Science Week & Cork Science Festival 2021

This year Science Week will focus on Creating Our Future, a national conversation between the general public, the research community and policy makers. 

Creating Our Future is an opportunity for everyone in Ireland to give ideas on how to make our country better for all. From science, the environment, health and education to poverty, the arts, diversity and inclusion – all ideas are welcome that can inspire researchers to help make a better future for Ireland. 

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

Short film screening and live Q&A

The short film ‘From rescue to release and onwards: the story of the rehabilitated harbour seal’ will be screened for the first time. This event takes place on the 11th of November at 6 pm. The film outlines why some seals end up at rescue centres, alongside the processes involved in rehabilitating them back into the wild. Insight will also be provided as to what these seals do after their release, thanks to a unique research project, SeaMonitor.

Register here.

SECAD Sustainable Communities Training Programme

Join us for short presentations and a panel discussion on Nature and Biodiversity with guest speakers from MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, at University College Cork, and Cork Nature Network.  This virtual event is part of the SECAD Sustainable Communities Training Programme in Cork delivered by Change by Degrees and is open to a wider audience as part of the Cork Science Festival and Science Week 2021.  


Wednesday November 10th 7-8pm – Register here

Pretengineering – How a summer spent surfing led to a PhD

Join two young researchers from The Centre for Ocean Energy Research at Department of Electronic Engineering on 9th November at 12pm on MSTeams giving short talks on how a love for maths and science brought them to a career in engineering and research and how they have applied their studies to wave energy.

Two short presentations will be given by Gaston Vergara Hermosilla and Marco Rosati with time at the end for questions.

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

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

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

MaREI’s energy and climate policy researchers addressed 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.

Ask Us Anything – Energy & Climate

MaREI’s researchers in MaREI’s Energy Policy & Modelling Group: Hannah DalyPaul DeaneJames GlynnFionn Rogan and Brian Ó Gallachóir addressed audience questions about Energy and Climate issues.

Pre-COP26 Event: Collaborative climate action projects from around the world

University College Cork, through the President’s working group for COP-26, is organised an online event highlighting collaborative climate action projects around the world. The event took place on Thursday 28th October. This year, COP-26 is orientated around the central goal of securing global net-zero by mid-century and keeping 1.5 degrees within reach. Working together is seen as crucial to achieving this target with “collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society” outlined as the necessary approach.