Sligo Science Festival full of exciting events for all ages

Sligo Science Festival 2022 returns with ‘Endless Possibilities’ as we discover the wonders of science this winter.

from 13th to 20th November, this year’s Sligo Science Festival, sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland and AbbVie, promises a seven-day program packed with exciting events suitable for all ages.

Taking place during Science Week, Sligo Science Festival highlights STEM engagement throughout the week by hosting a Science Fair at ATU Sligo, hosting science shows, workshops, demonstrations and displays, along with a full program of talks, road shows, exhibitions and debates for all ages and backgrounds during Science Week.

The Sligo Science Festival is part of SFI’s national Science Week, with this year’s themes being; “The Wonders of Science” and “Endless Possibilities.”

The festival kicks off on Sunday 13th November with the ever popular Science Fair in association with AbbVie, with a fun and informative science weekend for all the family at ATU Sligo.

During the festival there are many interesting workshops, demonstrations and talks that will explore the depths of our oceans to the speed at which our universe is expanding!

Chemistry in movies! This short and fast-paced talk will take a scholarly and filmographic look at how chemists and chemistry have been portrayed in films.

ATU’s Dr Simon Burrow explores the fascinating lives of basking sharks and how these giant, gentle sea creatures behave off our coast.

Craig McFarlane challenges the public to eat more bugs in their daily diet as he shares his experiences from his research, foraging and insect farming in Scotland, West Africa and South East Asia.

Commenting on AbbVie’s continued sponsorship of Sligo Science Festival, Darren Egan, AbbVie Manorhamilton Road Site Director, said: “AbbVie’s commitment to promoting science in our communities is exemplified by the company’s continued sponsorship of Sligo Science Festival. AbbVie’s continued support has helped the festival undertake exciting initiatives including performances, educational exhibitions and STEM-focused engagements with local schools.”

Michael Gallagher, site director at AbbVie’s Ballytivnan site, said: “Our job at AbbVie is to deliver new ideas, discoveries and inventions to improve people’s health outcomes. We are constantly working to create solutions that go beyond treating disease to have a positive impact on patients’ lives, on society – and on science itself. The past two years have highlighted the importance of science to society, and we are proud to help ignite the spark for the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

The festival highlights STEM engagement throughout the week, providing science shows, workshops, demonstrations and displays, alongside a comprehensive program of talks, roadshows, exhibitions and debates for all ages and backgrounds.

AbbVie is also supporting the festival with a series of interactive shows on Sunday, November 13 with science communicator and STEM advocate, Steven Davitt, who will be joined by AbbVie employees and his team to demystify science and more. This is an event that parents and children will not want to miss.”

Head of Faculty of Science at ATU Sligo, Dr Jeremy Bird said this year will be an extra special one to mark the first time the Science Festival has been held at the newly established Atlantic University of Technology: “This year as we move to the Atlantic university of technology, I am We are delighted to have another diverse and exciting Sligo Science Festival. Events run for eight days and include everything from monster science to forensic pathology, culminating in our science fair day on Sunday 13 November. Our festival instills a hunger and passion for science in the young minds of our North West region, where so many of our career paths are inextricably linked to scientific disciplines in our regional companies, health services, education, agriculture, business and government. This is reflected in the increasing number of students choosing to study science degrees at ATU Sligo”

Participants will be asked to rethink revision, train their brains, find the sustainable food crops of the future, walk on the moon and discover the birds, bugs and botany of our earth.

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