Local science festival to get Government funding

Galway Science and Technology Festival is one of 12 such events in the country which is to get a cash boost from the Government.

Almost half a million euro will be invested in the Science Week festivals which take place during Science Week from November 11 to 18.

Making the announcement Minister Humphreys, said as the world continues to evolve, encouraging more people in Ireland to explore science-related careers is a priority for the Government.

"However, in order to achieve this goal, we must ensure that our citizens have access to science at a local level. The investment in the Science Week festivals and events will provide an opportunity to reach new audiences in locations right across the country. Crucially, many of these festivals reach areas where we know there are lower levels of engagement in science.

"These initiatives will form part of a wider programme of over 1,000 events taking place throughout Ireland during Science Week 2018. Through the programme, people will be given a platform to celebrate research in their community, stimulate important conversations about science, and participate in interactive experiences."

Science Foundation Ireland is calling on businesses, communities, and professionals to take part in Science Week 2018, which will be the biggest yet with more than 1,000 events nationwide that encourage people of all ages and walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister John Halligan, said science, technology, engineering and maths all play a very important role in all of our lives and are vital for our economic prosperity.

"Science Week is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our scientific achievements and find out more about the research and discovery taking place throughout the country. I would encourage everyone to get involved, run their own event, volunteer at the Galway Science and Technology Festival, or attend an event that will be happening locally. Let's aim to make this year's Science Week bigger and better than ever.”

The annual Galway festival, which involves science and technology-based shows and workshops for primary and secondary school students throughout Galway is one of the most popular. Held in November, the festival culminates with an open day in NUI Galway of shows, workshops and demonstrations.

The full programme for Science Week will be available in the coming months on www.sfi.ie

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