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18/12/13 13:49

Science festivals get 2014 boost

Additional £56,000 funding to mark Homecoming and Commonwealth Games.

Seven science festivals will share £56,000 new funding to celebrate Scotland’s bumper year of events in 2014.

Minister for Science Alasdair Allan announced the extra money for new family science events that link to Homecoming 2014 and Glasgow hosting the XX Commonwealth Games.

Funding bids showed that the most popular themes being explored by the science festivals were ancestry, events marking the achievements of physicist James Clerk Maxwell’s pioneering research and using Scotland’s food and drink industry to look at issues including sustainability and climate change.

Dr Allan said:

“The coming year is an incredible opportunity for Scotland with world-class events on throughout the twelve months and these additional science activities will help thousands of families across Scotland discover more about Homecoming 2014 and the Commonwealth Games.

“Our science festivals excel at taking familiar situations, objects and even our home towns and revealing fascinating insights that many of us would never have known.

“They also demonstrate the pivotal role that Scotland and our scientists have played in some of the greatest scientific developments in recent history that show new generations what is achievable and inspire them.

“I look forward to seeing the results of the hard work that has gone into creating these projects and how they help us explore the past, present and future of Scotland in a year when we are celebrating so much.”

As well as the seven awards to festivals announced today, further work is being done with Glasgow and Dumfries and Galloway science festivals to develop a wider campaign of events around physicist James Clerk Maxwell.

Notes to editors

Awards were made to:

  • £10,000 for Edinburgh International Science Festival, in partnership with Midlothian and Dunbar festivals, for the Great Big Science Read literary based campaign and activities.
  • £10,000 for Midlothian Science Festival for a roadshow exploring food science.
  • £10,000 to Glasgow Science Festival, in collaboration with Edinburgh, for the Tasty Science project to investigate the science behind food and drink.
  • £10,000 to Dundee Science Festival, in partnership with Fife Science Festival, to create a food and drink Science Café in the community.
  • £6,500 for Orkney Science Festival to host events celebrating the work of acclaimed physicist James Clerk Maxwell through a series of activities.
  • £5,000 for Techfest in Aberdeen to encourage people to discover the wildlife and biodiversity on their doorstep.
  • £4,500 for the Hebridean Science Festival for a range of Homecoming-related events through the Unquenchable Curiosity programme. They will also use education resources created to help teach young people using the Commonwealth Games as a context for learning across a range of curriculum areas.