UCD Conway Institute Science Engages Public and Society

University College Dublin’s Conway Institute’s four public outreach initiatives, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, have reached over 4,500 pre-university students. Science Alive, Science Works, Science Track and Access Science have devised interactive lectures, poster competitions, and hands-on laboratory workshops bringing together postgraduate students with primary and second level students. UCD post-grads are challenged to explain their research without the use of any scientific jargon. Second level students from as far away as Monaghan and Kerry travelled to attend UCD science awareness events and participate in actual laboratory projects. Science Track, a joint venture with Iarnrod Éireann engaged secondary and primary school students in a science-themed competitions with winning entries displayed on the DART for as many as 100,000 people per day to see. www.ucd.ie/conway10years/impacting_society.html

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