Curious minds can 'ask a scientist' at Nottingham science fun day

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07 Feb 2017 12:03:19.643
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Curious minds will be offered the chance to explore microscopes, giant lungs, an indoor planetarium and more with research scientists from The University of Nottingham as part of a week-long series of events.

The Festival of Science and Curiosity, which runs in Nottingham from 8th to 15th February, is aimed at encouraging people in the city to use creativity to expand their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Scientists from the University will be on hand at the city’s intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre from 9am to 5pm on Saturday February 11 for a day of free, fun events aimed at children and their families.
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Researchers and students from the Nottingham Molecular Pathology Mode and Department of Respiratory Medicine will be running activities in collaboration with a local artist and the Nottingham-based company Ignite! to encourage people to ask questions about pathology, microbes, the body and the universe.

Sharing research

Mohammed Ilyas, Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham welcomed the opportunity to bring the work of his department to the general public.

“Pathology is all about understanding disease and how the body works, and the Festival of Science and Curiosity will be a great way to share our research with children and their families,” he said.

Dr Abhik Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Pathology, who works alongside Prof Ilyas, is enthused by the prospect of engaging curious minds. He said: “Pathology is integral to diagnosing and treating illnesses and research in the field is developing at a quick pace. This interactive festival will be an excellent platform to make children and their families aware of the potential of pathology as a career.”

Funded by the Pathological Society of UK and Ireland and The University of Nottingham, the day encourages scientists to reach out to members of the public and to promote more creative initiatives in schools and education.

Families can simply drop into the activities at the intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre any time between 9am and 5pm to take part in any – or all – of the free activities and workshops.

More information on the Festival of Science and Curiosity can be found on STEMCity’s website.


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More information is available from Rebecca Braybrooke in the School of Medicine, The University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 823 1314, or, for further information and photo opportunities, please contact Rick Hall, Ignite! by email at or 07801 034732.

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