Secrets of Superhero Science

I'm Barry Fitzgerald - Research Scientist at Delft University of Technology, Speaker, Scientific Communicator and Author.

In February 2016, I self-published my popular science book the "Secrets of Superhero Science". In the book,  I talk about the real science and current scientific research that you need to know in order to create the superpowers of the superheroes. Iron Man suits, invisibility cloaks and web slingers may be part of your future. 

Click here to read about my journey to the "Secrets of Superhero Science".

"Secrets of Superhero Science" is out now!

 



"Secret Science of Santa Claus" is out now!

How does Santa Claus travel around the world on Christmas Eve?

Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus avoids rainfall and snowstorms?

How far does Santa Claus travel on Christmas Eve?

The answers to these and many other questions can be found in my brand new book – Secret Science of Santa Claus. In the book you can read about the science behind the incredible technologies that Santa uses to help him deliver presents on Christmas Eve. Santa has developed these technologies with the elf-scientists at his Arctic workshops. You’ll learn the science behind Santa’s flying reindeer, his cutting-edge weather prediction methods and the gadgets that allow Santa fly large distances in the blink of an eye! You’ll also read about the possible future that awaits Santa Claus as his Christmas Eve gift-bringing continues onwards into the 21st century.

Are you ready to unlock the Secret Science of Santa Claus?



Interview for Midland Science Festival and Science Week 2017


Last week I spoke with the organisers of the Midlands Science Festival, which is arranging events as part of Science Week Ireland 2017. I'll be speaking at the Edgeworthstown festival on Saturday November 18th and very much looking forward to visiting Longford to spread the Superhero Science vibes. Below is the interview. You can also […]

Galway International Arts Festival and The Power of Superheroes


My adventures in the superhero world has thus far afforded me the opportunity to speak at events and locations that I could never have anticipated. From speaking at Dutch Comic Con to hosting a conference on Superhero Science at TU Delft, it really has one great experience after another. Last weekend I added an arts […]

Secrets of Superhero Science at IFoT


With Wonder Woman being released in cinemas around the world this month, many of you might be dreaming of super-strength, bullet-proof bracelets or even the lasso of truth. On Wednesday 7th June, the symposium " Secrets of Superhero Science" will take place at TU Delft as part of the International Festival of Technology (IFoT). This […]

Upcoming Events

Event Information:

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017

    The Power of Superheroes Panel Discussion at the First Thoughts component of Galway International Arts Festival

    4:00 pmO'Donoghue Theatre, Galway

    On July 22nd 2017 I'll be speaking as part of a panel discussion on the Power of the Superheroes at the Galway International Arts Festival. I'll be on the panel with comic book artists Declan Shalvey, a regular contributor to Marvel comics, and Maura McHugh, Comic book writer and curator, as we discuss the world of the superhero.

    Further details and ticket purchasing information can be found here.

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Past Events

  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016
    7:00 pmNatlab Eindhoven
  • Wed
    20
    Apr
    2016
    6:00 pmEindhoven University of Technology

    I will be speaking at the ICMS Science Class at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe) on Wednesday April 20th at the ICMS building on the TU/e campus. During my talk I'll be speaking about my book "Secrets of Superhero Science". All bachelor and master students of the TU/e are welcome to attend. PhD students, postdocs and staff associated with the ICMS are also welcome to join. If you are interested in attending send an e-mail to icms@tue.nl if you wish to attend the event.

     

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  • Thu
    21
    Apr
    2016
    4:15 pmEnschede, Netherlands

    I'll be speaking at the University of Twente about my book "Secrets of Superhero Science" at an event organised by P-NUT, the PhD Network University Twente.

    Further details on the event can be found at the link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597429320578037/

     

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  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016
    16.30 - 19.00High-Tech Campus

    2nd Friday 13 May: the Secrets of Superhero Science

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have superpower? Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Have you ever dreamed of having Sue Storm’s power of invisibility, one of Iron Man’s amazing flying suits or the ability to produce spider silk just like Spider Man?

    The answer to these and many other questions can be found in the new book ‘’Secrets of Superhero Science’’. The authors Barry Fitzgerald will take us on a journey through some of these incredible powers and abilities, the stories that have created some of the biggest superhero icons and the real science that could in the future lead to the emergence of superpowers in the real world. He will also talk about how these powers could be safely integrated into modern society and how we might control their use in the future. 

    2nd Friday is a free monthly networking drink, organized by KIVI, for young professionals with interests in technology and innovation.

    Program
    4.30 pm – 5.00 pm Doors are open for networking drinks
    5.00 pm – 5.45 pm This month’s theme – Secrets of Superhero Science
    5.45 pm – 7.00 pm Networking drinks continue

    Location
    Room Ernst (upstairs)
    Conference Center The Strip
    High Tech Campus Eindhoven

    As always, people can join any time. Registration is not required.

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  • Fri
    27
    May
    2016
    1:00 pmJaarbeurs, Utrecht, Netherlands

    On 27th May I will be presenting on the Science Stage at 13.00 at Campus Party in Utrecht. Campus Party is a huge public event showcasing science, technology and innovation and is expected to be attended by 5,000 people over 5 days.

    Full details for my talk on the Science stage can be found by clicking here.

    The description of the talk is as follows:

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a superpower? Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Have you ever dreamed of having Sue Storm’s power of invisibility, one of Iron Man’s amazing flying suits or the ability to produce spider silk just like Spider-Man?

    The answers to these and many other questions will be explored in the talk “Secrets of Superhero Science”. You will be taken on a journey through some of the incredible superpowers, hear the stories that created some of the biggest superhero icons and learn about the real science that could in the future lead to the emergence of superpowers in the real world. You’ll also hear about how these powers could be safely integrated into our society and how we might control their use in the future.

    Tickets for the event can be purchased by clicking here.

     

     

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  • Fri
    03
    Jun
    2016
    7:00 pmAmerican Book Center, Amsterdam

    Join me at the American Book Center in Amsterdam for a fun and interactive book presentation for curious people aged 15-85 with Irish scientist. You can ask me questions about superhero science but also expect me to ask YOU some questions!

    Have you ever wanted to have the superpowers of the superheroes?

    Have you ever dreamt of having an Iron Man suit or have the power of invisibility like Sue Storm?

    The answers to these and many other superhero-related questions can be found in Barry's book "Secrets of Superhero Science". You will learn about the fundamental science and current scientific research that could make superpowers a reality in the future. You'll also learn about the secrets of the X-Men, the key to Hawkeye's extraordinary eyesight and the science needed to produce spider web just like Spider-Man. Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

    Read the wonderful Irish Times review

    Full details for the event can be found by clicking here or visiting the American Book Center website

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  • Mon
    06
    Jun
    2016
    6:00 pmHodges and Figgis, 56-58 Dawson St, Dublin 2

    Have you ever wanted to have the superpowers of the superheroes?

    Have you ever dreamt of having an Iron Man suit or have the power of invisibility like Sue Storm?

    The answers to these and many other superhero-related questions can be found in Barry's book "Secrets of Superhero Science". You will learn about the fundamental science and current scientific research that could make superpowers a reality in the future. You'll also learn about the secrets of the X-Men, the key to Hawkeye's extraordinary eyesight and the science needed to produce spider web just like Spider-Man. Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

    I'll be speaking at Hodges and Figgis in Dublin on Thursday 14th July at 18.00. I hope to see you there.

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  • Fri
    01
    Jul
    2016
    7:00 pmBoekhandel van Piere, Nieuwe Emmasingel 44, 5611 AM Eindhoven

    Have you ever wanted to have the superpowers of the superheroes?

    Have you ever dreamt of having an Iron Man suit or have the power of invisibility like Sue Storm?

    The answers to these and many other superhero-related questions can be found in my new book "Secrets of Superhero Science". You will learn about the fundamental science and current scientific research that could make superpowers a reality in the future. You'll also learn about the secrets of the X-Men, the key to Hawkeye's extraordinary eyesight and the science needed to produce spider web just like Spider-Man. Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

    I'll be giving a presentation about my book "Secrets of Superhero Science" at Boekhandel van Piere in Eindhoven on July 1st at 19.00.

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

    BWF

     

     

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  • Thu
    14
    Jul
    2016
    6:00 pmHodges Figgis 56-58 Dawson St, Dublin 2, Ireland

    Have you ever wanted to have the superpowers of the superheroes?
    Have you ever dreamt of having an Iron Man suit or have the power of invisibility like Sue Storm?
    The answers to these and many other superhero-related questions can be found in my new book "Secrets of Superhero Science". You will learn about the fundamental science and current scientific research that could make superpowers a reality in the future. You'll also learn about the secrets of the X-Men, the key to Hawkeye's extraordinary eyesight and the science needed to produce spider web just like Spider-Man.
    Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?
    Read the Irish Times review.
    Further information about the book can be found at www.bwscience.com or www.secretsofsuperheroscience.com.

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  • Fri
    02
    Sep
    2016
    7:00 pmAmerican Book Centre Treehut, Den Haag, Netherlands

     

    Have you ever wanted to have the superpowers of the superheroes?

    Have you ever dreamt of having an Iron Man suit or have the power of invisibility like Sue Storm?

    The answers to these and many other superhero-related questions can be found in my book "Secrets of Superhero Science". You will learn about the fundamental science and current scientific research that could make superpowers a reality in the future. You'll also learn about the secrets of the X-Men, the key to Hawkeye's extraordinary eyesight and the science needed to produce spider web just like Spider-Man. Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

    Further information on the event can be found here.

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  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016
    12:45 pmTUe, Eindhoven, Netherlands

    Secrets of Superhero Science

    What science did Tony Stark need to develop the incredible Iron Man suit?

    What is the science behind Sue Storm's power of invisibility?

    The answers to these and many more superpower-related questions can be found right here in Secrets of Superhero Science. Dr Barry W. Fitzgerald takes you on a captivating journey through the science behind the superpowers of some of your favourite superheroes. Barry will also talk about the process of writing a book and the self-publishing steps.

    Organised by: T.S.V. 'Jan Pieter Minckelers'

    Further information here.

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  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016
    7:00 pmComicasa, Zuiderhagen 35, 7511GJ Enschede, Netherlands

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    'Comicasa Talks' with Barry W. Fitzgerald
    - Secrets of Superhero Science -

    What science did Tony Stark need to develop the incredible Iron Man suit?

    What is the science behind Sue Storm's power of invisibility?

    And will we ever be able to self-heal as quickly as Wolverine?

    The answers to these and many more fascinating superpower-related questions will be explored in the Secrets of Superhero Science. You will be taken on a on a captivating journey through the science behind the superpowers of some of your favourite superheroes. You’ll learn about the possibility of genetically engineering the X-Men, discover why Hawkeye’s eyesight is so advanced and discover the science behind producing spider silk just like Spider-Man. The implications, advancements and integration of superpowers within modern society will also be discussed as well as the counter-measures necessitated by the impending arrival of superpowers.

    Are you ready for a super-future?

    Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

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  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016
    6:30 pmJanninkshuis, Langestraat 41, Enschede, Netherlands

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    The Secrets of Superhero Science is coming to Enschede. As part of Twente Science Week I'm giving an interactive, fun and superhero-themed science talk about superheroes, superpowers and the possibilty of superpowers in the future. The talk will take place at Janninkshuis, Langestraat 41 in Enschede and starts at 18.30.

    Scientists are closer than you might think to creating superpowers and in the talk you'll hear about some of the exciting scientific research that could produce superpowers in the future. You’ll learn about the possibility of genetically producing the X-Men, discover why Hawkeye’s eyesight is so advanced and learn about the science behind producing spider silk just like Spider-Man.

    Are you ready to Unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

    (The talk will be in English).

    Here is the abstract for the talk from the Twente Science Week programme:

    Hoe maak je spinnenwebben die net zo sterk zijn als die van Spiderman? Hoe kun je onzichtbaar worden, net als Susan Storm? Voormalig UT-onderzoeker en superheldenfanaat Barry Fitzgerald (36) zocht het uit en dat resulteerde in zijn boek Secrets of Superhero Science. De Ierse wetenschapper communiceert hiermee op een toegankelijke manier over wetenschap en vertelt zijn verhaal over de hele wereld.

    For more information on the excellent Twente Science Week event check out: https://www.utwente.nl/organisatie/nieuws-events/evenementen-plechtigheden/twente-science-week/#safe-secure

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  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2016
    7:00 pmBoekhandel Dominicanen, Dominicanerkerkstraat 1, 6211 CZ Maastricht

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    What science did Tony Stark need to develop the incredible Iron Man suit?

    What is the science behind Sue Storm's power of invisibility?

    And will we ever be able to self-heal as quickly as Wolverine?

    The answers to these and many more fascinating superpower-related questions will be explored in the Secrets of Superhero Science. You will be taken on a on a captivating journey through the science behind the superpowers of some of your favourite superheroes. You’ll learn about the possibility of genetically engineering the X-Men, discover why Hawkeye’s eyesight is so advanced and discover the science behind producing spider silk just like Spider-Man. The implications, advancements and integration of superpowers within modern society will also be discussed as well as the counter-measures necessitated by the impending arrival of superpowers.

    Are you ready for a super-future?

    Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

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  • Thu
    10
    Nov
    2016
    Tue
    22
    Nov
    2016
    All around Ireland

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    To mark Science Week I'm going to speaking at various locations around the country in November. I'll be visiting schools in Limerick, Dublin, Waterford and Kilkenny. In addition I'll be opening Science Week at the University of Limerick on Monday 14th November with two fascinating talks. Bookshop talks and appearances are also planned to help promote science and spread the word about the "Secrets of Superhero Science". Expect some surprises along the way on what will be a very busy week of science workshops.

    Very much looking forward to it.

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  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017
    1:00 pmJaarbeurs, Utrecht, Netherlands

    Yes it's the big one.

    Secrets of Superhero Science will be at Dutch Comic Con on Saturday 25th March from 13.00 - 14.00 on the DCC Cozy Corner stage.

    Are you ready for the Secrets of Superhero Science?

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  • Wed
    07
    Jun
    2017
    4:00 pmAula Auditorium, Delft Campus, TU Delft

    Have you ever wanted a superpower? And have you ever dreamt of being a superhero? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then prepare to be astounded at the 1st ever symposium on Superhero Science!

    Thanks to modern scientific research and advanced technologies, we are closer than ever to creating the superpowers of some of your favourite superheroes, such as the X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Iron Man. Secrets of Superhero Science is the first conference in the world on the subject of superhero technology. Barry Fitzgerald, a TU Delft research scientist, will introduce you to six top-notch speakers who will tell you everything about their fascinating work and how their work could be used to develop superhero technologies in the future. You’ll learn about the possibility of mimicking Wolverine’s regenerative healing powers, building the foundations of an Iron Man suit and how we’ll manage superpowers when they are introduced into future society.

    Are you ready for a superpower future and to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

    Further details from here.

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  • Mon
    12
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 pmSpui 25, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Superhero films are big business, as demonstrated by their box office receipts: 'Captain America: Civil War' became the 12th highest grossing film of all time when it made more than $1.1 billion dollars worldwide. The superhero genre is very much here to stay. A conversation between two scientists and superhero-fans Barry Fitzgerald and Dan Hassler-Forest.

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  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    4:00 pmO'Donoghue Theatre, Galway

    On July 22nd 2017 I'll be speaking as part of a panel discussion on the Power of the Superheroes at the Galway International Arts Festival. I'll be on the panel with comic book artists Declan Shalvey, a regular contributor to Marvel comics, and Maura McHugh, Comic book writer and curator, as we discuss the world of the superhero.

    Further details and ticket purchasing information can be found here.

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