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NI Science Festival 2018.....

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 09:00 to Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 17:00

The Open University is taking part in the NI Science Festival for the fourth year. Take a look at what we have in store from the 15-25 February. Hope to see you there! 


Curious eyes in the sky 

Thursday 15 February, 13.00-14.00

Ulster Museum, Belfast BT9 5AB 

Curious eye in the sky

Have you ever wondered how beautiful the Earth looks from space? Join Dr Armando Marino for an interactive talk on the science of Earth Observation (EO), the skill of making sense of our Earth using satellite sensors. Come along to see what the satellites get to see!

This event is SOLD OUT but please contact to be added to the reserve list.


Who stole the car? A crime scene investigation

Saturday 17 February, 11.00am-12.00pm

The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN 

Mother and son

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of car theft but all three say that they are innocent. There are no witnesses but crime scene investigators have found fibres on the car seats. Using well-known forensic techniques, join members of The Open University’s School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences, and let’s work out who stole the car!

This event is SOLD OUT but please contact to be added to the reserve list.


Yuck! that's disgusting!

Sunday 18 February, 15.00-16.00

The Black Box, 18.22 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA 


Join Dr Rachel McMullan from The Open University as we explore the origins of disgust. Using live demonstrations and audience experiments let’s find out together how the behaviour of humans, macaques and even worms protects them from disease and why the things that make you feel disgusted could actually be protecting you. 

This event is SOLD OUT but please contact to be added to the reserve list.


Dr Megaphone's Irish Jaunt

Saturday 24 February, 11.00am-12.00pm

Ulster Museum, Belfast, BT9 5AB

Dr MegaPhone

Join engineer Ian Johnston (Dr Megaphone) from The Open University, singer-songwriter Alan McClure and long-suffering demonstrator Sandy the Science Boy for a journey in words, pictures, music and live experiments through Ireland’s history in science, technology and engineering. Learn about hurricanes, diving bells and a cat that may, or may not, be alive.

This event is SOLD OUT but please contact to be added to the reserve list.


How loud can you shout?

Thursday 15 - Saturday 17 February, 10.00-16.00 and Sunday 18 February, 13.00-16.00

Foyleside Shopping Centre, Orchard Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6XY 

How loud can you shout

Come along to The Open University sound booth to shout as loud as you can! See how loud you can shout and compare yourself to other day-to-day sounds such as the traffic or construction drills. 

Free. Drop in. 





Extra Sensory Powers & Unlocking Secret Codes 

Sutiablility: Key Stage 3

Schools in DCSDC region 

Free. Book via 

Extra Sensory powers and unlocking secret codes

Do you have extra sensory powers (ESP) or have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to crack a secret code, designed to keep prying eyes out? Join Dr Gerry Golding from The Open University in a workshop to explore how maths, throughout the years, has helped uncover hidden codes. Come and discover if you have the power to predict the future or have what it takes to crack our codes.

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Upcoming events

Nov 6

Migration: Who is a migrant? Experience the realities

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00

The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ

Nov 7

Who are we? Art, migration and democracy

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 12:00 to 14:00

The MAC Belfast, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast BT1 2NJ

Reflections on the Good Friday Agreement

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:30

The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GN

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