Development & Alumni Relations Office 


15 February 2019

Queen’s University has again opened its doors to the public as part of this year’s Northern Ireland Science Festival, which runs until 24 February.
With over 180 events across 50+ venues, the NI Science Festival is focusing on some of the best scientists from Northern Ireland and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold.

During the day, the Festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening an eclectic mix of scientific debate, talks, theatres, comedy, music and film will cater for adults.

The University will host over 30 events across the campus throughout the 11-day festival, which will give the public the opportunity to experience the world-class research and innovation taking place at Queen’s.

The Festival, which kicked off on Thursday 14 February, is offering a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year’s Queen’s events include:

  • Belfast on the Brink – Belfast is on the brink of a pandemic, an airborne virus is sweeping across the city. For one day only, Queen’s Medical Biology Centre is acting as Belfast’s Centre for Disease Control and visitors are invited to participate in the journey of Discovery to Recovery, Saturday 23 February
  • Meet the researchers fighting global diseases at an interactive tour of Queen’s Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology and the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, on Saturday 16 February 
  • Join Queen’s lecturer Dr Alan Fernihough to hear about his ongoing research on The Causes and Consequences of the Great Irish Famine at ‘Was the Great Irish Famine an Ecological Disaster?’, taking place on Wednesday 20 February
  • The Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s opens its doors to the public to show a range of current VR (Virtual Reality) works. Come and have a look, and listen to 360 sounds in the unique Sonic Laboratory at Immersive Technologies, on Saturday 23 February
  • The Laughter Laboratory brings years of laughter research in the School of Psychology at Queen’s into the open also on Saturday 23 February.

Find out more about the NI Science Festival on the bespoke website and for the full schedule of events, including all times and locations, check the official Festival Programme.  

Media enquiries to Queen’s Communications Office on telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 3091. 

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