The Glasgow Science Festival returns next month with its biggest programme of free events yet.
With the theme ‘Glasgow’s Looking Forward’, activities, talks, demonstrations and shows will entertain visitors from June 1-11.
A six-metre-wide floating vision of Earth, physics lessons from trapeze artists, and a live roleplaying visit to the Glasgow of the future are among the highlights of this year’s programme.
Others are a sound installation on the history of science in Scotland and a celebration of Govan’s ‘Wee Forest’.
Now in its 17th year, the festival will stage more than 100 events for visitors of all ages at an expanded range of venues across the city, including the Botanic Gardens, Kelvin Hall, the Mitchell Library and the Kelvingrove, Riverside and Hunterian Museums.
The University of Glasgow’s new Mazumdar-Shaw Advanced Research Centre, the Community Circus Paisley, and the Mackintosh Queen’s Cross will also host events for the first time, along with a series of local libraries and community spaces.
For the whole of June, the Festival’s website will host a series of engaging videos from experts at universities and other institutions across the UK. Viewers will have the chance to learn about cyber security, climate change, virology, biology, misinformation and more, as well as the chance to interact with leading researchers in a series of live chats.
We’re really proud of the selection of events we’ve put together this year, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to the city to celebrate science with us from June 1st.
Dr Deborah McNeill
Dr Deborah McNeill of the University of Glasgow is the Glasgow Science Festival’s director. She said: “Glasgow has a proud history of making breakthroughs in science and engineering, and the programme we’ve put together this year offers a fantastic range of events which celebrate the city’s past successes and showcases some of the innovations which are being developed here today.
“We have something in the programme everyone, from family-focused events at the Botanics and the city’s museums which offer kids a chance to engage with science and learn from real researchers, to music and comedy shows geared more towards adults.
“We’re really proud of the selection of events we’ve put together this year, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to the city to celebrate science with us from June 1st.”
The Festival will also host the grand final of the Creating Engineers competition, which attracted entries from more than 3,000 P5 and P6 pupils a from across the west of Scotland who were challenged to solve challenges using the construction set K’Nex.
- For more information on this year’s Glasgow Science Festival, visit www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk