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NI Science Festival launches out of this world programme for 2019

  • NI Science Festival 2019 is now in its fifth year, marking 150 years of the periodic table, 50 years of the first moon landing, and 30 years of the internet with 11 days of topical activities.

     “Belfast City Council is delighted to support the NI Science Festival, now in its fifth year, and which continues to surprise, challenge and excite with its programme of 200 events. It is a unique festival, the largest of its kind in Ireland and one which raises the city’s international profile…people of all ages can learn about STEM subjects in a fun way. Technology advances so fast we need to be part of it and with the NI Science Festival we are doing just that”, commented Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Lord Mayor of Belfast.

    The festival itself will be addressing many of science’s most pressing topics, including climate change, space travel, neuroscience, democracy and the internet, autism and many more. The festival has been designed to accommodate as many people as possible by providing a range of learning outlets. With workshops, talks and interactive activities being provided, the aim is to appeal to young people, parents, and schools alongside an older audience.

     “We are tremendously proud of this year’s programme due to the variety of events and the calibre of our special guest speakers from a range of industries”, commented Chris McCreery, NI Science Festival Director. “Over the 11 days people can take part in a range of events for all ages and interests; find out about the anatomy of singing with NI Opera, witness a heart dissection at the Black Box, or discover when dinosaurs were sick”, continued McCreery.

    200 events have been announced over the 11-day festival period, which will be hosted across 50 venues throughout NI. It is anticipated that the NI Science Festival 2019 will be a dynamic exhibition for people of all ages, with world-class exhibitons taking place at W5 and the Ulster Transport Museum from 20 February.

    McCreery has taken great pride in the versatility and range of events on offer during the festival, especially those catered to a younger audience. Involving pupils and schools is key to promoting science to future generations, and the NI Schience Festival will put Northern Ireland on the map for providing such a unique event lineup. Pupils learn in many different ways: Some pupils will learn more effectively outside the classroom setting, so events such as this promote curiosity and can spark a passion in STEM from a young age in an informal, light-hearted environment.

    The launch and schedule reveal took place in Botanic Garden’s Tropical Ravine, Belfast on January 10, creating a scientific buzz right in the heart of Belfast. The event schedule is available online and offers activities for people with even the most fleeting interest in science, offering family-focused as well as highly specialised events.

    The festival will kick off in venues across NI on 14-24 February 2019. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.nisciencefestival.com and keep up to date with the festival by following its social media platforms.

    SOURCE: NI Science Festival press release

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