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Science Week

Science Week 2021 takes place from 7th - 14th November. Teagasc will be participating with a full schedule of activities during the week. These activites will be listed here once details are finalised. You can view the 2020 page here to access some of the resources and videos from previous years.

The focus of Science Week 2021 will be on a national conversation between the general public, the research community, and policymakers. This conversation will highlight the potential of existing scientific discoveries but, crucially, it will ask what challenges are most important to the Irish public and how science might help. Most importantly Science Week will aim to capture these challenges, or questions, as they arise from the public.

Science Week Events 2021


Ask a researcher - Our researchers will link up with schools where students can ask them anything! Teachers interested in arranging a speaker can email us at ScienceWeek@teagasc.ie with their request               


Trails and Tales - Castlemorris Wood, Kilkenny - Sunday November 7th

Forest

Join Teagasc Forestry Advisor Michael Somers for an interesting walk through the forest. Find out about the wonders of the woodlands and benefits of forestry to our lives. Michael will take us on a looped walk of the forest, explaining all about the benefits of forestry on the way - from carbon sequestration to biodiversity. Not to mention the benefits to our wellbeing.

Teas and coffees and snacks will be provided.

Please note: This is an outdoor event so please check the weather and dress suitably. Trekking shoes, rain gear and drinks of water are advised.

Difficulty level: The difficulty level is easy.

Start time: 8am - We will meet early in the morning to enjoy another perk of the woodlands - the dawn chorus.

Please note that places are limited and early booking is essential.

These events are free but must be pre-booked. Registrations must be made by an adult and all children must be accompanied by an adult at events.

Directions

Directions to the location are available here 

 


Creating our Future - Monday November 8th


Multispecies Swards: Benefits of Diversity for Farming - Tuesday November 9th

Growing high-quality grassland swards is vital for milk and meat production in Irish agriculture. For better harvest yields, nitrogen fertiliser is typically added to grassland. However, high levels of nitrogen fertiliser is associated with high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, and there is considerable pressure to reduce fertiliser use.

At Teagasc, we are investigating more environmentally sustainable grassland swards by mixing grass with different clovers and herbs, which can bring multiple benefits to both farmers and the environment. Come and join us to discover the benefits of plant diversity for farming!

This 60 Minute Science event is aimed at an adult audience. If you have an interest in agriculture and the environment we’d love for you to join us.

 


The Wonder of Horticulture - Wednesday November 10th 

We welcome you to meet horticultural scientists from the wonderful National Botanic Gardens and Teagasc Horticultural research site in Ashtown, Dublin.

You will hear from Darach Lupton in the National Botanic Gardens, who will share his knowledge from his interesting career working in Ireland and abroad in the field of botany.

You will also meet Colin Kelleher, who is a botanist in the National Herbarium. He will talk about the fascinating scientific work that goes on in the herbarium, which has a vast preserved collection of plants and seeds.

Catch up also with PhD student Sam Belton.

You will also meet Lael Walsh, who works in horticultural science in Teagasc Ashtown and will explain what scientific work is ongoing in food production research.

Teagasc and the Office of Public Works have a long history of collaboration in the National Botanic Gardens, where students get the opportunity to learn and train on the grounds. They gain qualifications up to degree level that will allow them to follow careers in a wide area of work that will involve scientific research.

We invite you to join us to find out the many many career options available to horticulture graduates.

This event is hosted by broadcaster Jonathan McCrea. We hope you will join us live on Zoom to explore the wonder of horticulture.


Sustainable, Nutritious and Delicious – What’s New in Fruit and Veg? - Thursday November 11th 


A Day in the Life of a Cow - Friday November 12th

Kid’s corner: Facts about cows, milk and grass


Trails and Tales - Jenkinstown Wood - Saturday November 13th 

Join Teagasc Forestry Advisor Michael Somers for an interesting walk through the forest. Find out about the wonders of the woodlands and benefits of forestry to our lives. Michael will take us on a looped walk of the forest, explaining all about the benefits of forestry on the way - from carbon sequestration to biodiversity. Not to mention the benefits to our wellbeing.

Teas and coffees and snacks will be provided.

Please note: This is an outdoor event so please check the weather and dress suitably. Trekking shoes, rain gear and drinks of water are advised.

Difficulty level: The difficulty level is easy.

Start time: 8am - We will meet early in the morning to enjoy another perk of the woodlands - the dawn chorus.

Please note that places are limited and early booking is essential.

These events are free but must be pre-booked. Registrations must be made by an adult and all children must be accompanied by an adult at events.

Directions

Directions to the location are available here

Ask a Researcher - Teagasc Science Week

Ever wonder what a career in research is like? The Festival of Farming and Food (SFI Science Week at Teagasc) will facilitate schools to find out what is involved in a career in science. Our researchers will link up with schools where students can ask them anything! Teachers interested in arranging a speaker can email us at ScienceWeek@teagasc.ie with their request. Please note we will be facilitating "Ask a Researcher" during Science Week only 7-14 November 2021.

A Day in the Life of a Researcher

What is a career in STEM like? These short videos feature people at work and talking about their work, what’s a typical day like, what sparked their interest in science and how their career path progressed. Watch the videos from Science Week 2020 here 

Science Experiments at Home

A series of videos featuring experiments that can be done at home using items that are found in every home - Watch Here

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View Science Week 2020 events