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Science on Screen Film Festival Talks

Here is the schedule of talks and panel discussions for our festival.
They will be available here and also on the Science on Screen Facebook page.



How to View the Discussions, Q & As and opening and Closing Ceremony

These events will be streamed to the festival Facebook page at the scheduled time in programme. Once streamed, the events will still be available on that page.

Also, shortly after streaming, they will become available at Registration is necessary to access this page. Choose a talk and click the RENT button. Type in your name and email address, choose a password and you are registered. Then the talk is added to your library.

To access your library, go to login with your registration details. Click on your name and a drop down tab appears with ‘library’ as an option. Your talks are stored there.

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

Schedule of Talks

Thursday November 5th



Science on Screen Festival Launch – with Kathriona Devereux


Panel Discussion

‘Diversity and Participation in STEM’

Panellists discuss what it means to write a new chapter for scientists from increasingly diverse backgrounds. Disclaimer: This panel will discuss include discussion of a documentary which contains some adult content, e.g. themes of sexual harassment, bullying and adult language. Viewer discretion is advised.

Chair: Dr Marian Boland

Panellists: Dr Shaun O’Boyle, Dr Gemma Irvine, Prof. Merrilyn Goos, Dr. Fiona Malone

Note: This panel discussion will include Sign Language

Friday November 6th



Ask a Scientist Q & A in partnership with ReelLIFE SCIENCE

Primary school students from across Ireland have sent us their burning questions about science and two students from Gaelscoil Ríabhach are going to put these questions to three leading scientists.

Chairs: Áine Nic Dheá and  Eoghan Ó Maoláin

Panellists: Prof. Matt Griffin, Prof. Laoise McNamara, Dr. Sheena Fennell

For those, who do not have access to Facebook, this talk will be available here  from 12.20pm, Friday November 6th.


Mending Legends Q & A

Chair: Orla Higgins

Panellists: Paul Webster 


A Tiny Spark Q & A

Chair: Orla Higgins

Panellists: Niamh Heery, Rebecca Slattery, Dr. Karen Doyle

Saturday November 7th



The Patient Effect Q & A

Chair: Orla Higgins

Panellists: Mia Mullarkey, Martha Killilea, Cameron Keighron


Bittersweet Q & A

Chair: Orla Higgins

Panellists: Prof. David Brayden, Hugh Rodgers, Luke and Margaret Fahy


Sunday November 8th



Panel Discussion

‘An Island of Storytellers and Scientists’

Delve into the important relationship between storytelling and science with our broad range of panellist experiences across diverse disciplines.

Chair: Gary Granville

Panellists: Dr Richard Roche, Anne Cleary and Dennis Connolly, Emer Reynolds, Fr Michael Connolly

Note: This panel discussion will include sign language



Feats of Modest Valour Q & A

Chair: Orla Higgins

Panellists: Alice McDowell, Dr. Eilís Dowd, Milena Lulic





 Judge’s Award for Short Film Competition presented by Kathriona Devereux