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Limerick Festival of Science 2020 has an exciting new programme of online events 

Limerick Festival of Science 2020- UL, Mary I, and LIT have joined to present a range of activities and experiences to celebrate the role of science. The event will run from 7 – 18 November 2020

Limerick Festival of Science 2020 has an exciting new programme of online events 

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 Midwest 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.

Organised by the Department of STEM Education at MIC Limerick, University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology, the festival will move online this year and will offer people of all ages the opportunity to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities from the comfort of their own homes.




With a focus on the future, this year’s Limerick Festival of Science will highlight the ways in which science can improve our lives in the future, and in the present.

Limerick Festival of Science 2020 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.

This year’s 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 across Limerick City & County and County Clare during the week of the Festival.

The events are guaranteed to interest and intrigue! All events are free. Come along and get engaged! They are completely free, Covid safe, fun, and educational to primary and secondary students alike!

UL Faculty of Science & Engineering events:


  1. “The Amazing Cosmos Journey!”

Here, the director of the N. Ireland Space Office will take kids on a very visual virtual journey through our solar system.

When: Wednesday, November 11 from 19h00 – 19h50

Register: Email [email protected] to book your place

  1. “Baking in Space”

Join Dr. Niamh Shaw, Dr. Ronan O’Higgins, and Great British Bake-off contestant , Andrew Smyth on a journey from the Earth to the moon and back, bringing space-themed bakes directly to your kitchen! There are prizes for early registration and also a “Honeycomb Moon” baking competition!

When: Sunday, November 15 from 19h00 – 20h00

Register HERE 

Competition details HERE

  1. “A Brief History of Time Travel”

Dr. Barry Fitzgerald gives an exciting educational lecture about the possibilities of time travel, how accurate the methods are in movies, and the science behind it. Prizes for the best questions in the sessions!

When: Tuesday, November 17 from 19h00-19h45

Register: Email [email protected] to book your place

Mary Immaculate College events:


  1. Education, Humanities and the Climate Crisis Webinar Series exploring the effects of climate change. Presented by members of the MICacademic community, these webinars aim to provide important insights into the human dimensions of climate change and will offer advice on how we can build a sustainable future for generations to come.

When: November 8 – 15  

Register HERE

  1. Let’s Jump into STEM Workshop– a workshop for primary teachers will examine the links between the PE and STEM curricular areas in primary schools. Presented by lecturers from the Department of STEM Education and the Department of Arts Education and Physical Education, this workshop will have a particular focus on the PE strand of gymnastics.

When: November 9

Register HERE

  1. Storytime with Watch House Cross Library in Limerick – Librarians at Watch House Cross Library in Limerick will bring science stories to your screens in their virtual story-telling sessions, while a photography competition will also run throughout the week-long festival with primary school children invited to submit their snaps showing science at work. The stories will be shared on the Library’s Facebook page

When: November 9 & 11 at 11am

In addition to the public events planned, a number of virtual events run by MIC’s Department of STEM Education will also take place in primary schools throughout Limerick and Clare.


For more info on the Limerick Festival of Science go HERE

For more stories on the Limerick Festival of Science go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.