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Galway Film Centre to host Science on Screen Information Day on February 26th
12 Feb 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Science On Screen Information Day - February 26th.
Science on Screen, run by CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway and Galway Film Centre are once again offering funding of €35,000 to filmmakers interested in producing a short scientific documentary focused on cancer research.

The Science on Screen Information Day, which will provide filmmakers with information on the focus of the documentary as well as details on how to apply, will take place on Wednesday 26th February in Galway City.

Both researchers and patients will give an overview of their research and involvement, followed by a Q&A and opportunities to discuss ideas with the speakers.

Collaborating with the scheme this year are Precision Oncology Ireland (POI), a consortium aiming to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics for personalised cancer treatment, and the Patient Voice in Cancer Research, with financial support through the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund at UCD and other philanthropic funds. Precision (or ‘personalised’) medicine uses data about a person’s genes (genomics), along with additional information on their cancer, to understand the unique pathways of a disease or treatment response in that person. With this new science, doctors can prescribe the right treatment in a timely fashion, saving the wasted resources and time our current “trial and error” method incurs, while greatly improving response rates.

What: Science on Screen Information Day

When: Wednesday 26th February

Time: 10:30am – 1.30pm

Where: Venue TBC, Galway City

Registration: Eventbrite

The Science on Screen scheme, a funding strand for creative documentaries set in the world of science, is now in its fifth year. The scheme will fund one 26-minute film with a budget of €35,000 that promotes the public understanding of science. The scheme forms part of CÚRAM’s public engagement programme which supports the Science Foundation Ireland's objective of having the most scientifically informed and engaged public.  

Science on Screen is a Galway City of Film initiative between Galway Film Centre and CÚRAM. Since 2016, five Science on Screen films have been produced. All have been broadcast on RTÉ and or TG4, screened at numerous international film festivals and scooped six international awards. The documentaries are used throughout the country at schools, for community screenings as well as at academic conferences and have reached an audience of over a million people to date.  Please note that teams who have been in receipt of Science on Screen funding previously are not eligible to apply in 2020.

The schedule for the day will include:

  • 10.30 am:    Welcome by CÚRAM
  • 10.45 am:    Professor Walter Kolch, Director, Precision Oncology Ireland
  • 11:05 am:    Dr Roisin Dwyer, NUI Galway & POI Investigator
  • 11.25 am:    Professor Maeve Lowery, Trinity College Dublin & POI Investigator
  • 11.45 am:    Professor Amanda McCann, Chair, The Patient Voice in Cancer Research
  • 12.25 pm:   Patient/Lived Experience Panel [Perspectives from several cancer patients/family members] – chaired by Professor William Gallagher and Professor Amanda McCann
  • 12.45 pm:   Professor William Gallagher, Deputy Director, Precision Oncology Ireland
  • 13.05 pm:   Galway Film Centre – Application Guidelines & Q&A
  • 13:30 am:   Close

For interested filmmakers, a limited number of places will also be made available to attend a separate event the evening before the Information Day, the Patient Voice in Cancer Research Dragons Den workshop on Tuesday, 25th February from 4 pm-7 pm, which is being held in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill.

For more information on this separate event, please contact Claire Riordan at CÚRAM on Claire.riordan@nuigalway.ie to book a place. 

Trailers for previously funded commissions are available below:

Science on Screen 2016

Feats of Modest Valourhttps://vimeo.com/184564095

Mending Legendshttps://vimeo.com/189779551

Science on Screen 2017

Bittersweethttps://vimeo.com/242714712

Science on Screen 2018

A Tiny Sparkhttps://vimeo.com/291731458

Science on Screen 2019

The Patient Effecthttps://vimeo.com/367628357

Click here for more information on Science on Screen.





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