A fun-packed National Science And Engineering Week

Dragons, bugs and solar power are part of the packed programme of events put together by the city’s two Universities to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week.

And with the workings of the human brain and lung also under the microscope at children-friendly lectures across the city, this year’s event is sure to appeal to people of all ages.

Sheffield’s two universities are joining forces once again to demonstrate to the public the fascinating world of science and technology, as National Science and Engineering Week takes place from Friday 11 March until Monday 20 March.

Sheffield is proud to host one of the largest programmes of Science week activities in the UK.

Among the highlights are:

  • a chance to try dragon boat racing on a machine assembled in the city’s Winter Gardens by engineers and sports researchers at Sheffield Hallam University
  • millions of creepy-crawlie bugs being put under the microscope at an Art In The Park event at Broadfield Park
  • a David Allen Booth memorial lecture examining  Brain Research with special attention to brain diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimers
  • a lecture on the University of Sheffield’s Project Sunshine, which aims to unite scientists to harness the power of the sun in a bid to tackle the increasing food and energy needs of the world’s population
  • INSPIRATION – a lecture inspired by Winter Gardens exhibition Primitive Streak in which experts from the University of Sheffield examine the human lung

National Science and Engineering Week is organised by the regional committee of the British Science Association and South Yorkshire’s programme is one of the largest in the UK, with more than  400 events taking place throughout the week.

The programme, spearheaded by Sheffield Hallam’s Centre for Science Education, includes a series of lectures, exhibitions and hands-on activities designed to bring members of the general public, schools and colleges into contact with inspiring displays of science and technology.

Dr Richard Walton, Reader in education at Sheffield Hallam University and Director of STEMPOINT, which is coordinating the events, said: “National Science and Engineering Week is a national celebration of the very best of British research and innovation. Once again South Yorkshire’s programme is one of the largest in the country and is sure to be an excellent opportunity for people to learn new and exciting things about science and technology. We are very grateful for the efforts made by the large team of volunteers who consistently provide exciting and stimulating events for children and the public.”

Professor  Anthony Ryan OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Science at the University of Sheffield, said: “We are delighted that once again we can take part in the huge outreach to primary and secondary schools and the great British public during National Science and Engineering Week.  The event gives thousands of people the chance to get involved in a wide range of subjects spanning mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology and engineering, allowing us to share the thrill of looking at life’s interesting questions from the perspective  of a scientist or engineer.  Laurie to check this para with  UoS


Notes to editors:For a full programme of events and ticket information visit http://www.scienceweeksy.org.uk/

National Science and Engineering Week is coordinated by the British Science Association and funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) in partnership with Engineering Technology Board (ETB). It aims to celebrate science and its importance to everyday life, providing an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology activities.

Project Sunshine, led by the Faculty of Science at the University of Sheffield aims to unite scientists across the traditional boundaries in both the pure and applied sciences to harness the power of the sun and tackle the biggest challenge facing the world today: meeting the increasing food and energy needs of the world´s population in the context of an uncertain climate and global environment change. It is hoped that Project Sunshine will change the way scientists think and work and become the inspiration for a new generation of scientists focused on solving the world´s problems.  The first international Project Sunshine conference, Shine, will take place from 13-14 September 2011 at Sheffield City Hall. For more information, visit: http://shine.sheffield.ac.uk/

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