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The NI Science Festival is celebrating 10 years in 2024, with over 300 events taking place across Northern Ireland from 15 - 25 February, celebrating the Science of You, The Universe and Everything in Between!

Celebrating the wonder of STEAM subjects, the festival offers a range of workshops, tours, and interactive events for all ages. Ulster University is a proud sponsor of the Festival and is delighted to be included in the programme of events, thanks to our innovative staff who will be hosting events of their own.

Established in 2014, the NI Science Festival has grown to become the largest celebration of its kind on the island of Ireland and in its relatively short lifespan became one of the leading Science Festivals in the whole of Europe, offering a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The full festival programme is now live, with ten days of wonder planned across Northern Ireland, with a mixture of in-person and online events.

Discover some of the events at Ulster University:

Join celebrity chef Paula McIntyre MBE and our Ulster FISH research team at the Portrush Yacht Club to learn more about choosing and cooking fresh local fish. This family friendly workshop aims to promote and support fish consumption and the fishing industry within Northern Ireland.

Learn more about the neuroscience behind why we watch movies in this lecture and discussion. Popular movies such as Gladiator, Oppenheimer and Barbie will be examined in this event, taking place at the Ulster University Belfast Campus.

Visit the School of Medicine School at our Derry~Londonderry campus and get the opportunity to use state of the art teaching tools. A presentation on the equipment available will followed by an interactive demonstration including Anatomage tables, X-ray, MRI, CT and Ultrasound.

This school event will give pupils the opportunity to know what goes into cosmetics, they will also get the chance to create their very own moisturiser, made from sustainable materials. This event is taking place at our Derry~Londonderry campus, School of Pharmacy.

This interactive event is aimed at secondary school pupils, and will give them hands on experience in learning about how Engineering can help to address Sustainable Development Goals and save lives. This event is designed to encourage students to develop a career in engineering.

Visit our Belfast campus for this workshop, which will feature a debate on the use of digital technologies to support mental health. Topics covered will include ethical issues, usability, and accessibility. Audience participation in discussion is encouraged.

Tim Brundle, Director of Research and Impact, said:

“Over the last 10 years, Ulster University has been a proud partner of the NI Science Festival and to mark this anniversary year, our academics look forward to working alongside scientists and STEM professionals to host an array of talks and workshops.

I would like to invite colleagues and their families to participate in this programme of events designed to engage, excite and inspire.”

View the programme:

Discover the full programme list of Ulster University events, which also features the live Northern Ireland final of FameLab UK – a competition to find the UK’s best science communicator.

Find out more:

For more information on the Festival and details of all events, visit Let your mind wonder | NI Science Festival.