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Call for Science Spectacular 2014 (part of Manchester Science Festival)

This year will see the eighth Manchester Science Festival taking place from Thursday 23 October – Sunday 2 November 2014. With over 100,000 people attending last year’s event, this has become one of the UKs most popular science festivals.

The University of Manchester is a key partner to this Festival – and we want to help promote your participation and provide an opportunity for you to take part one of the biggest, most diverse science fairs in Manchester. There are a number of ways in which you can get involved:

  • The University will be hosting the “Science Spectacular” on Saturday 25 October, from 11am – 4pm, in Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum. We are looking for researchers, students or academics who are confident communicators to run a tabletop activity as part of this family fun science fair. With more than 2000 visitors last year, the focus will be on communicating your passion for your research, and ensuring that attendees leave with a spark for science! Check out of video highlights from what we did last year or take a look at our photo gallery.
  • Running a “trailblazer” event in the weeks running up to the Science Festival.
  • You may already have planned your own event as part of the Science Festival. We would really like to know about all events so we can help cross promote.

So let why not let us know what you have planned or register your interest to take part in the Science Spectacular by completing our online form by 7 July 2014 (extended date)

(Alternative form available in Word – MSF_ScienceSpectacular_Proforma_2014).

If you have any questions please contact one of the following:

Leading lights of science put on show for Festival

PRESS RELEASE: 7 October 2013: Leading lights of science put on show for Festival

Glow in the dark chemicals, dinosaurs and nanotechnology are amongst the hands-on science activities showcased by The University of Manchester at an event for the Manchester Science Festival (24 October – 3 November).

Science Spectacular features scientists and engineers from throughout the University who will demonstrate their work through fun activities and workshops and the science buskers will be back on Oxford Road to show off their science tricks for everyone to learn. Visitors can find out about luminescent chemicals, how to make graphene and use laser scanning techniques to study dinosaurs.

The science buskers will challenge passers-by to understand the laws of physics and other science with things you can find at home, such as balancing tricks with a fork and corks or making music with baking trays and straws. There will be roaming ‘pop-up scientists’, who will talk about their science in 60 seconds or less, as well as face painting and crafts. From the secrets of meteorites to the diseases associated with worms, to the mysteries of skin or the insides of a nuclear reactor, this event shows visitors the very latest research and encourages them to get involved.

Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, said “Engaging our local community with the work of the University is one of our key priorities. The Science Spectacular provides a brilliant opportunity for our scientists and engineers to enthuse children and adults from across Manchester about the wonders of science.”

The annual Festival, now in its seventh year, is an 11-day celebration of science, which is produced by MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester) in partnership with Siemens. Visitors are invited to play, create and experiment with science through surprising installations, immersive science experiences and hands-on experiments in over 100 events for all ages at venues throughout Greater Manchester.

Manchester Science Festival encourages us to look at science differently and demonstrates how it affects our lives – from the aesthetic beauty of a microbe, to designer Helen Storey’s unique installation in which visitors interact with real eyes. Some of the most innovative and progressive architecture of the Antarctic is showcased in the exhibition Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica, which is organised by the British Council and curated by The Arts Catalyst.

The festival’s family programme features hands-on activities which give visitors a chance to learn about research, meet real scientists, and try out simple experiments, while the fantastical Rube Goldberg Machine is a playground of physics, with vortex rings, seesaws and domino rallies. Chemistry shows will entertain the crowds with the flash-bang side of science, and there will be comedy, quizzes, films and conversations to engage all ages about the big questions of science today.

A new Citizen Science project, #Hooked, will be launched at the Festival to get thousands of people involved in research to find out the science behind what makes music catchy.

Siemens is the Headline Sponsor for Manchester Science Festival 2013. Waters Corporation, Electricity North West and the University of Salford are Major Sponsors of the Festival.

Science Spectacular is held on 2 November from 11am – 4pm at the Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum. Free entry.

To find out more or download the programme for Manchester Science Festival look up www.manchestersciencefestival.com
Follow the Festival on twitter @mcrscifest
Like the Festival at facebook.com/manchestersciencefestival
Share your photos on Flickr flickr.com/mcrscifest

Press enquiries for Manchester Science Festival
Sarah Roe (Press & Publicity Officer)
Museum of Science and Industry
Email: s.roe@mosi.org.uk
Tel: 0161 606 0176

Notes to Editors

About Manchester Science Festival
Manchester Science Festival is an annual multi-venue festival that engages and inspires people with science (science, technology, engineering and maths), building their confidence in exploring and questioning science in the most creative ways possible. It is the North West’s premier cultural celebration of all things science.

Science Spectacular returns for 2013

Saturday 2 November 2013, 11am – 4pm, The University of Manchester, Whitworth Hall & Manchester Museum, on Oxford Road. Free, drop in event.

If you haven’t heard – the Manchester Science Festival is coming and The University of Manchester is playing host to a Science Spectacular!

Join us on a whistle-stop tour of research at the University and take part in some great science challenges. Explore the insides of a nuclear reactor, go on a journey through the hidden body, take a closer look at the moon, and snuggle up to some unusual creepy crawlies.

Meet the scientists and engineers behind our amazing research and take part in fun activities throughout the day including face painting, craft making and science busking on the go.

Over 40 interactive, hands on science activities – fun for all the family. And see if you can spot our pop-up scientists who will talk about their science in 60 seconds or less!

So bring your mum and dad, your kids, and your friends to this free event. Take part in our fun science challenges and become a Manchester Science Star!

We hope to see you there!

Find out more about the Science Spectacular and follow the Science Spectacular on Twitter: @manc_science

This event is part of the Manchester Science Festival. Come out and play, create and experiment at this eleven day Festival.

Manchester Science Festival website: www.manchestersciencefestival.com/
Manchester Science Festival Twitter: @McrSciFest #msf13