Issue date: 11 March 2004

ISSUE DATE: 11/03/04

Bristol’s year 12 pupils can become scientists for the day when the University of the West of England opens up its laboratories as part of National Science Week 2004 (12 – 21 March).

A ‘Science Awareness Day’ will be held at the Frenchay Campus of UWE on Wednesday 17 March organised by UWE’s Faculty of Applied Sciences. Year 12 pupils from the local region and year 13 pupils from across the UK will get the chance to see some of the most modern and sophisticated science research laboratories in the South West, tour the Faculty and watch laboratory demonstrations.

Pupils will hear from leading experts in the field of Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Plant Research, and Communicating Sciences in a series of specially prepared presentations* designed to stimulate the pupils interest in studying science.

There will also be demonstrations in the laboratories and a chance to speak to academic staff and meet current students who are studying science. The pupils will visit state-of-the-art labs containing equipment that allows students to examine material obtained from scenes of crime, to study genes in plants and humans in normal and diseased tissue and deal with environmental pollution and regeneration.

The University has invited pupils from local sixth form and access colleges as well as all those who have applied to study science at UWE next year (year 13). Wendy Purcell, Dean of the Faculty says, “This is a great chance for young people to see the excellent facilities at UWE and meet staff at the cutting edge of research in science. It's also good to find out more about studying science at university and to appreciate just how exciting hands-on science really is. Science is constantly changing as we unravel the mysteries of the natural world and use new discoveries for the benefit of all. It's really important that young people get the chance to find out about the latest techniques and subjects on offer and how a degree in science can lead to exciting careers.”

National Science week is an annual event which aims to celebrate science and its importance to everyday life. It gives people from across the UK the chance to participate in science activities and experiments and to engage in local science discussions and events. National Science week 2004 runs from 12 – 21 March.

For further details visit and follow the link to National Science Week from the What’s On section


Editor’s notes

For further information about National Science Week at UWE visit: and click on News and Events.

The full series of talks on 17 March are as follows:

1.40 – Dr Carolyn Morton: ‘Science Detectives’
2.00 – Dr Darren Reynolds: ‘The Spaceship Earth’
2.20 – Dr Emma Weitkamp: ‘Science through the Looking Glass’
2.40 – Professor Steve Neill: ‘Plants just say NO!’

Each year the Faculty of Applied Sciences contributes to National Science week. Other events running this year are:

The Air Quality Management Resource Centre (UWE) will be holding a workshop in Belfast, at the request of the Department of Environment, N.I., on the subject of Air Quality Management for local authorities and DENI.

In addition there will be an Air Quality Action Planning conference, to be held at Armada House Conference Centre, Central Bristol, on Wednesday 10 March 2004. This is aimed at Transport Planners and Environmental Health Officers, to share experiences of developing Air Quality Action Plans and the transport solutions to air pollution. This conference is an example of the implementation of scientific knowledge and understanding within a policy network.

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