Galway Science & Technology Festival programme announced

Galway Science and Technology Festival returns for its 25th year, running from 13 - 25 of November. Photo:Andrew Downes, XPOSURE

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, November 13. 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, November 5 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.

Paul Mee, Chairman of the Galway Science & Technology Festival called on everyone to get involved.

“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, November 16 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!

Come along for a wondrous and music-filled evening of music and physics on Sunday, November 20 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, November 22 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, November 24 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.

Look up more information on the exhibition and what’s on over the festival here: