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European Researchers’ Night - Cork Discovers

Event Time 3pm - 10pm
Venue University College Cork and venues across the city

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Cork is hosting its first European Researchers’ Night - 'Cork Discovers – a world of research' on Friday 28th September. The Cork Discovers event is part of European Researchers’ Night (ERN) which will run across 27 countries on the same night.

An international team of researchers will host a programme of free, interactive and entertaining events to demonstrate what they do for society. With over 40 fun events taking place in venues across Cork city, there will be something for everyone.

In the Western Gateway Building in UCC, Teagasc researchers will invite the public to Explore Inside Food using virtual reality, learn what makes the Perfect Crisp and investigate the Evolution of Food Crops over thousands of years, plus lots more. In the Old Oak Pub, Teagasc researchers will also host a special Cork Discovers PubhD event, where three PhD students from different backgrounds will explain their research in a relaxed setting under the banner “Milk, Mammies and Global Warming”.

These events are part of a diverse programme bringing the public into the fascinating world of research, on topics ranging from Archaeology to Zoology: 

  • UCC’s Western Gateway Building will host an open night with an exhibition and over 20 demos, talks and workshops. Learn how to extract DNA from a banana, use chemistry to solve the crime, or reflect on languages, identities and cultural exchange in multilingual Ireland.
  • You can explore Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century at Nano Nagle Place. Help researchers build a 3-D model of a Star Wars set and make your own personalised gift to take home. Listen closely and find out what Cork’s North and South Main Street sounded like in the 1900s. Or for the art lovers amongst us, learn about Nanotechnology and Art.
  • A collection of researchers in Blackrock Observatory will invite participants to ponder how artificial intelligence will challenge the way we currently see the world, while others will urge you to consider whether memories can really be trusted.
  • Cork Public Museum will explore what prehistoric people ate, how they made their clothes and prepared their food. Those who attend will even get to try the products of a butter churning demonstration with prehistoric-style bread!
  • Did you know that there is a Global Water Dance planned for June 2019? Find out more at The Glucksman. Or if drama is more your thing, join a Youth Theatre workshop.

See full programme for each venue

Cork Discovers is a collaboration between:

  • University College Cork
  • Teagasc
  • Cork City Council
  • UCC Academy

It features research from UCC, Teagasc and Cork Institute of Technology. It is funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions call under the Horizon 2020 programme.

In Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Science Gallery Dublin will host another European Researchers Night event under the banner PROBE, so wherever you are in the country make sure to get involved. Questions and active participation will be encouraged. The goal is to develop inquisitive minds so unleash your curiosity and put our researchers to the test. Great entertainment is guaranteed

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818789.