2016 Family & Public Events

Science doesn’t end when you leave school, the impact of science may be experienced on many different levels in our everyday activities. Join us for some fun engaging events as we explore our Science Culture during Cork Science Festival.

Family Open Days & Nights 

Celebrate Science – Sunday November 13th – The Western Gateway Building at UCC will be filled with over 30 different workshops and displays for adults and children. Children and adults can choose from Lego Robotics, Photonics, Disgusting Digestion, Maths and other workshops including tours of the world-renowned FLAME lab and lots lots more.

From Earth & Space – Friday November 18th – Blackrock Castle Observatory welcome families and adults alike for a special earth & space themed open night and with weather depending some Stargazing.

Community Festival of Science – Sunday November 20th – Neptune Stadium is the venue for Cork’s first Community Festival of Science, we’re encouraging children,parents and grandparents to come along and have some super science fun with some of Corks scientists, researchers and science educators.

Science Shows

The Science of Bubbles by Scientific Sue – The Firkin Crane , Friday 18th November 3.30 pm. Join Sue on a journey of bubble mayhem as she seeks volunteers to make bubbles, float sink and even surround children. Book tickets

Chemistry Magic Show – UCC, Friday 18th November 19.00 . Presented by Dr. Declan Kennedy and his team the Chemistry Magic Show  showcases themes such as Composition of the Air, the Periodic Table, Colourful Chemistry, Catalysts, Fuels and Explosions. Suitable for children 12-15 yrs and adults.  Pre-booking is essential. Tickets are free and are issued on a first-come-first served basis. Tickets may only be booked by sending an email to brendanrupertfanning@gmail.com

Science Rising: Small Beginning –  Cork City Hall, Saturday 19th November. An interactive show aimed at 4-8 yr olds involving spinning plates, bubbles and much much more.Free entry. Book Tickets

Science Rising: The BIG Picture – Cork City Hall, Saturday 19th November. A spectacular 3D tour of our Solar System with Space Sector Advisor Robert Hill. Free Entry. Book Tickets 


Print It! Printmaking Workshops – Cork County Libraries, FULLY BOOKED These hands-on workshops are suitable for children age 8-13 yrs and are an exciting combination of block printing, drawing and painting, with a fun science element.  The printing plates are made from polystyrene which is a safe and easy material for the children to draw into and print from and allows them to produce very creative prints quickly.

  • Monday 14th County Library HQ, Carrigrohane Rd. (3.00pm)
  • Wednesday 16th Carrigaline Library (3.00pm)
  • Thursday 17th Kinsale Library (3.00pm)


The Sum of All Parts – Cork County Library Headquarters  November – The Sum of All Parts by Angela Gilmore looks at the hidden architecture within scientific instrumentation and the intricate mechanisms that record our surroundings which promotes the bringing together of all parts Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Comprising of science-influenced art installations that consist of deconstructed instrumentation, selected from a variety of time periods, and will in particular link with physics, maths and technology.

Community Events 

INFANT Centre – Mum & Baby Group Visit Tuesday 15th November (Invitation Only)  Visit the on campus rooms of the INFANT Centre and explore the kind of work the centre pioneers with babies and young children, to test if they are meeting developmental milestones. Chat to the research midwives and finish it all with some tea & scones. For details contact Ria O’Sullivan at  infant@ucc.ie 

MaREI Centre – Endless Energy workshop (8-10yr olds): 3.30pm – 4.30pm Tuesday Nov 15th (Invitation only) – Mayfield Neighbourhood Youth Project. The MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy will examine how society today has an insatiable appetite for energy! The problem is that we have been feeding it with ‘dirty’ fuel like coal, oil and gas which are limited resources with damaging effects on our environment. So the world is now looking to renewable energy such as wind, wave and solar, to help feed our energy needs in a sustainable way. In this workshop we explore these energy sources and the technologies that exploit them using hands-on models and demos.

Bloody Detectives & Electric Brain Workshops – Togher Community Centre Tuesday 15th (14.00 – 16.00) . Could you be a bloody detective? Find out what blood is made of, solve mysteries of hidden clues and protect the evidence! Make your own bloody mixture and turn your home freezer into a bio-bank! THEN discover how your brain is full of electricity – find out what it’s made of, how it works, learn how we can trick it and see some brain waves in real time! . Experience with INFANT how working with these mystery molecules may help save the lives of mums and babies, and how electrical engineers help newborn babies.

Marei Centre – ‘Ocean Devotion’ workshop (6-8yr olds): 3.30pm – 4.30pm Thursday November 17th (Invitation only) – Mayfield Neighbourhood Youth Project. The MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy this session looks at the importance of protecting our oceans and all its inhabitants! Pupils will hear all about our seas, view a slide show on animals found at the sea shore, and do fun marine themed arts & crafts.

Mayfield Community Training College – “Engineering with Qualcom” 12.00pm- 1.00pm Thursday November 17th (Invitation only) Hear engineers from Qualcomm, a global leader in wireless technologies, talk about the science behind modern technologies including mobile phones and drones. For booking details contact Maria Lago at Mayfield CTC 


Star Trek – First Contact – St. Lukes Church Friday November 11th 8.00pm . Star Trek’s narratives have often been filled with scientific references such as tachyon beams, baryon sweeps, quantum fluctuations and event horizons. Will we ever travel faster than light or make first contact with aliens? We are joined by Cork filmmaker and Trekkie expert Emmet O’Brien and astronomer and physicist Frances McCarthy to explore the close linkages between the Star Trek universe and real life science. Tickets are €5 available online at usheru (Over 18 only) 

Tech & Science Films – Cork Film Festival present a strong strand of Tech & Science films in the Festival this year, including,

  • Know All – As the lines of public and private domains blur and technology forces society to abandon the notion of anonymity, Anne-Marie asks whether Big Data is selling Ireland short.
  • The Internet & Me – Through a compelling programme of short film and discussion, this event looks at the wonder and horror of the ubiquitous Internet and the impact it is having on us personally and collectively.

Further information can be found at corkfilmfest.org.