Limerick Sites for Science, bringing Science to the City

  • SSPC Science Week - Lorcan Lyons and Kyle Hayes, members of the winning 2018 All Ireland Limerick hurling team
Lorcan Lyons and Kyle Hayes, members of the winning 2018 All Ireland Limerick hurling team and students at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. (Pic: Sean Curtin, True Media)

SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Pharmaceutical Research Centre captures science demonstrations at key locations in the city for a campaign run in association with Science Week called #Sites4Science.

The Science Week Campaign displays science demonstrations at key locations in Limerick, matching academic knowledge to real world industrial environment to a local location in association with Science Week.

SSPC is involved in Science Week; an initiative supported by their funding body Science Foundation Ireland, running from 11-18, November 2018. As the Centre is hosted at the University of Limerick, the team decided to run a Science Week initiative based in the local vicinity. Sliotar’s were set on fire, crystals grown on rugby balls, steel wool was lit up and cornflour was sprayed on a blowtorch at the University of Limerick, King John’s Castle, Shannon Rowing Club on Sarsfield Bridge and the Bannatyne Mill, Dock Road.

The images reflect fun experiments and ideas that tie in with the SSPC pharmaceutical research programme. The programme aims to develop environmentally sustainable methods for drug manufacture, increase range of medicines available to the public and reduce drug-manufacturing costs.

There is much work done through SSPC’s Education & Public Engagement programme, one that enhances engagement with the public to promote and develop scientific literacy through dialogue, leading to increased knowledge and understanding of STEMM and the SSPC’s research programme. STEMM education and literacy are essential for understanding and engaging with complex societal issues. The dedicated Education and Public Engagement team ensure to foster a culture of inclusivity and equity of sharing across all domains.

Limerick Festival of Science is running 11-18 November in locations throughout the city and county.

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