UCD Science Events

For alumni, industry, partners, and the general public UCD Science organises a wide range of events, which include:

Public lectures; Science themed open days / family days; Alumni events; Science inspired arts events; UCD Science focussed showcases and workshops for industry and sector bodies.

For prospective students, UCD Science offers several education related events each year. 

Upcoming Events

At present there are no events scheduled.

Past Events

UCD Science at UCD Festival 2016

Saturday, 18th June 2016, 11am -3pm

Inaugural UCD Festival 2016, UCD Belfield Campus: UCD Science would like to thank everyone, alumni, staff and the public, who joined us in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science in such large numbers.  Our programme was hugely successful and we were delighted to witness the enthusiasm of so many young people, families and friends, when interacting with our team of volunteers, both staff and students, who dedicated their time to shareing their passion for science with visitors.  

Watch our Festival 2016 video

Experience our Festival 2016 on flickr

Register you interest in our UCD Festival 2017

Launch of UCD Science Showcase Volume 3

Launch of new publication, December 2nd 2015

UCD O'Brien Centre for Science East

UCD Science was delighted to celebrate the launch of its latest Showcase with colleagues and friends. Professor Mark Rogers, UCD Registrar and Deputy President, did the honours and presented each academic featured with first copies of this publication.
 "I’m very pleased that this 3rd Showcase continues to highlight the diversity and depth of talent in the College of Science. It is also a wonderful means of letting the public understand the quality and impact of the College’s research and teaching." says Prof Joe Cathy, Principal of the UCD College of Science.

About this publication

Photo of launch

Left to right: Dr Jens Carlsson, Dr Tasman Crowe, Prof Mark Rogers, Dr Gavin Stewart, Dr Cormac Murphy, Dr Orina Belton,    Dr Vladimir Lobaskin, Dr James Sweeney, Dr Tadhg O'Croinin

The following academics featured in the UCD Science Showcase Volume 3 were unfortunatelly not able to attend the event: Dr Hilary McMahon, Dr Jana Haase, Dr Aggeliki Georgiopoulou.

Light & Shadow

Public Event, 23rd May 2015

At Light & Shadow UCD Science invited alumni, staff and the public  to the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science to celebrate 2015, International Year of Light and demonstrated how light influences all aspects of our life through an exciting programme of talks, demonstrations, displays, installations and film screenings. Ireland’s favourite weather presenter RTE’s Evelyn Cusack delivered the key note public address to get the day started with ‘Light(s), Camera, Action…’.


Species without Borders: Science, Politics, Economics and Human Factors

29th October 2014,  UCD Science in Society - Public Lecture with expert pannell discussion

Science | Politics | Wildlife Conservation | International Negotiations |  International Treaties | Environment | Economic Factors | Human Factors | Atlantic Salmon Management | NASCO |


Professor Ken Whelan provided background to the Buckland Foundation and the Buckland Professorships. He outlined some of NASCO’s recent work on researching why such a significant proportion of Atlantic salmon are dying at sea. His brief talk included clips from a soon to be launched film: Atlantic Salmon Lost at Sea.

Buckland Foundation Lecture

"Species without Borders: Science, Politics, Economics and Human Factors" by Malcolm Windsor, OBE, former Secretary of NASCO

Panel-led Discussion

The Buckland Lecture was followed by a panel led discussion on the role and function of international wildlife conservation and management bodies – do they work? ….are they effective? ….  if not why not? …how can they be improved?   

Professor Frank Convery, UCD Earth Institute and Chief Economist with the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, chaired both the Buckland Lecture and this important debate.  

Panel  members included:

  • Frank Convery – Chair (Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund, New York and UCD )
  • Ken Whelan – (UCD and AST)
  • Eamon Ryan – (Leader of the Green Party)
  • Éanna Ni Lamhna – (RTE, Tree Council of Ireland and An Taisce)
  • Liam Lysaght – (Director National Biodiversity Data Centre)
  • Ronan Long – (Prof of Law and the Marine - Jean Monnet Chair European Law, NUIG)
  • Ciaran O’Keeffe – (Principal Officer - National Parks and Wildlife Service / NPWS,  Science & Biodiversity) 


Science 50

7th June 2014, UCD Science Alumni event open to the public

Celebrating 50 years of Science on Belfield Campus, Science 50 invited our science alumni, with their families, back to meet former lecturers, tour the new UCD O'Brien Centre for Science and experience the recent developments in UCD Science.  We welcomed over 700 people to Science 50 in the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science on Saturday the 7th of June. The crowd, aged between zero and 82 were entertained with showcase activities such as a chemical garden, an LED Suit and testing the DNA in bananas.

The Fireside Chat, a conversation led by former staff and students about UCD Science in 1964, was very popular.