Outreach and Education

The UCC Physics Department is involved with a number of outreach programmes to promote overall awareness and education of physics amongst the media, general public and school students.


SFI – Outreach and Education

SFIScience Foundation Ireland has a number of education and outreach programmes such as the STARs programme which endeavours to disseminate new skills and knowledge to teachers which can be passed on to their students – the scientists and engineers of the future. Click here to visit the SFI Outreach page.


A day in the life – IOP Ireland

The Institute of Physic’s “A day in the life” depicts the day-to-day activities of 18 physicists persuing careers in areas such as astronomy, particle physics and nanotechnology. Read about a day in the life of Síle Nic Chormaic – a lecturer here in the Department of Physics at UCC.



Science Public Lecture Series
UCCiLogoUCC TV present the Science Public Lecture Series providing a platform for researchers and academics to disseminate their knowledge to a broader audience using digital television. This year’s highlights include “Nuclear Fusion? Energy for the Future” by Prof. Mike Mansfield and “Science For All” where postgraduate students explain their research.

UCC TV Physics – Einsteins Birthday with Prof. Paul Callanan.

Astrophysics with Prof. Paul Callanan is a series of videos covering everything from choosing a career in astrophysics to neutron stars and black holes.

UCC TV Science News
UCC TV present Science News including the BT Young Scientist competition and the “Discover Science” series which aims to increase interest in science, technology, innovation and engineering among students, teachers and members of the public.


Tyndall Lectures

IOPThe Tyndall Lectures, held throughout Ireland every January/February, use demonstrations and interactivity to enthuse school children and show how their class work relates to modern areas of physics research. Click here for more information.


The Crawford Observatory

crawfordThe Crawford Observatory remains the only observatory on any university campus in Ireland. It was re-opened in 2006 by the Minister for Education and Science. Constructed in 1878 and funded in part by local businessman William Horatio Crawford and the Duke of Devonshire, the observatory was designed by Howard Grubb, one of the foremost scientific instrument makers of the 19th century. Click here for more information.