Coralie Young tots up the contests.
Festival fun for Newcastle
From hacking to fracking, infection to dissection, and wifi to sci-fi – the British Science Festival has something for everyone! The Festival will be coming to Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 7-12 September, with a range of talks, debates, workshops, exhibitions, performances and tours, all celebrating the sciences, technology, engineering and maths. Many events are free, although for most events we recommend that you book in advance, to avoid disappointment ,so please visit http://www.britishsciencefestival.org/ , or ring 08456 807 207 . During the Festival, a ticket office will be open outside the Northern Stage, on Newcastle University Campus.
Awards to celebrate
Colin Wilkinson, fromStockton-on-Tees, has been named by the British Science Association as our Volunteer of the Year. He has received the Sir Walter Bodmer Award for Volunteers in recognition of his hard work and dedication in his role as Chair of the North East Branch and tireless work supporting the Young People’s Programme. Colin is also a longstanding member of the CREST Local Coordinator network, and was instrumental in establishing the British Science Association-led North East Science Alliance (NESA) in 2007.
Colin’s background in industry provides a rich source of ideas for student CREST projects, and branch activities, and he remains a champion for the North East’s strengths in engineering and technology.
The award is given annually by the British Science Association to a dedicated volunteer or group of volunteers in recognition of their great value and impact. Colin will attend the British Science Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, his home patch, this September to collect his award.
The British Science Association is also delighted that Dr Eric Albone, an Honorary Fellow, who has served the Association since 1986, has been recognised with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. As well as his tireless work for the Association, Eric is co-founder and Director of Clifton Scientific Trust. He received the Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Chemical Education in 1993.
For more information about volunteering for the British Science Association, visit our volunteering pages .
National Science + Engineering Competition
The National Science + Engineering Competition is now open, and inviting budding scientists and engineers to enter online by 31 October 2013.
Young people, aged 11-18, can enter a science, technology, engineering or maths project by submitting a four-page written report or by producing a five-minute film. The best projects will be invited to the National Finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birminghamin March 2014, where they will showcase their work to over 65,000 people, and compete for over £50,000 worth of prizes. In addition, the top five online entries will be awarded prizes of £100.
Young people, parents and teachers can get more information about the competition by visiting http://www.nsecuk.org/ .
Battle of the ugly animals
The National Science + Engineering Competition  is working in conjunction with the Ugly Animals Preservation Society to run a public vote for a new ‘ugly’ mascot, and encourage young people to develop an interest in conservation project work.
Teaming up with celebrity supporters such as Stephen Fry, the project features a range of well-known faces pitching for their favourite aesthetically-challenged creature, as well as a selection of educational videos and resources to encourage young people to start science project work.
The vote closes on 11 September, and will culminate in an announcement of the winning mascot at the British Science Festival.