Posted on 14/02/2014
The week-long Science Festival at Royal Holloway, University of London will begin on Monday 24th February and finish with the hugely popular Super Science Saturday on 1st March from 10am to 4pm.
Throughout the week, a host of interactive science-themed events will be put on for local schools to participate in, with the flagship event, Super Science Saturday, open to the wider community.
This year’s theme is ‘Storytime Science’ exploring science found in popular stories – from children’s fairy tales to classic novels and films. Saturday’s programme of free activities for all ages will include talks,demonstrations and hands on activities from the University’s science departments and festival partners.
Events on the day will include a Harry Potter themed live owl display with experts answering questions on the marvellous birds, as well as miniature steam engine demonstrations based on The Railway Children. Royal Holloway’s Science Departments will demonstrate their world-changing research, from intelligent robots to superhero skills and the Real Ice Age, joined by guest presenters from the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
The Festival, which aims to inspire all ages with the wonders of science, will include a talk by the Department of Psychology on laughter and how we respond to it, a Science Festival Dinner exploring food from around the world for teachers, and a stage dialogue between past and future, taking a unique look at time travel from HG Wells in the 19th century to Dr Who in the 21st century.
There will also be a Rare Disease Day event presented by the School of Biological Sciences on Friday 28th February to draw attention to rare diseases and the millions affected by them, and highlight the need for more research and funding.
Professor Paul Hogg, Vice Principal for Research and Enterprise and Dean of the Faculty of Science at Royal Holloway, said: "Royal Holloway's Science Festival is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our cutting-edge research and help inspire the next generation of scientists. The highpoint of the week is our hugely popular Super Science Saturday on 1st March, when scientists explore and explain the wonder of science to help people of all ages understand more about our world and the technological advances being made around them."
More information and the full programme of events for the week can be found here.