The Marine Institute and BlueWise Marine are proud to present the SmartBay Family Fun Day 2023 as part of this year’s European Maritime Day event 'In My Country' taking place in Spiddal at Stiúideo Cuan (H91 FT67) on Saturday the 27th of May. Find out more here...
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Organised by SmartBay, everyone is invited to attend with fun for all the family on offer during the action-packed day. Luana Jungmann of CuriOcean is a Marine Conservationist and Environmental Educator, who travelled the world to discover different cultures and gain a deeper understanding of a variety of marine conservation topics. CuriOcean Workshops will take place in the morning, with the first session aimed at 3 to 6 year-olds, followed by a more advanced workshop for 7 to 12 year-olds. Read more about the Family Fun Day on SmartBay's website HERE.
Dr. Naomi Lavelle, also known as Dr. How, will then introduce her amazing hands-on science show, Dr. How’s Science Wows, giving you the opportunity to take part in some marine science experiments which is sure to be fun for all the family.
If that wasn’t enough, Ronaldo Fanzini will perform some jaw-dropping antics all in the name of family fun and entertainment in his comedy circus show, Ronaldo Fanzini, King of Mayhem.
Visitors can also visit the SmartBay Virtual Tour allowing users to navigate around a full 360° tour of the SmartBay facilities. The tour features incredible panoramic views of Galway Bay, from the Marine Institute Headquarters in Rinville to the Shore Station in An Spidéal, and takes the viewer on a remarkable sub-sea virtual experience of the Observatory itself.
Speaking about the event, Alan Berry, Manager of Marine Research Infrastructures, Marine Institute said; "We are very excited to welcome the community of An Spidéal to the SmartBay Family Fun Day 2023 and are looking forward to engaging with all our guests on the importance of marine observations. The SmartBay Observatory is situated 1.5km off the coast of An Spidéal and is unique as Ireland’s only underwater cabled observatory, one of only three in Europe, providing access to continuous marine monitoring and observations 24/7."
The SmartBay Observatory continuously monitors and transmits live data from beneath the waters of Galway Bay and is freely available online. These data are vital in monitoring the marine environment and contributing to national and international oceanographic monitoring programmes. The Observatory hosts an underwater camera, that streams live video footage from 20 meters depth and is available to view via www.smartbay.ie where the Virtual Tour can also be accessed. The SmartBay Observatory is part of Ireland’s national marine research facilities and is the Irish component of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory (EMSO) research infrastructure.
The SmartBay Observatory is part of Ireland’s national marine research facilities and is the Irish component of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory (EMSO) research infrastructure. SmartBay provides continuous oceanographic and environmental data in near real-time. The facilities can be accessed by users to test innovative and novel marine technologies. Get social with SmartBay on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About the Marine Institute
The Marine Institute is the Government agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland. The Marine Institute provides scientific and technical advice to Government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resources. The Marine Institute established SmartBay in 2006 and provides a range of other services supporting the advanced marine technology sector.
About BlueWise Marine
BlueWise Marine Ltd. work with industry, government and academic clients operating within the blue economy. BlueWise Marine provide a range of supports to the Marine Institute, including promotion of the SmartBay facility and the development of industry and research projects at the observatory. The company also supports the delivery of community engagement activities by providing local liaison support and acts as the main point of contact within the community.
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