SciFest 2020 Virtual National Final Programme

The SciFest 2020 Virtual National Final took place on a specially commissioned online platform from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 November. The programme included talks and presentations from a range of eminent speakers, including Nobel Laueate Prof. William C Campbell and Prof. Luke O'Neill, culminating in a live awards ceremony on the Saturday afternoon.

The platform remains live and the full programme may be viewed here:




Thursday, 19 November

7.00 p.m.
Introdction: MC Philip Smyth

7.05 p.m. - 7.10.p.m.
Maya Ajmera: President & CEO at Society for Science & the Public and Publisher, Science News
A Global Perspective

7.10 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Prof. Shane O’Mara: Professor of Experimental Brain Research, Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences

In Praise of Walking: The New Science of How We Walk and Why It's Good For Us

Friday, 20 November

10.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.
Sue McGrath: aka ‘Scientific Sue’: Founder and CEO of Science2Life

Bubble Science

10.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.
Prof. Laoise McNamara: Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, National University of Ireland Galway

Close to the Bone: Research from Different Perspectives at the Interface Between Engineering and Biology

11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Prof. Aoife McLysaght: Molecular Evolution Lab, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin

How New Stuff Happens: The Evolution of New Genes

11.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
Prof. Niamh Nic Daéid: Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS), University of Dundee

Making Science Useful in the Real World – a Story of Forensic Science

12.00 p.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Dr Ruth Freeman: Director of Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland

Choosing Our Future – Why Our Voices Matter

1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.
IOP Physics Panel – Chair, Dr Yvonne Kavanagh, Institute of Technology Carlow, Chair of IOP Ireland Committee

Supporting Young People to Change the World

2.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Prof. Luke O’Neill: School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin

COVID19: An Update

3.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Aláine Lee: SciFest Alumna 2014

From SciFest to the South Pacific: My Journey as an Early Career Scientist

3.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Dr Norah Patten: International Space University

From Ireland to Space

7.00 p.m. - 7.20 p.m.
Prof. William C Campbell, Nobel Laureate

In Conversation with Dr Claire O’Connell

7.20 p.m. - 8.00
Dr David Robert Grimes: Dublin City University

Situation Critical - Why Critical Thinking Has Never Been More Important

Saturday, 21 November

11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Sue McGrath: aka ‘Scientific Sue’: Founder and CEO of Science2Life

Bubble Science

11.30 a.m. - 11.40 a.m.
Dr Shane Bergin: Assistant Professor, School of Education, University College Dublin

Impacts of Informal Learning on Students, Parents and Teachers

11.40 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
SciFest Alumni Panel – Chair, Dr Claire O’Connell

2.00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: MC Philip Smyth

2.05 p.m. - 2.10 p.m.
An International Shoutout for SciFest

2.10 p.m. - 2.20 p.m.
Prof. Brian MacCraith: Former President of Dublin City University and Chair of SciFest Board

2.20 p.m. - 2.25 p.m.
Margie McCarthy: Head of Education & Public Engagement at Science Foundation Ireland

2.25 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Timothy McGrath, SciFest SFI STEM Champion 2019

2.30 p.m. - 2.40 p.m.
Ms Norma Foley, TD: Minister for Education and Skills

2.40 p.m. Presentation of Awards

  • Excellence in STEM Awards
  • SciFest Scientist of the Future Award
  • ISTA Award
  • THEA Award
  • SciFest Life Sciences Award
  • Intel Technology Award
  • Specsavers Making a Difference Grand Award Runner-up
  • Specsavers Making a Difference Grand Award
  • Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award Runner-up
  • Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award
  • Berlin Long Night of Science Award
  • SciFest SFI STEM Runner-up
  • SciFest SFI STEM Champion 2020
  • Teacher of Excellence Award

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08 2023
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12 2023
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13 2023
SciFest@School in Nord Anglia International School, Leopardstown, Dublin 18
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