This year’s annual Midlands Science Festival runs across the region from November 13 to 20.
There is plenty planned for all the mini-scientists planning to attend, including marine life workshops, kites, and messy make and do experiments. Throughout the week, there will also be presentations from key people working in different science fields with key academic partners for second level students.
'While you were sleeping: the science of sleep' will take place on the evening of Friday, November 18, in Athlone Little Theatre. Dr Craig Slattery, a Midlands toxicololgist and science communicator, will speak about some of the biological aspects of sleep.
Dr Silke Ryan, a respiratory consultant at St Vincent's Hospital and an internationally renowned researcher, will discuss the medical implications of chronic sleep disturbance.
Dr Ann-Marie Creaven from University of Limerick’s department of psychology will speak from a psychology perspective on the psychological impact of sleep disruption on psychological well-being, stress, and cognitive performance.
The 'Science Skills & Careers Breakfast', in partnership with Abbott diagnostics division, will provide something new for 2016.
Young graduates, PhD level researchers, education influencers, and businesses are invited to attend a free breakfast meeting in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, on the morning of Wednesday, November 16, where Anne Heraty, founder and CEO of Cpl Resources Plc, will address the audience. Anne will speak about how critical it is that we work together to continue to inspire the next generation of scientists and to ensure that the right types of skills are readily available here.
Places are limited so remember to book. See www.midlandssciencefestival.com for details.