Midlands Science Festival taking place as part of Science Week

Science Week 2016 takes place nationwide this week

Aaron Moran

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Midlands Science Festival taking place as part of Science Week

Events will be taking place across Offaly as part of Science Foundation Ireland’s national Science Week 2016

The Midlands Science Festival will provide people across the counties the opportunity to explore and discover how science is a part of their everyday lives – from the science of the food you consume, to how science helps you fly a kite, to the science of sleep.

Science Foundation Ireland is encouraging people to get involved with the nationwide celebrations of Irish science and technology during Science Week 2016. Log on to www.scienceweek.ie for details of the events taking place near you.

Some of the Midlands Science Week events not to be missed include:

·         Virus, Cures and Body Parts Knitting – all over Laois from Sunday 13th November until Sunday 20th November.

·         Focus your Future in the Midlands - Sheraton Athlone, Gleeson Street, Athlone on Wednesday 16th November. 

·         Marine Dimensions - St Philomena’s Parents Room, Tullamore on Thursday 17th November.

·         The Science of Sleep – Athlone Little Theatre at 20.00pm to 22.00pm on Friday 18th November. 

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland said: “Science Week is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world of science and technology around us. Taking science out of the classroom and highlighting how it impacts and transforms the world allows people to become fascinated with the wonders of science in the everyday.

She also said this year we have lots of events that will allow you to explore the science behind your coffee in the morning; how athletes reach their ‘Peak Performance’; how we can all sleep better and; whether there’s a science to how Shakespeare can ‘Make you fall in Love’! I would encourage everyone to take part in any of the hundreds of events happening nationwide and to prepare to be dazzled by the advancements and discoveries that have been made by the Irish scientific community.”

During Science Week, regional science festivals are being held across the country; Cavan-Monaghan, Cork, Kerry, Galway, Waterford, Mayo, the Midlands, Sligo, Limerick and with a series of events also held in Dublin City. Aiming to highlight the exciting world of science and how it shapes the world around us, these festivals feature a wide range of events including family open days, evening events for adults, and schools outreach events - all exploring the science behind our everyday lives.

Hundreds of events are being held nationwide to celebrate Science Foundation Ireland’s 21st annual Science Week from the 13th to the 20th of November. For a full list of the thrilling science shows, hands-on workshops and talks across the country, visit the Science Week website www.scienceweek.ie or http://midlandssciencefestival.com.

Further information can be found on Twitter @ScienceWeek 

Join the conversation on social media using #ScienceWeek and watch out for science all around you!