Space events with Buzz Aldrin
Dr Buzz Aldrin, former astronaut. Image: James O Davies

Reach for the stars with space events in Cork throughout the summer

2 Jun 2017

Want to pursue a career in the space field? These summer space events in Cork will enhance your knowledge of what it’s like.

Space is a wonderful mystery to many people, but it can also bring a world of exciting career tracks.

The road to studying the stars, researching space innovations, or even becoming an astronaut may not be as clear as the road to becoming a data scientist or an engineer, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

One of the many things people can do when they want a career involving space is to immerse themselves in it completely, gathering as much knowledge as possible.

For those who want to learn about all things space, their dreams might just come true this summer.

Aimed at kids taking an early interest and sci-tech graduates looking to make space central to their future career, the Blackrock Castle Observatory is launching more than 50 space events for the public this summer.

In association with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Cork County Council, the International Space University (ISU) and Science Foundation Ireland, Blackrock Castle Observatory is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with ‘Summer of Space’.

Starting on 26 June, CIT will host the ISU’s annual Space Studies Program, which is now in its 30th year.

These astronomical events will include talks with world-leading space experts such as legendary astronaut Dr Buzz Aldrin.

With education having a major influence on career trends, particularly when it comes to STEM subjects, there will be a panel on the future of education and the impact it will have on the space field.

Young leaders in the space industry will also be at CIT in July to discuss how they got to where they are, and share stories with participants interested in pursuing a similar career path.

Depending on the track you want to be on, physical and medical conditions might come into play. For those who want to learn about how extreme conditions affect the body, Dr Kris Lehnhardt and Lisa Cummins will also be speaking at CIT.

Lehnhardt is an attending physician and assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at George Washington University, and Cummins is a data science researcher who became the first Irish person to complete a two-way crossing of the English Channel in a time of 35 hours.

Know anyone who wants to begin their starry careers early? Children aged between seven and nine can avail of the various space camps throughout the month of July.

For the full schedule, or to book tickets to any of the space events taking place, click here.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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