Discover the joy of science as annual NI Science Festival returns to the North Coast

Celebrate the science of you, the universe and everything in between as NI Science Festival (NISF) returns to the North Coast.

The annual celebration of all things science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) will returns to venues across Northern Ireland for a jam-packed 11 days of discovery from Thursday 16 – Sunday 26 February.

On Saturday 18 February at Ballycastle Marina, embark on a Historical Wreck Tour, a unique seafaring adventure exploring the maritime history of the many wrecks scattered along the beautiful Causeway Coast, from the modern wrecks of the World Wars to the whiskey smuggling ships and the treasure and history of the Spanish Armada galleass Girona.

Also on Saturday 18 February, join an Ulster University research team at Portrush Harbour for Underwater Robots as they blend marine science and robotics to coordinate a remotely operated vehicle dive that will reveal some of the hidden wonders of our underwater world.

Portrush Playhouse Cinema will host a selection of screenings, including 2040 (Thursday 16 February), a feature documentary that explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions available to us today to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. The cinema will also screen The Snail & the Whale (Saturday 18 February), a joyous, empowering story about the natural wonders of the world and how, no matter how small you are, you can make a difference. Following the event, attendees are invited to visit the Portrush Coastal Zone. With its discovery pools and tanks, along with displays and activities, there’s lots to explore and plenty to learn about Northern Ireland’s marine wildlife and heritage.

Flowerfield Arts Centre will also host a screening as part of the festival. My Year of Living Mindfully (Thursday 16 February) is a documentary filled with compelling stories, interviews with 18 leading scientists and insights that go to the heart of what it means to be human in the 21st century.

Other events taking place at Flowerfield Arts Centre on Saturday 18 February include It’s All in the Mind! How Your Thinking Affects Your Life, a one-day session on positive psychology and cognitive behaviour therapy with Dr Maria Kee, a former consultant psychiatrist and cognitive behaviour therapist, and Introduction to Glaze Chemistry, a masterclass hosted by potter Fiona Shannon.

Commenting on the return of the festival, its director, Sarah Jones, says: “This year’s NI Science Festival extends right across Northern Ireland to spread the joy of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to audiences. We aim to ignite interest in the world around us, to spark conversation and debate, and we hope this year’s programme will create new learning opportunities for festival goers old and new.”

NI Science Festival is supported by the Department for the Economy, Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, British Council Northern Ireland, MCS Group, The Open University NI, Innovate UK, Matrix NI, Film Hub NI, Institute of Physics, Belfast Harbour and Halifax Foundation.

The 2023 NI Science Festival runs 16–26 February. For up to date information about events and bookings, visit nisciencefestival.com. Keep up to date with the festival on social media via FacebookTwitter and YouTube.