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Science Foundation Ireland Public Engagement Initiative aims to Engage and Communicate the Wonders and Opportunities that Science and Innovation Present for Everyone

Monthly Focus on Specific Theme Supports Deeper Dive into areas of Scientific Interest 

07th April 2016 – Science Foundation Ireland through #ScienceRising is highlighting areas of scientific and innovative excellence and achievement beginning this month with the exciting world of Technology. With all of the top 10 technology companies and 9 of the top 10 global software companies having a presence in Ireland, we are promoting technological innovation and the role it plays in modern day life. April also marks the return of TechWeek and SciFest, two fantastic education and public engagement events, supported by Science Foundation Ireland, that bring science and technology to the post-primary classroom as well as the general public.

Have you ever wondered how much information your brain can store or the importance of technology in our lives? Well join the conversation at Science Foundation Ireland’s #ScienceRising website to find the answers and much more. You can keep up to date with the latest science infographics and profiles on Ireland’s cutting edge technology researchers. Find out about the latest events taking place in your area and follow the latest social media posts to keep up to date with the nations opinions on all things tech.

Five fun science facts about tech:

  1. Irish people love their mobile phones, we are the biggest phone internet users in the western world.
  2. The data storage of the human brain is estimated to be roughly 3 terabytes.
  3. Global data production has reached roughly 2.5 exabytes a year, the equivalent to a text file containing every spoken word since the beginning of time.
  4. 80 percent of the 60 billion emails sent every day, are considered spam.
  5. And for those who don’t see the value in technology, you should know that only about 10% of the world’s currency is physical money, the rest only exists on computers.

For information on upcoming events happening throughout April, check out the events page at sciencerising.sfi.iebelow are just a few highlights.

Highlights for April include: 

Big Week on the Farm on RTÉ One

4th - 8th April daily at 19.00

A new TV show airing every evening this week on RTE One, Big Week on the Farm, will be following the busy day to day life on an Irish farm in early spring. From lambing, calving, kidding and hatching, Big Week on the Farm will chart the life-cycle of farm animals. The show will also explore the modern era of farming highlighting new technologies and machinery used to make farming more efficient. 

FameLab Ireland National Final

7th April, 18:00 to 19:30

FameLab is a science communication competition in which participants explain a scientific concept to a general audience, in just three minutes. The regional heats are over, and now the finalists will go head-to-head to compete for the title. 


21st April – 12th May

SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level students hosted locally in schools and regional level in third level colleges.

CanSat Ireland National Final

23rd March, 2016 

After five regional CanSat Competitions, seven teams have qualified to participate in the CanSat Ireland National Final on 15th April in Birr Castle.              


24th – 30th April      

The nationwide festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public takes place this year from 24-30 April.  The highlight of this year’s Tech Week will be a showcase which takes place in Dublin’s RDS on Thursday, 28 April.