SciFest National Final 2021

The SciFest National Final 2021 can be viewed at The website includes all details of the finalists projects, a page to
SciFest National Final 2021

The SciFest National Final 2021 can be viewed at The website includes all details of the finalists projects, a page to view student videos for the STEM Outreach Award, full details of the programme and the link for the live Awards Ceremony which took place on Saturday the 27th November.

SciFest National Final Took Place Virtually for the Second Year Running

The National Final of SciFest, Ireland’s largest and most prestigious second-level STEM fair programme, took place virtually on 26th and 27th November 2021. 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 gathered 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, the SciFest STEM Champion 2021, was announced on Saturday 27th November. This award included 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 included 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 also included a special competition for selected winners of the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award.

The Projects

The SciFest 2021 National Final attracted both Irish and international audiences. Visitors were 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

The SciFest National Final 2021 can be seen below. For more information on the speakers and their talks please follow the Read more links.

To view the talks please click on the icon in the View column. All talks are now available for viewing.

Friday 26 November
Speaker Title ooDetails View
7.30 p.m. Dr Niamh Shaw, Irish engineer, scientist, writer and performer Welcome to the SciFest National Final 2021 Read more view eye.png
7.35 p.m.

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

Adding the A to STEM Read more Picture2.png
7.50 p.m.

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

Life of a Performance Nutritionist Read more Picture2.png
Saturday 27 November
Speaker Title ooDetails View
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 Read more Picture2.png
11.00 a.m.

Saorlaith Ní Shuibhne, DBFL Consulting Engineers

Honest Advice From Real Engineers Read more Picture2.png
11.15 a.m.

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

Making Chemistry Accessible to All Read more Picture2.png

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 Read more Picture2.png

12.00 p.m.

John Doran, Educator, Author, TEDx Speaker

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12.20 p.m.

Dr Éanna Ní Lamhna, Environmentalist, Broadcaster and Author

The Vital role of Trees in Combatting Climate Change Read more Picture2.png


Speaker Title ooDetails View

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 Read more Picture2.png

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 Read more Picture2.png

2.50 p.m.

Megan McDermott, Boston Scientific Galway (Chair)

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

SciFest Alumni Panel Discussion Read more Picture2.png

4.00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony


Introduction: Dr Stephen Davitt

Science Communicator

SciFest 2021 International Shoutout

Prof. David FitzPatrick

President of TU Dublin and Chair of the Board of SciFest CLG

Caoimhín O'Leary

SciFest STEM Champion 2020

Ms Norma Foley, TD

Minister for Education

Presentation of Awards

Details of the awards being presented may be viewed here

  • SciFest Excellence in STEM Awards
  • Boston Scientific Excellence in STEM Awards
  • Regeneron ISEF Regional Awards
  • SciFest Scientist of the Future Award
  • ISTA Award
  • THEA Award
  • SciFest Life Sciences Award
  • SciFest Social Sciences Award
  • SciFest STEM Outreach Award
  • Intel Technology Award
  • Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award Runner-up
  • Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award
  • Berlin Long Night of Science Award
  • SciFest STEM Champion 2021 Runner-up Award
  • SciFest STEM Champion 2021
  • Teacher of Excellence Award

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SciFest@School in Sandymount Park Educate Together Secondary School, Beech Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4
27 2022
SciFest@School in Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Cork
09 2022
SciFest@School in St. Raphaela's Secondary School, St. Raphaela’s Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
10 2022
SciFest@School in St Andrews College, Booterstown Ave, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Michael D. Higgins, Patron of SciFest
SciFest is a registered charity.

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