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Science Spectacular 2017 – Applications of Interest – Now Open (closes 11 Sept 2017)

Science Spectacular – our annual university-wide family fun science fair – returns for the Manchester Science Festival 2017, and we hope you can join us.

Science Spectacular is a key event in the University’s calendar of public engagement events. It provides an interactive showcase for the exciting research taking place across the University and offers the opportunity to engage with audiences of all ages. Running since 2011, we typically attract around 2,000 visitors and have featured prominently as a highlight of MSF. If you haven’t heard of Science Spectacular before, then check out our photo gallery and our short film.

What our visitors said about last year’s event:

  • “This has been a wonderful day. Our grandson has taught us so much, we had no idea he knew so much about science. Also the scientists have all been so friendly.”
  • “@UoMEngage it was brill wasn’t it? Loved the stuff in the study today. A big hit with the 7 year olds. #sciencespectacular”
  • “Hey @UoMEngage #ScienceSpectacular knocked it out of the park again. Special thanks to the rocket enthusiasts!”

This year Science Spectacular will take place on Saturday 21 October in Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum.

We are looking to host 50 interactive table top science stations. So if you’d like to be a part of this year’s event, please return the attached Applications of Interest form by Monday 11 September 2017.

Download the application of interest form (doc).

Posted by Dee-Ann Johnson, on behalf of the UoM Science Spectacular Co-ordinating Group

Bradford Science Festival – Finding the Surprising Science in the City!

The National Science and Media Museum and partners, invites visitors to come out and play, create and experiment with science at the Bradford Science Festival 2017.

An exciting new science festival designed to WOW families and young adults with exciting events, experiences and experiments. It’s all taking place in Bradford’s stunning City Park, in the Science and Media Museum plus other accessible but familiar venues.

The Bradford Science Festival is all about engaging families and young people with the science that is everywhere in exciting and inspiring ways and using the City of Bradford and Bradford people as inspiration for Finding the Surprising Science in the City! We will be turning familiar venues and attractions into an Interactive Science wonderland.

This year’s festival is a launch weekend which will grow over the coming years to become a major annual feature in the city’s cultural and events calendar. Launching with a provocative evening of STEM events aimed at our young adult audience and followed by 2 incredible days of playful and immersive experimentation and discovery, focussed at a family audience. The Festival will develop a unique alliance of partners and supporters, create and support new and innovative projects and engage families and young people who may have low science capital to be excited by the science that is everywhere in their city.

For a proposal form and further information, please contact Robin Dark (Partnerships and Learning Project Manager) robin.dark@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk by 14th April 2017.

Science Festivals round-up

Just some of the ‘science’ festivals taking 

Brighton Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival
British Science Week
Oxfordshire Science Festival
Fife Science Festival
York Festival of Science and Technology

Edinburgh International Science Festival

HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy and Music Festival

Cheltenham Science Festival
Bristol Festival of Nature

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Wrexham Science Festival

Orkney Science Festival
Green Man Festival – Einstein’s Garden

Techfest (Scotland North)

Milton Keynes Science Festival
London Science Festival
Manchester Festival of Science

Dundee Science Festival
Highland Science Festival
ESRC Festival of Social Science
Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

British Science Festival Fringe Programme for families and schools: Open call

Be a part of the Fringe Science Festival 2015 in Bradford this September.

The Fringe Science Festival will be following on from the British Science Festival which is being hosted by the University of Bradford in 2015. The Fringe is starting on Friday 11 September and going through to Friday 18 September.

The Fringe Science Festival is aimed at a young audience, families and the community including schools (Key Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5), and hopes to attract 20,000 people in total from Bradford and beyond during the week. This open call is an opportunity for anyone interested in running an activity/event for these audiences.

The theme of the festival is ‘Science’ so it could involve anything from chemistry to religion, from art to engineering. We are open to all formats whether it is an interactive event for children or an engaging workshop for the community as long as it links with science in some way.

If you have an idea for an event which your organisation can provide, please complete the short form application form and a member of the Fringe Science Festival team will be in touch with you.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 26 April 2015.

Please note: If you have any questions regarding the application, please get in touch with Richard Davany directly R.Devany@bradford.ac.uk. Richard is overseeing the applications and will be best placed to advise on any queries.


Higgs particle not the only sweet success for science

University of Manchester scientists are well represented at this year’s Royal Society Summer Exhibition with stands about ‘sweet’ science and an elusive sub-atomic particle on display this week.

Manchester physicists will be on hand in London from today (Tuesday) to recount last year’s hunt for the Higgs boson, also known as the ‘God particle’, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border and the Fermilab Tevatron in Chicago. Manchester researchers are heavily involved in the experiments that led to the discovery of the particle scientists believe explains the standard model of physics and why objects have mass.

Meanwhile, Manchester chemists will display their latest research about sugars and how a relatively new discipline, ‘glycomics’ – the study of sugars – could provide answers to a range of previously unsolved problems, ranging from disease to clean energy.

“The search for the Higgs boson in science is on an epic scale – it is a quest that has spanned half a century and created the most ambitious experiments science has ever seen,” said Professor Stefan Soldner-Rembold, from Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

“The CERN experiments have discovered a new particle that, from initial tests, has mass and other properties consistent with the elusive Higgs boson. Our exhibition at the Royal Society next week will attempt to explain to the public just how important these findings are and where we go from here.”

Professor Sabine Flitsch, another Manchester exhibitor at the Royal Society, said: “The aim of our exhibition is to explain to the public just how important and exciting research into sugars is – it really could unlock answers to many scientific questions that have remained a puzzle until now.”

The Manchester scientists will be presenting their research at the Royal Society in London from Tuesday, 2 July, until Sunday, 7 July.

Source Acknowledgement: University of Manchester StaffNet (published 2 July 2013)