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This year’s ‘Science on Screen Film Festival’ will take place in November 2021


Ireland’s first science film festival, the ‘Science on Screen Film Festival’ an exciting new annual
event, takes place annually in November. The Festival will showcase the best of
science in film. The 2020 festival incorporated themes of representation and diversity in science,
public trust in science and the value of art-science collaborations. The festival is a partnership
between CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices based at NUI Galway and Galway
Film Centre. Events are free, but tickets are limited and registration is necessary.

‘How to’ Guide to the Festival

Due to COVID restrictions, our inaugural film festival takes place online. Please note that due to restrictions the films can only be viewed in the Republic of Ireland. The Q&As however can be viewed from the world over.

The following Q & As are here to guide you on how to have the best festival experience.
The full programme can be viewed here. You can register for films and events here.

How can I book tickets to the films?

All films are free to view but tickets are limited. Registration is necessary. Go to to book tickets. Choose a film and click the RENT button. Type in your name and email address, choose a password and you are registered. Then the film is added to your library.

How can I watch the films?

You can view the film any time from when it is scheduled in the programme. To access your library, go to and login with your registration details. Click on your name and a drop down tab appears with ‘library’ as an option. Your films are stored there.

The film stays in your library for 5 days from the date of streaming. Once you press play, you have 30 hours to watch the film as many times as you like. Note: Films can no longer be viewed after November 13th.

Any questions?

Email technical questions to Email questions about our programme to

How can I view the Q & As, Panel Discussions and Opening and Closing Ceremonies?

All of these events will be streamed to the festival facebook page at the scheduled time in the programme.

You can view full schedule of talks here.


Picture a Scientist is a feature length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science.

Atlantic is the second documentary film from the makers of the award winning documentary The Pipe (2010). The film charts the politics of resource management of the North Atlantic; from strong State control in Norway, mixed fortunes in Newfoundland, to a more liberal, privatised system in Ireland.