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The Compass

Science Communication
The Compass
Event Description


Prepare for spellbinding projections, bringing to life how we navigate knowledge, as well as the epic stories of our own researchers, and the science that shapes the world around us.

191 years ago, in 1831, the Magnetic North Pole was first discovered. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research is all about exploration. Trial and error, making mistakes , testing and trying again. The Compass brings this to life – becoming an accessible creation of that idea – for all to explore.

Just as a compass helps us to plot a course, find our bearings and explore new worlds, this installation will show us how scientific endeavours and processes directly resonate with our daily lives.

Get ready to see Belfast’s 2 Royal Avenue at the heart of the city centre in a whole new light.

The Compass has been commissioned by the British Science Association and is supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and by UK Research & Innovation, to celebrate British scientific research and creativity. The installation was designed and created by artists Illuminos, and event production specialists, Inspirate.

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