Cork Science Festival

Cork Science Festival runs from November 10th-19th as part of Science Week

Cork Science Festival is a 10 day celebration of science with something for all ages through a programme of exciting and engaging events, community talks, exhibitions, tours, shows and workshops. Cork Science Festival is a main partner in Science Week Ireland, and one of the biggest events in the Irish science calendar.

The Cork Science Festival line-up of over 100 events includes explosive workshops such as ‘flames, flashes and frozen flowers’ to crime scene investigation, rainbows to laser shows, ‘cool planet’ climate change workshops, ‘down-under dinosaurs’ demos, building DNA games and the chemistry of cocktails and a comedy evening with special guest Neil Delamere.

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, and part of Science Week Ireland, the Cork Science Festival features two flagship events, which are free, open to all the family and will provide hours of educational entertainment.

‘Celebrate Science’ takes place at Gateway UCC on Sunday, 12 November from 12 Noon until 5pm and provides a great free day out for all the family.  The ‘Community Festival of Science’ takes place on Sunday, 19 November at Neptune Stadium from 2pm to 6pm and again provides an entirely free and fun engagement for every age with all things science.

“We are on a mission to showcase everything that science has to offer the people of Cork, with free open days, incredible shows, science tours, fun workshops, awesome exhibitions, live demonstrations and experiments and so much more,” said Mervyn Horgan, Cork Science Festival co-ordinator.

“The team behind Cork Science Festival represents Cork’s best in research, education and industry across science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) and showcases the enormous resources that Cork has to offer in this area.”

As well as free open days and school visits to bring STEAM into primary and secondary schools across Cork, there is plenty of ‘grown up’ science too with events taking place at the Glucksman Gallery, St. Lukes Church, the Rising Sons Brewery, Lifetime Lab, Cork City Gaol, St Peter’s Church, AMP nightclub and many more.

The diverse and exciting line up for adults includes an evening with Neil Delamere and Simon Watt at Level Up Human (AMP Nightclub), the Science of Beer (Rising Sons Brewery) the Science of Flavour event (Cask & Greenes Restaurant) as well as a screening of The Matrix movie (St. Lukes Church).

More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in workshops and activities.

More information on all Cork Science Festival events available at

The MaREI Centre are part of the Cork Science Festival event organisation team and will be represented at the two open days, as well as community youth workshops and evening events.