25th annual Science Week is underway

Science Week is currently underway, running until Sunday, 15 November. The week-long event is celebrating its 25th year and the theme for 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’, with a focus on how science can improve people’s lives, now and in the future.

Organised by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Science Week programme includes online workshops, science shows, talks, laboratory demonstrations, science walks and other science-related events.

SFI has outlined that this year’s theme will “explore how science can help people to make positive choices that will impact the environment, our health, and our quality of life” in addition to covering how society can unite to respond to challenges such as climate change and Covid-19.

You can get involved in Science Week through a variety of ways including online events, interviews and much more and you can follow the hashtag #ScienceWeek on social media.

Further details can be found on the SFI website, local and national events are also listed in the events section while a Primary School resource is available which focuses on the topic of Health and Wellbeing with a range of activities for the classroom. The primary resource also contains details of a Future Schools competition on Twitter, with a prize of a virtual science show for the winning school.

INTO General Secretary John Boyle said:

“Science Week 2020 takes place at a time when the knowledge and information that science affords us could not be more evident in our everyday lives. The INTO encourages our members to explore the events and resources available for Science Week with their pupils. This year’s theme, ‘Choosing our Future’ and the primary resource booklet, which covers health and wellbeing, offer timely opportunities to help students learn how science helps people and society to live healthier and more environmentally-friendly lives.”