Pictured are (left to right): Etain Hamilton-Birdy, aged 10 and Dr Niamh Shaw preparing for Baking In Space online shows during Science Week 2020. The family show, hosted by Great British Bake Off star Andrew Smyth, and scientist Dr. Niamh Shaw will feature Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut and special guests from the European Space Agency. ©

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24 November 2020

Stars of the baking and science world recently teamed up as part of Science Week Ireland to treat audiences to ‘Baking in Space’ –  a series of free family-focused educational online events streamed between 8 - 15 November, and also set to take place as part of Cork Discovers on 26 November.

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland and created in partnership with British Council Ireland and supported by Yakult, ‘Baking In Space – Bake to the Future' is an exploration of our planet in lockdown, how we have learned to adapt and the parallels between living in space and living during Covid-19.

Space champion, Dr Niamh Shaw and Great British Bake Off finalist, Andrew Smyth, take audiences on a journey from Earth to the Moon and back, with demos and bakes beamed directly to our kitchens.

With special guests including Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut, representatives from the European Space Agency and a range of Irish researchers, the event explores the surprising connections between everyday bakes and the extraordinary engineering that helps keep astronauts alive in space.

And there's another opportunity to catch the action as the show is happening again on 26 November in Baking In Space - Bake to the Future: Cork Discovers - book your free event tickets and join in from anywhere in the world.

Andrew Smyth said: 'Baking In Space will ignite curiosity about space while whisking, stirring and whipping up fascination about the world of science! Packed with live demos, baking, space, scientists, engineering (aerospace/food), psychology and activities for families to do at home, we look to a Future Earth in another exciting space baking show.'

About Baking In Space 2020

‘Baking In Space – Bake to the Future’ (8-15 November) was a Science Week Ireland 2020 programme funded by Science Foundation Ireland and created in partnership with British Council Ireland, Dr Niamh Shaw and Andrew Smyth. 

It is supported by Yakult which is itself boldly going into space for experiments with astronauts on the International Space Station in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration agency (JAXA). Their mission is to study the influence of Yakult’s bacteria on the human body. The show on 26 November is part of Cork Discovers, a European Researchers' Night project funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 955330. 

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