Looking to create, invent, discover and explore the past, present and future? Join us on 9 June at the UCD Festival.
From 12pm until 6pm UCD opens our doors and our campus, inviting visitors of all ages to let loose their imaginations. With eight festival zones and 90 free events to enjoy, there’s plenty to choose from in a jam-packed day of hands-on fun.
Reach back into the past at the Vótáil 100 event where significant anniversaries are examined and reach forward into the future as you encounter interactive technologies and artificial intelligence at the Science and Innovation Zone.
Pose the big questions, finding out more about diverse views and life experiences with talks and debates. Past speakers included Jim Sheridan, Sinead Cusack, Marina Carr, Martina Fitzgerald, Grainne Humphreys, Senator Michael McDowell and Breege O’Donoghue and this year’s speakers include Alison Cowzer, Madeline Kane, Senator Ivana Bacik, Emilie Pine, Sarah Davis-Goff and Dr. Niamh Shaw.
Immerse yourself in one of Ireland’s richest cultures by visiting UCD’s Folklore Collection, an institute recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral tradition and cultural history, which was inscribed in 2017 to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
Jump into the Family Fun zone where UCD Sport and Fitness Centre are hosting a range of high octane activities for the whole family to enjoy. There will be tennis coaching, rugby and GAA mini-drills at the sports zone and the hugely popular Festival Train is back.
Discover more about Women in Architecture through the ages at the exhibition hosted by UCD’s architecture students.
Equip yourself to manage difficult conversations at home and at work by taking part in Niamh Shaw’s Communication Masterclass “Connect to Communicate”. Open to all with theatre games, exercises and role-play scenarios, this fun activity will help you land your message with impact and empathy.
Get close to the latest advances in Science, Engineering, Innovation and Technology with an inspiring, interactive programme of events. Highlights include tours of the O’Brien Centre for Science state-of-the-art facilities, hands-on science demonstrations, creative workshops, drones, activity trails, experiments, the College of Sciences living classroom and Ireland’s first satellite.
Find out where your imagination can take you by joining us and enjoy a great free day out.