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Southeast Science Festival 2017

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Southeast Science Festival 2017
Date:
Time: All Day
Location: Various
Cost: Free but booking required ([email protected] or 051 302037)

Throughout the South-East, Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Science outreach centre, will be running events showcasing the wonders of science with interactive shows and lectures , making sure there is something for everyone.  The Southeast Science Festival is part of National Science Week (co-ordinated by Science Foundation Ireland) and features events in Clonmel, Kilkenny, Wexford town, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Dungarvan, Lismore, Tramore and Waterford City.  

The festival brings top scientists and science presenters from the south east together with international scientists and presenters, with a variety of shows, presentations and lectures on important scientific issues. There are fun shows for children and families, and lectures on more serious science issue affecting all of us for the general public.

This festival follows closely on the heels of Maths Week Ireland which over 250,000 students and members of the public participated in and was coordinated nationally by Calmast, the award winning centre at WIT. Science Week is nationally coordinated and supported by Science Foundation Ireland.


Booking All events during Science Week are FREE, but should be booked through Eleanor Reade, School of Science WIT- [email protected] or 051 302037.   

Sunday, 12 November, Lismore Heritage Centre

Lismore Family Science Day / The Real Science of the Circus

The Real Science of the Circus show with James Soper is a spectacular combination of top quality circus skill and science education. James is a Guinness World Record holding juggler, fully qualified teacher and ex-professional circus performer and he demonstrates scientific principles in a way that is guaranteed to enthrall and inspire audiences in equal measures. James will be performing at the Lismore Family Science Day in Lismore Heritage Centre on Sunday, 12 November.  He will be joined in Lismore for the Lismore Family Science Day by the WIT Calmast STEM Outreach team which will give visitors of all ages an opportunity to get hands on with real science experiments- from experiments exploring the world of chemistry with colour tests, reactive volcanoes and more to shows exploring the rich science heritage of Lismore- birthplace of famous Irish scientist Robert Boyle.

For younger audiences, the Bubbly Science Show will introduce our young scientists to the science of bubbles. This year an added feature of the festival is that Calmast, the STEM Outreach Centre will be training TY students in science communication so that the TY students can present science to primary school students. 


Monday, 13 November, 6.30pm WIT auditorium

Bubble Show for families

Science is for everyone and on Monday, 13 November at 6.30pm in WIT the London Science Museum will present their ever popular Bubble show for families.

The Bubble Show is the London Science Museum’s most popular show. This amazing spectacle features bubbles of all sizes going up, down, this way, that way, and all over the place… with a little help from the audience! Find out the secret Science Museum bubble recipe, learn how certain materials can change the way others behave, and step inside the famous human bubble.


Wednesday, 15 November, 6.30pm WIT Auditorium

It takes Guts

For older children aged 7-11,  The London Science Museum will present their show It takes Guts on Wednesday November 15th at 6.30 pm - Follow the journey of food from your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts and out the other end! Described as A gross, squirm-inducing show about the workings of the human digestive system- it is set for an entertaining evening.

Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then… out the other end! This show, featuring video footage of people's inside, is a gross, squirm-inducing demonstration of why exactly your poo is brown.


Wednesday 15 November, 7pm WIT (Room F03)

Prof John Nolan, Waterford Institute of Technology - the role of nutrition in Age Related Macular Degeneration

Science Week is for everyone and so the organisers are pleased to announce a variety of evening events for members of the general public. Prof John Nolan of Waterford Institute of Technology will discuss the role of nutrition in Age Related Macular Degeneration on Wednesday, 15 November at 7pm in WIT.

The lecture will discuss the link between nutrition and enhancement of human function, with emphasis on how dietary pigments, known as carotenoids, enhance vision and cognitive function for the general population. The importance of nutrition for age-related diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease will be explained.


Thursday, 16 November, 7pm in WIT (Room F03)

Dr Carmen Garrido, Center for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENyO) in Spain: New developments in cancer diagnostics – a path towards precision medicine

Medicine is a scientific discipline and developments in disease control are largely discovered by scientists working in a laboratory. We are delighted to have Dr Carmen Garrido Navas on Thursday, 16 November in WIT to discuss “New developments in cancer diagnostics – a path towards precision medicine”, in which she will present new methods of cancer diagnosis and treatments for patients are being developed on an individual basis through a study of their DNA. This is leading to more precise treatment with better outcomes for patients and is the medical treatment of the future.

Dr Garrido Navas is a researcher at the Center for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENyO) that is a mixed center in which the University of Granada, the Regional Ministry of Economy and Knowledge, the Regional Ministry of Health and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer collaborate

She will give a talk about recent developments in cancer diagnostics. She explains how and why cancer happens, what we know about cancer and how we currently detect cancer at different stages. Moving on from general diagnostics she talks about state-of-the-art treatments such as liquid biopsies. A leading researcher in this area, Carmen will discuss the concept of liquid biopsies and the advantages of using this analytical test.


Thursday, 16 November 3.30pm-4.30pm, Loughboy Library, Kilkenny

It takes Guts

Booking required: 056 779 4176. For older children aged 7-11,  The London Science Museum will present their show It takes Guts on Wednesday November 15th at 6.30 pm - Follow the journey of food from your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts and out the other end! Described as A gross, squirm-inducing show about the workings of the human digestive system- it is set for an entertaining evening.

Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then… out the other end! This show, featuring video footage of people's inside, is a gross, squirm-inducing demonstration of why exactly your poo is brown.

More than 3,000 places were booked out in an hour for primary school events at the Southeast Science festival which runs from 6-18 November 2017. Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Science outreach centre, will be running events throughout the south east, showcasing the wonders of science with interactive shows and lectures, making sure there is something for everyone.