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A look at Midlands Science Week

The Midlands Science Festival, supported by Science Foundation Ireland, as part of National Science Week, is taking place from 7th – 19th November. The theme for Science Week 2023 is Human, which asks people to consider what it means to be human in today’s world, and how the decisions we make today will impact the people and world of the future. There are a wide range of free events this year, across a variety of topics with something for everyone in Offaly, Westmeath, Longford and Laois. All events are free of charge and will be available for booking online on

Steve Brusatte

Mammals, Music and Much More – Science Week in the Midlands

Co-ordinated by Midlands Science, the festival has a variety of events running this year including a cold-water swim with Guinness World Record holder Nuala Moore, astronomy nights in Lough Boora with Midlands Astronomy Club and natural history art workshops with children’s author Anne Brusatte. The festival is delighted to welcome back Sunday Times bestselling author Steve Brusatte whose new book  “The Rise and Reign of the Mammals” is a delight for all those interested in animals and nature. There are also events exploring the science of climate change, cyanotype workshops [an early version of photography], sustainability workshops and book club events. Here are some highlights.

Highlights of Midlands Science Week


DATE AND TIME : Tue, 7 Nov 2023 19:30 – 21:00

WHERE : Buccaneers Rugby Club, Athlone

Ever considered all of the science a game of rugby involves. From the science of fitness to the physics of the game this event provides a great chance to learn more about the science of rugby. The evening will be facilitated by leading science communicator Dr Craig Slattery of UCD in conversation with Irish fly-half Jack Carty and former Irish international Rosie Foley. The game includes everything from fitness to physics and amazing technology that allows players to enhance performance through analysis at a level that previous generations could only have dreamed of. You’ll never look at a game of rugby in the same way again. Event at the home of rugby in Athlone – Buccanners RFC with finger food. Book here via Eventbrite

Empowerment at Mid Life – the science and style of the Menopause

Date and time : November 15th at 7.45pm

Location : Radisson Blu, Athlone

Aoife Dunican from The Style Bob

Join author of It’s Probably Your Homes, Dr. Mary Ryan and leading style influencer Aoife Dunican of Stylebob as they explore the science of hormones, menopause and different stages in life with a stylist twist. Dr Mary Ryan’s book has revolutionised how Irish woman think and talk about the menopause, she’s created a whole new conversation informed by science. She firmly believes that every woman can be empowered by science as they move into and through menopause. She is joined for this special event by Aoife Dunican of Stylebob so as we explore the science, there will be a lot of style. This event will be empowering women through science and style as part of the Midlands Science Festival. Book via Eventbrite


DATE AND TIME : 4-5pm, Nov 17th

WHERE : Tullamore Library, O’Connor Square Tullamore

Join children’s author Anne Brusatte for her reading of Dugie the Dinosaur, the story of a Scottish dinosaur who gets lost and has to find his way home with the help of his friends. Anne will be joined by her husband Dr Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist [he knows everything about dinosaurs and was the adviser to Jurassic World: Dominion].

There will also be some fun arts and crafts activities exploring the world of dinosaurs and what science can tell us about who the dinosaurs were and how they lived. All materials will be provided for participants and this event is suitable for age 5 and up. If you require Irish Sign Language for this event, please email Book via Eventbrite

Drugs of Abuse in 21st Century Ireland – Science, Society and Solution

Date and Time : November 16th at 7.30pm

Where : Tullamore Court Hotel

With the Citizens Assembly on Drugs Use underway, this special science festival event is a chance to explore the scientific and societal issues at play when we explore drugs use. Dr Richard Maguire of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety will be in conversation with Sean Kinsella of SK Life Balance. Sean is an expert by experience and works with many groups including those in prison, youth groups and others so that his journey through drugs addiction can be of assistance to others in their own lives. Putting a lived experience at the heart of this science event is important as drugs as an issue that affect so many people on a human level and Sean’s story is a great example of how people can come through such issues. Book via Eventbrite

The Exploration Dome at Discovery Day

Date and Time : 2.15pm Show

Where : Mucklagh Community Centre

Join the Exploration Dome for a unique change to explore the night’s sky and under the sea in Ireland’s largest planetarium. Everything from stars to sharks, the night’s sky to the deepest ocean, there’s a chance to learn all about the science of the world around us. Please contact if you require Irish Sign Language for this event and note that Lulls headphones will also be available for participants if required. Book via Eventbrite. Please note a ticket is for one person. Events sometimes book up quickly and we have waiting lists so please if you can’t attend for some reason, please do let us know.

Other Activities

Other activities include resources and science workshops in Irish, online animations exploring what it means to be human and a special family event in association with the National Museum of Ireland and a Discovery Day in association with Integra. A special music performance with Bohemian Strings playing a variety of popular tunes and movie themes will explore what happens when we listen to music. This year, whether it’s the world of mammals, the game of rugby or the science of music, it’s all about what it means to be human right now and what being human will mean in the future for all of us.

All events are free of charge and will be available for booking online on  The Midlands Science Festival is supported by Science Foundation Ireland through the Discover Programme 2023 and a variety of corporate and philanthropic partners.


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