Newry gears up for 2019 NI Science Festival

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
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Residents are being encouraged to explore something new as Newry prepares to play host to a series of stirring events as part of the 2019 NI Science Festival next month.

The festival boasts almost 200 events taking place over 11 days in February (14-24) throughout Northern Ireland, with a selection of events scheduled to take place in Newry.



On Saturday, 16 February, the NI Science Festival Roadshow returns to Southern Regional College.

The all-encompassing family-friendly event celebrates the science of you, the universe and everything in between.

Learn about the wonders of science through interactive activities, experiments and shows including a VR space experience with Boomclap Studios, Dinosaur Disaster show with Scientific Sue, Lego technic workshops and more.

On Wednesday, 20 February, discover how water is collected, stored and cleaned by taking part in hands-on experiments and investigations led by NI Water’s very own scientists and engineers in The Marvel of Cleaning Water at Silent Valley Mountain Park.



Renowned Chartered Engineer, Dr Philip Donald will also host an engineering talk providing unique insight into the engineering triumph of the Silent Valley Dam.

Find out about how volcanic eruptions and destructive earthquakes influenced our landscape through a series of hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations at the Slieve Gullion Courtyard in Our Violent Earth (23 February).

Chris McCreery, Director at the NI Science Festival, said, “Our biggest focus is to make science accessible to people of all ages and experience. The festival showcases researchers who are driving forces in their fields of research and celebrates the contribution of Northern Ireland’s leading minds to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.



“Alongside these is a brim-full programme showcasing the weird and wonderful too. Science can be fascinating, amusing, entertaining and thought-provoking. Science can be inspiring too, and this is what we hope to achieve through our programme of events in the Newry area,” he added.

For the first time this year, the NI Science Festival has partnered with pioneering ticketing platform Citizen Ticket to securely manage all online bookings. Citizen Ticket has developed its own blockchain network in order to combat issues such as ticket touting and fraud.

For more information about NI Science Festival events and to book tickets, visit and keep up to date with the festival on social media via Facebook and Twitter.



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