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Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store at the UCD Festival 2018 on Saturday 9 June.

Please note – this schedule may change – please continue to check the website for up to date scheduling information

Entrepreneurship - Exploring the Opportunities for Women to Initiate and Lead Businesses

O'Reilly Hall 2
| This event is from 14:30 - 15:30 pop in at any time.

Nova UCD and the Quinn Business School present ‘Entrepreneurship – exploring the opportunities for women to initiate and lead businesses’.

Meet some of Ireland’s most dynamic female entrepreneurs and find out how they turned their bright ideas into successful businesses and hear about the challenges they overcame along the way. We are delighted to have UCD alumnus, entrepreneur and a​uthor Sean Gallagher lead the conversation.


Connect to Communicate - Having Difficult Conversations

O'Reilly Hall 2
| This event is from 12:30 - 14:00 pop in at any time.

Presented by UCD Research Public Engagement and Ireland’s leading Science Communicator Dr Niamh Shaw.

This 90 minute communication masterclass is a fun and vibrant way of learning how do manage difficult conversations at home and at work. This communications masterclass is open to all. Using theatre games, exercises and bespoke role-play scenarios, you will learn from observing as well as participating in this self-directed workshop to help you with that difficult conversation, landing your message with impact and empathy.

These workshops are limited to 25 participants.

Family Fun Zone

Belfield Campus
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

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. Enjoy jugglers, the reading tent, face painters, creative workshops, performances and demonstrations and the hugely popular Festival Train is back.

All entertainment is free of charge.

The Sports Zone

Belfield Campus
| This event is from 12:00 - 14:30 pop in at any time.

Get active and join us at the sport zone beside the student centre where UCD Sport & Fitness in partnership with UCD GAA and UCD & Leinster Rugby will have a series of mini drills for kids of all ages to enjoy. Running from 12-2.30 – check the schedule for full details.

​Anyone for tennis? why not enjoy some tennis coaching from 1pm to 2.30 and join the ​UCD Staff & Postgraduate Tennis Club at the tennis courts, come along to try out your tennis skills with Tennis Ireland coach Nicki Herbert. Short lessons and fun games for all the family. Sign up at the courts – racquets and balls provided.

Teddy Bear's Hospital

O'Reilly Hall (Stretch tent)
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

Children are invited to bring along their teddy bear or doll for a health check! This is a fun opportunity for children to interact with a healthcare professional, play with some toy medical equipment and help in performing a Teddy bear/doll health check.

Engineering and Technology Zone

Engineering & Technology Zone
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

Come and check out the Microsoft Engineering & Technology zone in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science where the fun, interactive and hands-on programme will inspire young (and old) to learn about the world around us and discover the many roles of an engineer.

The exciting line up features; 3D printing, Drones, the world of Virtual Reality, engineering catapults and spaghetti bridges, helmet design.

Warning: Not to be missed.

UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture

Belfield Campus
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

Step back in time at the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture. Experience a Mesolithic house, an Early Medieval Irish Roundhouse and a Dublin Viking House. You can also enjoy demonstrations of ancient metal working, foods, crafts and wood carving. There will be hands-on archaeology activities for younger visitors, including a kid’s dig.

Evolution of Land Plants Garden

UCD O'Brien Centre for Science Quad
| This event is from 12:00 - 16:00 pop in at any time.

The Evolutionary Garden was built in UCD to be used as an outdoor classroom that can be used to teach plant evolution to UCD students and visitors.

(This garden won Gold at Bloom 2016 for Best Concept Garden.)

MoLI presents "In Kate’s Words - Actor Kathy Rose O'Brien"

Student Centre (Cinema)
| This event is from 13:30 - pop in at any time.

Actor Kathy Rose O’Brien imagines a conversation with her grand-aunt, author and UCD alumnus Kate O’Brien.

Kate O’Brien was, in the first half of the 20th century, one of Ireland’s most well known novelists. A UCD graduate, she did not enjoy success at home – her works, pioneering in their exploration of female sexuality and homosexuality, were banned in the Catholic Ireland of the time. In association with the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Kate’s grand-niece Kathy Rose will read from a selection of Kate’s writing in search of answers on feminism, performance and how to possibly exist (and survive) as a female Irish artist.

Kathy Rose O’Brien studied at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin before training as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has performed on stages across London, Dublin and the United States and is regularly heard on RTÉ radio. Encouraged by her father she studied Spanish during her convent school education and shares a love and understanding of the Spanish language with her forebear. Eager for a deeper connection with – and guidance from – such a dynamic and independent individual as the award-winning and banned 20th century Irish author Kate O’Brien, Kathy Rose will perform some excerpts from her work, hoping to engage with Kate on the question of how much we value the female perspective and how, if at all, we tell her myriad and fascinating stories.


Family Fun LEGO® Education

| This event is from 12:00 - 16:00 pop in at any time.

‘Play is the highest form of research’ (Albert Einstein).

Family fun at UCD Research, a day of inspiration and creativity using LEGO® Education bricks. Get creative with the kids in the free play zone for little ones or try build a robot with programmable LEGO® Education systems. Have tonnes of fun exploring mechanics, engineering and much more through the use of LEGO® Education.

UCD Festival International Food Fair

Belfield Campus
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

In partnership with Irish Village Markets, sample a range of international culinary delights at our International Food Fair! Visitors can purchase dishes from the USA, Thailand, Korea, Europe, Middle East and Ireland.

The Big Questions

Belfield Campus
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

A number of thought provoking talks are scheduled for the day.

The Philosophers’ Café will host philosophers from UCD School of Philosophy who will discuss free will, human consciousness, moral certainty, political power and other topics in a lively and informal setting.

Other sessions include:

  • Votail 100
  • Women’s writings, present and future
  • Education for the 4th Revolution – will our children be prepared?
  • The Dilemma Cafe
  • Female Entrepreneurs in the start-up ecosystem

Arts & Culture

Belfield Campus
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

Dive into a host of exciting and interactive events.

Make music in the sunshine with the Gamelan workshops. Join the UCD School of Linguistics as they explore and find out why some foreign language books made it big in translation, from Asterix to Le Petit Prince and Tin Tin to Peig Sayers. Explore the National Folklore Collection UCD, an institute recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral tradition and cultural history, and inscribed in 2017 to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.


Belfield Campus
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

Enjoy performances from Bollywood Dancers, Dancing Dragons, Taiko Drummers, Seanos Dancers, Battle of the Bands, and the UCD Community Choir.

Science & Innovation

Belfield Campus
| This event is from 12:00 - 18:00 pop in at any time.

Get your hands on the science as UCD scientists and students take you on a voyage of discovery. Reach out into the future and then travel back in time and with interactive activities
that show how we expand boundaries of knowledge every day on campus.

Check out Intel’s innovative science with virtual reality and drones

  • Experience physics in action in the Physics Tent in the Science Quad from 12pm – 6pm
  • Meet the UCD Space Science group and hear about the EIRSAT-1 mission and the miniature space satellite being developed and tested in UCD at the George Moore Auditorium at 12.30pm
  • Go on a ‘Journey through Ireland through time’ with activities, stories and imagery that intrigue and amaze

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