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STEM—Sligo Science Festival

Supporting science education in our local communities 

Supporting Sligo Science Festival

AbbVie’s commitment to promoting science within our communities is exemplified by our sponsorship of IT Sligo’s annual Science Festival.

AbbVie’s support has helped the festival undertake exciting initiatives and, in 2019, a range of extra events were added to the calendar, including an AbbVie-hosted interactive event at IT Sligo campus and STEM-focused promotional engagements at several local schools.

The company also commissioned an AbbVie STEM bus, which was used to transport more than 150 national school pupils from as far as Donegal to tour our Sligo facilities during the festival. 

In addition, to stimulate children’s interest in science subjects, AbbVie employees created an immersive STEM exhibit at the festival launch event, helping to demystify STEM subjects through games and experiments.

Special guest, Dr Phil Smyth, an award-winning scientist and RTÉ presenter, delivered a number of fast-paced science-focused shows throughout the day. Phil gave an insight into the many career paths that can be unlocked by studying STEM subjects.

This video demonstrates how AbbVie helped bring science to life at the Sligo Science Festival. Thanks to fun activities, interactive exhibits, and edge-of-your-seat demonstrations and stage shows, it shows that STEM doesn’t have to be “rocket science”. By simply igniting that spark of interest, our young people can be inspired to go further, and break new frontiers.


Sligo Science Festival 2018

In this video from the Sligo Science Fair  2018, boys and girls from the DAS (Dance Act Sing) Academy in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, reflect the event theme in their rousing rendition of ‘When I Grow Up’, from the musical Matilda and AbbVie volunteers joined in.