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Tony Robinson & Shazia Mirza join in the fun at the British Science Festival

14th September 2010

The British Science Festival has been celebrating science since 1831 on its journey around the UK.  The festival has visited Liverpool, York and Guildford over the last few years and this year it has moved to Aston University in Birmingham.  The festival continues all week and there are over 250 planned events from workshops to lectures and debates looking at the latest developments in science, engineering and technology. 

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Better Lives Through Science’ and festival manager Joanne Coleman wants to encourage the public to feel more involved in science, “The idea behind it was to take science to the people and give them the chance to ask the scientists questions about what they're doing and why they're doing it.  We're talking about research in all sorts of areas - the latest in particle physics, obesity research and have debates about things like where our food comes from and thinking about fuels for the future." 

Human history will be discussed and presenter, historian and after dinner speaker Tony Robinson will be talking about archaeology through the ages.  The award-winning journalist and author of ‘Bad Science’ Ben Goldacre will also be in attendance to discuss the distorted evidence produced by pharmaceutical companies.  Even presenter and broadcaster Johnny Ball will be there as part of talks on ‘Blood, Guts and Gore: The Journey Through Life’ and consummate facilitator Vivienne Parry will be chairing a discussion on the ‘ethical issues facing transplant science’.

If you’re also looking for some light-hearted and engaging entertainment comedian and columnist Shazia Mirza will be performing her brand new show ‘Multiple Choice’.  Shazia – who formerly worked as a science teacher – will be relating her experiences and talking about following an unconventional path in life, “Most people have a crush at 16, a relationship by 32, sex in between. Not me and Susan Boyle (allegedly). What happens when you don't follow the obvious path?”  Shazia has appeared on Have I Got News For You and writes a weekly column for The Guardian entitled ‘Diary of a Disappointing Daughter’. 

The festival will come to an end this Sunday so if you fancy some brain stimulation head on down to enjoy the discussion and debates on all the latest topics in science and beyond!

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