Science Festival urges people to stop and ask

Science Festival urges people to stop and ask

Reed Barry plays in the unusually mild weather by Páirc Uí Chaoimh at the launch of Cork Science Festival, which includes demonstration about the frequency of extreme weather events and link to climate change. The festival runs from November 11-18 across a number of locations. Picture Clare Keogh 

WHAT would happen to the world if there were no insects? Why are some people double-jointed?

These questions and more will be part of the upcoming Cork Science Festival, taking place next week as part of Science Week.

Science Foundation Ireland is calling on the people of Cork to 'Stop and Ask' questions about the world around them as part of national Science Week 2018. Running from November 11-18, the Cork Science Festival's aim is to bring science to the fore of the public’s minds through fun, engaging and interactive events.

Part of this is the #StopAndAsk campaign, which is now in its second year. It asks people to explore the world around them, ask questions and uncover new things. People can take to social media and ask questions using the hashtag #StopAndAsk and keep an eye out online to see if it is answered.

Last year, the scientific community came together to answer a range of questions, including 'why do onions make me cry?' and 'how do wireless phone chargers work?'

The #StopAndAsk campaign is not the only interactive element to the week, with hundreds of events set to take place across the country; those in Cork that are not to be missed include:

- Celebrate Science; Sunday 11 November from 12pm to 5pm at the Western Gateway Building in UCC.

- Gut Health, Fitness and Performance; APC Forum on Monday 12 November at 7.30pm at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

- The Science of Beer Brewery Tour; Monday 12 November and Thursday 15 November at 7pm and 8.30pm at the Rising Sons microbrewery on Cornmarket Street.

- The Blackrock Castle Observatory Open Night; Friday 16 November at 7pm at the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

The number of events mean that there is something there for all ages and interests. 

To find out more about what is taking place near you during Science Week visit

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