Limerick Festival of Science

Sunday 11th - Sunday 18th November
  • Science Week

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Once again, the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology have joined to present a range of activities and experiences to celebrate the role of science in the lives of people in the Mid-West region. 

The three third level institutions in Limerick City will share their enthusiasm for science, technology engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), with everyone in the region.

Science Week brings everyone together, from children and adults, to scientists, engineers and technologists, and is designed to spark curiosity, inspire imagination and unleash the potential that can help shape the future.

Our festival aims to challenge stereotypes so young people can see the diversity of people that work in STEAM.

The festival features a range of scientists and engineers from various backgrounds, ages, and disciplines. A variety of interactive talks, workshops, quizzes, competitions, cafe science and fun activities will take place during the week of the festival.

All events are free and more details can be found on or telephone Johanna on 061 202109.


Programme of Events

Event Title and Details



Saturday 10 November



Science Magic Show in the City of Limerick  - Dr Peter Davern.
Flames, Flashes and Frozen flowers is an EXPLOSIVE show working its way through the most exciting science demonstrations to showcase the WOW in Science.

BOI Workbench Space, Bank of Ireland, O'Connell St



Monday 12 November


The Science of Movement - Enhancing our Physical Education and Sport Experiences.

This discussion forum and practical workshop explores how science can help us to develop movement skills in physical education, sport and general physical activity contexts. We discuss the use of technology in elite sport settings and explore how this might help in the development of children's fundamental movement skills.

Our expert panel includes Scott Murphy (physiotherapist), international hockey star, Róisín Upton and international hockey coach, Dave Passmore.

Tailteann Building, Mary Immaculate College 4 - 5.30pm

Tuesday 13 November



Code Breaker -  Talk given by Marc McMenamin 

The incredible true story of the librarian, the Nazi spy and Ireland's secret role in turning the tide of World War II When unassuming librarian Richard Hayes, a gifted polymath and cryptographer, was drafted by Irish intelligence services to track the movements of a prolific Nazi spy, Hermann Görtz, Dublin became the unlikely venue for one of the most thrilling episodes in Irish history.

In a complex game of cat-and-mouse that would wind its way through the city and its suburbs, Code Breaker reveals how Richard Hayes cracked a code that helped turn the tide of World War II, and uncovers a secret history of the capital that has remained hidden in plain view for the past 70 years.

Limerick City Library, The Granary


Thursday 15 November



Animal Magic Roadshow

The Road Show is an educational and interactive show with lots of hands on experience involving live animals, something you don’t get at the zoo, we bring Nature to you.

The Foundation Building, UL

9.30am – 2pm

Navigating the Health App Jungle

It's a complicated health app landscape out there and new additions enter a saturated market every day. How can an amateur app enthusiast differentiate between good, bad and boring? And is there any one offering on the market that eclipses the competition? Yvonne Redmond shares her advice.

Passionate lover of all food, Sinead Delahunty shares her kitchen creations through her food blog and recently published cookbook – DELALICIOUS. Sinead shares ideas for healthy, wholesome and real food with quick and easy recipes for all.


G10, Foundation Building, Mary Immaculate College

Registration is essential.

1 – 2pm

Science Graduate Career Public Information Evening in UL

The Faculty of Science & Engineering will host a public information evening where UL science graduates will present on their experiences in college, their careers to-date and the exciting opportunities open to them.

UL Analog Devices Building



UL FameLab Science Communication Skills Competition

A challenge for up and coming scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians to explain a complex idea in a straightforward and engaging way to the public.

Chez Le Fab Cafe, Arthur’s Quay Park



Friday 16 November



Whats happening our Bees?  -  Professor John Breen

Bees may be responsible for as much as one out of every three bites of food we eat. Most crops grown for their fruits, nuts, seeds, or fibre require pollination by insects, such as bees. Pollinating insects also play a critical role in maintaining natural plant communities and ensuring production of seeds in most flowering plants. Einstein is (incorrectly) reputed to have said “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.”
While Einstein probably did not say this, nonetheless bee populations across the developed world are in trouble. How can the world preserve and protect these pollinators? Professor John Breen will address this and other interesting facts in this talk.

UL – Room AD2-010

1pm Lunchtime lecture

Art Meets Science Workshop

This workshop will be hosted by LIT’s School of Art and Design. The science behind thermochromic inks will be demonstrated and participants will engage in a make and take activity using Mokulitho.


Limerick School of Art and Design

Pre-booking essential

11am, 2 pm

Saturday 17 November



Make Your Own Musical Instrument with Ed Devane.

Join artist Ed Devane to create your very own sound and light instrument, inspired by the work Music Palace by Alex Cecchetti. In this fascinating workshop, you will build and assemble an instrument from paper, card and electronics to create an instrument that is unique to you.


Fab Lab Limerick, No 7 Rutland Street Limerick

12 – 15 year olds


10.30 – 11.45am

Café Scientifique in the City: Science of Aircraft Design - Dr Ronan O'Higgins

Have you ever wondered how wings create lift? How do Engineers decide on the most optimised shape for an aircraft? How are new materials making aircraft lighter and more fuel efficient? What will aircraft of the future look like? Dr Ronan O'Higgins from the School of Engineering UL will provide answers to these questions and more in his presentation 'Science of Aircraft Design'.

Bank of Ireland Workbench, O'Connell Street.



Mindfulness and Science

This seminar is offered to community groups in the Limerick area and introduces older participants to the science and practice of mindfulness.

Caherdavin and Southill community centres


Café Science: Detecting Driving under the influence of Drugs

This presentation will be given by a member of the Gardaí who will demonstrate the latest forensics capabilities in detection of drivers under the influence of drugs.



Lough Gur – Science and Dark Skies

Hands-on workshop on the work that Lough Gur has done so far to collect information for its Dark Skies project. The focus is on the power of science to help us protect and preserve conservation areas.

Lough Gur Visitor Centre


Albert Nolan – Nature Walk and Talk

Looking at Biodiversity in our Shannonside locality and focusing on pollinators in our gardens.

Castleconnell ACM,
Moylish Campus LIT


Limerick City

Various locations in Limerick.

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