Science Week 2023 – what it means to be human

The “C’mere Till I Tell Ya” Dublin STEM Festival and Science Week at DCU take place from 12 – 19 November

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Science Week, a national celebration of science this November with hundreds of fun, engaging and interactive events taking place nationwide. This year’s Science Week aims to spark a national conversation about what it means to be human in today’s world, and how the decisions we make today will impact the people and world of the future. 

Dubliners are being asked to get involved in the Human? conversation and to consider what lies ahead for future generations. From the climate emergency to social interaction and artificial intelligence, how will future generations be impacted? 

This year the “C’mere Till I Tell Ye” Dublin STEM Festival and Science Week at DCU: Creativity, Curiosity and Engagement will have online and in-person events for people of all ages to enjoy. Some events taking place in Dublin not to be missed include: 

·        Tackling the Climate and Ecological Crisis, The Printworks, D2, 12th November, 13:15pm. The climate and ecological crisis can often seem overwhelming. Our panel of experts will shed light on the reality of where we are at today, and on contributing to shaping tomorrow.

·        Human Engagement with the Universe, DCU Glasnevin Campus, 16th November, 18:00pm. Telescopes, time travel, satellites and atomic clocks – an interactive discussion on various aspects of human involvement with space and the Universe

·       The Ethics of AI with Dr. Michael Wieczorek, Ballyroan Library, 27th November, 19:00pm. This event will showcase how technology can be used to explore Cavan’s Lakeland’s. 

·       Raise a Glass: Exploring the Chemistry and Artistry of Brewing & Distilling, TU Dublin, Central Quad Building Grangegorman, 16th November, 17:30pm. Currently in Ireland we are experiencing large growth in the Brewing and Distilling Industry. We have grown from two distilleries to over 40 distilleries in recent times. With such advances and development in this sector we look to ways of educating the work force and our future food science graduates to be aware of the Science of brewing and distilling.

·       C’mere Til We Beautify Ye, Studio 10, 10 Wicklow Street, D2, 17th November, 18:00pm. Legendary Chemist Aine Coogan & make-up artist to the stars Wai-Har Healy explain the expensive stuff you put on your face! Prosecco incl! Have you ever glanced at an ingredient list on any cosmetic item and thought ‘what is this gibberish’? Have you ever wanted to learn the language of cosmetics so you know what to look out for and what to avoid? 

Speaking about Science Week, Minister Harris said: “Science Week is always a great opportunity to have people engage with science and research through fun, engaging and interactive events. I am delighted that my Department continues to fund such informative and thought-provoking events.  

As humans, our activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will help shape the future of innovation, progress, and the betterment of society. We know our society faces many challenges but I believe through research, science and innovation we will be better equipped to face these head on. 

Science Week 2023 will take place from 12th-19th November.

For more information on how to get involved and to see the full list of science events, workshops and talks across the country visit ScienceWeek.ie 

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