The Festival boasts 270 events taking place over 11 days in February throughout Northern Ireland, with a dedicated programme of events scheduled to take place simultaneously in the north-west.
The complete programme of events was revealed at the Nerve Centre attended by special guests, key supporters, sponsors and local school pupils from Thornhill College, Oakgrove Primary School and Long Tower Primary School. Michael McCloskey, Head of KS3 science at Thornhill college, entertained guests with hands on experiments and workshops during the launch.
The festival is packed with thought provoking workshops, talks and forums for people of all ages, addressing our planet’s biggest challenges and issues in 2020 from ecology, neuroscience, the concept of time to air pollution and genetics.
The NI Science Festival welcomes back the hugely popular Maddie Moate to Strabane following her sell-out success last year. Hear Jessica Hepburn share her personal journey around the science of fertility in her talk The Pursuit of Motherhood at Bishops Gate hotel (16 February).
Badminton School, England will be showing Foyleside shoppers the wonders of freezing everyday items in liquid nitrogen (15 February) and providing teacher workshops in the Nerve Centre (13 February). Dr David Coyle explores the science of eating disorders in his engaging talk at the Nerve Centre (20 February).
Come along to the Riverside Theatre for the Leicester Comedy Festival 2019 award winning Robot Chef with Fox Dog Studios (20 February). Experience a fry up like no other cooked by an avatar operated by the audience and their phones; a hilarious show full of surprises.
Little Scientists are taking over Dungiven at the Dry Arch Centre (14 February). Children aged 2 – 4 years old can put on a lab coat and become a mini professor as they take part in hands on experiments and demonstrations.
NI Science Festival director Chris McCreery shared the 11-day festival’s purpose to change perspectives and inspire others stating –
“This year, we will be focusing more than ever on the climate crisis through a blend of science, exploration, education and storytelling. We are proud to present a range of events aimed at fostering an appreciation of our natural world. From foraging on beaches to stargazing on mountains, join us for a range of events highlighting our natural open spaces and beautiful places.”
Chris McCreery adds - “Six years on we are one of the largest celebrations of science in Europe. As the festival has grown the calibre of speaker endorsements keep coming thorough from Professor Brian Cox, Liz Bonin and astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, therefore we believe the NI Science Festival must play a role by championing sustainability and appreciation of the world around us.”
John Peto, chief executive of the Nerve Centre said: “The Nerve Centre is absolutely delighted to see our partnership with the NI Science Festival continue to grow in 2020. With an even bigger programme of top-quality events in an ever-increasing range of venues across the North West.
“It’s a brilliant programme and we are privileged to bring so much of it to the North West for families, for schools and for anyone who’s interested in having fun while learning something new, so come and join us this February!”
Deputy Lord Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Cara Hunter, said: “Derry and Strabane District Council are delighted to support the NI Science Festival. Now in its sixth year, the festival continues to grow each year with even more exciting, diverse and unique events for all ages.
The Festival showcases the talent and STEAM industries across the North West and Ireland as a whole, as well as raising the city’s international profile, in terms of the quality of speakers it attracts. The uniqueness of this festival is in the way it can make Science fun and engaging for all ages and abilities. There literally is something for everyone."