SeaFest 2018 takes place from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July and as event coordinator, the Marine institute is looking forward to welcoming visitors to Galway for the national maritime festival to sharethe best of marine science.
At SeaFest, Galway Docks will become a hub of activity for three days with Ireland's marine infrastructure and resources on show where visitors will have the opportunity to celebrate our maritime history and discover more about our oceans. The Marine Institute aims to put marine science and learning very much at the heart of the festival through aquatic displays, vessel tours and fun activities for the young and old.
Speaking about the upcoming festival Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute said "SeaFest, as well as being a really fun weekend out for families, provides a unique opportunity for the Marine Institute to promote the best of marine science where we can appeal to a whole range of people in a number of ways."
"From the tours of the RV Celtic Explorer, marine activities at the city museum to the Explorers Education programme and more featured in the Kids Zone, we believe an interest in the marine environment can be cultivated at any age. With all events and activities taking place over the weekend free, it makes it possible for the entire family to enjoy the festival experience and learn about the importance of our oceans."
1. Tour the RV Celtic Explorer
Tour the Marine Institute's marine research vessel RV Celtic Explorer and speak to scientists about the research that is undertaken on board. The vessel is used for fisheries research, oceanographic, hydrographic and geological investigations and seabed mapping.
The RV Celtic Explorer will be open for tours from 2pm – 6pm on Friday, and 10am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Members of the public will get to meet marine fisheries scientists and see some of the marine species they have come in contact with through their work. People will also get to see where the scientists sleep, eat and socialise while on board and will get to meet the vessel's master and crew.
2. Explorers Education Programme
Join the Explorers Education Programme Team for deep blue conservations at Seafest 2018.
Take a look inside the Explorers Education Programme 'Nobby Boat' tank display and discover some of Ireland's marine life including some of Ireland's smallest sharks. You can also
see some beautifully crafted marine animals made from marine litter while learning about the sources and impacts this litter has on our marine environment. Visitors will also learn about how we can make #onesmallchange to help protect and care for our marine environments through a selection of games and interactive activities including Fishing for Litter and Ocean Jenga.
3. Learn with the Marine Institute
Discover the animals and plants that can be found along Ireland's rocky shores at the Marine Institute Rock Pool. Look through the microscope to see tiny marine organisms that are hidden under rocks, such as tubeworms and barnacles. Marine Institute staff will speak to children and adults about the importance of these marine ecosystems.
Kids can also mould mountains and create patterns in kinetic sand with the INFOMAR Augmented Reality Sandbox. Staff from the INFOMAR programme will be there to talk to kids and adults about mapping Ireland's seabed.
4 Visit 'Sea Science – The Wild Atlantic' at the Galway City Museum
Galway City Museum's interactive exhibition 'Sea Science – The Wild Atlantic' will also be open over the weekend. During the festival weekend, the gallery will be enhanced by a resident scientist who will perform fun, hands-on experiments. Investigate the anatomy of a fish, find out about water pressure, ocean acidification, edible seaweed and more. There will also be marine science experiments on the water cycle, how temperature and salinity affects ocean currents. Kids can also create colourful fish and sea-themed creatures to take home, at a series of workshops taking place at Galway City Museum.
Become an official SeaRover with a mission - Protect the Deep Ocean
2018 is the International Year of the Reef and the Marine Institute scientists will be sharing their stories about using the ROV Holland I to explore Ireland's cold water coral reefs in Irish waters. Come meet the marine scientists who explore the deep-sea and go on a fantastic underwater adventure, watch the video, see the coral, complete the mission and become a SeaRover!!