NI Science Festival returns with an interstellar programme of over 200 public events. From biochemistry to physics, ecology to geology, discover how you, the universe and everything in between behaves.
NI Science Festival 2023
NI Science Festival returns 16 – 26 February 2023 for its ninth edition celebrating the Science of You, The Universe and Everything in between!
Kyle D Evans – Born to Sum
The UK’s leading (only) musical-comedian mathematician returns with a compilation of his most pedantic pop musings!
The Science Behind Curling – Throwing Rocks at Houses
Find out all about the science and story of curling at this fun, interactive event! Meet Curling All-Ireland representatives and give it a go yourself.
Biomedical Research in Action!
Become a scientist for the afternoon and enjoy a range of demonstrations and interactive research activities!
NI Science Festival
NI Science Festival returns with an interstellar programme of over 200 public events from 16 - 26 February for its ninth edition celebrating the Science of You
The Science of Dreams
Dr Jonathan Iliff will explain the current theories on how and why we dream, what goes on in our brain and how you can enhance your dreams.
So You Want to be a Biomedical Scientist?
Find out what it’s like to be a biomedical scientist as researchers talk about their work and various career paths.
Ben Garrod – Why Do Some Species Go Extinct…
Join Prof. Ben Garrod as he explores how extinction is one of the most complex, interesting and evolving topics.
Cosmic Dance Party
Every minute of the day, our planet is gliding smoothly along its celestial path through sparkly Outer Space, with stars, comets and galaxies appearing.
Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture with Professor Keith Bell
21st Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture on the theme of power and sustainable energy with
30 Years of Doom with John & Brenda Romero
Join the annual NI Science Festival as they celebrate 30 years of one of the most influential video games ever made in the first person shooter Doom.
A New View of the Giant’s Causeway
Join Dr Mike Simms to hear all about Northern Ireland’s remarkable volcanic heritage and the evidence – hiding in plain sight.
Helen Scales – The Brilliant Abyss
Delve into the deep with marine biologist, Dr Helen Scales, as she explores the living wonders in the greatest ocean depths.
Kathryn Harkup – Superspy Science
Kathryn Harkup will explore the full range of 007's exploits and the arms, technologies, tactics and downfalls of his various foes.
Brian Butterworth – Can Fish Count?
You might know that primates have a knack with numbers, but what about frogs, bees or lions? Professor Brian Butterworth will address all this and more.
Can You Test How Fit Your Brain Is?
Using Virtual Reality in Sports-related concussion. Concussions have made media headlines more recently.
Hamza Yassin – Behind the Lens
Join wildlife cameraman and photographer – and dancing star – Hamza Yassin as he shares his secrets on how to capture the best images and record footage.
The Science of Magic Mushrooms
Join Dr Chris Timmermann as you explore the avenues of the psychedelic revolution in mental health and the pharmacology of psilocybin.
Find out how scientists at Queen’s University Belfast are leading the way in the fight against infection and disease with innovative hydrogels.
Madeleine Finlay – Beetles for Breakfast
Madeleine Finlay’s colourful and compelling book explores all sorts of exciting inventions and ideas which could make our future more eco-friendly.
The Oil Machine – Screening & Discussion
Join for a screening of ‘The Oil Machine’ followed by a discussion with climate activists Anna Kernahan and Dylan Hamilton, who features in the documentary.
Putting Down Roots: Making Nature at Home
This is a workshop for families who would like to learn more about organic gardening and how to cultivate biodiversity in their home garden.
MasterChef: what’s in my fridge edition
This interactive workshop will discuss creative ways to reduce food waste at home. This event is part of SIREN23 in Belfast.
Revenge – A Dish Best Served Cold?
Why do people take revenge? It’s a fascinating question, which psychologists have been trying to answer for a while. Talk and discussion.
David Robson – The Expectation Effect
In this talk David Robson takes you on a tour of the cutting-edge research happening right now that suggests our expectations shape our experience.
What the Medieval Doctor Ordered
Join four researchers as they guide you through the language, remedies and ingredients used by medieval doctors to cure ailments, lovesickness, and more.
Marieke Bigg – This Won’t Hurt: How Medicine Fails Women
This talk from Dr Marieke Bigg explores all the ways medicine is not gender-neutral, from research to treatment to diagnosis.
The Merchants Who Grew a City – Walking Tour
Belfast’s geography – its rivers, port and hills – played a key role in its industrial history. This walking tour covers the oldest parts of Belfast city.
Climate Tour with Mark Lynas
NI Science Festival partners with Northern Ireland Museums Council to present a series of panel discussions across the country on the ongoing climate emergency.
STEM #Unfiltered Photography Competition 2022
Exhibition showcasing the very best images from across Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Erica McAlister – The Fascination of Flies
In this captivating talk, Dr Erica McAlister will take you behind the doors of the fly department at London’s Natural History Museum.
The Science of Psychedelics – The Future of Mental Health?
Join NHS doctor, Jonathan Iliff, for a journey through the past, present and future use of psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness.
Sounding Belfast During Covid-19 – Walking Tour
This project subsequently investigates how the city sounds without the presence of humans in popular parts of Belfast’s public spaces.
Hearts & Crafts
Be inspired by the fascinating anatomical specimens in the Queen’s University Belfast collection and learn more about the human body.
Tenx9 – Discovery
Tenx9 is a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their own life.
Mensa Magnificent Monday Quiz
Make the most of your Monday! Drop in to The Black Box for a light-hearted team quiz devised by Mensa. Age guidance: 18+
Elsa Panciroli – Beasts Before Us: The Untold Story of Mammal Evolution
Join palaeontologist and museum researcher, Dr Elsa Panciroli, as she reveals the incredible genesis of mammals.
Soil – A Time Capsule
Join environmentalist and bio-artist, Jasmin Märker, as she uncovers the stories which lie buried beneath the ground in this fun, interactive workshop.
The Science of Superheroes in Film & Television
Currently 13 out of the top 30 highest grossing films of all time are superhero movies, especially Marvel films such as Avengers: Endgame.
Mass of Roots
Join the scientists as they investigate the impact we’re having on our planet and uncover the wonders of our natural environment!
Pragya Agarwal – Hysterical
Pragya Agarwal dives deep into the history and science that has determined the gendering of emotions to ask whether there is any truth behind wild beliefs.
Northern Ireland Raspberry Jam – Science Festival Special
Whether you want to try out computer programming for the first time, hack some electronics or just generally have some fun inventing.
Hana Walker-Brown – A Delicate Game: Brain Injury, Sport and Sacrifice
Join award-winning audio documentary maker, podcast creator and author, Hana Walker-Brown as she tackles the topics of power, science and sport.
LUMI Presents – Possible Worlds
Possible Worlds is an intergalactic cinema experience which explores the evolution of astrobiology (aliens!) in film.
Bakineering: From A – B
In this brand-new family show join Andrew Smyth, on an edible exploration of the engineering that helps us travel around the world.
The Cheese Board – An Evening of Irish Cheese Pairing Perfection
A special evening celebrating the irresistible charm of cheese with food journalist Patrick McGuigan and NI's cheese connoisseur, Johnny McDowell.
Robin Francis – Human Body: Design Disaster
Cardiologist and comedian Dr Rohin Francis will explore just some of the myriad ways there's nothing Intelligent about our Design.
Emission Trading for CO2 and Other Greenhouse Gases
This talk will explain how carbon emissions trading works and illustrate some contracts through the Ulster University Bloomberg Trading Laboratory.
Data: The ever-growing threat to our environment and the key to saving it
Data is everywhere. We all use and produce data every day, but do we really understand environmental impacts.
Eoghan Daltun – An Irish Atlantic Rainforest
A Personal Journey into the Magic of Rewilding. Discover what happens when you let nature grow wild …
Making Your Dream a Reality: A STEM Entrepreneur’s Perspective
Join for a unique insight into the career pathways of a range of entrepreneurs from the STEM sector.
Helen Scales – What A Shell Can Tell
Dr Helen Scales, has gathered up all sorts of fascinating facts about molluscs in her latest book What a Shell Can Tell.
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – Astronomy & Poetry
In this talk Burnell will explore the connection between poetry and astronomy, sharing works from some of her most beloved poets.
Benjamin Black – Belly Woman: Birth, Blood & Ebola
Dr Benjamin Black is at The MAC to chat about his 'eye opening and inspirational book', Belly Woman: Birth, Blood and Ebola, The Untold Story.
Apis Mellifera, The Honey Bee – An Exhibition by Raymond Watson
Belfast-born artist Raymond Watson’s exhibition reflects on the importance of bees to mankind and life on earth. Free event.
Let’s Revamp Tea!
This event will look at the history of tea, with their tea connoisseurs revealing interesting ways in which you can get creative with your blends.
Walk with Me
Walking is a great way to keep fit and healthy, particularly in your older years, so why not join Ulster University for a dander. Free event.
STEAMing Kidneys – Where Science and Art Collide
Learn how the QUB Renal Arts Group works with patients, carers, doctors, scientists and artists around living with kidney disease.
Environmental Eadai – Sustainable Fashion (Irish Language Version too)
Moya is an environmental activist, and works in the costume department for Film, TV & Theatre. An English language version at 12pm.
Life in a Car Park/Saol sa Charrchlós
Come along and see parking spaces in a new light - transformed into wild and wonderful places for everyone to enjoy!
Sensorium at The Spirit Circle
Belfast’s Interactive Cocktail Experience. 2.5 hours. 2 Tall Drinks. 2 Bespoke Cocktails. Sensory Overload Guaranteed.
Why Zoo Breeding Programmes Are Important
Join the team at Belfast Zoo for a behind-the-scenes tour and find out about their special animal characters past and present.
Drag Me to the Lab – Queens Only!
As a queen doing science herself, Sassy Science wants to talk to you about the life and work of some of the LGBTQIA+ queens in STEM who came before her.
Go on a journey through musical acoustics and human perception, looking at how muggle sounds normally behave and why more magical sounds defy our expectations.
Jim Al-Khalili – The Joy of Science
Join New York Times bestselling author - and one of the UK’s top physicists - Jim Al-Khalili, as he discusses his latest book, The Joy of Science.
Feeling the Heat- Belfast Heat and Climate Change Walking Tour
Join the NI Science Festival team on a tour of the city as you explore the heat risk across Belfast.
Idea Jam is a chance for creators to finally sculpt that secret, nebulous idea they've been chipping away at for years into one that's ready to act on.
Mark Langtry – Football Physics
Join physicist, TV presenter and former professional footballer, Mark Langtry, aka ‘Mark the Science Guy’, on a highly interactive investigation.
QUB Astronomy Day
Join the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast for space-related fun for all ages.
The Magic of Microscopy
Find out how scientists at Queen’s University Belfast are leading the way in the fight against infection and disease with innovative hydrogels.
The Science of DMT & Ayahuasca
Join Imperial College’s Dr Chris Timmermann - one of the world’s leading DMT neuroscientists – as he explains how DMT is currently used.
The Race to Net Zero
WAE Technologies is a world-leading technology and engineering business committed to the realisation of a decarbonised future.
Dark Personalities & Culture
In this interactive talk, Dr Kostas Papageorgiou of Queen’s University Belfast will present findings to suggest that dark personalities are neither bad nor good
Behind-the-Scenes Conservation Tour of Hillsborough Castle
Go behind the scenes at Hillsborough Castle with this unique guided tour, which will reveal all sorts of fascinating facts.
Climate Emergency Department
Have you ever wondered what the healthcare of the future might look like? Imagine the year is 2035 and the doctors of tomorrow are working a busy shift.
Rude Science with Stefan Gates (Belfast)
Scientist and presenter Stefan Gates is back, answering the questions that everyone is too shy to ask! Live discussions.
Join the Great CART Citizen Science Project
AMR affects everyone and is a threat to humans, animals, plants and the environment, therefore, fighting AMR is a truly global endeavour.
From Grey Wolves to Grey Squirrels
This insightful event will tell the story of the island of Ireland through the animals and plants that live here - from bears and beavers to grey squirrels.
AFBI Research Vessel Tours
The popular Agri-food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI) Research Vessel - the R.V. Corystes - will open its doors.
The Digital Health Future
This will provide a series of accessible public lectures that will present the state-of-the art in digital cardiology, radiology, oncology, and mental health.
Visit JAM 4’s (Junior Academy of Music at Queen’s University Belfast) Open Sound Lab for the chance to get some hands-on experience of a range of technologies.
A World of Wounds
The Last Ice Age Giants & the Making of the Anthropocene. In this talk, the NI Science Festival team will tell the story of these ice age giants.
Jurassic Park 30th Anniversary Screening
Join for a special 30th anniversary screening of one of the biggest and greatest blockbusters of all time - '65 million years in the making'!
Henry Gee – A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth
Dr Henry Gee zips through the last 4.6 billion years with infectious enthusiasm and intellectual rigour.
A New Topography of Love
Installed in vintage console arcade gaming tables, A NEW TOPOGRAPHY OF LOVE tells a tale of climate & environmental destruction.
An Anatomical Workshop on Respiration and Deglutition
Discover the science behind respiration and deglutition - more commonly known as breathing and swallowing - in this fun, interactive workshop.
Our Invertebrate Biodiversity
Discover Irelands under-appreciated invertebrates and the habitats they call home. Discuss the local and global conservation challenges they face.
Health & Wealth – Why Should Cities Invest in Health Innovation?
This session, chaired by Clare Guinness (Director of the Belfast Innovation District), will explore the future of Digital Health and Med-Tech.
Kyle D Evans – Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind
Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind is a frantic hour of mind-bending maths, interactive demos and wicked humour from entertainer Kyle D Evans.
Rory Friers – Behind the Sound
Join Northern Irish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Rory Friers, at QUB’s Sonic Lab for this special behind-the-scenes preview event.
International Synth Design Hackathon
Design and build your very own sound experiences in this unique collaborative event run in conjunction with Belfast-based sound art collective, Tone Burst.
Beeswax Wrap Workshop
This hands-on workshop will allow participants to make their very own beautiful reusable beeswax wraps.
Cyanotype Family Workshop
In this fun workshop for families, you’ll get the chance to combine art and science by using plants from the Hillsborough Castle Gardens.
Dare to Dream: A New Learning Reality
Explore how we can use virtual reality (VR) to transform teaching and learning in this talk with The Open University’s Oli Howson.
The Whole Scope of Sky
Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan will bring together writers to talk about science writing across genres and disciplines, from science fiction, to poetry and more.
Science with Dr Xand!
Dr Xand van Tulleken returns to NI Science Festival for another family-friendly show packed with stunts, crazy experiments and amazing facts!
Beauty, Books & Botany
Join head gardener, Claire McNally, for a hands-on exploration of the historical plant collection in this beautiful 19th century space in the heart of Co Down.
Grace’s Green Gadgets!
Grace invites families to step into her electrical workshop for a very special show where she explores some really cool Green Gadgets.
A Brush with Technology
What happens when art & science collide? Find out in this fun interactive workshop, led by a YAA visual artist.
Light, Matter, Action!
Meet the physicists from Queen’s University Belfast at the Light, Matter, Action! stall and discover the wonder of light and matter.
Chemistry in the Movies – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Dr John O’Donoghue takes audiences of an engaging and light-hearted look at how chemists and chemistry have been portrayed in the movies both past and present.
Rory Friers – All Around Us
A one-off, intimate concert exploring the outer limits of immersive sound… Rory continues to explore his poignant sound journey with All Around Us.
The Big Bad Fox / The Science of Cinema
Explore the science behind cinema at this hands-on workshop. Learn how cinema first developed, bringing still pictures to life on the big screen.
SIREN23 is a drop-in event featuring a range of workshops, speakers and talks – covering everything from eco-art to sustainable fashion and exhibitions.
Insights from Madagascar and the Amazon – National Geographic Explorer Series
Learn about how tropical bats react to deforestation, how they can contribute to human food security and help reverse the effects of climate change.
This live event, presented by Histopathologists, Dr Louisa Miller and Dr Ryan Huddleston involves a ‘living’ dead body, played by an actor.
Carbon and Costs – What Might We be Able to do to our Homes?
This event looks at the ongoing challenges of fuel poverty and decarbonisation in the home - how addressing either can benefit the other.
Anne-Marie Imafidon – She’s in CTRL
Why are women so under-represented in the tech world? Why does this matter? What can we do about it?. How women can take back tech!
Digital Twins Where AI meets IoT
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are enabling our world to be replicated digitally.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Science of Compost
For all budding gardeners, this is your chance to find out what makes a great compost and discover the science behind it all.
Maggie Aderin-Pocock- Am I Made of Stardust?
Award-winning scientist and BBC broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE) is here to answer all the questions curious kids will ever have about the Universe!
Queen’s Biology Showcase
Come and meet the scientists from the Queen’s School of Biological Sciences, whose job is to explore the natural world and how we can take better care of it.
How Clean is Your Phone?
This interactive workshop will let you test just how clean (or not!) your phone is - the results may well surprise you!
How To Find Love, Lose Weight &Live Forever… Without Really Trying!
Dr Xand van Tulleken will examine how it is possible to get the most out of ourselves without self-help taking over our lives and without getting distracted.