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Science Week 2023 Sparks National Conversation About What it Means to be Human

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, joined Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to launch Science Week 2023, announcing €650,000 in funding for festivals and events happening throughout the week.

Taking place from 12th-19th November, the theme for Science Week 2023 is ‘Human?’, which asks people to consider what it means to be human in today’s world, and how the decisions we make today will impact the people and world of the future.

Curiosity about how we interact as human beings – with each other and the world around us – has driven scientific inquiry, leading to discoveries that have transformed our understanding of the universe. For Science Week 2023, the public is being asked to consider the question of what lies ahead for future generations. From the climate emergency to social interaction and artificial intelligence, how will future generations be impacted?

With 15 free-to-attend festivals taking place across the country, including Space Fest 2023, Circus Science by the Sea Festival, Kerry Science Festival 2023 ‐ Being Human in Today’s World, and “C’mere Till I Tell Ye” Dublin STEM Festival, there is something for all ages and interests.

Speaking at the launch of Science Week, Minister Harris said, “Science week is always a great opportunity to have people engage with science and research through fun, engaging and interactive events. I am delighted that my Department continues to fund such informative and thought provoking events. As humans, our activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will help shape the future of innovation, progress, and the betterment of society.”

“We know our society faces many challenges but I believe through research, science and innovation we will be better equipped to face these head on. Science Week 2023 also provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the impact that developments in STEM have on future generations – both the marvels and possibilities, while also considering the responsibility to mitigate potential pitfalls and ethical dilemmas. I would encourage everyone to take part in Science Week, by attending a festival or event and get involved in the stimulating fun and animated conversations on offer this week aiming to shape our collective future.”

Commenting on Science Week, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Philip Nolan, said, “science has a profound impact on individuals, society, and the world at large in a multitude of ways; from technological advancement to healthcare and medicine, environmental conservation, food production, and entertainment. Science Week 2023 will explore these themes and more, while we reflect on what it means to be human in today’s world and what lies ahead for future generations. Critical to the success of Science Week is the growing community of dedicated volunteers across the country who work tirelessly on delivering stimulating activities each year. We are truly thankful for their commitment to passionately promoting science among the general public. We encourage everyone to get involved in Science Week, whether at your local festival, online on social media, or with friends and family.”

Science Week 2023 will take place from 12th-19th November. For more information on how to get involved, please visit and also follow developments using the hashtag #scienceweek.

Source: Science Foundation Ireland

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