Marine Institute

The Marine Institute Celebrates Science Week

November 10, 2017

The Marine Institute Celebrates Science WeekThe science of the sea will be celebrated by the Marine Institute through a number of events taking place during Science Week (12-19 November).

The Institute will host an interactive stand at the Mayo Science & Technology Open Day on the GMIT campus, Castlebar on Sunday 19 November. Amongst the exhibits will be two small aquariums where sea creatures can be observed.

The Galway Science & Technology Festival, which is celebrating 20 years of showcasing Galway as a city of science, technology, engineering, art and maths, takes place on Sunday 26 November. The Marine Institute will be showcasing its work at the event in NUI Galway and encouraging everyone to learn more about marine science. You can find out more about this free event at www.galwayscience.eventbrite.ie

As part of Science Week, RTE is airing a three-day live television event....all about weather.

Amongst the topics covered, Weather Live will feature the recent Hurricane Ophelia and the Marine Institute has been working with the programme makers on this item.

The Irish Buoy Network provides weather and wave data recorded at five buoys around the Irish coast. The M5 weather buoy is located off the south east coast and captured two records for that buoy during Ophelia – record individual wave (Hmax) of 17.81m and a record significant wave height (Hs) of 12.97m.

Weather Live will broadcast from the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin from 15 to 17 November at 7pm on RTE1. It's presented by Kathryn Thomas and features Met Éireann's Evelyn Cusack, Gerald Fleming and Gerry Murphy.

A key aim of Science Week is to engage young people in STEM subjects and the Marine Institute has collaborated with Galway City Museum and the Ryan Institute NUI Galway to create The Wild Atlantic – Sea Science galleries. The permanent exhibition at Galway City Museum is bound to get youngsters interested in sea science and the wonders of our marine world. The interactive hands-on exhibits have fascinated visitors since the visitor experience opened in May 2017. Entry is free – see www.galwaycitymuseum.ie for more information.

Galway Atlantaquaria is hosting a new exhibit 'Our Ocean, Our Health – Observe, Enjoy and Explore the Digital Ocean' that features a 24/7, 365 days a year live feed from the SmartBay Subsea Observatory in Spiddal, Co Galway. The ocean observatory is supported by the Marine Institute and gives viewers a unique insight into what is happening in real time beneath the sea.

Science Week 2017 is set to be the biggest yet and is part of Science Foundation Ireland's work in promoting the potential that science and discovery offer Ireland, today and in tomorrow's world. More information can be found at www.sfi.ie/engagement/science-week/

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