Between November 11th and 18th inclusive, Science Week 2018 will run across the country, and will be celebrated via a variety of festivals and events.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Science Week, it is ran on behalf of Science Foundation Ireland and it involves various colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout the country. So, how did Science Week originate and what exactly is in store for participants this year?
Brief History of Science Week:
The first Science Week was held in Ireland in 1996 and was organised by an organisation called Forfás on behalf of the Office of Science and Technology at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. It was essentially aimed at raising the general awareness of the key benefits of science and technology to people nationwide. SFI took over Science Week from Forfás in 2012. Since then, it has continued to grow and expand into what it represents today - which is basically a week long celebration of the science industry and the demonstration of this in daily life. Nowadays the Science Weeks have themes such as 2017’s theme of ‘’Believe in Science’’.
What’s involved in Science Week 2018..
This year, there will be 12 regional science festivals which will play host to a range of events such as family activities, talks at schools and workshops. These festivals will take place in various locations across the country such as Cavan, Monaghan, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Mayo, the Midlands, Sligo and Tipperary, among others. There will also be a number of funded Science Week events which will be hosted throughout the week by organisations such as Louth County Council, The Ark Theatre, The British Council of Ireland, Dublinia, The Science Gallery, Blackrock Castle Observatory and Maynooth University. In addition to these, there will be a number of events coordinated by the SFI, such as the Dublin Science Week Family Open Day at the Convention Centre Dublin and a selection of others.
The Science team here at Morgan McKinley are all specialist consultants with our own areas of expertise within the industry. These areas of expertise include Quality Control, Technical Services, Process Chemistry, Microbiology, Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Trials, among other areas. To celebrate Science Week, as well as producing some interesting science specific content, we shall be hosting open days in Cork and Dublin.
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