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Promote STEM to young people with ReelLIFE SCIENCE!


Promote STEM to young people with ReelLIFE SCIENCE!



At a Glance

  • Start Date:11/09/2019
  • End Date:18/10/2019
  • Closing date:04/10/2019
  • Post Updated:11/09/2019
  • Min Hours:10 Hours
  • Role Type:Youth work

Requirements:Interest in Science, Communication and/or Video Production.


ReelLIFE SCIENCE is a science outreach programme based in NUI Galway, which encourages young people in schools, youth organisations and community groups to engage with science and technology by creating short videos for the general public. Videos communicate topics such as 'Climate Action', 'How Things Work', 'Healing the Body' and 'Science and Me'. Taking part helps young people develop their communication, teamwork and digital skills, while promoting awareness of the impact of science and technology on society. Since 2013, over 11,000 participants have produced more than 1000 videos nationwide, with the best videos each year winning €1000 for their school or group. 

In 2019, we want to recruit volunteer 'ReelLIFE SCIENCE Ambassadors' to promote the programme in youth organisations, community groups and Foroige clubs around Galway. Ambassadors meet with the young people to outline how the competition works and the benefits of participating and go on to help them develop their project ideas and help produce their videos. While having some filmmaking experience is an advantage, basic training will be provided before your visits.

Volunteers will benefit from their involvement in the programme by developing their communication and organisational skills while increasing their confidence to promote science and technology to the general public. Participation in the programme will also qualify for the NUI Galway President’s ALIVE volunteering certificate.

ReelLIFE SCIENCE is supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme, the CURAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices, the NCBES and the Community Knowledge Initiative in NUI Galway, and has developed partnerships with organisations like Foróige, TechSpace, Westside Youth Project and the Galway Film Centre among others. 

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Liaise with programme director, Enda O'Connell, to organise meetings with community groups.

Meet with community group leaders or members to encourage participation in ReelLIFE SCIENCE programme.

In some cases, volunteers may be able to work closely with community groups to develop project ideas and help produce videos. 

Skills required for this role:

Good communication skills.

Enthusiasm for science and technology.


Video production skills (optional)

Details of time commitment needed for role:
Meetings with community group leaders would likely be during the day but meetings with members may be in the evening, depending on their schedule.

Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Enda O'Connell

Address: ReelLIFE SCIENCE, NUI Galway


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