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A greener future - University research highlighted at Festival


The Bradford Science Festival, Bradford’s own celebration of all things science, is returning this October (23-31st).

The University of Bradford is back as a key sponsor, offering an array of interactive activities and sessions including engineering a greener future, how surgery has evolved from the first human dissections, the Science of Sound which shapes our lives, and much more.

Professor Alastair Goldman, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford, said: “We are always proud to play a key role in the Bradford Science Festival and have some great events hosted by our academics. We are committed to getting more young people into science and engineering careers and expect events like these to both inform visitors of the ground-breaking research we are involved in, and also inspire them to see where a career in science or engineering could take them – and it could take them a long way!” 

University of Bradford’s events include:

Are we here yet? Bradford’s journey to a circular economy, in this radio show, Amir Sharif, Dean of the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, will conduct interviews with leading innovators in Bradford and the surrounding region who are rapidly progressing with creating businesses that are both sustainable and can help the economy.

Sound On - Come and have a look at a Miniature Acoustic Space Demo Kit with Neha Sharma, a Post Graduate Researcher in Acoustics. Find out about her research into sound and sustainable materials.

Engineer a green future - STEM can help us to understand the world around us. Developments in Chemistry, Physics and Biology are all helping us to Engineer a greener future for the planet. Come meet the STEM team for some fun hands on activities and demos.

Green concrete: building a more sustainable future, join Ashraf Ashour, Professor of Structural Engineering, as he delves into the environmental troubles of cement, its staggering contribution to CO2 emissions, and their award-winning solution – all at the Café Scientifique.

Zero Waste Bradford- Little Changes Challenge, each day of the festival a tip on how to move towards zero waste will be announced, these tips will be shared on social media and people will be invited to submit their examples.

The future of vision and short-sightedness, with the number of short-sighted people in the UK doubling, Neema Ghorbani-Mojarrad, from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, will explain why people become short-sighted, why it is important and what can be done about it.

Neema said: “I am excited to be part of the Bradford Science Festival, it is a great opportunity to engage with the general public and share with them the exciting research taking place at the University. Short-sightedness is a global problem that is affecting more people every year, our research has the potential to reduce the number of children becoming greatly short-sighted and subsequently decrease the prevalence of associated sight-threatening diseases.”

Delivered by the National Science and Media Museum, the eight-day festival will host events around four themes: Science Saving the World; Brad Lab; STEM City and Science of Sound.