Jul 06

Dara O’Briain launches Dublin’s ‘Science in the City’ Festival


Image: Dara O’ Briain, Dara Gill age 10 and Ellie Mc Aleer age 11 at the National Botanic Gardens taking part in the Leaf Watch-Family Phenology Trail 

Dublin’s 10 Day ‘Science in the City Festival’ launches today to celebrate Dublin hosting Europe’s largest science event – the Euroscience Open Forum 2012.

The Festival will host a range of events for all and will showcase the joy of discovery, and wonder of science.  The innovative programme of science themed events across Dublin consists of photographic and art exhibitions, several theatre pieces, film festivals, tours, trails and treasure hunts, science buskers, large-scale interactive installations, experiments, public talks, debates and workshops. ‘Science in the City’ will take place between 6th – 15th July. 

‘Science in the City’ unites a community of cultural institutions, organisations and individuals who have come together to showcase the best of science, arts and culture in Ireland.

The Science in the City Festival is an integral part of the Euroscience Open Forum 2012, Europe’s largest general science conference.  This important gathering will provide a platform for debate, for influencing policy and strengthening the links between science and society. A year-long programme, Dublin City of Science, was developed to mark the honour of hosting one of the most prestigious international science events, ESOF 2012.


Highlights from the week include:

    • IFI Family Festival – The IFI Family Festival 2012 brings the best films from around the world to young film fans this summer. This is your chance to see these great stories of different lives in other places. The Festival will explore the Science and Technology of Music, Sound, Filmmaking and Animation.
    • The Dublin Mini Maker Fairean independent day-long community event where all kinds of “makers” get together to showcase their work. Science Gallery will be host to Dublin’s first ever Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 14th July
    • Icarus at the Edge of Time - Icarus at the Edge of Time is a futuristic reimagining of the classic Greek myth set in outer space, about a boy who challenges the awesome power of a black hole. Icarus is adapted by physicist and founder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene and Tony-Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang from Greene’s young people’s book of the same title, and features an original orchestral score by Philip Glass, performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Coorey, narrated by actor Louis Lovett and a film directed by innovative, cutting-edge British filmmakers Al+Al.
    • Begotten Not Made – Gúna Nua Theatre Company  present a reading of award-winning playwright Paul Meade’s new play Begotten Not Made directed by Fishamble Theatre’s Jim Culleton. Begotten Not Made was originally commissioned by the Irish Council for Bioethics and explores a number of issues such as IVF, saviour siblings and assisted suicide in a thought provoking and entertaining manner. The venue for this event will be the historic and newly restored Smock Alley Theatre. Begotten Not Made deals with three bioethical issues in their most human form, in three interwoven strands. The event will include a wine reception and a post show discussion on the issues raised with members of the artistic team and an expert in bioethical issues.
    • Big Science Weekends - Ever wondered how we breathe? How our bodies fight infection? How food gives our body energy? How we grow? Find out the answers to these questions and more while engaging in some fun, educational and occasionally gooey experiments, as we explore the “Science of Life” at Imaginosity. 


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