The UCD Festival is back for its third year on Saturday, 9 June 2018 with a jam-packed schedule of multi-disciplinary events against the backdrop of a festival atmosphere on the Belfield campus, including an international food fair and a host of family fun activities. People of all ages are invited to register for tickets to experience this unique festival of creativity, innovation and discovery.

The UCD Festival has become the University’s flagship public engagement event and is unique among Irish third level institutions. The Festival is a free event where the wider UCD community and the public is invited for a wonderful day of events, fascinating talks, interactive science exhibitions and modern technologies, creative workshops and live performances.

The one-day event highlights the innovation, creativity and research that happens on campus, there will plenty to choose from in a day of hands-on fun.

Just some of the highlights from six festival zones and over 100 events include:

Connect 2 Communicate – Having Difficult Conversations – Presented by the UCD Research Public Engagement and Irelands 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.

NovaUCD and Quinn Business School present ‘Female Entrepreneurship – exploring the opportunities for women to initiate and lead businesses.’ Chaired by Sean Gallagher, Author and Entrepreneur, it’s an opportunity to 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.

Join a thought-provoking conversation at “Reimagining Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Will our Children be Prepared?” Hosted by the UCD Innovation Academy, the central question of this panel discussion is “Are we adequately preparing young people to live and work successfully in the 4th Industrial Revolution?”

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the ‘Vótáil 100 – Cad é seo chugainn?’ event will look at the impact this significant anniversary has had on Irish Society but also what needs to be done to bring women forward in politics over the next 100 years. Our MC, Senator Ivana Bacik, will be joined by Catherine Martin TD and others.

Professor Margaret Kelleher from the School of English, Drama and Film will chair a panel titled “Women’s Writings, present and future”. The conversation will focus on women’s writings, present and future. The line-up includes, Madeline Keane – Journalist and literary/cultural commentator; Emilie Pine – Associate Professor in Modern Drama and Irish Studies at UCD and author and Sarah Davis Goff from Tram Press.

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.

Man and Machine – the Future of Work, Chaired by Assoc. Prof. Eleni Mangina, UCD School of Computer Science, representatives from Intel and Microsoft will look into how automation and robotics will affect employment and the very nature of jobs.
Fast forward into the future as you encounter interactive technologies and artificial intelligence at the Science and Innovation Zone, sponsored by Intel, and the Engineering and Technology Zone, sponsored by Microsoft, where we are in for an interactive treat. There will be Virtual Reality, Drones, Artificial Intelligence, 3 D printing.

The Inspiration Zone allows guests to explore mechanics, engineer constructs and much more through the use of LEGO® Education. Get creative with the kids in the free play zone for little ones or try build a robot with programmable LEGO® Education systems.

Jump into the Family Fun zone where UCD Sport and Fitness Centre will be 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 makes a return.

This year’s festival is kindly sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council and UCD Sport and Fitness.

The UCD Festival is free to attend but we recommend your register in advance for any events you wish to attend. All access on 9 June is first come, first serve, but by indicating your preferences now we can better manage events on the day. You can register your interest at

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