Date: September 28 Time: 15:00 - 23:00
European Researchers’ Night will take place in 800 venues across 320 cities on Friday, September 28.
It’s one of the EU’s most popular initiatives, aimed at the general public – especially families, young people and those who might not see themselves as science fans, to experience science in an entertaining way.
This year we are teaming up with NUI Galway to bring you Sea2Sky, a free, fun, family-friendly event that will bring the world of science to you, highlighting research in the marine, atmospheric and astronomy sciences.
15:00 – 21:00 | Mars Rover Curiosity
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission set down a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — at Gale Crater, using precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time.
During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyse dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover
15:00 – 21:00 | Courtyard Entertainment
Lady Grew will help you discover mind-blowing scientific facts via the medium of sci-rap and interactive performance
15:00 – 17:00 | Explore the Universe Workshop
Make bubbles, learn about water & space pressure, perform table top experiments and use a marine touch table
Lifetime Lab is based at the Old Cork Waterworks on Lee Road and comprises of an interactive visitor centre and steam engine room, playground and gardens and school resource centre
17:00 – 19:00 | Build a Space Shuttle Workshop
Once finished you can move on to the other fun activities taking place and take your final shuttle home with you
18:00 – 21:00 | Meet the Researchers
GET TO KNOW THE RESEARCHERS…
18:00-19:00 | Celestial Navigation workshop
Captain Bill Kavanagh is a Master Mariner and lecturer in Nautical Science in the National Maritime College of Ireland. He has co-ordinated many EU research projects in maritime transport and education. He is currently the president of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation
19.30 – 20.30 | Science Café
Researchers in both Cork and Galway will participate in this live Science Café to discuss key points, future possibilities and debate any issues that arise
GET TO KNOW THE PANEL…
19:00 – 20:00 | The Wonders of the Irish Sea
Susan Steel, Head of Innovation of BIM’s seafood development centre will give a fun family-friendly presentation on exploring the sea and show you the amazing things that you can eat and make from the sea
Susan runs ultra-marathons, fly’s planes, is a Mum to 7 kids and wanted to be a marine biologist since the age of three
20:00 – 21:00 | The Gift of Seaweed
Sally McKenna….journalist, blogger, photographer and a kayak forager will teach you how to identify seaweed on the Irish coastline
Sally’s talk will include seaweed demonstrations giving you to the chance to taste and squeeze to extract the oil
20:00 – 23:00 | StarGazing
Train your eyes skywards with the Cork Astronomy Club and BCO astronomers who will guide a public stargazing event – the sky will be darkening at 20:00, with a nearly Full Moon lighting the sky
Please note: Stargazing is weather dependent! In the event of a cloudy evening we will run indoor Stellarium planetarium workshops so you can still map the night sky
15:00 – 17:00 | NASA’s ViewSpace
ViewSpace portrays the beauty and power of the Universe and gently guides the viewer to have a deeper understanding of astronomy. The latest images, movies, animations and news from the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA observatories will be screened
15:00 – 17:00 | Harmony of the Spheres
Meet Cork based musician Brian Leach, creator of Harmony of the Spheres, a musical piece incorporating a live feed of data, streamed directly from a radio telescope.
The live signals are manipulated into playing a ten tone scale devised by splitting the octave into ten equal parts and you can interact directly with them by using a Theremin
15:00 – 23:00 | Astronomical Entanglements
Local artist David Upton has used archival material, photography, video and cast iron and aluminium sculpture to highlight the astronomical histories of Cork. Some items on display are a cast iron rocket piece and cosmic images David took using our optical telescope
Schools Photography Competition
As part of the European Researchers’ Night 2012 and Sea2Sky event we are asking all young photographers to submit photographs to a free competition entitled ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’
Download entry form and competition details HERE