Science Week 2022 calls on Dubliners to explore the infinite possibilities of science

Dublin Science Festivals taking place from 13th-20th November

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Minster for further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, joined Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to launch Science Week, a national celebration of science, with hundreds of both in-person and hybrid events taking place nationwide.

Running from the 13th until 20th November, Science Week will engage the Irish public on the theme of Infinite Possibilities.  

Launching Science Week, Minister Harris said: “I am delighted to launch Science Week 2022. It is fantastic to see the conversations we had during Creating Our Future continue and to see them inform further conversations during events such as Science Week. As we consider the role that science plays in all of our lives, and how it affects our future, Science Week provides us with an opportunity to engage with science in informative and creative ways. I would encourage everyone to get involved, attend Science Week events and use your voice to help us overcome the challenges our country and our world faces.”

Science Week aims to encourage people to discuss and explore the possibilities that science offers. Science is an important part of a shared better future – helping us to understand our world, inspiring new opportunities, and providing potential solutions. From the infinite variety of our amazing planet and the adaptability of nature to our ability to face the unexpected, the possibilities are endless.

Pictured at the launch on the windy rooftop of Met Eireann was Minster for further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD with Director General of Science Foundation Ireland,Professor Philip Nolan and Evelyn Cusack,Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann. Photos Julien Behal

The people of Dublin are being asked to get involved in the Infinite Possibilities conversation online and to attend events across three Dublin-based Science Week festivals. A sample of Science Week festivals include: 

  • Mind Funk: Whelan’s, Camden Street, 17 November 2022. How do you know you don’t live in a simulation? What are the chances of life outside of Earth? Are there some dimensions inside you? The world we live in is crazy so we challenged two teams of scientists, communicators, and artists to battle it out head to head on stage in creative challenges to try to make sense of it all!
  • DRAG me to the Lab! WigWam, Abbey Street, 18 November 2022. Join the absolutely fabulous Sassy Science as she leads you on a stunning musical journey of prominent LGBTQIA+ scientists, discoverers, and inventors and their chosen lip-syncs and original numbers. Some cast shade – Sassy shines a musical extravaganza light on those who should be celebrated! 
  • Are Plants Afraid of Heights?: National Botanic Gardens, 19 November 2022. Join staff in the National Botanic Gardens as we investigate how a tree gets water up to its leaves. We will be sending a climber up to collect leaves, which we will measure to see how trees deal with the dizzying heights of a canopy 30 metres above the ground.

The Infinite Possibilities theme was developed as a result of the findings of the Government’s Creating Our Future public consultation campaign. Creating Our Future sought submissions from the public on what they would like researchers to explore. 

Commenting on Science Week, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Philip Nolan, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming people back in-person to Science Week events for the first time since 2019 as well as running virtual events for a truly hybrid experience. We would encourage the people of Dublin to take part in Science Week this year and to explore the Infinite Possibilities of science at in-person events or online. We are focussing on key themes that we know the public is concerned about such as sustainable living, mental health, and digital technologies. Science Week is a fantastic opportunity for people all over Ireland to discover and engage with science.”

The full list of thrilling science events, workshops and talks across the country, will be available on the Science Week website in the coming weeks: www.scienceweek.ie

Most Science Week events are free to join, but registration may be required.

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