Back to school for National Science Week

People of all ages from across South Yorkshire will be given the chance to see the fun side of science, engineering and technology next week, and to engage with some of today's most important issues, such as bird flu and climate change.

The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University are working together from 10 March to 19 March 2006 to create an extensive programme of events aimed at schools and families, hosted by some of the region's leading experts. Events include public lectures, exhibitions, and hands-on demonstrations and are all intended to inspire public interest in science, in an enjoyable and accessible way.

Highlights of the week include talks from world experts about the fast-melting Arctic ice caps and climate change, the threat of bird flu, the Hubble space telescope, why skeletons matter, and the history of tool making in Sheffield. The public programme will be complemented by an even larger line-up of school events with members of staff from the two universities, local museums and industry visiting South Yorkshire schools to speak to pupils about how science affects their everyday lives.

Coordinated by the British Association for the Advancement of Science since 1994, National Science Week aims to celebrate science and its importance to everyday life, providing an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology activities.

Professor Charles Stirling, chairman of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire branch of the British Association for the Advancement of Science said, "We're delighted to be involved with National Science Week for the 13th year running. Once again, Sheffield's two universities have teamed up to provide a fascinating programme of events and continue the tradition of presenting one of the largest and best Science Week programmes in the country. With such a broad mix of activities, we'll be able to provide something of interest for everyone and I expect this year's Science Week to be a total success for everyone involved."

Notes for Editors: The full programme of public and school events can be viewed on the University of Sheffield's website at: www.shef.ac.uk/scienceweek

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact:
Matt Barker at the University of Sheffield press office on 0114 222 1046, or matt.barker@sheffield.ac.uk