Thursday, 11 December 2014

Inaugural NI Science Festival set 'to celebrate, educate and engage'


– 11-day festival set to take place February 19 to March 1 2015 –

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry is supporting the inaugural Northern Ireland Science Festival – an inspirational 11-day celebration of science taking place throughout the region next year.
 
The NI Science Festival (http://www.nisciencefestival.com/) - the first large-scale festival celebrating the wonders of science, technology, engineering and maths in Northern Ireland – is due to take place from February 19th to March 1st next year. The extravaganza, which is open to all, will comprise over 70 entertaining and informative events, internationally recognised speakers and will also witness a science-themed Guinness Book of World Record attempt in the Odyssey Arena.
 
According to NI Science Festival Director Chris McCreery the region's “rich heritage in the fields of science, technology and engineering are the equal of any on the world stage” and worthy of recognition.

“We aim to celebrate, educate and engage our next generation of scientists and technology professionals,” he said. 

“Northern Ireland is the home of a whole host of innovations across engineering, physics, aeronautics and health – this festival is all about taking pride in our contribution to science and creating a really engaging celebration suitable for folks of all ages and levels of knowledge.” 
 
According to the recent NISP Connect 2014 Knowledge Economic Index report, Northern Ireland has one of the fastest growing knowledge economies in the UK - growing at a rate of 33% over the past five years.
 
According to the Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry “skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will be key drivers behind Northern Ireland's economy in the 21st century.”
 
Dr Farry said: “In order to grow an innovative and competitive economy, it is vital that we enthuse our young people to study and pursue a career in STEM in Northern Ireland. I am pleased to support the first ever Science Festival in Northern Ireland which will showcase STEM skills, careers, initiatives and talent from Northern Ireland and beyond to a wide ranging audience.
 
“This is another innovative collaboration between Government, employers, academia and our local STEM representatives. My Department has also arranged for several international STEM speakers to deliver presentations and I look forward to these events and the wider festival in February next year.”
 
For further information about the Northern Ireland Science Festival log on tohttp://www.nisciencefestival.com