Science Week at IT Sligo looks to the stars


Black holes in space, dragons, flying eagles, the Mad Professor, live theatre performances and stand-up comedy will be just some of the highlights at IT Sligo’s Science Week 2015 which takes place next week.

SCIENCE WEEK: Mark McDaniel assisting Sue McGrath to demonstrate air flow at her Science Show at last year's event. Photo by James Connolly/Picsell8
SCIENCE WEEK: Mark McDaniel assisting Sue McGrath to demonstrate air flow at her Science Show at last year’s event. Photo by James Connolly/Picsell8

The Institute’s week-long celebration of Science runs from November 8 – 15. It will begin with the annual Science Fair on Sunday, November 8, from 12 to 5pm.

The day will include a wide range of performances, interactive displays and demonstrations for all the family to enjoy.

This will be followed by a series of lectures on scientific topics of public interest each evening of the week.

Renowned astrophysicist, Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who has helped the world expand its understanding of the universe, will be one of the guest speakers.

The visiting professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, will speak on Thursday evening at 7.30pm in Room A0006. Entitled “Black Holes in Space”, the talk will actually be recorded by BBC Radio 4 for broadcast later this year.

Other highlights include:
– Comedian and writer Helen Keen will be giving a lunchtime performing of her show ‘It is Rocket Science’ on Monday in the Institute’s main canteen (at 1pm).

– ‘Honey: the oldest known medicine to mankind’ – a talk given by Philip McCabe, who is one of Ireland’s best known beekeepers, and a regular contributor to the ‘Mooney Goes Wild’ programme on RTÉ Radio 1 (Room A0006, Tuesday, 7.30pm).

– Dr Donal Coveney Managing Director Top Chem Pharmaceuticals Ltd. ‘Jumping through hoops and chasing our tails – challenges in securing market approval of pharmaceutical products.’ Dr Coveney is receiving the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Industrial Chemist award sponsored by Henkel Ireland for 2015 (Room A0004, Wednesday, 12noon).

– Ms Shirley Markley will host an international conference for EBUKI (Earth Building UK and Ireland) – the first conference to be held in Ireland since its entry to the organisation in June 2015. This conference will take place in Room A00006 (9am-4.45pm on Friday).

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