The Patron of SciFest is Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
SciFest is greatly honoured that President Higgins has agreed to be the project’s sole Patron. The President’s patronage is recognition of the hard work and dedication of the teachers who support and encourage their students to develop and exhibit their science and technology projects and to those teachers who also organise their own in-house SciFest@School fairs. It is also recognition of the work of the staffs of the third level colleges who give freely of their time and expertise to organise the 16 SciFest@College events, to act as judges at these events and to ensure that the students who participate in the events have the best possible experience on the day.
SciFest's vision is that every second level student, irrespective of their ability, background or circumstances, gets the chance to enjoy science in a way that empowers them to lead a fulfilling personal life in an increasingly technological society and contributes to a strong 21st century Ireland.
SciFest STEM fairs take place locally in schools and regionally in the Institutes of Technology, DCU and St Mary's College in Derry. Winning projects from the regional fairs go on to participate in a national final in Dublin. Winners from the national final represent Ireland on the international stage where they have won a total of 11 awards in the past six years.