SciFest National Final 2021

SciFest National Final 2021

The SciFest National Final 2021 dedicated website is now live! The website includes all details of the finalists projects, a page to vote for your favourite student video for the STEM Outreach Award, full details of the programme and the link for the live Awards Ceremony at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday the 27th November The website address is

SciFest National Final to Take Place Virtually for the Second Year Running

We are excited to announce that the National Final of SciFest, Ireland’s largest and most prestigious second-level STEM fair programme, will take place virtually on 26th and 27th November 2021. Now in its sixteenth year SciFest encourages a love of STEM, is free to enter and open to all second-level students.

The Finalists

At the SciFest National Final award-winning students from the 16 regional SciFest@College STEM fairs will gather online to compete for a number of prestigious awards. Click on this link to view details of the SciFest National Finalists 2021.

The Awards

The overall winner/s, the SciFest STEM Champion/s 2021, will be announced on Saturday 27th November. This award includes an opportunity to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2022 which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia in May. Other awards include the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Hong Kong Global Youth Science and Technology Bowl (GYSTB) 2022 and to attend the Berlin Long Night of Science. The event will also include a special competition for selected winners of the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award.

The Projects

The SciFest 2021 National Final will attract both Irish and international audiences. Visitors will be invited to view the projects online, to vote for their favourite project in the STEM Outreach Award and to connect with this next generation of scientific leaders and innovators.

The Programme

Click on this link to view details

Friday 26 November
Presenter Presentation Title
7.30 p.m. Dr Niamh Shaw, Irish engineer, scientist, writer and performer Welcome to the SciFest National Final 2021
7.45 p.m.

Dr Kandis Boyd Wyatt, Professor, STE(A)M advocate, and Global Speaker, Washington, DC, USA

Adding the A to STEM
8.00 p.m.

Patrick McCarthy, davynutrition, Performance nutritionist from Ireland but based in Boston, USA

Life of a Performance Nutritionist
Saturday 27 November
Presenter Presentation Title
10.30 a.m.

Professor Dave Goulson, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, UK, and Author of numerous books

Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse
11.00 a.m.

Saorlaith Ní Shuibhne, DBFL Consulting Engineers

Honest Advice From Real Engineers
11.15 a.m.

Dr John O’Donoghue, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Education Coordinator for Ireland

Making Chemistry Accessible to All

11.25 a.m.

Sarah Kate Sweeney, SciFest Alumna, SciFest@CIT 2015, Second Year Physics & Astrophysics student in UCC

Advice From Someone Who’s Been There

12.00 p.m.

John Doran, Educator, Author, TEDx Speaker


12.20 p.m.

Dr Éanna Ní Lamhna, Environmentalist, Broadcaster and Author

The Vital role of Trees in Combatting Climate Change


Presenter Presentation Title

2.00 p.m.

Dr Tracy Fanara aka "Inspector Planet", Environmental Engineer and Communications Expert, Staff Scientist and Environmental Health Programs Manager at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FLorida, USA

Water Crisis

2.20 p.m.

Professor Ian Robertson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Co-Director Global Brain Health Institute, Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin

How Confidence Works

2.50 p.m.

Megan McDermott, Boston Scientific Galway (Chair)

Conor Casey, Ellen Fitzgerald, Anna Fidler and Eoin Hayes (Panel)

SciFest Alumni Panel Discussion

4.00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

09 2021
SciFest@School in Stratford College, 1 Zion Rd, Rathgar, Dublin 6
11 2021
SciFest@School in Teen-Turn, The Digital Exchange, Crane St, Dublin 8
17 2021
SciFest@School in Kilkenny City Vocational School, New Street, Kilkenny
25 2022
SciFest@School in Marian College, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Michael D. Higgins, Patron of SciFest
SciFest is a registered charity.

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Michael D. Higgins
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