This year the University of Aberdeen was proud to host the British Science Festival 2012. The British Science Festival is the largest science festival in Europe and hasn't been to Aberdeen since 1963. The festival was a great success, featuring leading academics, award-winning commentators, science communicators, authors and performers set against the backdrop of an international media presence. An exciting schools programme also complemented the main festival, offering young people of all ages the chance to get involved in science, technology, engineering and maths.
The British Science Festival is one of Europe's largest celebrations of science, engineering and technology, with over 250 events, activities, exhibitions and trips taking place over a week in September.
The Festival is unique among those in the UK as it moves to a different location around the UK every year. The programme of events offers something for everyone with activity for families and schools groups, adults looking for entertainment and stimulating debate or professionals interested in the latest research.
The 2012 British Science Festival in Aberdeen is organised by the British Science Association, the University of Aberdeen and TechFest-SetPoint .
The Festival will bring together leading academics, award-winning commentators, science communicators, authors and performers set against the backdrop of an international media presence.
An exciting schools programme will complement the main festival, offering young people of all ages the chance to get involved in science, technology, engineering and maths.
The British Science Association (formerly known as the BA) envisages a society in which people from all walks of life are able to access science, engage with it and feel a sense of ownership about its direction.
The Association seeks to achieve that by connecting science with people: promoting openness about science in society and affirming science as a prime cultural force through engaging and inspiring adults and young people directly with science and technology, and their implications.
Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest university, and the fifth most ancient in the whole United Kingdom.
Much of the original King's College still stands today, a famous historic landmark beloved of generations of students, academics, and local people.
Over the centuries our graduates and scholars have changed the world in many fields of human endeavour and among the many pioneers who have been associated with the University are five Nobel Laureates.
TechFest-SetPoint is a charitable organisation based in Aberdeen which aims to inspire young people about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
TechFest-SetPoint champions the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities that engage, challenge, inform and inspire the young people of Scotland it will contribute to the nation having a STEM rich knowledge economy and being recognised as a STEM literate society.
|The University of Aberdeen co-ordinates a rich annual calendar of public engagement events. Our programme of community Cafés is the largest of its kind in the UK and now includes series dedicated to topics ranging from science and medicine to the cosmos. In addition to events in Aberdeen city, the programme has been extended to include events in Banchory, Fraserburgh and Inverurie. Other highlights in the annual calendar include National Science and Engineering Week (March) and TechFest in September.|
|Sponsors and Supporters|
Major energy sector multinationals and north-east business organisations have thrown their weight behind Europe’s largest celebration of science when it comes to Aberdeen in September 2012.
Organised by the British Science Association, the University of Aberdeen and Techfest-Setpoint, the British Science Festival brings more than 350 of the UK’s top scientists, engineers and commentators together to discuss the latest developments in science and technology with the public.
The Principal Sponsors of the event are BP and Shell U.K. Limited, Lead Sponsors and Supporters are Aberdeen City Council, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, The University of Aberdeen and the Scottish Government.
Other Festival Sponsors and Supporters include Saudi Aramco, Centrica Energy, Event Scotland, Chevron, Balmoral and Robert Gordon University while the media partner is the Press and Journal.
Glen Cayley, Vice President – Technical, Shell U.K. Limited, said: “Shell are very excited that the British Science Festival is coming to Aberdeen and proud to have been able to play a part in bringing it here. We are sure that it will give a huge boost to science, technology, engineering and maths - subjects that are vital, not just to our industry, but to the whole country. Aberdeen is a centre of science excellence, so it is wonderful that the Festival will be here.”
Tim Smith, Vice President, Communications & External Affairs, BP North Sea, said: “The British Science Festival offers an unrivalled opportunity to showcase some of the scientific talent and ingenuity that we have both in Aberdeen and throughout Scotland. I am delighted that BP are supporting the return of this major festival to Aberdeen, after an absence of nearly 50 years, putting Scotland once again at the heart of scientific activity and debate.”
|Tuesday - 4 September 2012|
Making sense: speckled computing
The future of our polar regions
Café controversial: Never work with children or animals?
Running free from locked-in syndrome
Smarter phones enabling a smarter countryside?
Festival of the spoken nerd
|Wednesday - 5 September 2012|
Food addiction: Fact or fiction?
Your life story in our hands
From quantum gravity in the early universe to quantum engineering deep subsea
15.30-16.30 - Fraser Noble Building, Lecture Theatre 3
Performance science in Olympic and Paralympic sports
Café Sci: Are we alone and when will we know?
Murder, Mystery and Microscopes
|Thursday - 6 September 2012|
The holy grail of dieting: Can we eat less and not feel hungry?
The next war will be fought over water
Uncovering the secrets of the LHC
Blowing the mind in the media
|Friday - 7 September 2012|
Life down below: The search for a deep biosphere on Earth and beyond
Myth Busters: What’s up with your gut?
Cannabis: Weeding out the highs and lows
Future of food
Secret life of the skeleton
An audience with Bill Bryson
|Saturday - 8 September 2012|
Sharking around at MacDuff
How to solve crimes with mathematics
Feeding the nine billion
Why don't we eat as we intend? The psychology of dietary control
No Head, No Problem: Can we grow missing body parts?
Can you be religious and scientific (without going crazy)?
|Sunday - 9 September 2012|
Rising Tide: the submerged archaeology of Orkney
Taxing people for unhealthy behaviours or rewarding healthy behaviours?
The war within us: Fighting infection
Showing mercy or a licence to kill? Assisted suicide
Maths and computing magic show
Programmes, Magazines and Blogs
The University of Aberdeen has added Scientia to its collection of in-house magazines to coincide with the launch of the British Science Festival.
Scientia introduces readers to the range of scientific research underway at the University of Aberdeen, and highlights the institution's key research themes. Groundbreaking research featured ranges from global food security to maintaining our health from cradle to grave.
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