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Lancashire Science Festival is huge success

01 July 2013

Chris Theobald

Event of jaw-dropping, amazing and awe-inspiring science proves big hit with all ages

Visitors of all ages and from across the region descended on the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on Saturday, 29 June to experience the excitement of ‘Lancashire Science Festival Goes Extreme’.

The University welcomed nearly 2500 people to the Preston Campus for the annual event which aims to inspire the next generation through science and technology.

The Extreme Sports Battle Team was this year’s headline act, sharing the physiology and physics behind extreme sports.

The event also included contributions from UCLan researchers, guest performers, local businesses and professional bodies, complemented by a science show floor of drop-in, interactive stands and demonstrations.

“All visitors had a great time and the event really showcased UCLan at the heart of our regional community, working in partnership with the businesses and sponsoring organisations which took part.”

Lancashire Science Festival 2013

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, Science Festival Director and Public Engagement Manager, said: “Last year’s event was a huge success and we wanted to emulate it this year. We used the broadest possible definition of science to include technology and engineering, health, psychology and even selected areas of art and design to show the limitless possibilities of science and science careers.

“We are really pleased the day went so well. All visitors had a great time and the event really showcased UCLan at the heart of our regional community, working in partnership with the businesses and sponsoring organisations which took part. We are now looking to build on this success and we’re planning for 2014’s event already.”

The free event was backed by regional partners including BAE Systems, The Institute of Engineering and Technology and Incorez Custom Chemistry.

To view more photos from the Lancashire Science Festival visit our Flickr gallery.