University Reunion over the British Science Festival

University Reunion over the British Science Festival

The University of Aberdeen will host an event for former students at Europe’s largest science festival.

The University will host an alumni reunion weekend as part of at the British Science Festival when it returns to Aberdeen for the first time in almost 50 years.

Participants can soak up the buzz of the British Science Festival on the University’s campus and attend festival events with a special discount.

During the weekend, Friday 7- Sunday 9 September, alumni will attend events at the British Science Festival, compare their memories of the campus with today, and attend special alumni events.

The special reunion weekend events include a time at Baxters Highland Village, a family science event at the Arts Centre and tracing ancestry at the University Library.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the Doors Open Day on campus where colleges will open for tours to meet up with their former teachers and to attend events run by their former school.

Professor Bill Naphy, Chair in History, who will host an event on the witchcraft-hunting panic in Aberdeen in the late sixteenth century.

Professor Marcel Jaspars, Chair of Organic Chemistry at the University, will give an introduction to the work of the University's Marine Biodiscovery Centre, which opened in 2010, followed by a tour of the centre itself. The centre is one of only three in Europe dedicated to the exploration of the natural resources from our seas. There is a tour available at 3pm on Saturday 8 September.

The British Science festival is the largest and most high profile public science event in Europe and takes place in Aberdeen and the surrounding area from September 4-9.

Dr Ken Skeldon, of the Festival team commented “The dedicated Festival alumni programme represents the most ambitious initiatives of its type in the British Science Festival’s history. It is a perfect example of how to boost the number of visitors travelling to Aberdeen from further afield while strengthening our vitally important alumni relations at what promises to be the largest public event ever to be hosted by the institution.”

For more information on the science festival programme please email alumni@abdn.ac.uk or visit the British Science Festival website http://www.abdn.ac.uk/science/public/2012

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