Science and culture festival returns to Dublin 24-27 July

3 Jul 2014

The Festival of Curiosity will again welcome those interested in science, culture and curious technology to a host of events across Dublin. The three-day festival includes speakers, such as comedian and maths graduate Dara Ó’Briain.

Selling out last year, events scheduled for this year include Dublin’s first interactive science playground, the Curiosity Playground in the Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar, which will host most of the events.

Other venues scheduled to host events include Dublin City Hall, Filmbase, the Mansion House, the RDS, Matheson, Wood Quay and the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Science Gallery, Physics Lawn and Library.

Aside from Ó’Briain, other major members of the science community will be attending and giving talks. Attendees will also have the chance to meet Nobel Prize Winner Prof Bruce Beutler in conversation with TCD Prof Luke O’Neill, as he shares his story about how he won the top prize in science.

Festival of Curiosity co-founder and CEO Vincent McCarthy said after the success of 2013, the festival is delighted to be expanding its programme in Dublin, and delivering events in Cork, too, in partnership with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

“Our mission is to create a culture of curiosity in Ireland and we are making this a reality through our growing network of partners and supporters,” McCarthy said.

Other highlights from this year’s festival include the chance to build a LEGO spaceship at Dublin City Hall and to meet Mars One candidate Dr Joseph Roche, who is attempting to be one of the first human beings on Mars, in a daunting one-way trip.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic