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BA Festival Of Science 2006
BA Festival Of Science 2006

BA Festival Of Science 2006

Get hands-on with science. The world's experts visit Norfolk during the internationally acclaimed BA Festival Of Science from Saturday, 2 to Saturday, 9 September, 2006.

Scientists from the four corners of the world are descending on Norwich to answer questions like why does beer have froth? Is my doctor using me as a guinea pig? And what impact will global warming have on my life?

You can also go hands-on with the opportunity to go dowsing for water, try a battery powered scooter or invent your own personal molecule. You can alo take part in a Guiness record breaking attempt to fit as many people as possible inside a giant soap bubble!

Europe's biggest

The festival is one of Europe's biggest public science events and it comes to Norfolk as the guests of the University Of East Anglia (UEA), the Norwich Research Park and Norwich City Council.

There are more than 600 events in the programme which range from the very messy to the very important.

Some of the world's finest scientists will be here to announce their latest breakthroughs.

"It is a real honour for the City, UEA and Norwich Research Park to play host to such a prestigious event," said Trevor Davies, pro-vice chancellor of the UEA.

"This is a great opportunity for all of us to meet world famous scientists, share some amazing scientific developments and to help raise awareness that science can be interesting, inspiring and has an impact on all of our lives," he added.

BBC at the BA Festival Of Science

Sacred Molecules exhibition
Sacred Molecules exhibition

The BBC will be at the heart of the festival, broadcasting online, on radio and on television every day.

BBC Look East will kick-off the festival with a preview on Wednesday, 30 August, 2006 at 1830 on BBC1 with an experiment that you can try at home to calculate the speed of light in your kitchen.

This website offers exclusive video and downloads for kitchen sink science to try at home, an A-Z of Norfolk Science, festival previews and the opportunity to watch and listen again to all the audio and video produced by the BBC throughout the week.

BBC Radio Norfolk will be at the festival, looking at the shows, lectures, exhibitions and announcements. There'll be features and interviews in most programmes and a daily diary of events in Stephen Bumfrey breakfast show from 0700.

Naked Scientists

BBC East's Naked Scientist radio team will be on-air each weekday evening during the festivl on BBC Local Radio across the eastern counties from 1930 to 2000.

They'll be presenting the latest news from the festival, interviews with world-ranking scientists, and their own brand of scientific humour and mayhem.

You will be able to watch live webcam images from their studio at Weatherquest, home of local radio forecasters Jim Bacon and Phil Garner at the UEA.

Taking part in the festival

There are three inter-linked programmes in the festival.

The main programme explores the big issues like the impact of climate change on the region, the development of 21st century families, food in the future and the latest medical research.

Child at Inspire Science Centre
Child at Inspire Science Centre

The programme organised by the Norwich City events team is aimed at non-scientists, offering hands-on experiments, activities and light-hearted debates on topics such as: What beer has ever done for us, apart from make us happy!

The City programme will also feature a series of exhibitions of science inspired art and sculpture, an audience with TV scientist Professor Robert Winston at The Assembly House, and the The Royal Philharmonic performing an evening of scientific related music, including Holst's The Planets Suite, at St Andrews Hall.

Young people also play a key part in the festival.

The third programme will reach out to primary, secondary and sixth form pupils across the region. There will be a mixture of workshops, lectures and discussion groups as well as youth orientated exhibitions.

The BA Festival Of Science takes place from Saturday, 2 to Saturday, 9 September, 2006.

Event bookings can be made at the Norwich Tourist Information Centre, or by calling the festival box office on 0207 019 4963.

The full programme of events can be viewed on the official festival website.

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