Galway Science and Technology Festival launch 2019 Programme

Galway Science and Technology Festival launched their programme of events in October in Medtronic’s Customer Innovation Centre. The central theme of the Festival will be

Pictured at the programme launch of Galway Science and Technology Festival at Medtronic’s Customer Innovation Centre in Parkmore Galway. The Festival runs from 11th to 23rd of November. More at Photo: Andrew Downes Xposure

Climate Action. An exciting series of events will build public understanding of this important movement, how to make an impact as individuals and how science and technology can help to create a positive climate future.

Special Guest Climate Activist Andri Magnason

The Festival is proud to have special guest Andri Snær Magnason visit Galway. Andri is an internationally-renowned Icelandic author and climate activist. He will be taking part in public events and a reading in Charlie Byrnes.

2,000 Trees to be Planted Citywide in Schools on November 11th

On November 11th at 11am, each school in Galway city and county will be offered the opportunity to plant a tree in a co-ordinated tree-planting effort for the Science Festival. 2,000 free trees, donated by Coillte and sponsored by local company Aerogen, will be provided to schools. To celebrate this event, the first tree was planted at Medtronic during the programme launch. Students from Clontuskert NS spoke about their project on Climate Change.

Baking in Space

Other highlights include ‘Baking in Space’, a fun family event about space, engineering and astronauts all through the medium of food. Join Andrew Smyth (BBC’s Great British Bake Off finalist and aerospace engineer) and scientist, performer and explorer Dr. Niamh Shaw on a Science week gastronomic journey into orbit. Tuesday 12th November at The Black Box Theatre, in partnership with the British Council.

Superhero Tuesday

Join Superhero Scientist Barry Fitzgerald for an exciting talk on the Secrets of Superhero Science. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about superpowers including X-Men genetic mutations, Hawkeye’s super-vision or the shrinking of Ant-Man and the Wasp. On Tuesday 19th November at An Pálás followed by a screening of the 2012 original Avengers movie ‘Marvel Avengers Assembly’.

Careers in Space!

Find out all about your career options…in space! The Blackrock Castle Observatory will present this event to an audience of 500 secondary school students with engineer and explorer Dr. Niamh Shaw at NUI Galway.

A Truck like no Other. Titan II comes to Galway

This incredible 35-tonne interactive truck brings innovation to life by providing a hands-on experience of engineering and technology. It features 3D printing, robotics, thermal imaging and much more. At Coláiste Einde on Monday 11th of November and will be available for school visits.

“Medtronic’s longstanding partnership with the Galway Science & Technology Festival is one of collaboration and innovation where each year our employees strive to produce a creative, interactive learning experience for children in a fun environment,” said Ronan Rogers, Director, New Product Development at Medtronic.  “Our approach is focused on engaging young people to inspire them about the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Our partnership is an opportunity to lay the foundations for a lifelong interest in the area.”

Also at the programme launch, students from St. Brigids secondary school in Loughrea demonstrated their award-winning Formula One project. The Festival is part of SFI’s National Science Week and will run from 11th to 24th November with schools throughout Galway city and county taking part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects, culminating in the super annual Exhibition at NUI Galway on Sunday 24th November. More at


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