Cork Discovers has brought research to life in Cork since 2018, as part of European Researchers' Night.
The Europe-wide public event aims to showcase the work of researchers to the public through innovative activities, workshops, talks, games and experiments.
Cork Discovers celebrates the diversity of research that takes place in Cork and the impact that this research has on daily life.
The additional aim of the event is to stimulate interest in research careers among young people.
Cork Discovers is just one of over 50 events taking place across Europe on November 27
On Friday September 27th, 2019, Cork joined 24 other cities across Europe in celebrating European Researchers' night. Cork Discovers 2019 showed off some of the incredible projects that researchers in our local area are working on in fun and creative ways. The day began with 15 hands-on workshops with everything from a chemistry magic show to extracting DNA from a banana. In the afternoon, Cork Public Museum became an archaeology hub inviting curious visitors to reconstruct lifestyles, analyse bones, and make and taste bread and butter in a prehistoric style. Live performances in UCC’s Amphitheatre were MC’d by 96FM’s Ken Tobin and opened up with acrobatics from members of Ireland’s Got Talent finalists, Rebel Acro. At the same time, UCC’s Student Centre was transformed into The Discovery Hall with over 30 experiments and activities demonstrating culture, technology, food and sustainability. Back outside, Professor Griff Rollefsen and the Kabin Studio Krew rapped for fascinated families and aspiring researchers. Across town in Nano Nagle Place, kids were becoming play experts and adults were learning how to make more sustainable food choices at the food choice machine. While the Cork Moon Walk and Cycle Through Time was bringing grown-ups on guided tours of discovery. Back in the Discovery Hall the Lord Mayor arrived to help make medicine and to see the 3D Printer in action. Outside the Cork Migrant Centre Dance Group impressed the crowds with hip hop and Centre Stage School brought the show to a spectacular end. And as night fell over UCC Quad, the Cork Talks speaker series was underway with Deirdre O’Shaughnessy hosting expert panels on topics including crime, cryptocurrency and climate change. Over in CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, research on exoplanets was underway as well as live star gazing with Cork Astronomy Club. And to finish up the night, Bright Club turned researchers into stand-up comedians in a sold out event at An Spailpín Fánach.
On Friday, September 28th 2018, research was brought to life by Cork Discovers. a European Researchers' Night initiative, set up to celebrate researchers and the valuable contributions they make to our society. In 2017, 342 cities and over one million participants took part. In 2018, Cork joined in on the fun with the very first Cork Discovers! The evening was made up of almost 40 events taking place in multiple venues across the city and drawing in more than 2,000 visitors. Researchers shared their passions from Archaeology to Zoology and the range of events proved that research is for everyone. The Exhibition space served up a research platter with a variety of demonstrations on show and there were interactive workshops running in the adjoining spaces. Visitors even had a chance to explore the inside of a gut. We were honoured to have the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, as well as the President of University College Cork, join us at the Western Gateway Building before the President took to his bike to get to the next venue. Guided tours around the city and UCC offered visitors and locals a deeper understanding of the history that surrounds us. Cork Public Museum gave the small ones a chance to learn about the history of bread and butter, while teenagers filled the UCC labs to become forensic detectives and help solve a crime. Nano Nagle Place brought Star Wars to life with a hands-on 3D printing workshop while St Peter's Cork explored the similarities between beer, bread and biotechnology, and Bright Club entertained the later crowd by transforming researchers into stand-up comedians for the night.