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UCD Festival 2022 includes Biodiversity Trail and Earth Institute members' events

Published: Wednesday, 01 June, 2022

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The UCD Festival, which takes place on Saturday 11 June, is a fun-filled day and showcases the very best of UCD through performances, engaging talks, hands-on science, interactive exhibits and so much more.

Woodland Walk for UCD Festival Biodiversity Trail, by University College Dublin/Vincent Hoban
University College Dublin/Vincent Hoban

Together with UCD Research, we’ve put together a Biodiversity Trail, a multimedia guided tour of the campus with UCD’s biodiversity and ecology experts, many of them Earth Institute Members.  The Biodiversity Trail event also includes a Pollinator Citizen Science event with bee researcher Alison O’Reilly where people can learn all about pollinator insects and their favourite flowers, and contribute real data to the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

Tickets can be booked here or the audio trail can be listened to or downloaded from our website.

A number of other Earth Institute members are also organising UCD Festival events including:

Mary Kelly-Quinn, What Lies Beneath at Science Concourse

Come and see the wonderful range of amazing insects and other invertebrate life that live in our rivers. Look at them close up under a microscope, learn how to identify some of the types and how they can be used to tell whether the river is clean or polluted.

Brian Tobin, Social Bees at the Science Quad

Honeybees, like many bee species, live in social groups but they take this to an ultimate level. This presentation will give attendees an opportunity to get up- close-and-personal with busy honeybees and have a intimate view of how life looks like inside a honeybee colony. Families and children especially welcome.

Aidan O'Sullivan, (Re)creating the Past at UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology at UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Materials Culture

Smell medieval bread being baked in a reconstructed clay-built bread oven. Visit the ongoing reconstruction of an early medieval post-and-wattle roundhouse and learn how women in medieval Ireland made cloth from wool and flax. These and other archaeological activities can be seen at UCD’s globally unique Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture (CEAMC).

Elena Keany & Conor Buggy UCD Community Choir, Songs From The Movies at Main Stage, Family Fun Zone, 4-5pm

Following the success of a pop-up choir event at UCD’s inaugural Festival in 2016, UCD established a Community Choir. The choir is comprised of current and retired staff and has become a much loved feature at many UCD events and International Conferences. This year the choir perform “Songs From The Movies” featuring songs from the big screen.

Joanna Kacprzyk, Evolution of Land Plants Outdoor Classroom at Evolution Garden, Science Quad

In order to understand the plants of today we first need to study the evolutionary forces that shaped them. To facilitate this, staff at UCD created an outdoor classroom in the form of a themed garden. Join us to take a stroll through 500 million years of plant evolution!

Francesco Pilla, Geodesign Games for Families at UCD Engineering Hub

We need your help to fight climate change! Join our Minecraft workshop to design environmentally-friendly ways to protect our homes and improve your local area. Ages 10+ but suitable for young and old! Minecraft experts and newbies all welcome.

All events are free to attend so book your place today for a day of thinking, creating, innovating and fun making!