More than 800 events are taking place around the country over the next week as part of Science Week, which begins today.

The annual festival, which is coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland, aims to provide people with the opportunity to explore and discover how science is a part of their everyday lives.

Regional science festivals will take place in Cork, Kerry, Sligo, Limerick, Galway, Mayo, Cavan/Monaghan, the southeast and the midlands.

There will also be dozens of events taking place in the greater Dublin area.

Teagasc, the agricultural education agency, will be hosting a Festival of Farming and Food at its research centres.

The events will feature a wide range of activities including family open days, shows for adults exploring the science behind our everyday lives and school outreach events.

RTÉ is also involved, with a diverse programme of science-themed content across TV, radio, online and mobile over the coming week.

Further information on the more than 800 events taking place around the country can be found at scienceweek.ie.

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