Galway Science and Technology Festival: Secrets of Superhero Science

Galway Science and Technology Festival: Secrets of Superhero Science

  • Release Date: Thu 26 Apr 2012
  • 12A
  • 210


As part of Galway's 22nd Science & Technology Festival, we are delighted to bring you The Avengers (2012). There will be a talk and a Q+A led by Barry Fitgerald, a superhero scientist, with the film to follow. 

When Thor's evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury's "dream team" are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

Barry Fitzgerald, a superhero scientist, keynote speaker, author, and enthusiastic communicator will give his ‘Secrets of Superhero Science’ talk on Tuesday 19th November at 7pm, prior to a screening of the 2012 Avengers movie. Superheroes in the Marvel and DC films are capable of extraordinary superhuman feats. Supergirl can effortlessly lift cars, trains and aeroplanes; Tony Stark can fly around New York City in an Iron Man suit; Spider-Man can climb walls; and Captain Marvel can fire energy blasts from her arms. But how likely is it that we’ll be able to replicate these superpowers in the future?

In the Secrets of Superhero Science, you will explore the science behind the superpowers of some of your favourite superheroes. You will learn about genetic mutations and the X-Men, the advanced eyesight of Hawkeye, the possibility of shrinking in size just like Ant-Man and the Wasp, the advanced technologies in the Iron Man suit, and real-life superpower-like technologies such as bullet-proof spider silk human skin! In addition, you’ll learn how we might manage superpowers and decide who gets to use them in the future.

Fitzgerald is the author of the popular science books Secrets of Superhero Science and Secret Science of Santa Claus, both of which were published in 2016. His latest popular science book "How to Build an Iron Man Suit" is out in October 2019.

Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

Tickets for the film and talk just €7.50!