Cheshire prepares to be 'Amazed by Science' at Jodrell Bank | Knutsford Times

Cheshire prepares to be ‘Amazed by Science’

By on February 25, 2014

Marketing Cheshire and The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre have this week launched ‘Amazed By Science’, the first ever pan-Cheshire Science Festival.

Pictured: L-R: Adrian Bull, National Nuclear Laboratories, Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank, Finbarr Dowling, Managing Director, Siemens, Pauline Deans, Sellafield Ltd, Brian Smith, Vice President, Waters Corporation

Siemens have been announced as the headline sponsor for the festival and commitment has also been made by several science and technology companies in the sub region including Urenco, National Nuclear Laboratories, Waters Corporation, Sellafield, Peel Energy, C-Tech, EA Technology and the Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership.

The festival will take place from 24th May to 1st June during the May half term holiday and aims to capture children’s’ imaginations and excite families about science in Cheshire. The event programme will promote and celebrate science, technology and engineering throughout Cheshire and position the area as one of the UK foremost scientific areas, as home to a number of world class science organisations.

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Finbarr Dowling, Managing Director at Siemens commented:

“Siemens is delighted to be associated with the inaugural pan-Cheshire Science Festival.  Siemens has been operational in Cheshire since 1971.  From our base in Congleton we have been Designing & Manufacturing Electronic Products for export all over the Globe.  One of the key areas that will determine our future success and sustainability is the availability of skilled engineers to drive future innovation.  That is also true for Siemens plc and therein all our UK based businesses.

These businesses include Energy (Wind, Tidal, Oil & Gas), Transportation Systems (Trains and e-Car), Healthcare & Industrial Automation & Drives.  Our aim therefore is to create a sustainable stream of engineering talent in the UK, including of course Cheshire.  One of the pre-requisites for a career in engineering is that young people are studying Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

We see the ‘Amazed By Science’ Festival as a novel way of promoting STEM and encouraging young people to consider a career in Engineering.  We are proud of our ‘Made in Britain’ status and equally proud of our ‘Made in Cheshire status.  We hope that this festival will make a contribution in time to enhancing the UK and Cheshire as a place to research, design and manufacture all manner of wonderful products”

The event team have engaged experienced science festival organiser, Laura Drane, a Founding Director of the Manchester Science Festival, to create a public event programme that will grow significantly year on year.

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Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank said:

“The Festival will promote and celebrate science, technology and engineering throughout Cheshire. We aim to increase interest and engagement in science for the general public and to increase its relevance to our everyday lives. We hope that this will inspire young people to pursue science at school and to consider a career in this field.

Cheshire is one of the UK’s foremost scientific areas with a rich heritage of past achievements, as well as a huge amount of science-based business and world leading research. The Festival is a wonderful way to showcase this.”

Howard Hopwood, Deputy Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership said:

“Cheshire and Warrington is one of the best performing economies in the UK and is particularly strong in the Chemical, Bioscience, Engineering and Energy sectors.  We are leading the way in the field of research with Jodrell Bank as a world leader in Astrophysics research and are now home to the International HQ of the Square Kilometre Array project.

The Enterprise Partnership recognises that to maintain the strong performance in these sectors and drive growth in the Cheshire and Warrington economy, it is essential to inspire young people to be the scientists of tomorrow. Only by maintaining our focus on science and innovation will Cheshire and Warrington continue its success in these vital industries”

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Venues committed to the festival include [highlight color=”blue, white”] Jodrell Bank, Daresbury Science Park, Delamere Forest, Chester Zoo, Macclesfield Silk Museum, Chester Cathedral, Reaseheath Agricultural College, Tatton Park and the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker. [/highlight]

Highlights of the programme announced at the launch including a week of science shows for families that will showcase Cheshire Science, plus a chance, every day, to meet an Astronomers in your lunch time with a different one each day in a ‘Meet the Expert’ session as well as one of the prestigious Lovell Lecture series happening on the evening of Thursday 29th May. Other events scheduled so far include a family day at Reaseheath College on Sunday 18th May, hands-on demos at libraries across the county as well a major strand events and activities focused on the vital plight of bees and our role in saving them from extinction.

For more information about the festival please [highlight color=”blue, white”] contact@amazedbyscience.com [/highlight] or and to sign up to alerts go directly to the website at [highlight color=”blue, white”] www.amazedbyscience.com [/highlight]

You can tweet us @amazedbyscience and use our hashtags #cheshirescience

Written and submitted by Marketing Cheshire

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