Science on Screen Programme


CÚRAM & Galway Film Centre together run a partnership project called ‘Science on Screen’  which aims to facilitate, promote and increase the inclusion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) content in Irish film and TV production. The partnership  began in 2016 with CÚRAM funding documentary filmmaking and providing access to leading scientists and laboratories within CÚRAM, to explore methods of scientific ‘story telling’ and to produce a short film that incorporate aspects of current research being carried out by CÚRAM and its academic partners. These documentaries are available for community and educational screenings nationwide. 

2019 Project:

Calling all filmmakers! Come along this Friday, April 5th, to the Science on Screen Information Day to hear more about the programme and this year’s chosen research area.  CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices and Galway Film Centre are delighted to partner with the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland and PPI Ignite @ NUI Galway for Science on Screen 2019.  Interested filmmakers are being offered the chance to produce a 26 minute documentary with a fund of €35,000. 

The ‘Science on Screen’ scheme, a funding strand for creative documentaries set in the world of science, is now in its fourth year. The scheme will 100% fund one 26 minute film with a budget of €35,000 that promotes the public understanding of science. The scheme forms part of CÚRAM’s public engagement programme which supports the Science Foundation Ireland objective of having the most scientifically informed and engaged public.    In Ireland, many research teams have incorporated PPI excellently into their research, notably in the areas of intellectual disability, mental health, diabetes, primary care, chronic disease and dementia. This year, filmmakers are being invited to bring the story of PPI to the screen.

What is PPI?

Funded by the Health Research Board, the PPI Ignite Programme aims to bring about a culture change in how healthcare research is conducted across the University. 

  • Supports health and social care researchers to involve members of the public in meaningful ways across the full research cycle
  • Connects the public and patient and community organisations to researchers who are seeking PPI partners
  • Delivers PPI training and education to researchers and to the public
  • Runs PPI clinics that provide advice on how to get started with PPI
  • Connects researchers to other researchers with relevant PPI experience
  • Helps researchers to evaluate the impact of their PPI activities

The Science on Screen Info Day for filmmakers will be held on Friday April 5th in CÚRAM, NUI Galway.  The info day will include speakers from PPI Ignite @ NUI Galway, HRB Primary Care CTNI, CÚRAM, Galway Film Centre and others and is the perfect way to learn more about the subject of this documentary. The info day will commence at 10.30am and run for approximately 2 hours. It takes place at CÚRAM, Biomedical Science Building, NUI Galway and it is necessary to book your place through Eventbrite. The schedule will be sent to participants in advance.  Book your place here.

2018 Project:

A Tiny Spark focuses on research being led by Dr Karen Doyle, which involves analysis of removed blood clots to see what information they may yield. This is the first study of its kind in the world and is an international collaborative study between NUI Galway, hospital partners in Beaumont Hospital and throughout Europe and the Mayo Clinic, USA. These little bundles of cells could carry a wealth of information, which could point to big improvement to people’s lives. In the film we meet three incredibly brave stroke survivors who show us that it is sometimes the little things that people miss in life after a stroke, or the small victories during recovery that mean so much.

2017 Project:

'Bittersweet' is a half-hour documentary directed by Hugh Rodgers and produced by both Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic of Invisible Thread Films. The film captures the health system’s fight to treat the rising number of diabetic patients, and warns against this troubling epidemic facing our population. It follows the personal stories of young people who are living with diabetes and their daily struggle to manage it. Over the course of the documentary, we also discover ground-breaking research and development in pharmacology and biomedical science, capturing the important work of CÚRAM’s Professor David Brayden and his team at UCD’s Veterinary Hospital, where they are developing new ways of delivering insulin to the body.

2016 Project:

The two documentaries produced through CÚRAM’s Science on Screen initiative in 2016 in collaboration with Galway Film Centre continue to be in demand with both films selected for screening at National and International Film Festivals this year and broadcast by both TG4 and RTÉ.  'Feats of Modest Valour' recently scooped the Scientist Prize, awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York and received the Professional Documentary Award at Raw Science Film Festival in California.

Trailers for “Feats of Modest Valour” and “Mending Legends” which incorporate the research and researchers involved in two major EU research projects being coordinated by CÚRAM can be viewed at the following links:

Feats of Modest Valour

Feats of Modest Valour

Investigates three individuals’ challenging physical reality of living with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Mending Legends

Mending Legends

Explores the physical and psychological impact of tendon injuries amongst sports players.

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Bittersweet

Bittersweet

Bittersweet follows the stories of young people who are living with diabetes and their daily struggle to manage it.

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A Tiny Spark

A Tiny Spark

A Tiny Spark examines the effect of cerebrovascular illness and stroke on people’s lives.

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