Trouble sleeping? Free event to explore science of sleep

The Midlands Science Festival takes place across the region from November 13-20, and promises a packed programme for all ages with over 120 innovative and hands-on events.

In planning the festival programme, the organisers partnered with a number of schools, colleges, and other bodies to create opportunities which excite people of all ages about science and demonstrate how it connects to real life.

Jackie Gorman, director of Midlands Science Festival, said: “It’s not only about creating greater interest in science education and careers, which of course benefits the Midlands, but it’s also about creating a more scientifically literate public.

“One public event which we are really looking forward to this year is all about exploring the science of sleep - insomnia, sleep disorders, baby sleeping routinues, sleep deprivation, and much more! We all need our sleep and many people struggle with periods of insomnia so come along to this free event which will explore how we can improve the quality of a good night’s rest.”

This event, which takes place in Athlone Little Theatre on the night of November 18, promises to be a highly informative evening with plenty of discussion and question time. Dr Craig Slattery, a science communicator and specialist lecturer at University College Dublin who is originally from the region, will address the audience, as will Dr Silke Ryan, consultant in respiratory and sleep medicine at St Vincent’s University Hospital and Research Fellow at UCD.

Come along and learn about this fascinating topic. Availability is limited so please book now on

Co-ordinated by Science Foundation Ireland, Science Week will run from November 13-20, with the aim of highlighting how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM ) are fundamental to everyday life and demonstrating STEM’s importance to the future development of our society and economy.

The festival will take science out of the lab and into libraries, hotels, theatres, and primary school halls, giving people a variety of fun ways to explore a multitude of ideas for a future career in science, technology, engineering, and maths.

For more information on the programme for the Midlands Science Festival, see


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