Ireland’s budding scientists, engineers and technologists invited to flock to Cork for fascinating - and free to attend - day of AI, VR and robotics demonstrations

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Ireland’s budding scientists, engineers and technologists invited to flock to Cork for fascinating – and free to attend – day of AI, VR and robotics demonstrations.

The first ever STEM South West Student Expo will include big global and Irish names like Apple, Boston Scientific, and VMWare, it has been announced.

Free event


Parents, students, teachers, and guidance counsellors are among those invited to this free event which will be held at the Rochestown Park hotel, Cork, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, from 4pm–9pm.

The aim of the event is to spark the interest of a new generation of budding scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians and to highlight the pathways to a successful STEM career in the region.

STEM South West, which is part of Cork Science Festival, is just one of the events taking place nationwide as part of the SFI’s National Science Week.

On the day, 50 of Ireland’s leading STEM organisations will stage an epic STEM exhibition aimed at inspiring young minds and informing them of the benefits of a future career in the sector.

This free event will feature technology demonstrations that showcase STEM products and systems in action, career talks, expert panel and Q&A sessions, and fun competitions and spot prizes.

The event will also provide an opportunity for attendees to connect with people who work in STEM on a daily basis, and who will be on hand on the day to provide insight into the many roles and pathways to a fulfilling career in STEM.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Mike Flannery, director of operations technology development at Johnson & Johnson, said: “We have an exciting event planned for these students and their families, and the hope is that, having witnessed some of the thrilling demonstrations of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), MedTech and Engineering, they will leave excited about the world of possibilities that STEM holds. We are inviting people to book their free tickets today at www.stemsouthwest.ie.”

‘Economy reliant on skilled STEM workforce’


An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said: “The future of the Irish economy is reliant on a skilled STEM workforce and that workforce is reliant on the choices our students make today about what they study and where they go in their careers.

“We have a 40,000+ student population in the South West region – we need to speak with these students before these choices are made – to open up the world of possibilities that lay out before them in STEM related industries.”

The event is being organised by the industry-led STEM South West cluster which was recently established in the region to nurture and promote the STEM Sector.

The cluster executive committee, comprising members from industry (DePuy Synthes – Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, PLAS Engineering), higher education institutes (Cork Institute of Technology, University College Cork), local government (Cork County Council), the not-for-profit sector (KerrySciTech) and the Southern Regional Skills Forum, is working in collaboration with over 150 regional STEM stakeholders (education providers, MNCs, SMEs, government agencies, and public/private initiatives) to identify and address problems facing the STEM sector in the South-West in the context of increased global uncertainty, Brexit and technological disruption.

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Ireland’s budding scientists, engineers and technologists invited to flock to Cork for fascinating - and free to attend - day of AI, VR and robotics demonstrations. The first ever STEM South West Student Expo will include big global and Irish names like Apple, Boston Scientific, and VMWare, it has been...