Open Days

Anatomy staff attend the Discipline of Anatomy stand at undergraduate open days every April and October, where they answer queries from prospective undergraduate students and their parents on courses that Anatomy contributes to.  Anatomy staff are also in attendance at the postgraduate open day every November where they meet with prospective postgraduate students. Open Days at NUI Galway.

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Under the Microscope

‘Under the Microscope’ is a microscopy outreach pilot programme designed to promote and explore core Science, Technology, Engineering, & Maths (STEM) skills for children in primary school, in a fun and educational environment using the Royal Microscopy Society’s (RMS) Microscope Activity Kits. The pilot scheme for the 2014/2015 academic year was funded by EXPLORE, NUI Galway and the team are hoping to secure further funding to continue the project in Irish schools. Since it was launched, 4 rural schools in county Galway and 1 in county Mayo were visited by ‘real life scientists’ to set up and demonstrate the kits to both students and primary school teachers. Each of the schools visited kept the kit for a minimum of 4 weeks allowing over 450 primary school students to have access to a microscope on a daily basis for this period. 


RMS Microscope Activity Kits

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School Visits

Anatomy at NUI Galway operates an Outreach Program for schools, the aim of which is to promote general awareness and understanding of Anatomy to school children at both primary and secondary level.  These sessions are designed to be a fun way to learn the science of the human body and to instill a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge at a young age.  Not only does the Outreach program visit schools, but also on occasion invites school groups to the University for a single event or for a day full of science activities. 

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Transition Year Students

Anatomy staff are happy to facilitate transition year students and give them experience of a modern research environment. 

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Galway Science and Technology Festival

Anatomy staff and postgraduate students, along with other members of the Galway Neuroscience Centre, are involved in organizing and volunteering at a workshop at the annual Galway Science and Technology Festival that takes place in NUI Galway in November.  Members of the public, adults and children, have the opportunity to experience various interactive displays and brain games in this ‘Amazing Brain’ workshop.

National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science

Galway Science and Technology Forum

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Brain Awareness Week

During Brain Awareness Week in March Anatomy staff and postgraduate students, along with other members of the Galway Neuroscience Centre, contribute to an interactive brain exhibition in the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway.  Primary and Secondary school students visit the exhibition and learn about how the brain and nervous system work.  Students can also test their mirror writing skills and hand eye motor co-ordination, can look at brain tissue through a microscope, be fooled by optical illusions, and see how fast they can assemble a brain model. National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science

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Biomedical Science student Image exhibition

The Biomedical Science image exhibition takes place in the Galway city museum in March each year.  It is part of a second year BSc. in Biomedical Science project entitled Community Knowledge Initiative. Its aim is to inform the public on current areas of biomedical science research in NUI Galway through the medium of images. Anatomy images are exhibited at this event.

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