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Call for Bradford Community to take part in National Science Festival

12 November 10

British Science Festival

Schools, community groups, businesses and organisations in Bradford are being urged to come forward before Monday 15 November to help host the British Science Festival.

The Festival is Europe's largest and most high profile public science event and attracts national and international attention. In a major coup for the Bradford District, the Festival will return to Bradford in September 2011 - its first time in the city for over 100 years.

Organised in partnership with the University of Bradford, the Festival will involve events across the District. Any organisation in Bradford who would like to host an event needs to submit a proposal to the British Science Association via its website by 15 November.

The Festival will run from 10-15 September 2011 and proposals are sought for events aimed at one of three audiences - young people, adults or families. The theme for next year's Festival is 'Exploring New Worlds' and proposals are especially sought for events with interesting and interactive formats.

Those events which are selected will receive extensive support from the British Science Association to help plan the 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. In order to put on the best possible show for the city, we need the whole community to get behind the Festival and come up with a programme of events to engage the wider audience and stimulate discussion around the vast array of latest developments, topics and issues raised at the Festival each year."

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Mark Cleary, said: "The festival, which will take place in venues across the city next September, will truly offer something for everyone. There will be a strong programme for children and young people of all ages, with exciting and interactive activities, as well as more academic lectures and a range of events for adults from all communities.

"As a university with a strong history in science and engineering we are delighted to be bringing science to the people of Bradford. Science is crucial for future innovation and in creating new employment opportunities, and I look forward to working with organisations, businesses and communities to make this festival a resounding success."

A breakfast launch was held on Wednesday 3 November to raise awareness within the city that the Festival is coming to Bradford. The event was attended by a key businesses and public sector organisations.

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.

Trevor Higgins, Regional Director of BT, attended the breakfast launch at the University. He said; "This is a great opportunity for the region to showcase its excellent capabilities in science and technology."

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

To submit an event proposal, please visit

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