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Midlands Science Festival

Published: 14th October 2013

The Midlands Science Festival takes place for the first time for 6 days over 4 counties from November 11th. There area a range of workshops in primary and secondary schools, a maths busking course for teachers, competitions, an exhibition, technology visits and a number of public events

The public events are an exciting initiative for the festival as it’s the first time that the region will host not one but three Alchemist Cafes. What is an Alchemist Cafe you might well ask ? It’s a space to think and ask questions and it’s about getting scientists and technologists into an unusual space to talk about their work and ideas. It’s fun and very entertaining. These events are free but online booking is necessary. Links are shown below.

Alchemist Cafe Tuesday November 12th, Athlone Little Theatre www.neurosciencenight.eventbrite.com

An evening with two leading neuroscientists exploring the mind and how it works. This evening will explore the how and why of thinking with two leading neuroscientists Prof Gary Donohoe of NUIG and Prof Deborah Saucier of the University of Ontario IOT, who will be out of the lab and university and onstage in Athlone Little Theatre. The evening will commence at 7.30pm with a brief reception and will be chaired by Jonathan McCrea of Newstalk.

Alchemist Cafe Wednesday November 13th, Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre www.powerfulmind.eventbrite.com

An evening all about the science of the mind and how it works when we are making decisions, figuring out directions and all the other things we do on a daily basis. This discussion will be between Prof Deborah Saucier, University of Ontario IOT and Dr Arlene Egan, DCU. The evening will commence at 7.30pm with a brief reception and will be chaired by Paul O’Kelly, strategic thinker and leadership consultant for business and sport.

We are also delighted to offer a unique public event focussing on how we relate to science and technology through the media.

Tales of the Unexpected Thursday November 14th, 7pm, Birr Library www.sciencetalk.eventbrite.com
Join multi award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jonathan McCrea from Newstalk's Futureproof and RTE 1's The Science Squad for a unique audiovisual experience as he introduces some of the best science stories from the world of animation, radio and television. This will be followed by an interactive Q&A session on science in the media. You’ll learn a bit more at this evening about being science media savvy and you’ll get to enjoy some amazing short movies and radio clips that will make you think about how important science is in our society.

Alchemist Cafe Friday November 15th, Athlone Little Theatre https://midlandssciencefestivalnovember15.eventbrite.com/

An evening with the award-winning Maths Buskers who blends maths, stand up comedy and street busking tricks to make maths fun and entertaining. This evening will also include Ireland’s best known scientist and TEDx speaker Prof Luke O’’Neill of TCD. A remarkable science communicator, he will be speaking about the role of accidental discoveries in science. The evening will commence at 7.30pm with a brief reception and will be chaired by Jonathan McCrea of Newstalk.

All public events are free but must be pre-booked online. The Midlands Science Festival is an initiative of Atlantic Corridor supported by Science Foundation Ireland's Discover Programme. Corporate partners for the festival are Ericsson, CPL, R&R Projects, Arantico. The exhibition partner is NIS and the media partner is Newstalk

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