The sun shone on the beautiful granite city and we basked in temperatures of 21 degrees as the British Science Festival took Aberdeen by storm from 4 – 9 September 2012. Tens of thousands of people got hands-on and brains-on in an eclectic mix of some 250 debates, talks, exhibitions, workshops and drop-in activities. We had events ranging from ceilidhs to cocktails to cannabis, map-making to monkeys to medicine, fossil fuels to mammals, from a giant bubble record-attempt to a wee dram of whisky, DNA to dark matter and food labels to forensics.
We received wide coverage in both the national and regional press across print, radio, broadcast and online. Stories that were particularly arresting were physicist Charles Wang’s proposed theory of a new particle which explains how stars explode, novel research which suggests frozen embryos used in IVF are as effective as fresh ones, a study revealing how induced abortion may increase the chance of preterm birth later in life and findings that fish oil consumption may prevent muscle deterioration in the elderly. Each of these garnered international interest and highlight the Festival’s continued position as a dynamic and leading scientific forum.
Watch out Newcastle – we’re coming to get you…
View the 2012 programme: