Science Week & Cork Science Festival 2020

Now in its 25th year, Science Week 2020 will take place from November 8th to 15th against a societal backdrop never previously experienced in our lifetime. Now, more than ever, we have turned to the information science provides to guide our decisions.  The Science Week community have been busy transforming Science Week activities to brand new digital, virtual, and blended formats.   

The core theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Science Week – Choosing our Future’ focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future, and in the present. This will explore how science can help us to make positive choices that will impact the environment, our health, and our quality of life.

MaREI’s activities are listed below.  You can find a full listing of all Science Week activities at and

Virtual event – Energy & Climate Policy Panel Discussion: Ask the Scientists

MaREI in collaboration with UCC Engineering Society will host a panel of energy and climate policy researchers to address audience questions and misconceptions about the energy and climate challenge.

Wed, November 11, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM GMT

MaREI’s energy and climate policy researchers will address audience questions on the grand challenge that faces our country and our planet as we transition to a low-carbon society to help stem climate change. Questions can be sent in advance via this Google form and you can also ask during the session via the online platform (a link will be sent following registration).

Registration & full details here.

Virtual Climate Hack

The Virtual Climate Hack provides secondary school students from the South West region with an opportunity to investigate the energy demand in their area and explore potential decarbonisation options (moving away from fossil fuels to reduce carbon emissions), in addition they will have the opportunity to ask experts about their proposed solutions.

The event will be run entirely online. Schools/students will be given material and will organise group work sessions themselves with the support of their teachers. Building on the Dingle Peninsula 2030 event that was held as part of Science Week 2019, see video here and summary report here.

Climate Hack event format

  • About 1 hour prep with material the week before (Nov 2nd to 6th) to read through it, form groups and choose a topic. Schools/students to organise themselves.
  • 1 – 2 hour initial group discussion, preferable on Monday Nov 9th, online via Google Meet / Teams / Zoom. Schools/students to organise themselves.
  • Another 1 – 2 hour session for students to finalise posters and submit them to MaREI by Thursday evening. Schools/students to organise themselves.
  • Friday midday we will announce winners (One4All vouchers for winning team)

For any questions on the material or event format please get in touch with ei.ccu@nikoogcm.ronnoc.


Climate Conversation Cards

*Created by MaREI researchers at NUI Galway, Clare Noone and Adriana Cardinot

These Climate Conversation Cards can be used to start a group discussion on climate change and actions that can be taken. They are designed to be accessible for children aged 10-16years but can also be used by older audiences! They can be grouped into both challenges and solutions (8 of each) which can be divided up and given to groups to discuss and feedback to the class.

Added activities include a climate quiz, posters, role plays, videos for other classes, or designing a survey or a class debate around the topics.

The Cards can be used in conjunction with the Green Schools resources on Climate Change.

If you are a teacher and would like to request a video call with MaREI for your class to learn more about climate action, discuss your ideas, and do some activities you can contact ei.ccu@enaed.efioa 
You can find more educational resources here 
Build a museum at home or at school!
MICRO DIY is a new, at-home initiative for builders of all ages to curate their own micro museum on a single topic, using materials from their own homes. MICRO encourages builders to think critically about the world and dive deeper into issues that interest them.
Download your worksheet here. 
Stuck for ideas?  Use the Science Week theme Choosing our Future for inspiration on ideas for your museum!  Find out more here.