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Bradford succeeds in bid to win British Science Festival

7 September 10


The British Science Festival - Europe's largest and most high profile public science event - will be coming to Bradford in September 2011. The announcement was made jointly by the British Science Association and the University of Bradford.


The Festival brings over 350 of the UK's top scientists, engineers and commentators together to discuss the latest developments in science and technology with the public. Tens of thousands of visitors regularly attend a wide variety of events – from hands-on family days, to debates on current hot topics and unique opportunities to question the UK's top scientists.
British Science Festival
The British Science Association also announced the appointment of astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell as its President-Elect for 2011. Dame Jocelyn will assume the Presidency on the first day of the Festival and deliver her Presidential Address on the theme 'Science and culture - science as culture'.

The event proposal process is also now open and organisations, institutions and businesses – from Yorkshire and elsewhere – are invited to submit proposals to be part of this huge public event.

Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the British Science Association, said: "We are thrilled to be returning, on our third visit since 1831, to Bradford; a diverse city with thriving cultural and educational institutions. This major national event, in the full gaze of the media, will draw public attention to the latest developments in science and technology, and will stimulate discussion about their implications and the place of the sciences in modern culture."

Professor Mark Cleary, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, said: "We are delighted that the University will be hosting the British Science Festival in September 2011. The science agenda is of course an important one for government and fits with the academic footprint of the University."

Councillor Ian Greenwood, Leader of Bradford Council, said:  "It's wonderful news that the British Science Association, working with the University of Bradford, has chosen our city to host the British Science Festival in 2011. The Festival is a great opportunity for all of us, especially children and young people, to learn more about the latest developments in science and technology. The Festival will also bring many visitors to Bradford and boost our local economy.  The country’s leading scientists, engineers and science commentators will receive a warm welcome in Bradford where we are proud of our diversity, proud of our past and confident in our abilities to build a prosperous shared future."

Almost every year since 1831, when the British Science Association was founded as the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Festival (previously known as the Annual Meeting) has taken place at a different location around the country. During that time, Bradford has hosted the Festival twice – in 1873 and 1900.

The Festival has been the stage for many iconic moments in history – such as the first use of the word 'scientist' (in 1834) and the famous debate about Darwin’s controversial theory of evolution between Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford (in 1860).

The 2011 British Science Festival is organised by the British Science Association in partnership with the University of Bradford and is supported by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Bradford College, Yorkshire Forward and Space Connections Enterprises, with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund.

7 September 10

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