cork’s best in research, education and industry across science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) and showcases the enormous resources that Cork has to offer in this area.

“We want everyone to experience a really super Science Week in Cork through school visits, open days, and a really action-packed, enjoyable line up this year.”

As well as free open days and school visits to bring STEAM into primary and secondary schools across Cork, there is plenty of ‘grown up’ science too with events taking place at Tyndall National Institute, the Glucksman Gallery, St. Lukes Church, the Rising Sons Brewery, Lifetime Lab, Cork City Gaol, St Peter’s Church and many more.

Cork Festival science celebration launches
Cork Science Festival is the winning formula for Alexa (2) and Reed (5) Barry who were pictured at the launch at Tyndall National Institute. Picture Clare Keogh

The diverse and exciting line up for adults includes an evening with Neil Delamere and Simon Watt at Level Up Human (AMP Nightclub), the Science of Beer (Rising Sons Brewery) the Science of Flavour event (Cask & Greenes Restaurant) as well as a screening of The Matrix movie (St. Lukes Church).

Part of Science Week Ireland, the festival includes a program of free public engagement events, community talks, exhibitions, shows and school workshops.

The 2017 Cork Science Festival is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and developed by a team representing the best in education and industry in science, technology, engineering, arts, research and mathematics based in Cork. More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in workshops and activities.

More information on all Cork Science Festival events available at

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