How does the weather affect our lives? Will robots steal our jobs? Is science making us healthier? What is going on in a new baby’s brain?

These are just some of the questions that will feature on the biggest Science Week on RTÉ to date, with a diverse range of science and technology-themed content across television, radio, online and mobile from November 13 to 19.

Science Week on RTÉ, presented with the support of Science Foundation Ireland, will span factual, news, weather and lifestyle programming.

Standout elements include a three-day live television event - Weather Live, themed content across RTÉ Player, bespoke video clips featuring experiments with some well-known faces and voices, and a wealth of thought-provoking, longer form pieces written by science experts on RTÉ Brainstorm. All of this, and more, is available at your fingertips at

Weather Live
Weather Live

At a glance: Science Week on RTÉ

Weather Live is a brand new three-day television event on RTÉ One, which will come live from the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. This new show will be presented before a live audience by Kathyrn Thomas and will feature Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack, Gerald Fleming and Gerry Murphy.

What's better than a TV show about Ireland's favourite obsession – the weather? 7pm, Wednesday 15 to Friday November 17 on RTÉ One.

The world of work is changing before our eyes. Will a Robot Steal my Job? sees Irish journalist Anne-Marie Tomchak, the UK editor of Mashable, explore advancements in robotics in a variety of sectors, taking in the global impact before questioning what this means for Irish workers, the Irish labour market and the country's education policies. (9:35pm, Monday, November 13 on RTÉ One).

Feats of Modest Valour is a short documentary that intimately observes three people with Parkinson's Disease, all longing for a remedy. Woven together with animation and observation, it offers an emotional insight into mortality and ground-breaking science. (10.35pm, Sunday, November 12, RTÉ One).

RTÉ’s YouTube channel will feature a series of specially commissioned short features along with daily online reports, including three from Weather Live and two from Dara O’Briain.

RTÉ Player will host a collection of documentaries, extras, highlights and young people’s programmes, live and on-demand, including Creedon’s Weather: Four Seasons in One Day and The Night Cork Nearly Drowned. Watch out for exclusive clips and highlights from Weather Live.

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

RTÉ Archives will mark Science Week on RTÉ by digging out science-themed content from the past, including a series of weather-related clips.

In addition to featuring all of the highlights from Science Week 2017, we'll be featuring specially commissioned, science-themed long reads on RTÉ Brainstorm

Other Science Week on RTÉ highlights

Don't miss the return of 10 Things to Know About, which is set to tackle a range of engaging topics like the rise of superbugs, the secrets hidden under the earth's surface and lifesaving drones. (Starts Monday, November 13, 8.30pm, RTÉ One).

10 Things to Know About presenters Kathriona, Jonathan and Aoibhinn
10 Things to Know About presenters Kathriona, Jonathan and Aoibhinn

RTÉjr will be science-mad across Science Week too, with Brainfreeze, a selection of 13 short pieces, being dropped into a range of programming, while series 1 and 2 of Wonder What will be make a welcome return to the RTÉjr schedule.

As official radio partner for Science Week on RTÉ, Today with Sean O’Rourke will bring regular science-focused items across the week, including weather-related features;

On Monday November 13, Nationwide will be also talk tech and science, with the entire programme devoted to science-related stories.

RTÉ’s Science & Technology Correspondent, Will Goodbody will be bringing you themed reports across television, radio, online and mobile, while News2Day will also focus on science and technology-themed reports throughout the week.

Will Goodbody

Finally, sticking with the weather theme, make sure to look out for the current RTÉ Guide (November 11–17), which will include a special family-focused pullout poster all about the weather – perfect for primary-school kids. 

Keep up with all the action from Science Week on RTÉ on and across @rte on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, using #rtescienceweek. For more on Science Foundation Ireland, visit