Launch of the 2022 Programme of Events

Celebrating 25 years of Science, Technology, Engineeringa and Maths

Galway Science & Technology Festival will run from the 13 – 25 of November, celebrating 25 years of inspiring young people and the public about the world around us.  The Festival commenced in 1998 and over the years has grown to become the largest event in Ireland for the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). 

The Festival will feature over 200 free events for 35,000 primary and secondary school students.  There are a variety of shows and workshops for schools and the Festival has partnered with Galway City Museum, Galway Atlantaquaria and Brigit’s Garden to provide STEM related workshops and tours.  

The Galway Science & Technology Festival Exhibition will return to the University of Galway campus on Sunday 13th of November.  This one-day wonder inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers is not to be missed.  There will be fantastic interactive stands by world leading global companies, local universities, research centres and local primary and secondary schools.  The Exhibition will also include over 20 educational workshops and shows providing fun and entertainment for the family to enjoy.  The Exhibition is free to attend with tickets for both the shows and workshops released on Saturday 5th of November at 11am on Eventbrite. 

The central theme for SFI’s National Science Week and GSTF is Infinite Possibilities – as a society, we have shown our resilience and ability to withstand adversity, bouncing back from difficult challenges we face in our daily lives and as a collective. 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.  For Science Week 2022, we are asking people to explore the infinite possibilities of science.

Paul Mee, Chairman of the Galway Science & Technology Festival called on everyone to get involved, he said “There are many events for the public to get involved this year and learn more about the world around us and see first-hand how nurturing an interest and encouraging curiosity in young children inspires the next generation of scientists and engineers”.

The Science of Hurling

‘The Science of Hurling’ is happening on Wednesday 16th November at 8pm at the Black Box Theatre.

What makes a good hurler a great hurler? Join us for an evening of sports science to discuss new technologies, sports stamina and psychology plus the use of artificial intelligence in the game. Analysing one of the fastest games in the world through science and technology, speakers on the night include Professor Kieran Collins, Gaelic Sports Research Centre, TU Dublin, Des Ryan formerly of Arsenal Academy and Director of Coaching and Performance, Setanta Sports; former Galway hurler and sports psychologist, Tony Óg Regan and Derry camogie player and Performance Nutrition Scientist at Orreco, Niamh Mallon. Tickets €15 via the Town Hall Theatre.

Music of the Spheres – Exploring Harmony and Resonance in Physics and Music

Music and Physics – what’s the connection? Most of us think of music as a very separate discipline from science, but we’d like to show you how music and physics share a world of resonance, proportion, time and wonder. Explore music and the stars, the harmony of the planets in their orbits, the music of mathematics and geometry, music in medicine, and the music at the heart of the Universe! Join us for a wondrous and music-filled evening of music and physics on Sunday 20th November at 7pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, University of Galway. Tickets €5. 

Science of Black Panther

Join Superhero Scientist Dr Barry Fitzgerald returns for an exciting talk on the Science of Black Panther. In The Science of Black Panther, you’ll hear about the real science behind the technologies of Wakanda, in particular the Black Panther suit. Could we ever build a real Black Panther suit? 

This talk will take place on Tuesday 22nd November at 6.30pm at The Eye Cinema followed by a screening of the 2022 film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  Tickets are €5 and available from the Eye Cinema website in November. 

The Future of Work by Peter Cosgrove

This is a public talk for students, parents and the general public which will explore the latest trends, insights that are shaping the future of work and our world.  Globalisation, automation and artificial intelligence is changing how we work.  Peter Cosgrove is Managing Director of Futurewise, a future of work insights company and is an expert of future of work trends. The Future of Work is on Thursday 24th November at 7pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre, University of Galway. Tickets €5 available on Eventbrite.

The Festival is supported by main sponsor Medtronic, Science Foundation Ireland, third-level universities in Galway, supporting sponsors and government agencies. Medtronic has been the main Festival sponsor for the past 23 years. 

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Notes for Editors

Galway Science & Technology Festival Exhibition Sunday 13th November 10am – 6pm at University of Galway campus.  This event is free to attend and tickets for shows and workshops will be released on Saturday 5th November on www.galwayscience.eventbrite.ie 

About Galway Science & Technology Festival

The Galway Science & Technology Festival was founded in 1998 to inspire and educate students about careers in STEM and the opportunity to study STEM related courses in third level.  The Festival has grown year on year to become the largest event as part of National Science Week.  The aim of the Festival is to give children, teenagers and the public a positive and entertaining experience of how science is all around us and to showcase the many innovations developed by the leading multinational and indigenous companies based in the West.  The Science Exhibition is the largest of its kind in Ireland and offers families a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in all things science and technology on the campus of University of Galway.   

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