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UCLan powers up for Lancashire Science Festival

19 June 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Three-day event set to go off with a bang

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is bringing back its successful Lancashire Science Festival which this year promises to deliver even more awe-inspiring shows, experiments and hands-on activities.

Visitors to the three-day spectacle on 26 – 28 June can go Dr Who mad and meet the Lord of the Daleks himself, Davros, who will share some of the Daleks most evil secrets and schemes.

Other highlights of the science extravaganza include a chemistry magic show, a trip behind the scenes of CSI, a tour around the Zoo Bus; a converted double decker bus that has become home to some of the world’s strangest critters, musical performances from sci-rock band Being 747 and guitar physicist Mark Lewney and a look at the science behind Sherlock and popular superheroes such as Iron Man.

The 2014 Lancashire Science Festival is the most diverse yet with two late adult sessions sharing the science of cocktails and an unashamedly geeky comedy night called the Festival of the Spoken Nerd. The programme also features a number of opportunities to speak directly to leading UCLan researchers about the impact and focus of their work.

"This is the third year we’ve hosted the Lancashire Science Festival and it’s promising to be more popular and varied than ever."

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, Science Festival Director, commented: “This is the third year we’ve hosted the Lancashire Science Festival and it’s promising to be more popular and varied than ever.

“The event has something for everyone and will appeal to both adults and children of all ages across many scientific disciplines. We want to break down the barriers around science, dispel stereotypes and above all show people how much fun science can be. All events in the family and schools programme are free of charge thanks to generosity of our sponsors.”

“On Saturday 28 June we have everything from the schools programme, plus The One Show’s resident scientist Marty Jopson, Nick Arnold, author of the Horrible Science books, a giant inflatable planetarium and the first ever IncrEDIBLE Science Cake-Off; a baking competition with a science theme. We couldn’t possibly cram anymore into one day!”

As well as the popular events the science showfloor will once again be open for hands-on demonstrations of all aspects of science, technology, engineering, maths and more. Visitors can discover how science is used in business and throughout all aspects of life from discovering our past to shaping our future.

The famous Titan the Robot will also be on campus to entertain the crowds. Weighing in at a staggering 300kg, the eight foot super robot has taken audiences by storm with his unique concept of performance and has become a popular fixture at the Lancashire Science Festival.

" With its two-day free programme for schools and colleges, as well as its sessions for the public, the event is sure to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future."

 Lancashire Science Festival

For the first two days on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June the festival will be open to pre-booked school and college groups only. On Saturday 28 June from 9.00am – 5.00pm all members of the general public are invited to come along and get involved. Some of the headline acts are already booked up but there is still plenty on offer; people are advised to turn up early to avoid disappointment. The two adult only events; Festival of the Spoken Nerd and Surgical Spirit: The Science of Cocktails are on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June respectively.

This year the event is hosted by UCLan and delivered in association with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and other sponsors.

Edwin Booth, Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: "From the industrial revolution through to today's high-tech industries, much of Lancashire's success has been built on scientific foundations which is why we are so proud to support this exciting festival. With its two-day free programme for schools and colleges, as well as its sessions for the public, the event is sure to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future."

For more information and to book onto the events visit Lancashire Science Festival For more information about the Festival’s leading sponsor visit LancashireLEP