Join us for Science Week at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin from November 13th to 20th! We have a packed schedule of talks, demonstrations, tours, botanical art workshops, and interactive experiments to investigate and celebrate plant science!
Our series of talks and demonstrations will cover the diversity of plants from tiny seeds to towering trees, plant dna, how plants work and what technology we use to investigate how plants as planetary engineers have moulded our world. Find out about the ingenious adaptations that have evolved in the plant world. If you are tea drinker or chocolate fan we have just the talks for you – the tea talk includes a tasting and ceremony while at the chocolate talk you might just get to have a nibble! Discover the difference between a moss and a liverwort and then make your own terrarium using some lush green mosses. Find out how we can use 200 year old dried plant specimens to inform us about the past – you will even have an opportunity to try your hand at extracting data from these specimens yourself to add to a national initiative of digitising over 600,000 specimens. We will have a Festival Keynote Lecture on Friday the 18th from Professor Liam Dolan of the Gregor Mendel Institute. Book tickets for the keynote here.
Join our guides on the Bark Life or Biomimicry themed tours to see the abundant plant life in the gardens through a different lens. Experience how science and art crossover in our workshops featuring anthotype print workshop using plant pigments as well as our drop by botanical art workshop especially for kids.
Our careers day on Friday the 18th of November will showcase plant science and plant science careers and we invite secondary school students in particular for this day. We will have demonstrations of experiments and technologies used in plant science as well as some of the exciting research ongoing in this “field”.
We will also have two live experiments in the gardens where families will be encouraged to investigate how plant leaves adapt to the environment they are in. A data capture exercise will be running all week in the herbarium building.