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An Taoiseach Calls on Offaly Organisations big and small to take part in Science Week 2016

An Taoiseach Calls on Offaly Organisations big and small to take part in Science Week 2016

Dr Ruth Freeman, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., Evelyn Cusack and Barry O'Sullivan,

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. and Science Foundation Ireland are calling on businesses, communities and professionals in Offaly to take part in Science Week 2016 from November 13-20.

Science is all around us; from technology to food, from healthcare to entertainment, from transport to energy - science forms a part of almost everything we do. However, according to the SFI Science in Ireland Barometer, almost three quarters of the population still feel that developments in science and technology are too specialised for them to understand.

 To meet increasing public demand and to ensure there is a variety of events around the country to attend, Science Week 2016 is set to be the biggest yet.  Science Foundation Ireland has partnered with organisations and businesses across Ireland, including science festival in Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, the Midlands and Sligo. The Midlands Science Festival runs a number of events for all ages in Co. Offaly. There will also be three new festivals in Kerry and Cavan/Monaghan, and a Teagasc-run festival will see science events spanning eight counties.

 At the announcement, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. said: “I want to ask communities, businesses, sporting organisations, public bodies, schools – any organisation in Offaly, big or small – to get involved in Science Week 2016, which is taking place from 13-20 November. Science, technology, engineering and maths all play a huge role in our everyday lives and in our economy. Our scientific achievements in Ireland are something to really be proud of and Science Week is an opportunity for us all to express that pride and get engaged with the science all around us.   Organisations can run their own event, or get involved in Science Week through the activities and festivals that will be happening countrywide.  I hope this year’s Science Week will see science celebrated in every corner of Ireland.”

Science Foundation Ireland is calling on communities and businesses to play their part in Science Week.  For offices, you can imagine and host your own event or simply gather everyone around to watch a TEDx talk or science video.  If you own a restaurant, why not highlight the science behind your menu?  Why not simply start the science conversation by sharing some science facts in your workplace? If you are involved with a sports club, bring in a guest speaker on the science of your sport.

For help on how to get your business or community involved, you can visit www.science.ie.

Encouraging everyone in Offaly to get involved, Director of Strategy and Communications for Science Foundation Ireland, Dr. Ruth Freeman said; “I am delighted that every year so many organisations are enthusiastically involved in Science Week. But this year, we want even more people in Offaly to come on board! It’s important that people understand how the world and technology around them works. Globally and here in Ireland, we face big challenges requiring solutions that are driven by technology and innovation. To create these solutions, we need talented and innovative people. We are naturally a creative and curious nation; let’s tap those attributes to ensure we are ready for what’s next.”

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. has been joined in his call to action by CEO of Altocloud and RTÉ Dragon, Barry O'Sullivan and RTÉ Weather presenter, Evelyn Cusack. Evelyn uses Science Week as an opportunity to share weather science facts, while Barry’s industry experience highlights why and how organisations big and small can get involved in the celebrations.

Speaking about her experience with science week, Evelyn Cusack, Met Eireann, commented, “Every year I am really excited to be part of Science Week!  We incorporate weather-related science facts into our broadcasts and the feedback we get from viewers is fantastic. It is easy to forget that science is at the heart of everything we do and Science Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate it, giving us all a chance to learn more about the world around us.”

Barry O’Sullivan added “From my own experience, I know Science Week is a great opportunity for businesses in Offaly to share the science behind their work with all of their employees. We often take science and technology for granted but this is the one week every year where we should stand tall and talk about our Irish accomplishments in the arena of science.”

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