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British Science Festival launched in Bradford

5 September 11

Celebrations took place at the University of Bradford on Monday 5th September to welcome Europe's largest and most high profile public science event, the British Science Festival, to Bradford this weekend.

From Saturday, 10 September, 350 of the UKs top scientists, engineers and commentators will come to Bradford to discuss the latest developments in science and technology with people across the region and fun events for families and children will take place.

Visitor at BSF Launch with tarantula The festival preview saw local school children making planets to celebrate the festival, a preview of live music from festival band Amoeba to Zebra, and interactive stands including one showing how to wash your hands the right way and another with snakes and tarantulas.

The British Science Festival's arrival in Bradford will draw a lot of attention to the district and will also boost the local economy with an expected 50,000 visits during the week.

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."

BSF Launch Event Panel

The district of Bradford has played host to the British Science Festival twice before, in 1873 and 1900. Excitement is running high now that it is only five days until the opening day of the Festival, when internationally renowned astrophysicist, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, will assume the Presidency of the British Science Association and deliver her Presidential Address on the theme 'Science and culture - science as culture'.

Councillor David Green, Bradford Metropolitan District Council Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Economy said: "It's brilliant for Bradford that the British Science Festival is being held in our city and that the University of Bradford will play host to the country's leading scientists, engineers and science commentators.

"The Festival will have an exciting programme of events and is a great opportunity for all of us, especially children and young people, to join in and learn more about the latest developments in science and technology. The Festival will also bring many visitors to Bradford and boost our local economy." 

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Mark Cleary, said: "The University is keenly counting the days to the 10 September. It will be receiving scientists and speakers from around the world, and opening our campus up to local people so they can be involved in this terrific event. It is fantastic that we will be able to offer them a taste of what we do for our students, staff and the community – world class scientific research and teaching on a state-of-the-art 21st century campus."

Michele Sutton OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Bradford College said: "We are delighted that this year's British Science Festival  will be held in Bradford. It promises to be an exciting week of stimulating, informative and entertaining events designed to raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and maths. Bradford College has a long tradition and national reputation in Science so we are proud to be organising and hosting a large number of the events, which I'm sure will be enjoyed by visitors from across the region."

During the Festival local children will have a huge variety of events to choose from, including BBC One's Bang Goes the Theory show in Centenary Square, Science in Action, a family fun weekend at the University of Bradford, and a spectacular multimedia show from Amoeba to Zebra which brings science and music together.  And, for the 'grown-ups' there will be a huge range of events to cater to any interest, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes' thrilling account of the extremes of global exploration, or Dr Robert Winston's discussion as to why some of humanity's most brilliant innovations could also have been really 'bad' ideas.

For more information and to reserve a place at a British Science Festival event visit the British Science Festival website.

5 September 11

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