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Celebrations and theme tunes

Ollie Christophers has the latest news from the British Science Association

National Science & Engineering Week 2011

Everybody is talking about the sciences and engineering as the UK’s widest celebration of science and engineering kicks off on 11 March with the theme of ‘communication’.  Thousands of events and activities in all types of venues will show how science and engineering relate to your everyday life, from intimate café discussions and shopping centre science busking to city-wide science festivals! 

See what’s going on near you and how you can get involved at

Media Fellowships:  25 years old

The Media Fellowship scheme has successfully been pairing scientists and engineers with national media hosts since 1987.  Over 240 researchers have benefited from increased media awareness, writing and communication skills. A recent five-year evaluation gave a glowing report of the scheme, with wide-reaching impacts on researchers and their institutions.

The British Science Association would like to thank the sponsors of the scheme and the media hosts, whose generous support make the Media Fellowships possible. For further details of the scheme visit

The Media Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity and very worthwhile experience.’ Simon Choppin, sports engineering researcher at Sheffield Hallam University; placement at The Guardian

Regional Fairs – Young people celebrating across the UK

The Big Bang Regional Fairs invite schools, colleges, clubs and individual students to celebrate their STEM project work throughout June and July 2011.

Eleven events will take place across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England to showcase a large variety of STEM project work undertaken by 11- 18 year olds.

Competitors will compete for a prestigious place at the finals of the National Science & Engineering Competition the following March, and also take part in many activities such as workshops, talks and shows.

These activities are also open to visiting schools groups to help inspire and engage students in STEM subjects, and provide teachers an opportunity to network with others.

To find out more, visit The Big Bang Regional Fair website for your region– just click on the dot closest to your town.

Science Festival Schools’ programme gets underway

The British Science Festival is Europe’s largest celebration of science, technology and engineering. Each year it takes place in a different area of the UK. This year we are delighted to take the Festival to Bradford.

The Young People’s Programme offers a rare opportunity for students to experience the excitement and pleasure of science, technology and engineering. Workshops, talks and shows, delivered by the best that the UK has to offer, focus on improving students’ understanding of the principles behind science, technology and engineering and enhancing their experience of science in the classroom.

If your school is within a one-hour drive of Bradford, look out for the programme being delivered in the first week of April, otherwise check the website from 1 April to download the programme.

Musical Moods

To help produce a new way of classifying decades of programmes within the BBC digital archive, we are asking the general public about their feelings towards a range of different TV theme tunes.

How does music on TV make you feel? Do drums and beats make you think of the news or your favourite soap? What tunes do you associate most with comedy?

We need to test your psyche in a pioneering online experiment with BBC Research & Development and leading acoustics expert Professor Trevor Cox.  Come and give it a go at

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Ollie Christophers
Ollie Christophers is the British Science Association’s Communications Officer
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