This year's Science Week gets under way today, with organisers encouraging young people to get involved. 

Over 800 events are scheduled to take place across the country over the next seven days.

It aims to make science more interesting and accessible to both children and adults.

According to the expert group of future skills needs, for the last number of years the most difficult jobs to fill in Ireland have been in the area of science technology and engineering.

Organisers believe that by engaging the public in the science and technology around them, it will benefit Ireland's future prosperity immensly.

Margie McCarthy, spokesperson for Science Foundation Ireland said: "It's just a very very important skillset for young people who have to understand the world that's going on around us.

"And when you look at the amount of computers and smart phones and technology that we are using every day, we have to become more than just users of that technology," Ms McCarthy said.

"It's very important to understand how it works and why it works; and getting involved in that in school and going on to make a career in it is very important for Ireland's prosperity and our future."

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland said: “Science Week is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and it has so much to celebrate from two decades of public engagement.

"With over 800 events planned, and an expected 250,000 participants, Science Week will see our local partner Science Week organisers put on science debates, experiments, creative talks, shows and workshops," he said.

"It's very important to understand how it works and why it works; and getting involved in that in school and going on to make a career in it is very important for Ireland's prosperity and our future," she added.

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Week is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and it has so much to celebrate from two decades of public engagement.

"With over 800 events planned, and an expected 250,000 participants, Science Week will see our local partner Science Week organisers put on science debates, experiments, creative talks, shows and workshops," he said.