Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Appliance of Science Explored at Brum Event

A Strand of Human DNA
By Ben Aulakh  

Science lovers from across Birmingham will be able to immerse themselves in the latest technology and scientific innovations as part of a five day festival in the city.

The British Science Festival will be in Birmingham between September 14 and 19, giving city dwellers the chance to take part in heated debates and discussions on scientific matters, as well as getting stuck into some hands-on science fun.

The festival aims to bring science closer to an average of more than 50,000 visitors who regularly attend the talks, discussions and workshops that make up the science celebration.

The event is one of Europe’s largest science festivals and regularly attracts in excess of 350 of the United Kingdom’s top scientists and speakers to discuss the latest scientific developments with the public.

Highlights of the five days of events include “The Science of Pulling,” investigating why we’re all looking for love, “Cocktail Chemistry,” looking at the science behind our favourite tipples, and a “Get Your Geek On” silent disco.

There is also a serious side to the festival with staff from Aston University on hand to offer practical advice on careers within science.

The Festival takes place at a different location each year and was last held in Birmingham in 1996; the 2010 festival will be held on campus at the city’s Aston University.

The event will also be highlighting the ways in which Birmingham is trying to use new technology to deal with the pressures of an ever expanding city.

The CABLED electric car consortium will be offering visitors the chance to ride in an electric vehicle as part of “Paving the way for sustainable transport.”

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