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Tipperary Festival of Science secures 35,000 Government funding – Mary Newman Julian

Tipperary Festival of Science has secured €35,000 funding from the Government, a Fine Gael Candidate has confirmed.

Mary Newman Julian said:

“My colleague the Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and the Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, have announced an investment of €476,000 through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), to support 13 festivals and 13 events across the country as part of national Science Week.

“Science Week takes place from the 10th -17th of November this year, with a theme of climate action and Tipperary Festival of Science has been awarded €35,000.

“The festival will add to the local conversation about the impact of science and technology on our changing world. Science week is an excellent opportunity for adults and teenagers to connect with science and this year it will also provide a chance to learn about the ways in which science and technology can contribute to a positive climate future.

Now in its third year, the Tipperary Festival of Science includes school-based events and evening events for parents and adults. Events include design and engineering STEM & STEAM challenges, Irish weather and climate change public talks and a ‘Toy Inventor' workshop will allow participants to create solar powered toys.

“In addition to the 13 festivals, 13 other events have received funding under the SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call, which include events for both adults and children. They span topics such as climate change, health, baking in space, future fashion and much more. The ‘Medicine Maker' workshop event will take place in the University of Limerick and is an Educational Initiative to inform senior audiences about modern medicine and the important role of regulation within the pharma industry to protect our health and wellbeing.

Mary added ‘This event should be of interest to anybody who may concerns about the availability and or safety of modern medicines, given the ever increasing concern about fake news in relation to vital medicines such as vaccines, as well as the promotion of unregulated alternative therapies, particularly prevalent on social media.'

Details of festivals and individuals events are available on this link:

Minister Humphreys said: “I am delighted to announce this important investment of €476,000 in Science Week festivals and events through SFI, which will help a diversity of citizens to access science at a local level across the country. Scientific literacy and understanding are an important facet of a modern and progressive society.”