WexSci – Wexford’s Science Festival returns to County Wexford from 10 to 24 November 2019 with festival organisers promising another fun-filled and exciting week of science and technology- related activities and events taking place throughout County Wexford.
WexSci is part of National Science Week, with this year’s climate action theme seeking to help people learn how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and also understand the impact we as individuals can have on climate change.
WexSci, led by Wexford County Council’s Library Service, will be delivered in partnership with I.T. Carlow; WWETB, EPA, BIM and Wexford Local Link and in collaboration with community groups, national, regional and local agencies. More than 83 events for families and general public are planned, including a sustainability science show, Meet the Environmental Scientist career talks, visit to a planetarium, Rivers and Lakes talk and Cool Planet Climate Change Workshops.
Head of Library Services at Wexford County Council, County Librarian Eileen Morrissey says ‘We invite families, young people and adults to take part in the events in our five public libraries and out in the community during the festival. Featuring some of the best national and international scientists and researchers, people in County Wexford will get the opportunity to talk with scientists in many disciplines. There will be plenty of opportunities for families, adults and young people to get involved in science workshops and experience STEAM in action.
Do follow the SFI, Wexsci and Wexford County Council websites over the coming weeks for more information and to book your place.’
The highlight of the festival is the WexSci Science Showcase which takes place at Wexford County Council and the National Opera House on Saturday 16th November from 10:30am to 4pm. This free public event offers something for everybody on the day with colourful, interactive and fun STEAM learning opportunities for all ages and abilities. Do take part, and bring your family and friends.
Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, jointly announced an investment of €476,000 through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), to support National Science Week with 13 regional festivals (including WexSci) and 13 individual events will take place throughout the country, with the overall aim of improving public understanding of science and technology.
Announcing the funding for Science Week, Minister Humphreys said: “I am delighted to announce this important investment of €476,000 in Science Week festivals and events through SFI, which will help a wide diversity of citizens to access science at a local level across the country. Scientific literacy and understanding are important facets of a modern and progressive society. We are in a time of disruptive change which can greatly impact society, be it in areas of health, climate, or in artificial intelligence and big data impacting the workplace.
As outlined in the whole-of-Government plan, Future Jobs Ireland, we are answering the future needs of our businesses and workers by ensuring a steady pipeline of people with STEM skills, in preparation for tomorrow’s world.”
Minister Halligan said, “Ireland has a world-class reputation for research and development. It is important that we work together to create a culture that embraces science and technology to give all members of our society equal access to learning and experiencing STEM. Science Week is a great opportunity for us to do this, and to demonstrate the clear benefits that STEM offers to society. I am delighted to see so many key stakeholders working to deliver this fantastic festival, which helps us to build greater public engagement and trust in the scientific research we fund. I would encourage everyone to get involved.”