What is it?

British Science Week (formerly known as National Science and Engineering Week)  is a 10-day UK-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths taking place annually in mid-March. Coordinated by the British Science Association it relies on regional effort to build the national programme. In Aberdeen, we work with the British Science Association Aberdeen branch to deliver Scotland's largest cohesive Science Week programme providing typically 25 - 30 opportunities for staff and students each year. In 2017 British Science Week will take place from Fri 10 - Sun 19 March.  

Who can present?

Our British Science Week programme usually features evening events, tours, exhibitions and a weekend 'Discovery Day' at Aberdeen's Satrosphere Science Centre. As such there are opportunities for anyone wishing to engage with the public on a science-based area. Postgraduates may wish to develop skills in science-busking at a city shopping centre or at the discovery day. Others may wish to present at an evening event, such as the annual 'Bring Your Own Brain' TED-style talk or one of the cafe events taking place during the week.

Where do events take place?

Our Science Week programme happens throughout Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire. We have worked with partner organisations including Woodend Barn, MacDuff Aquarium, Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh, the Acorn Centre Inverurie, Baxters in Fochaber, Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Aberdeen Science Centre. We also host events at the University including the link-up with Brain Awareness Week and the highly popular 'Bring Your Own Brain' event.  A primary schools outreach programme is also delivered.

Is it for me, and how do I get involved?

The programme is different every year, with some regular anchors, and so we are always looking for staff and students to get involved and come up with new ideas. It could be through an evening event, volunteering to take part in the Discovery Day or through a new venture. Examples of past programmes can be viewed here. You can also visit the national website for Science Week to get an idea of what happens across the country. If you're interested in getting involved in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire programme please get in touch.