Cavan Monaghan Science Festival goes virtual

The Cavan Monaghan Science Festival, which take place as part of Science Week 2020, will have virtual events for all ages. The Festival of Science has a variety of free offerings from a Virtual Family Fun Day to the science of food, Star Wars and healthy skin.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is getting ready for Science Week a national celebration of science with hundreds of virtual events taking place nationwide from the November 8 to 15.

The Cavan Monaghan Science Festival as part of Science Week 2020, are bringing numerous virtual events to homes across Ireland, giving the public in Cavan the opportunity to ask questions, explore the science behind our everyday lives, and consider the future we want and the role science can play in helping us create our shared future.

This year the theme for Science Week is Choosing our Future, focusing on how science can improve our lives for today and in the future. For Science Week 2020, SFI want to start a conversation on how science can positively impact our collective futures and help us shape the Ireland we want to live in, you can share your views at www.scienceweek.ie. SFI are encouraging the public to take part in Science Week 2020, join in one of the many available virtual events, share their views, and think about what they want the future to look like.

This year marks the 25th anniversary celebrations of Science Week, with events for all ages taking place nationwide. A sample of the Science Week events not to be missed are:

Starting off the week is an interview with Sam Mc Conkey: From Monaghan To Medicine; speaking about his Covid-19 journey, where he started to where it has brought him today, Sunday, 8  November 2020 at 7pm.

Managing Well-Being in Strange Times. Dr. Eddie Murphy will be expressing his feelings on how we need to talk about how we feel and the importance of it. This will run live on Monday the 9 November 2020 at 7pm.

From light speed to hyper drives to lightsabers and autonomous robots, Star Wars was ahead of its time. Jon Chase, Science of Star Wars will explain how physics and fantasy might merge to allow for the possibility of interstellar travel. This event will be on Wednesday, November 11 at 7pm.

An interactive online workshop around fact checking. Microwave International new Media Arts Festival will be held from Friday 30th of October 2020 until Monday 30th of November 2020. It is an annual media arts festival in Hong Kong aiming to explore through various exhibitions, conference, artist talks and workshops, new dimension of the inter-relationship between art, science, technology and our contemporary society. The Glass Room Misinformation edition will be presented along with a talk with Tactical Tech's Creative Director. Additionally, an interactive online workshop will be conducted around fact checking.

Science Family Day (Virtually) a day of engaging online events for all the family from a live quiz, interactive workshops and entertaining presentations. SFI will be hosting the Family Day on Saturday, 14 November 2020, 12 – 7pm.

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland said: “We’re living through challenging times. This year, Science Week aims to inspire the public with our numerous virtual events and to lift the nation’s spirits. Science offers us possibility and hope, but it is important that people get involved in the conversation. We want to encourage everyone to participate in the variety of events and conversations available online; there is something for everyone, and every interest. I want to thank all the dedicated organisers working across the country for developing some really creative ideas this year.”

For a full list of the thrilling science shows, workshops and talks across the country, visit the Science Week website www.scienceweek.ie or www.cavanmonaghansciencefestival.ie.

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